Why do you read?

So yesterday my lovely book club got together and the topic of why do you read came up. One person mentioned having an outlet for your experiences. So say you are going though something in life and don’t quite know how to handle it, or you feel inappropriate in your feelings during the situation. Reading a book where you can relate to a character and what they are going though can help you process you feelings better and possibly help you not feel bad for crying. Another person mentioned escape, getting out of your current situation and away from where you are. I want to say my answer is about the same. I experience wunderlust and reading is my outlet. It helps me go to places I can’t at the moment. I can read a story about someone in Ohio and though the story isn’t about Ohio, I can feel like I am there and living out this story there. My favorite kind of story transports me to the future where something has happened to change the world. I like to read and learn, to know and be scared by certain possibilities. Think about it, what is the reason you read?

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The_Circle_(Dave_Eggers_novel_-_cover_art) 4/5

I started this blog a few days ago and I kind of feel like I am Mae just beginning to work for The Circle. For those of you who don’t have a blog and don’t know, and for those of you who do and can relate; there is an endless amount of promotion that goes on across multiple social media platforms. There is tweeting, and re-tweeting, likes and hearts, reading, commenting and following . It can be a bit overwhelming, but in the times we live, it is what must be done. When Mae first starts at The Circle, a giant technology company, she is super thrilled. Slowly though she is consumed with the everyday task and lack of privacy it takes to keep up with the ever-growing company. From an outside prospective I find The Circle to be almost a horror novel. It makes me want to run away to the woods and hide with no technology in sight. If you can’t take a hard look at yourself and the world as it relates to technology this book might not be for you. I did give this book a good rating though because I really did enjoy it. I enjoyed following Mae’s thought processes, meeting her family, and learning her new job. Eggers does a great job of helping you become engrossed in his dystopian future. I recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t think we could end up this way and to the people who are afraid we will. Have some fun and join Mae at The Circle.

“SECRETS ARE LIES SHARING IS CARING PRIVACY IS THEFT”
― Dave EggersThe Circle

The Circle was adapted into a movie featuring Emma Watson

 

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still_Alice_(Genova_novel) 4/5 *book club pick

Still Alice was a book different from the kind I normally read. Told from the point of view of Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Still Alice gives you an inside look at what it might be like to lose yourself. Alice is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned linguistics expert, she is proud of her achievements and when diagnosed at 50 struggles with what losing her mind will be like. Genova writes a book that is perfect to read with family or friends to help open up the conversation of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects those involved. The story is well written and often makes you feel sad as you start to notice the main character has just again forgotten something important. Still Alice is an easy to read book and only took me about two days to complete, it is a must read for any book club.

“In the ladies’ room, Alice studied her image in the mirror. The reflected older woman’s face didn’t quite match the picture that she had of herself in her mind’s eye.”
― Lisa GenovaStill Alice

For book club questions visit: http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/fiction/987-still-alice-genova?start=3

Still Alice was made into a movie starring Julianne Moore. (The book is better, 😉 )

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red_Rising_(2014) 4.5/5

Mars!!! Humanity has made it to Mars in this Ya-ish sci-fi book. Taking place in a distant future this book follows the life of Darrow a 16 yr old miner on Mars. I don’t was to dip further into the plot line because when I had started reading this book I did so while in the dark. In my opinion it made the first few chapters of the book all the better! Pierce Brown knows how to captivate an audience, I read this book while on vacation and still couldn’t put it down. Luckily I was using my e-reader which is super portable. This book was a Hunger Games mix with Star Wars kinda read. I love the imagery and didn’t skip a word. The book does a great job showing you how everything works and never are you left in the dark wondering why something was done. The only issues I had with the story was the way Darrow was able to escape out of certain predicaments. Brown seemed to play the part of an outside God making chess moves only in favor of the main character. Red Rising is not only a good sci-fi story it can also be tied in to today’s day and age. Making parts of the book more relavent than ever. Packed full of action, adventure, romance and good quotes Red Rising by Pierce Brown is a must read.

“Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.”
― Pierce BrownRed Rising 

Red Rising is book one in a series and Pierce Brown’s debut novel. There are rumors of Red Rising be adapted into film.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready_Player_One_cover 5/5

Quick log into OASIS and join me on this ultimate Easter egg hunt! If you have not yet read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline you are missing out. This story is set in a dystopian future where most everyone spends their days escaping daily life by logging into a VR (virtual reality) game by the name of OASIS. When stating the story you find out creator of the game, James Halliday, has passed away and is leaving his fortune to whom ever can solve the riddles in an ultimate Easter egg hunt. Through out the story you follow Wade Watts on his hunt, while finding all the 80’s and video game Easter eggs scattered throughout the book. This book has it all action, adventure, a little romance, and friendship. As a self-proclaimed nerd/geek myself, I was able to identify with the characters as they faced social awkwardness and self-doubt. These underdogs turned heroes are the kind of people I can root for. So I urge you, all people who like an unlikely hero and fighting big bad to run out to the nearest store and buy this book. You’ll thank or curse me when you lose sleep with this page turner!!

Ready Player One is currently being made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg set to release March 30, 2018

 

How do you read?

I love myself a good old fashion book. One I can hold in my hands and smell and feel. One where I get the satisfaction of turning the pages. The feeling of weight shifting from my right hand, to my left. My problem with them though is how I read. When I am fully engrossed in a book little beside my son or a fire will make me put the book down. I have been known to read while cooking, cleaning, eating, and yes even while I shower. The last one is particularly hard. When I discovered E-books I was a little swept away, man this thing is light and with the Nook (1st ed) I have I can still read outdoors. I could throw it in my purse and be on my way. I was no longer a purist so to speak about holding a real book. Lately I have discovered audiobooks, I know, I know they have been around forever. Again I was still coming down off my high horse and expanding my mind. Let me tell you audiobooks are great because now I can even read at the gym and while driving. My life is now a never-ending literary adventure so to speak. Now there is many ways to enjoying reading, I know not everyone is as obsessive as I am. I give no judgement to how people like to read. Any reading is good reading, and to those who don’t like e-books or audiobooks, good for you stick to it. We need to keep print alive! So how do you like to read? My husband for instants put on a sports game or music and sits down in his spot on the couch to crack open a book. My son enjoys them read to him, mostly when he is already supposed to be in bed. So take a break from reading and let me know! I promise you can go right back to it!