Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? Dreaming of France


 
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.



I'm also linking the second book to  An Accidental Blog. as it has many mentions of Paris.

My reads this week are all very different from each other.


46 COMPLETED READS TO DATE!
1 ABANDONED
1 not finished as it expired so I will have to borrow it again. The Nightmare

FINISHED:
Gone (Jack Caffery, #5)
Not as good as last week's read Hanging Hill.
Too predictable and too long.


That Part Was True
When Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of his books, they discover a mutual love of cookery and food. Their friendship blossoms against the backdrop of Jackson's colorful, but ultimately unsatisfying, love-life and Eve's tense relationship with her soon-to-be married daughter. As each of them offers, from behind the veils of semi-anonymity and distance, wise and increasingly affectionate counsel to the other, they both begin to confront their problems and plan a celebratory meeting in Paris--a meeting that Eve fears can never happen.

Not my typical reading selection. But, hey, England and Paris? Lightweight reading but enjoyable if you are a foodie. The two main characters are "penpals" and discuss their lives through recipes.
it's a comfortable read with lovely writing. 
A favourite sentence:
"Everything needs editing. Everything: biographies, closets, address books, friendships, fiction, life."

STARTED:
Ready Player One

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 


5 comments:

  1. Boy, are you reading quite a lot.

    I'm juggling three books at the moment.

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  2. I enjoyed Ready Player One despite my unfamiliarity with 80s pop culture. I hope you like it too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  3. I wonder if they'll have Paris in the OASIS on that next book you started. The one set in London and Paris seemed like a relaxing read. I'll take a look. Thanks for playing along today. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

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  4. Hope you enjoy Ready Player One, have heed great things.

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