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Book Reviews: Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart, This is Just my Face Try Not to Stare, Ready Player One

Book reviews Thru-Hiking will break your heart, This is just my face try not to stare, Ready Player One

If you’ve read any of these I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. All three are perfect for lighter spring/summer time reads. Also tell me about what you are reading now. Anything good?


Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn

Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn

Carrot Quinn becomes disenchanted with her daily life in Portland. She’s going through the motions and checking the internet at every step in between. She decides to break out and attempt her first long distance hike. She chooses the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which runs from the boarder of Mexico to the boarder of Canada.

Quinn never delves too deep personally. I did not finish the book feeling like I really knew the author, but I did finish the book feeling like I had a pretty good understanding of what it would be like to hike the PCT. It is an amazing and interesting feat that was fun to read about. I think I’ll stick to day hiking though!


This is Just my Face Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

This is my face

Okay so I have never seen the movie Precious or the TV show Empire. In fact, I don’t know that I’ve seen anything that Gabourey Sidibe has been in. I don’t really tend to read celebrity biographies either. I heard a glowing recommendation of her book on NPR though and shortly after saw that the download was something like 2 bucks to my Kindle. This ended up being the best book I’ve read in months.

Sidibe is witty and funny, and the book has an easy-to-read conversational tone. Be warned, there is some cussing and dirty talk. This isn’t for shock value though. Her story is truly unique, and I felt that she was just telling her story honestly. If I had to describe this book in a single word it would be colorful.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

It’s 2045. The world is in shambles and people mostly live online in a virtual world known as the OASIS. Before the creator of OASIS died he set up a contest for users to find an Easter egg (a buried secret within the virtual world). Whoever finds it first gets the creator’s entire fortune. Years and years go by without anyone being able to make any progress. People even start to doubt whether the egg actually exists.

That is until a poor, orphaned high school student in a trailer park in Oklahoma City solves and passes the first round of finding the egg. Soon after other players start making progress too. The race is on.

I think whether you are a gamer, not a gamer, adult, or young adult you can read and thoroughly enjoy this book. There are themes about social class and corporate power, but it’s an adventure tale that keeps you turning pages with tons of bonus pop culture references. Bottom line, this is a fun read.


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8 thoughts on “Book Reviews: Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart, This is Just my Face Try Not to Stare, Ready Player One

  1. I haven’t ready any of those books. Blake and Richard have read Ready Player One and both really liked it. Right now I’m reading “The Night the Lights Went Out” by Karen White. I’m only in chapter 4 or 5, but it seems good so far. it’s written now and actually has blog posts as part of the chapters which I find intriguing

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  2. Haven’t read these 3 year Lacey– The Gabourey Sidibe book sounds intriguing– like reading people’s actual stories. And I like book recommendations from NPR too. Always have it on in the car. I’m reading through all of Kelly Corrigan’s books right now. Fast reading, about her family and relationships. Her book on mothering (titled Lift) made me cry. Now I’m reading her Glitter and Glue about how she comes to appreciate her own mother as a young woman. Happy reading!! xox

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