Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I picked this title for my book club. We needed a sci fi novel and I always struggle to find something they might like in that genre. It’s just not my thing. Someone suggested Ready Play One so without much thought I added it to the list.

I loved this book! It took some thought to distinguish the real world from the virtual world but once I did, I was all in. It’s the year 2044 and a wealthy video game developer has left his fortune to the person who can solve his riddles and make their way through his virtual world. The part I loved was all the references to the 1980’s. They were a very real time in my own life and I could relate to its role in solving the puzzle of the games.

Give Ready Player One a try. I was ready not to like it from the start but the glimpse into our future woven among the nostalgia of the past, hooked me. The story moves at a lightening fast pace so hold on and go for the ride. Now I have to see the movie!

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

I’ve been wanting to read Ordinary Grace for a long time. I had no idea what it was about, I’d only heard that I should read it. Finally it became available on my library wish list.

It is the summer of 1961 in a small town in Minnesota. Frank and his younger brother, Jake, who stutters, fill the empty summer days with walks along the river or treks into town to find a pick up baseball or game or just some town gossip. Their father, Nathan is a preacher and their mother is not sure who God really is. Ariel, the older sister, is a talented musician headed to Julliard in the fall.

That is about all I want to tell you about the story. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. What I can tell you is that I couldn’t put this book down. Last night at 2 a.m. when I couldn’t sleep, I turned on my Kindle and kept reading. I cried and cried which didn’t help my ability to fall asleep so I kept reading. Frank and Jake grabbed my heart at hello and their view of the world around them left me speechless.

So here’s my review. Read Ordinary Grace. You won’t be able to put it down and you won’t be disappointed.