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url 2018-04-26 19:51
The Great American Read: America’s 100 most-loved books
Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery
I, Alex Cross - James Patterson
A Separate Peace - John Knowles
The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells
Moby Dick - Herman Melville,Frank Muller
The Martian - Andy Weir
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

Voting starts May 22 and ends October 2018.  See link for more of the 100 nominees.

 

I'm about this but do wish they had done it by categories or even time periods (I.e., published before 1900, before 1950, before 2000, type of splits).  I agree that those are 100 of the most read, most popular and even most influential books.

 

I just mean it's weird seeing beloved childhood books like Charlotte's Web and Anne of Green Gables up against Carch 22, Then There Were None, and long running contemporary series like Alex Cross and Wheel of Time?

 

Then the hordes of fans for Twilight, Fifty Shades of Gray, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter  ...

 

(I am not at all disrespecting Harry Potter; frankly I think those books are responsible for an entire generation of readers.  It's just weird to see it up against the other nominees.)

 

How would you vote -- a childhood favorite that made you a reader or your favorite recent read?

Source: www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#
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text 2018-04-24 08:46
The Author and Their Work
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline includes a lot of references from the 1980s in his novel Ready Player One.  Since this is the case, it seems the author loves the era, as he grew up in it.  I feel as though he modeled his characters to be like him in that he loved the '80s, and that is also the reason why there are so many pop culture references from the decade.  It is obvious to tell he adored this time in history because of the characters and references. 

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quote 2018-04-22 17:18
“I felt like a kid standing in the world's greatest video arcade without any quarters, unable to do anything but walk around and watch the other kids play.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

I chose this quote from the book because it shows a lot about the main character, Wade.  It is a metaphor, and it has a deep meaning.  Wade was never rich, and he could never do anything other kids could in the virtual world OASIS because it cost money to go anywhere.  He was stuck watching his friends as they experienced amazing things, not able to do anything because he and his family were broke.  I feel many people can relate to this, too.  While others can go on costly vacations to exotic places or buy the newest technology and fashion, some have to deal with the bear minimum and can only congratulate and watch their peers as they have a blast.  For those reasons, I chose this quote. 

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text 2018-04-11 04:34
Introductions
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

     As a reader, I prefer genres of sci-fi and fantasy.  My favorites have to be the more popular selections, such as the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson series.  But as I get older, I am beginning to grow out of my phase of just reading magical, easy-to-swallow books, and I desire something a little grittier.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline captivated me for this reason.  The sci-fi genre kept me as mystified as any of the books I had listed before had, but this book in particular quenched my thirst for a story presenting more controversial and mature topics.  Topics in this novel include the thought (and warning) of what will happen to the future of our Earth if we treat it as badly as we are now.  Poverty, pollution, famine, and more are presented in the world where the characters reside in the year 2044.  It really makes you think.  I have enjoyed reading Ready Player One so far and hope that by the end I am as satisfied as I am now.  

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text 2018-03-31 00:36
March wrap-up 2018 part 2
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker
Radio Silence - Alice Oseman
Mature Content - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu

6 audiobooks 

2 librairy 

1 re read 

1 ebook

5 physical  books

I read lots of great books here are the star ratings

1 3 star

5  4 stars 

10 5 stars

 

Total read this month 16

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