Book Recommendation: Ready Player One

Thursday, December 11, 2014

If I could describe this book to anybody, it is that it is every nerd's dream. It's a scifi dystopian novel set in 2044 where our world basically sucks. It is so horrible that people prefer to live in a virtual world called the Oasis. The Oasis is essentially a multiplayer game where you get to create your own avatar, similar to games like World of Warcraft. This book is told from a relatable main character's point of view, which makes the reader feel like they're not just reading what is going on, but are actually living it. 

Having played multiplayer games like World of Warcraft, the world was familiar to me and the story just felt possible and realistic. I also loved that the book references so many things in nerd and pop culture from video games, comic books, movies, music, to Dungeons and Dragons. Basically, if you can think of anything nerdy, it's probably mentioned, which makes this book one of the most fun stories I've read in a long time. 
Another thing to note is that the author is just excellent with world building and plot development. He writes so effortlessly that makes it such a page turner, making it difficult for me to put it down. I didn't want it to end. It felt just like any other addicting video game. I found myself staying awake late at night reading, and I was simply stuck in this world that the author created because nothing else mattered while I was reading the story. Another awesome part about this is that not only is it exciting, but this book also has a lot of heart. The characters did that for me, as they were so easy to believe  in, to root for, and to love. 
I highly recommend this book to anybody. If you like a good story and like immersing yourself in different worlds, read it. It's so much fun that I believe it will be appreciated by anyone. But yes, if you are a nerd and you like pop culture, you have to get this book now. For me, it's definitely on my top 3 books I've read this year and I can't recommend it enough. 

So I got a Kindle...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

If you've been a follower of this blog for a while, you'd know by now that I have always been anti-ereader for a few reasons. However, I feel like as I got older and life and schedules got busier, I haven't had time to go to bookstores anymore. In addition to that, there's sadly a lack of bookstores around my area. Because of those circumstances, I caved, and I got a Kindle. I got it for a good deal off of Amazon during a Black Friday sale, and two weeks later, I have fallen in love with it. 
Admittedly, I felt like I betrayed physical copies as I finally bought an e-reader, but over the past two weeks of consistently (almost daily) using it, I couldn't help but enjoy my time reading with it. I've been obsessed with it that I've already finished three and a half books with it. Here's just a few reasons why I love my new Kindle Paperwhite.

  • I love the fact that there are thousands of books right on your fingertips. If I ever get the antsy feeling of wanting a book badly (which I do often) I can simply purchase it right then and there. I'll have it immediately, and don't have to wait until my next day off until I could drive to the nearest bookstore. 
  • Prices. They're usually always cheaper than retail price, and there's always amazing e-book deals. I got a lot of the books I have on there right now for $3.99, $8 at the most. 
  • It feels like a book. Sure, maybe not out of the box, but once I put on the case I got for it (that basically flips like a vintage book), it feels like an actual book. 
  • The screen legitimately looks like a page. I didn't know this before, but the screen is very different from a typical tablet screen or a smart phone screen. It's not glossy, it feels and looks more like an etch-a-sketch to me. The texture is a bit different too, which I think is what prevents the glare. This also makes it easier on the eyes. I've tried reading on an iPad and I just got headaches, but I never get that from the Kindle. 
  • Portability. I can bring it anywhere. Literally. It fits in my medium-sized purse easily. I bring it to work so I can read during my break. I can't wait when I have to travel so I can test it out then.
So while I will always love going to bookstores, purchase books I really love from time to time, and prefer physical copies for my growing home library, there's definitely room for an e-reader. If you are thinking about it because you like the idea of its convenience, I highly recommend it.

Gift Guide for the Literary People In Your Life

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I have done gift guides for readers before, but because the holidays are here again, I figured it's about time to make a new one. These are just some gifts for the reader and literary lover in your life.

Book Art and Book Jewelry 
I love book art. Etsy shops like BlackBaroque that feature antique book prints are great, and so is this store that has typography prints.
As for book jewelry, all you have to do is go to this link and get lost. I particularly am in love with this store and absolutely love this Harry Potter bracelet. 

It's all about those cases, skins, and accessories for your smart phones, laptops, and more. I do recommend the BookBook case. While it sells for $79.99, it is quite unique and does its job. 
I also adore this store for their literary phone cases.  I love the options and the highlighted text!

Clothes and Accessories
Bookish jewelry is always a good way to go, but let's not forget other clothing items and accessories. Scarves, leggings, dresses, skirts, socks? Yes please. I would start with Out of Print, because they're a great company in my opinion. I also highly recommend the etsy store, Storiarts, more than anything else, because I am in love with the designs and the quality of their stuff. I have the Jane Eyre scarf, and it washes and wears so well. For leggings, I highly recommend these Hamlet leggings. They're $75 each, but your bookish person would no doubt adore it. For general nerdiness and a lot of bookish related items, check out this amazing store, NerdAlertCreations. I have their classic covers infinity scarf, and I loved it as a gift. For more custom style shirts, I recommend Redbubble as it features different artists and there's tons of options!

For Your Bookish Home 
Want your home to smell like old books? A library? Try candles. I like this fun line of bookish themed candles. For book inspired candles, check out this etsy store. 
Mugs are always a good idea. I love the banned books mug of course, and I love this one as well. 
Want bookish coasters? Look no further because Out of Print has some cool ones.
And of course... pillows. This is a favorite of mine. I love the font, the quality, and the price. 


What are some of your favorite bookish gifts that you've either given or received?