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February’s Book – Ready Player One


I remember fondly the days when I not only did not have to PLAN for books, books just sort of happened to me.

Alas, adulthood is fast upon me and time for reading must be carved out by my very fingernails.

This month, I’m reading <a href=”https://smile.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/0307887448/” target=”_blank”>Ready Player One, by Ernest Kline</a>. I’m not quite halfway through it (so this notification to YOU, dear friends, is a bit postmature. Is that a word? It should be a word).

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

It is neither new nor obscure — most of you have probably heard of it if not read it yourselves.

But it will be my first time reading through it, and so far I’m enjoying the references to popular culture from my youth and the concept of the fully-immersive virtual reality platform OASIS.

Well, perhaps “enjoy” is a bit tame. I wish like hell I had OASIS available to me today, now, this very second. There’s more than a few of you I’d love to hang out with sans-keyboard.

Anywhoozle, feel free to nab a copy and read along with me this month if you’d like! It’s always more fun experiencing content with friends.

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Tami Parker Other Duties as Assigned