Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

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It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.


I’ve had this book for ages on my shelf, basically since I started book blogging back in 2015, but I just now decided that I truly needed to read it, and I’m so glad I did. I absolutely loved this book, and I can’t wait to see it’s movie adaptation.

I honestly don’t truly know how to review this book without spoiling it, so I’ll keep it short and on point.

I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying that their biggest issues with the book were the info dumps and the slow plot, and the expectations of lots of action, only to be disappointed with the type of “action” that actually happens. I had no issues with any of these things. I thought the setting was incredible, and to be honest, quite realistic, in a sad way. There’s just something that speaks to the human nature and the instincts of the current generations.

Furthermore, I really liked the amount of information dumped on the reader – in this case, me! I’m an 80’s and 90’s kid, so I got most references, and even those who weren’t from my time, I remember my siblings playing/listening or watching them. But in this kind of setting, these clues and tidbits had to be properly explained, in my opinion, because they’re not part of the actual reality of the characters. And there was also the way this info was given… Wade is an extremely good narrator, and funny as hell!

And then, I actually really liked the slow pacing and plot. for a moment there after the first key is found, I was actually scared that things would start going too fast, and I didn’t think that was the best thing for the story. I’m glad that the author didn’t go that route, and instead took his time to tell the story.

I liked the story, the pacing, the plot and I loved the characters! Even though they only know each other online, the connections and feelings are real, and I loved the way they were dealt with. I loved Wade, Art3mis and especially Aech :D. They were all awesome.

I just… I loved this book! If by some miracle you haven’t read it yet, do it! I did read Cline’s second book, Armada, and I have to say that I liked RPO way more…

So, have you read RPO? Did you like it? Anything to discuss?

January TBR

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Welcome to my first TBR of 2017 :). I have to say that I’m kind of in love with my new color scheme… Back to the matter at hands… I read 25 books last month, and that was a lot, though I know that I won’t be able to have a repeat performance. For this reason, I’m aiming for 14 reads, and hoping that I can surpass it.

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  1. Falling for the Player by Jessica Lee
  2. Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson
  3. Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein
  4. Worth the Wait (Kingston Ale House #4) by A.J. Pine
  5. Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston
  6. The Rule Maker (The Rule Breakers #2) by Jennifer Blackwood
  7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  8. Kisses On A Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
  9. The Room Mate (Room Mate #1) by Kendall Ryan
  10. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
  11. Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  12. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  13. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
  14. To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) by Linda Kage

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Will be a Classic (someday!)

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Choose a book that you think it should be a classic in a few years“. I’m using Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which I haven’t read, but I think it will be a classic someday.


Original COver:

I’m not a fan of the original cover…. not at all!

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

                                               

I have to say that I really like both covers :D, the portuguese and spanish editions are very different, but great, right?

Favorite COVER(s):

   

I love the British cover – the one I own, and then I really like the French and the Danish ones. Then I’m kind of in love with the Japanese edition.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

    

My least favorite ones are: Italian, Turkish, Russian, Norwegian and Romanian.

Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

I’m gonna go with 10 Book to Movie adaptations that I’m looking forward to, even if it not in line to happen as of right now.


1. Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

This one is in the works! Dreamworks has the rights to the movie, and everything appears to be moving forward, but there still isn’t a director or any cast associated with the movie.

I think this will be a fantastic story for the big screen 😀 and I honestly can’t wait to see it (whenever that might be).

2. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

This was just announced the other day, this is definitely going to happen, well, at least the rights were sold, so, fingers crossed.

This is one of my favorite books of the year, so I’m super super super excited that it might make its way to the big screen. I can’t wait to start hearing something about the casting 😀 .

3. The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)

This will be a fantastic movie! Director Richard Linklater was attached to the project a while back, and so was the amazing Jennifer Lawrence.

I’m curious to see who they’ll get to play Don.

     

fantastic-beasts-084. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J.k. Rowling)

This one is so close, the first movie of the trilogy will be out in a little over a year.

The screenplay adaptation was written by J.K. Rowling herself and it stars the super talented Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

And, come on, Harry Potter universe!

5. Mockingjay (part 2) (Suzanne Collins)

It’s almost time for the last part of Mockingjay to hit the theaters and I can’t wait.

I think that The Hunger Games have been super well adapted to screen, and that is a rare thing.

So, I’m super excited to see the last instalment later this month.

6. Inferno (Dan Brown)

Confession time, I still haven’t read this book, but I read all the others of the Robert Langdon series, and I love them.

And I also liked the movies, they are always super watchable 🙂 .

So, I’m waiting on this one as well, scheduled to hit the screens in 2016.

7. Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)

This book has been optioned by Universal Pictures and I hope they hurry up with it already, because I want to watch it badly!

Elizabeth Banks was even connected to the project, being pinned as director – and I would very much like to see that, because Elizabeth Banks is amazing.

8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)

Again, I still haven’t read this book – it was on my TBR last month, but I failed, I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

I’ll try to get to it before the movie comes out next year, because I’m so excited about this adaptation… Tim Burton is directing, people!!!

9. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

Once again, this has been in my TBR for a while, and it will likely remain there for a little bit more. This movie is set for December 2017, so I still have plenty of time.

Steven Spielberg will be at the helm, and so far, the only actor attached to the project is Olivia Cooke (from Me and Earl and Dying Girl). I like her a lot, so I’m happy about this.

10. Angelfall (Susan Ee)

Now, this is more of a hope right now. Back in 2012 this book was optioned for a studio, and at some point had director and some cast attached. But it has been 3 years and no more news came up. At this point is safe to assume that it might not happen, at least not now. It’s a shame, because this would turn out to be an epic movie, Penryn is a true female hero, and I would like nothing more than for my newest OTP to be on the big screen.

July Book Haul

Hi! As promised, I’m here today to share with you my July book haul, which obviously includes my shiny new The Mortal Instruments books, with their amazing new covers (the last books just got in today).

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Let’s start with The Mortal Instruments, which by the way, I have obviously already read some time ago…

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But they are so damn beautiful… look at their spines…

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Right?! Right? Gorgeous!

Other series that I got my hands on this month was the Shatter Me trilogy. I had been trying to get them for a while now, but the bookstore usually just had 2 of the 3 books, and I wanted to buy them all at the same time, to make sure their sizes were the same. A couple of weeks ago I went to the bookstore to pick up another book, and there they were, so, obviously, they came home with me. Shatter Me, Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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As I had mention before on a Top Ten Tuesday post, I got Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Charmed: The Power of Three by Eliza Willard and Constance M. Burge, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.

– click on the covers to go to their GoodReads pages-

      

                

My More Happy Than Not book by Adam Silvera finally arrived – on the day that I had to buy The Shatter Me series…

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And, I got The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas, the novellas from The Throne of Glass series.

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Finally, I bought The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs, with illustrations by Kelly Bastow.

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And that’s it, 21 books, next month will be a light-to-nonexistent book haul…

Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

I’ve been looking at this weekly post for several weeks now, wondering when I’ll finally cave in and start doing it as well… I guess today is the day!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This topic is kind of perfect, because I bought 9 books just a few days ago… So, without further ado, here we go.

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

2. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

3. Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

5. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

7. Charmed: The Power of Three by Eliza Willard and Constance M. Burge

8. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

9. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

10. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (ok, technically I still don’t have this one in my hands, but I ordered and am expecting the bookstore to call any minute to tell me that I can pick it up).

 

Worth mentioning that books 6 to 9 I found at a second-hand book store 😀 ! Oh, and if you click on the cover, they will take you to the book’s GoodReads page.