Life of a Book Hoarder

Annotated: Ready Player One

I’m fairly new to the whole annotation thing – in part because writing in or highlighting anything other than a textbook feels wrong and because I don’t often have anything to say that’s worth permanently recording in my reads. But then I started highlighting a few of my writing guide books and it kind of felt ok. So I sat down and made myself a list of some of my favorite books that I knew I had some interesting thoughts on, or that had passages worth marking and Ready Player One was at the top of my list!

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Nostalgia Reads

Nostalgia Reads: The Claidi Journals

nos·tal·gia [no-stal-juh] – noun:
A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

I decided to start another segment here to appreciate some of the books from my past that I love to re-read (or want to re-read). I know not everyone re-reads books, and I understand that because there are so many new books to read. But I do enjoy re-reading old favorites. I find certain books to be comforting, like visiting an old friend, and sometimes it’s nice to pick up something I know I’ll enjoy. In some cases, I’ve even picked up on details I never noticed, or maybe understood something better due to being older or having a different mindset than when I last read the book.

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Life of a Book Hoarder

To Read or Re-Read?

I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve mentioned before that my TBR pile is massive (literally hundreds of books) and I’m trying to read at least 100 books a year, just to keep up with my ever-growing collection. But sometimes I’m overwhelmed by my options and have a hard time deciding what to read next. Sometimes I just need a break – but I can’t just stop reading.

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Book Review

Book Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One
By Ernest Cline

My edition:
Paperback, 372 pages
2011, Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307887443

5/5 stars

Ready Player One takes place in 2044 – the world is suffering from an energy crisis, a food shortage, and an economic decline, all creating a dystopia for all but the wealthy. But for anyone who has access, the virtual world of OASIS can be just that – an escape from reality – where you can create an avatar and be anyone you want, hunt for treasure, and even attend school. When the founder and creator of OASIS dies, he sets up a Willy Wonka-esque challenge – the first player to find his easter egg wins complete control of his company and fortune. Wade Watts wants nothing more than to escape his real life by winning the prize, but the contest is more dangerous than he ever imagined.

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Book Review

Book Review: Saved By The Bell

For the sake of nostalgia I purchased a couple of Saved By The Bell books (a behind-the-scenes type and a chapter book) and decided to actually read them. Oh the memories!

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