Ready Player One: A Book and an Outfit

The last time I posted a book and an outfit was way back in May with My Name is Asher Lev! That’s so long ago, and I’ve definitely read a ton since then. However there is one book that I read over the summer holiday that I can’t seem to stop thinking about: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline was such a sensational read. This book was amazing on so many levels. It’s a futuristic story, but not that far out taking place during 2044, yet the world is pretty much doomed. To escape the sad state of Earth, people venture into a virtual world called the Oasis. Now, I’ve never been one to really understand gaming and video games, but reading this book gave me some insight into the world of gamers. There is a major virtual game to be solved within the story, and the final fun part of the novel is that all the clues contain reference to the 80s. I was 8 in 1980 and 18 by 1990. It was fun to read and know the 80s pop culture that is a major component of the Ready Player One. Definitely please read this book before the movie comes out. Yes, that’s right. There’s going to be a movie produced by a very famous director and producer who got his start in the 80s. Can you guess who? Yep, it’s Steven Spielberg. I already know though, that with this one the book was better!

I don’t want to give away too much, but I’d like to entice you just enough to read this book. In Ready Player One, the planet Earth is in a sad state–hence I went ahead and created my scene amongst a utility closet. Here’s an actual visual that is so disturbing but won’t give too much a way. Because the planet is short on space, RV parks now place the homes in a vertical way. Simply check out this cover and look closely: you’ll see RVs stacked upon RVs representing the housing of the future. No, it’s not a pretty picture….

Have you read Ready Player One? Is it already on your reading list?
As a side note, I gave away ten copies of this book at the start of the school year. I had so many students wanting to win a copy of the book. And, it was my son Vincent who told me, “Mom, you gotta read this!” He devoured Ready Player One in two days time!

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The Sun is Also a Star: A Book with an Outfit

I’ve made a conscious decision to post at least one book in one of my outfit posts a month. Last month it was The Twentieth Wife. This month it’s The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon. Oh, this author! She is absolutely amazing. First, I was enthralled with Everything Everything–which I hear has now been made into a movie, but we all know the book will remain better. Then, because I adored reading Everything Everything, I couldn’t wait for The Sun is Also a Star to get back into the library. I even put a hold on the title. And, oh, it did not disappoint. Both books are totally different, but the way Yoon writes completely grabs and sucks the reader in. I know I’m reading an amazing book when it becomes both my home and school reading material. I especially know I’m reading a good book when I purposely tag along to be left behind in a park to read while Kevin hikes and Gigi has basketball. That was the case on this Saturday when I finally finished The Sun is Also a Star. Is it enough just to tell you to read Nicola Yoon? Or do you want a synopsis? Ok, fine. Keep reading….

I love a story with multiple narrations which The Sun is Also a Star has. Natasha is a 16 year old illegal immigrant from Jamaica who will be deported within the day. She’s also a realist believing in scientific fact. Daniel is a sentimental Korean American who cries if he ever sees anyone crying. He’s also aware that he aspires to be a poet, but with Korean parents, they already have his plan of life outlined. These two individuals’ paths cross–more than once, and every time they cross, fireworks both implode and explode. Along with their narrations little factual tidbits are included from facts about African hair wigs to side stories of other characters. Basically, I never wanted to put this book down; rather I wanted to keep reading, learn more about the characters, and hope for an impossible happy ending…

PS Nicola Yoon, I sure hope you’ll want to come to Hong Kong when I invite you for next school year!