Welcome to Winery Library, a sometimes weekly post where I semi-drunkenly reflect on all the books I’ve started reading as well as the wine I’m consuming.
This week I started reading a whole slew of new books, from e-book to audiobook and the paper pages in-between. The picture above was haphazardly taken atop my husband’s hand-me-down laptop (which I gifted him) while I was skyping with my best guy friend who is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Not only do I make my own husband weirded out by talking to myself aloud about books, but I also subject my best friends to watching me take pictures for this blog. I’m truly the friend you put up with.
ready player one by ernest cline
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready? —goodreads
I started reading this book for the Nerdist Book Club, which (if you click the link) will be written according to the timeline provided by the every so amazing Amy Ratcliffe. I’m super excited to finally be reading this book, I’ve been wanting to for some time, but have been putting it off thanks to my ever-growing larger TBR collection.
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.
In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. —goodreads
This book is the first book I’ll be reading with the Blogger’s Book Club which was started by wonderful bloggers April of Bookishly Speaking and Stefani of Caught Read Handed. I, honestly, haven’t heard much or read much about this book so I’m very excited to be starting a book without bias. I’m also very excited to discuss the book with a group of great bloggers. Please join us, if you haven’t already.
Night Fall (John corey, #3) by nelson demille
John Corey, former NYPD homicide detective, assigned to the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force in the pre-millennium 90’s, makes a return appearance in a thoughtful novel offering an alternative to the government’s “official” position on what really happened to TWA Flight 800, which crashed off the Long Island coast in the summer of 1996. Accompanying his wife Kate to a memorial marking the five-year anniversary of the crash, Corey’s curiosity is aroused by what appears to be a concerted effort by Kate’s fellow federal agents to keep him–and her–from investigating a case that appears to be closed. Corey’s detecting skills lead him to two witnesses to the crash, who were enjoying an adulterous interlude on the beach at the time the plane went down–and videotaping their sexual escapades while what appears to be a terrorist missile attack takes place in the background. What ratchets up the tension in this capably written thriller is what the reader knows but Corey doesn’t as he heads for a showdown with those responsible for the official cover-up as the clock ticks down to the morning of September 11, 2001. DeMille’s deft touch with a riddle wrapped in an enigma–what really happened to Flight 800–makes his “what if” scenario a more than plausible theory; you don’t have to believe in conspiracies or government cover-ups to find his latest engrossing, entertaining, and enlightening. –Jane Adams —goodreads
My best guy friend recommended me Nelson DeMille’s series of an arrogant, slightly misogynistic and former NYPD homicide detective. I’ve never really been a big mystery reader, but this series really grabbed me. This is the third book of the series and I’m very excited to start it. The first two were full of smart, witty characters who don’t take any crap from anyone. Just how I like them.
wanted (pretty little liars #8) by sara shepard
In Rosewood, majestic estates sprawl for acres, and Tiffany toggle bracelets dangle from every girl’s wrist. But not all that glitters is gold, and the town harbors secrets darker than anyone could imagine—like the truth about what really happened the night Alison DiLaurentis went missing. . . .
Back in middle school, Ali plucked Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer from obscurity and turned them into the beautiful, popular girls everyone wanted to be. Ali was the best friend they ever had. But she also made them do terrible things and taunted them with their worst secrets. Now, three years later, all their questions about Ali have finally been answered and they can put this awful chapter of their lives behind them. Or so they think.
Not every story has a happy ending, especially when four pretty little liars have done so many wicked things. In the dramatic conclusion of Sara Shepard’s bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer could get everything they’ve ever wanted—unless A has one more horrifying twist in store. —goodreads
These books will never end. The goodreads blurb says that this is the “dramatic conclusion”, but there are some six or eight books left after this.
Soul eater, vol. 2 by atsushi ohkubo
The remedial assignment continues as Soul and Maka confront Dr. Franken Stein, the man behind Sid-sensei’s unfortunate transformation and the strongest meister ever to graduate from Death Weapon Meister Academy. Even without a weapon, his massive soul dwarfs them all-even big shot Black*Star! Can Maka rally her strength to face Stein in battle, or will despair be her downfall? —goodreads
I finally got a good manga reader for my iPad, so I’ve been drowning myself in downloads. Soul Eater is one of my absolute favorite animes, I can prove that by the giant fabric poster I have next to my bed. It’s really fun reading the manga of a show I’ve already watched to find the little differences they missed.
Winery Library was brought to you by Ghost Pines 2012 cabernet sauvignon. It’s a big, bold 14% ABV wine that’s smooth and delicious. The first sips are intense with a juicy flavor that round out with, what I’d call, a smokey nut flavor. I tend to pick my wines based on the names of the winery, Ghost Pines has proved to be a good choice for me.