I’m pleased to be back with another installment of Lily’s Literature! I really enjoy reviewing my recent reads and seeing what y’all have been reading or think I should add to my “To-Read List”. Before I begin, there’s something I’m curious about–How many of you have Kindles/Nooks/E-Readers, etc. and how many of you buy your books or go to the library? I usually purchase mine but I feel like it’s getting slightly out of control.
The book that I started reading after my last literature post was The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. I’d been interested in reading this one for a while. The story takes place in a small Georgia town and follows five characters that all, in their own way, have lonely hearts. The character that brings all of these stories together is a man named John Singer who happens to be a deaf mute. The other four are drawn to him and are only content when he is around. The story ebbs and flows around these characters and is often heartbreaking.
I wasn’t totally immersed in the book. I thought the writing was great, the characters were well developed, and the nuances were apparent. I just couldn’t fully get into it for some reason. It felt like it was one-note the entire time so I wasn’t excited or depressed or angry. I just read the story and was like, “Okay.” But, as I said before, it was very well written and the characters were extremely life-like. Maybe I couldn’t concentrate because Carson McCullers’ picture was on the back of my book and her cheeks were too distracting.
After that I read a book that I wouldn’t have picked out on my own. It’s titled My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD. I was really nervous to read this one because I knew it was the author’s account of having a stroke and what she learned from it. Jill was one of the lucky ones in that before she had her stroke, she was a brain scientist. Not only that, but during her stroke she was able to contact a friend just in time to get her help. Not everyone is so lucky. She then goes onto explain what happened during the time of her stroke, her recovery period, and what we can do to help those we know who’ve survived having a stroke.
I didn’t think I would like this book simply because I dislike science and hate learning things. I’m not a big fan of non-fiction, but I was willing to try this one out because it was for a book club. I actually took a lot away from this book and feel like I have a lot more insight and respect to how my complicated little brain works. It really makes you look at life differently. If you’re into science and nature, this is a good one to try!
And finally, the book I finished today, my favorite book that I’ve read all year is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I don’t even know where to begin. In this sci-fi story, the year is 2044. Earth is pretty much a wasteland dump because all of the resources have been used up and everything has gone to shit. Video game designer James Halliday made a simulated game-like world where players can basically live life. It’s called OASIS. They can go to school, work, go shopping there–do whatever they needed to do to escape life on Earth. When the creator dies, an announcement is made that he hid 3 keys in OASIS that lead to a mega Easter egg containing Halliday’s fortune and control of OASIS. Even though he gave the population clues, he hid the keys so well that no one found anything for a couple of years. Until one day, Wade Watts uncovers the first key and the word goes crazy.
I can’t even describe how into this book I was. I’ve been telling everyone I know to read it because I need someone to talk to about it. I’m always in awe when authors can create a whole world different from the one we know. There are tons and tons of video game, movie, TV, and music references–mostly from the 80’s. It’s great. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in all of that nerd-speak. Otherwise, you might get a bit lost. But still, I think almost everyone would enjoy this read.
Have you read any books lately?