Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting my current read, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  This will be my second read for YALSA's Backlist Bingo Reading Challenge and fulfilling the Alex Award winner category.  I've been meaning to read this for ages and I'm very excited about it.  I'm not that far along yet, but I'm loving it all the same!  Bring on the '80s references!


Beginning:

Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.  I was sitting in my hideout watching cartoons when the news bulletin broke in on my video feed, announcing that James Halliday had died during the night.

56:

By their thirtieth birthdays, Halliday and Morrow were both multimillionaires.  They purchased mansions on the same street.  Morrow bought a Lamborghini, took several long vacations, and traveled the world.  Halliday bought and restored one of the original DeLoreans used in the Back to the Future films, continued to spend nearly all of his time welded to a computer keyboard, and used his newfound wealth to amass what would eventually become the world's largest private collection of classic videogames, Star Wars action figures, vintage lunch boxes, and comic books.

34 comments:

  1. I absolutely loved this book when it first came out! I think I'm about due for a reread :)

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  2. I have heard a lot of good things about this one and I really should read it. :)

    Stormi
    Friday Memes

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  3. I have never read this one yet either and have always wondered. I'll be adding it to the TBR. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I've heard good things about this book. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE”

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    1. So far it's living up to the hype. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I really need to read this book! Happy weekend!

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  6. I've heard so many good things about this, but I've been apprehensive because I'm not into video games. Serious, I really stink at video games. My niece and nephews find it hilarious. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I'm not really either, but Cline really makes it come alive! Have a great one.

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  7. Don't know where I've been, but I haven't heard of this. Thanks for sharing it and have a good weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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    1. I hope you have a good one! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Ah, the 80's. Great decade of music and TV. Enjoy the book! I'd love for your readers to check out mine! http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewsBlogSEM

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  9. I liked this one very much when I read it. This week I am spotlighting Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig - a YA mystery. Happy reading!

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  10. This is speaking to my inner nerd; I loved the excerpts! Adding it to my TBR now. :)

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  11. This is the first time I've seen this book - sounds interesting - especially since I would get all of th 80's references...lol...here's
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  12. This slipped past my radar. Sounds thrilling. And such a cool cover!

    My Friday 56 from Five Dog Voodoo

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    1. It's awesome so far - and now I know what the cover's about now! :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  13. OMG, this book was so good. but you HAVE to LISTEN to it, the audio is un-be-lie-va-ble. in fact, I consider it the BEST audiobook ever!!

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    1. I might have to pick it up - I've heard so many great things about it! :)

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  14. Hi Lauren,

    Despite the fact that your 'Backlist Bingo' reading challenge sounds great and I was oddly drawn to your chosen excerpts, although most definitely not the cover art, I'm afraid this book is way outside my sphere of reading competence and isn't going to make my TBR list anytime soon!

    Of course, I do hope that you and everyone else who has expressed a positive interest after reading your post, enjoy the story :)

    Yvonne

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    1. Thanks for coming over, Yvonne! This sort of story isn't for everyone and that's okay. :)

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  15. I don't know this book.

    Thanks for sharing. Not something I will read, but I hope you enjoy it.

    Elizabeth

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  16. I loved, loved, loved this book. In fact, I want to reread it.

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    1. Great! I'm about a third of the way through and it's amazing!

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  17. Loved this book! Hope you enjoyed it!

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