Ready Player by Ernest Cline has become one of my favorite books this summer. It has deeply indulged my nerdy side, and brought up some of my favorite 80’s movies. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and had such a hard time putting it down. Nerdy things are great, but they often suffer from being male-centered with flat female characters, whether it is in video games, comics, or fantasy or science-fiction. In this novel, Ernest Cline managed to make some great social commentary about the way our society could be heading (some of the issues we are facing now), gender, and poverty.
Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly nerdy or geeky, I highly recommend this book!
As promised, here is another book to add to your summer reading, if you have never had a chance to sit down and read this great piece. Toni Morrison presents some memorable characters in this novel. Morrison’s works are deeply layered, and one of the most fascinating layers is the examination of the relationships between women, whether it is a mother and her daughter, or two friends. This is definitely a must read, and we would love to hear your thoughts on the novel.
With the end of the semester fast approaching, we hope everyone is in good spirits and not letting the stress of taking finals or grading finals weigh them down. Summer break is coming upon us, and it is a good time to catch up on some reading that often falls to the wayside between classes and other activities.
Throughout the summer we will be adding books to keep you entertained during the hot days of summer, or some of the rainy ones too.
The first book is a book that originally came out in 2012, “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline. Here is an excellent review of Overdressed that really emphasizes not only the ethics of where our clothes come from, but how it impacts our society as whole, from the people who produce the items, to the conditions they work in, and how we dispose of them once we are done with them.