I posted a back-to-school book recommendations a few weeks ago, and if I remember what being a student is like, then after a few weeks everyone would be feeling like they are done with it already. So, I thought that I would recommend some books that would make you forget that you have to go to school tomorrow or to at least make having to go to school a bit easier – books that can help you pretend reality isn’t a thing…
School is very important, and it’s not because I’m recommending these books for you to forget about school for a while means that I’m saying that school isn’t valuable/important and fun. School is very hard at times, and we need to relax and rest our minds at times. So, I hope these book recommendations help you do that.
- Ready Player one by Ernest Cline – Age 13+
“In the year 2045, 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. 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.”
If you like games this book is totally for you. I found the thriller of the chase really exciting. I loved the idea of the whole Easter egg hunt and of the Gunters. It sounded like a really cool community to be part of, even though it’s a pretty competitive one.
I really love this book, I couldn’t put it down when I got into it, and that only took me a few pages. I really felt like I was inside the Oasis with all the characters. The idea of the Oasis is so fun I wish it was a reality – the idea that you can have this alternate life online is really fascinating and desirable, specially when real-life can be so harsh, boring and hard. Though the why the Oasis exists is really scary – people use it to run away from reality, because our planet is pretty much destroyed and living conditions are terrible. That’s really scary to me, because this plot point is based on our reality, and it’s a real possibility. Art3mis is my favorite characters, she’s so bad-ass – shes doesn’t need someone to save her, she is just as smart as the main character or perhaps smarter in ways, and at times I found myself cheering for her instead of Wade.
- ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi – Age 14+
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
If you like fantasy, this would be a great book for you, it had an amazing fantasy concept. I got really immersed in the story and could not put it down. I think it’s an amazing book to represent the African culture. I must say I don’t know much about the culture, but this book made me want to know more, because the culture that this book shows is very rich and interesting. I think that’s the point of this book, and what’s so great about it, it makes you want learn more about different cultures, be it the African culture of the Black culture – you won’t know the richness of a culture that isn’t your own if you’re not exposed to it or reach out to be exposed to it.
I love the magic in this book, specially the different gods. I liked how this book wasn’t about being religious, but by being connected to the gods in some way, being it by blood or bone.
- ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller – Age 15+
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
If you like historical fiction and/or re-tellings this book will be great for you. This is the ancient love story we all need to read.
This book was an absolute surprise to me, and I loved it. This book is retelling of the ‘Illiad’ by Homer, which is the story of Achilles and the battle of Troy. If you can’t already tell by the blurb, this book is a retelling where Achilles and Patroclus are lovers. When I read this book I sort of knew Achilles story but I couldn’t remember much, also, most what I knew came from the film adaptation with Brad Pitt. It’s a great film, and in it Patroclus is Achilles cousin, so this book did a complete flip.
This book made me very emotional. Like I said, I sort of knew how it would end, but I was hoping it wouldn’t end like that. Achilles and Patroclus’ romance was so innocent and cute, I loved the two together. The end made me cry buckets while at the same time it was bittersweet, I won’t tell you why because it would be a spoiler.
- ‘Warcross’ by Marie Lu – Age 14+
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
If you like gaming and bad-ass female characters this is a book for you. ‘Warcross has a similar vibe/premise as ‘Ready Player One’ – but, it’s a very different book. It has a strong gaming aspect to it, though Warcross is mainly a game, with real-life mixed with gaming at the same time – things you do on real-life can help you level-up in the game.
I loved Emika, she a pretty strong female character. She made coding sound really cool and interesting. I loved that this book has a female character who codes – I think if there were books that had characters like her when I was younger, I might had been more interested into coding and technology as whole really. I loved the thriller in the book, it kept me guessing and on edge. It’s a really fun read, that I couldn’t put down.