Readers Indigestion – Ten Books That You Have to Read Part One

Before you say it, yes this is another filler being used as an excuse for me not having read this week, but hey at least I’m posting right? Basically each installment, there will be five in total, I will list two books that I think everyone needs to read and at the end you’ll have ten books. Math! Of course this is Volume one of this so there will, in the long run, be many more books for you to read. Shall we begin?

Book: Ready Player One

Author: Ernie Cline

Did you ever see the movie Fan Boys? If you liked that you will love Ready Player One. Haven’t seen Fan Boys? Do you like video games and things from the 80’s and 90’s? PERFECT! You’ll love this book too. If you liked Fan Boys good, this book is written by the guy behind that, Ernest Cline, he’s a total geek and it shows in EVERYTHING he does. My favourite way to describe Ready Player one is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory meets World of War Craft. I’m not joking, that is what this book is. Awesome right?

It’s the year 2044 and the world is gone to tatters, the economy is dead, money is worth nothing, there are little to no resources left, you get the picture. The internet has pretty much turned into everyone’s form of entertainment/work. A world called The OASIS has been created, an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that practically everyone in the world plays, people can earn money that actually means something and they can live out their lives however they want. The OASIS has quite literally everything. Then the creator, James Halliday dies. He sends out a video message to everyone registered in the game and to all the news companies, in his message he says that he has hidden three easter eggs that have to do with 80’s and early 90’s popculture within the game. Who ever finds and solves the puzzles will be taken to the final test, the first person to pass this test will get Halliday’s fortune and control of The OASIS. Five years later, no one has solved even the first puzzle and most everyone has given up except for a loyal group called “gunters’ they are still trying to find the keys. One night a gunter solves the first puzzle and the race is on. Suddenly the game has become more than just a game, and the boy who discovered the first egg’s life is on the line.

Check out this book, it’s a must read for all geeks, it is a fun ride and has the elements of a great Sci-Fi book. It has just come out in paperback, so grab it up now and stay tuned for my eventual review of it.

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Book: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Author: Ned Vizzini

Yes this book is in the Teen section of your local book store but don’t ignore it because of that, yes the Teen section has turned out crap like Twilight, but it has also turned out gold like Harry Potter. This is another case of Teen section gold. I picked up this book because I saw the trailer for a movie based on it, which I still have not seen, and I’m so glad that I did. This book is very emotional and very real. It doesn’t hide anything from you but it hits you in the face with pure honesty and it forces you to understand what it is like to go through what the main character, Craig, is going through. This book has power, real power, and that is rare in a book.

Craig is a 15 year old Manhattan kid, he has tried hard all his life to get the best grades so that he can get into the best High School so that he can get into the best University so that he can get the best career and live the best life possible. He finally wins an admission to Executive Pre-Professional High School and he couldn’t be happier. But maybe he can, he doesn’t feel excited or happy that he got in, he just feels more stress, more pressure. This stress turns into depression, the formation of a marijuana addiction, his sleep pattern gets messed up, and he starts having suicidal thoughts. One day Craig stops taking his medication because he figures he’s over it because he hasn’t had these thoughts or problems in months, but as a result of not taking these pills his depression builds until he decides it’s a good idea to jump off a bridge. But right before he is about to do it he remembers a suicide hotline and calls them. He admits himself into a psychiatric hospital where he meets with many different characters with many different problems. He meets a girl his age there, Noelle, who has cut marks all over her face, he falls for her and together they work on getting through their problems.

I read this book in the course of two sittings and I loved every minute of it; it’s well written and engaging. I will definitely be reading it again, and reviewing it, cause that seems to be what I do now. Check it out, but keep in mind it is completely honest, it holds nothing back and it can bring up some really strong feelings. The author actually spent time in a hospital like the one Craig did so it has a sense of realism and, as I’ve said, honesty to it. He knows what he is saying, this book is powerful.

“Ski. Sled. Play basketball. Jog. Run. Run. Run. Run home. Run home and enjoy. Enjoy. Take these verbs and enjoy them. They’re yours, Craig. You deserve them because you chose them. You could have left them all behind but you chose to stay here.

“So now live for real, Craig. Live. Live. Live. Live.

“Live.”

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