A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Crown
Source: Purchased @ Kindle Store

Utterly, utterly amazing! This is only January but I'll be hard-pressed to find a book that will pass this as the number one book of my year! There are thousands of reviews of this so I'll come at this a little differently. I actually read Armada first, when it came out and I enjoyed it to a point, but now I really understand why readers were underwhelmed with it as a second book. Honestly, Cline will probably always find his future writing compared as never quite reaching the heights of this, his first novel. He genuinely hit the mark with his first novel. This doesn' just have lots of eighties references, the whole thing is virtual immersion into eighties geek culture. Having come of age in the eighties myself, and now thinking of them as my glory days I sooooo get this book and pretty much remembered playing every Atari game, Arcade game, freaking over every song, loving every movie, TV show, etc. My best friend even had a ColecoVision! Just a fantastic story and I absolutely cannot wait for the movie! So glad it's a Spielberg vehicle! Just awesome!


  1. So you liked this one :-) haha, brilliant exciting review Nicola. I'm sure this will make your top 10 list for 2016. Another I guess I will be adding to my TBR list. I remember some 80's stuff more from my brothers who were 10 and 12 years older then me but still good memories.

  2. While this book may seem like it is about an innocent topic, there are many moral flaws. It is shocking to me that this book is so highly rated when it has an anti-religious sentiments, swearing, virtual sex and masturbation. Disgusting and immoral. I would never recommend this book to Catholics.

  3. @TM - Some of us Catholics are mature enough to read books with worldviews different than the ones we personally live. If I only read fiction that presented a Christian worldview, my insight would be very limited.