Monday, May 30, 2016

Ready Player One


Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

This was such a fun book to read. It is set in the future, in a time when the world is in turmoil and most people spend their time immersed in a Virtual World called Oasis. The creature of the game installed an Easter egg ( a hidden feature) with in the World of Oasis and the first person to find it inherits all of his money and control of his company. In a world where most people have very little, this contest quickly becomes the biggest obsession through out the world. It was such an unique concept and I was completed captivated by this story.

The creator was obsessed with the 80's so there are lots of references to music, movies and games form the eighties. For anyone who grew up in the eighties this could be a really fun way to relive so of those favorite memories. I was only  kid in the eighties but I recognized most of the references. My favorite thing about this book wasn't just all the 80's references but all the references to Sci Fi and Fantasy authors, movies, TV shows, etc. I am definitely a geek at heart and this book was filled with so many of my favorite things. I mean the main character flew around in a replica of Serenity! So great.

I also really loved the characters and felt myself rooting them on. Hoping they would win and beat out the evil corporation that wanted to take over control of the game so that they could start charging people to play. It was so interesting to have a glimpse into a world were face to face interactions were so limited and everyone spent most of their time in a virtual world, where they could be who ever they wanted and nobody knew what they were like in person. You can already see some of that happening with Facebook and Various other social media sources, so it was interesting to see it taking to such an extreme level. It felt like something that could truly happen. It is so easy to be someone else in the online world and easy to avoid having to deal with reality. Really though provoking when you think about the implications of a society who hides behind their virtual selves.

I couldn't put this story down. I thought the story was well developed and I loved the ending. If you are looking for something fun and unique to ready, you should give this book a try.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wonder


Wonder
by R.J. Palacio

I loved this book. It has such a great message and I quickly became attached to the different characters. This book tells the story of a young boy, who was born with a facial deformity, and his first experience going to public school in fifth grade.

I'm not sure where to begin. There are so many things I liked about this book...

This was a quick read and I finished it in about a day. Probably because I couldn't put it down. It was such a fascinating story. August had gotten used to all the stares he got but this was the first time he was forced to deal with everyone's reactions in such a big way.  The book did a great job of exploring what it would be like to be so different from everyone else, plus how everyone might react to seeing him for the first time.

It is written from the perspective of several different people in August's life, including himself, and I really liked reading what their thoughts and reactions to him were. And to see just how much their lives were affected by being a part of his world.

It felt very real. Like this story could have happened at any middle school in America. It deals with all the issues of popularity that seem to come to the forefront at that age. It was a great little peak into the minds of preteens.

But what I really enjoyed about this book is how all the characters grew by knowing August. They all learned things about themselves and how to deal with the peer pressure around them. This book really shows the importance kindness and how little acts of friendship can change people's lives.

Oh and the ending was just perfect! If you haven't read this book yet, you should give it a try. It's a great story. I think it would be really great for those who are just about to enter this stage in life to read. It might give them a good perspective to better deal with the pressures and demands of middle school drama.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Mitosis


Mitosis
by Brandon Sanderson

This is a Reckoners Novella, which is basically a short story that takes place after the events of the first book in the series. It tells the story of an Epic named Mitosis and how the reckoners deal with this new threat to the city. I loved it! It was a really quick read. It was only 4 chapters long but I loved the ending. This story really shows the resilience of humans. It is a great story of hope and the possibilities of new beginnings. I think it does a great job of illustrating my belief that there is more good in the world then bad. Sometimes all you hear about are the bad stories on the news and it is always good to remember their are so many good people out there, doing their best to help others and be kind.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Calamity


Calamity
By Brandon Sanderson

I was so excited to read the final book in the Reckoners series (although I hear rumors there may be more or another series based in the same world) and I was not disappointed. I flew through the pages of this book. The last few chapters were really intense and I couldn't put it down. I just had to know how it would end.

I have really loved reading about this world filled with Epics (Humans who were gifted Superhuman abilities) and found the concept so fascinating. I love how this book brought it all to together to really explain why these epics always seem to turn evil.

The characters are great and I found myself rooting for them throughout the book. I wanted their missions to be successful and I wanted them to be able to rescue their friends.

I especially loved the epilogue and, as I point out earlier, I would not be surprised if more stories come from this series. I would be thrilled if I could read what happens after they saved the world. I think a lot of interesting things could happen next!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

OxiClean HD



I recently tried OxiClean HD laundry detergent Paks and I have to say I am very impressed.


Stain of unknown origin


Eating fries with ketchup and getting it all over herself

My kids always get all sorts of stains all over their clothes but this detergent park got all the stains out, no problem! It got ketchup, juice, cherry and other various unknown stains out with no pretreatment needed. I'm a busy mom of three so I don't always remember to pretreat stains, which usually means random old stains on all their clothes. But that is not the case with these Paks. These were dried on stains that had sit for a couple of days and came out completely in the wash. I was really happy these worked just as advertised.  



They were really easy to use which made doing the laundry so much quicker. I used two Paks per load because they were so large and that worked perfectly.

I also love the scent. My clothes all smell so fresh and clean. There is not much better then the smell of clean laundry coming out of the drier and this detergent smells wonderful! 

I received this product free for testing. Opinions are 100% my own.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Current reads

I'm currently working on a couple Brandon Sanderson books, which I am so excited to be finally reading. He never disappoints! I just love his writing. He is an amazing story teller.

Who is your favorite author?

What is your favorite book you've read recently?

I'd love to add something new and different to my to be read list, so send your recommendations!