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Top Ten Tuesday | Virtual Reality, Gamers, Gaming and Sci-Fi Reads (aka, the List in Which I know Nothing of What I Talk About)

Hello, happy readers and friends. Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. Who’s excited it’s back up and running?? I know this girl is.

Broke and Bookish August 15:  Ten book recommendations for ______________

So today, on this auspicious day (aka the return of Top Ten Tuesday), what do I decide to do? Talk about a subject of which I know nothing (zippo, nada, zero) about. Because, this is completely normal, right? I’m terrible at recommendation lists. Not because I don’t like talking about amazing books or offering recommendations but rather because I seem to repeat the same books over (and over) again therefore offering boring suggestions.

The normal solution to this is to write about a subject that I know nothing about.

In the aftermath of reading a recent YA Lit sci-fi book and the buzz surrounding an upcoming release, I decided to list sci-fi books about gamers or virtual reality. Because of this (remember I said I nothing about said subject), most of my list will be comprised of titles I have not read. Also ironic that I’m making this list is the fact that I’ve recently realized I need to hone in on my reading preferences again, because (as we all are), I enjoy my reading the most when reading only the genres that I really like. (But that’s for another discussion post, one that is planned.)

Nonetheless, let’s get to list-ing.

1. Longest Shelf Life: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza | This one has been on my shelf forever. It's one I was really curious about at the time, and then, well, as we all know, new books release which distract us. Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Virtual TBR: The Leveller by Julia Durango | Next is a book I have not read. In fact, while putting this list together, I ran across this one. It caught my eye and makes me curious – especially since it’s a new-to-me author, too. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Watched: Insurgent (Film Adaptation) | Haven’t read this series (and to be honest, I don’t know that I will – the emotional upheaval might not be worth it), but this film is very tech savvy. Plus, it’s very much like a “game” in which its protagonists must outwit the “government” (Fraction) officials controlling their every move. 

4. Read: The Giver by Lois Lowry | Though the details of this book are fuzzy (because a. I read it over a holiday and b. I rushed it because I had rented the film – time limit! – and wanted to read the book prior to watching it), the film’s visualization was very tech-y. Or that’s my memory of it. Am I thinking of something else? *blogger second guesses herself* Amazon | Goodreads

5. Wishlist/Preorder TBR: Warcross by Marie Lu | This is the book that is getting so. much. buzz. I don’t mind admitting, this might not ordinarily be a novel I’d pick up, but it does interest me, so I’m admitting curiosity. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Watched: The Maze Runner (Film Adaptation) | This one might not focus on the tech aspect of the story, but it is largely about a “game” in which characters are stuck in a maze without hope of escape. Creepy, right? (No wonder mazes always seem sinister.)

7. Virtual TBR: Rush by Eve Silver | This is a book that looks vaguely familiar. While I know I haven’t read it, I do know I did read about it. The question now is: why did I decide not to read it way back when? *looks at TBR* Oh, rightAmazon | Goodreads

8. Started to Watch: Stitchers (TV Series) | I am so far behind on this one, however I loved what I saw of it (early series one). The pilot pulled me in and if the Twitter chatter is any indication, I’m going to adore the #Camsten feels going on. (Enough so that it might make me ignore the disappointing shifts.)

9. Virtual TBR: Reboot by Amy Tintera | This is another I’ve not read (as most of these are). I remember reading about it way back when (likely on one of my online window shopping sprees). Have you read it? Recommended: Yes or no? Amazon | Goodreads

10. Read: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber | This is the one novel I have read on the list and it’s a unique-to-me read. That said, I found it engrossing and entertaining. There are aliens thrown into the virtual reality game, so it’s got plenty of action working for it. Amazon | Goodreads

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This brings an end to my know-nothing-about-anything-subject-list. Which of these books have you read? Do you like any sci-fi/gaming/virtual reality books? Comment down below with your thoughts, opinions, Top Ten Tuesday posts or other bookish chatter.

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  1. I feel like I need to save this list for my son in like 3 or 4 years. He's totally into all things technology and gaming and loves MG that feature that stuff-- so these will be great when his reading level goes up a tad :)

    1. How fun! Hope this might be helpful, someday, Michelle. I feel like I know ZERO about this "virtual reality" subject, but I had fun with the list, so that's what matters, right?? ;)

      Glad you visited!

  2. Love this topic! I remember seeing Mila 2.0 around, but never did read it. And Warcross I'm looking forward to, it will be my first Marie Lu.

    1. YAY! Mine too, Greg - I've heard SO much good about Marie Lu, but never read it. Here's hoping we both enjoy. :)

      Glad you visited.

  3. Great topic, Rissi, and interesting mix too :) I hope you enjoy the ones you have yet to get around to!

    My TTT

    1. Thanks, Lianne - and as always, thank you for visiting. Hope you're doing well?? :)

  4. I don't think I've read any books that feature gaming or technology. I really should add a few of these to my list.

    1. I know the feeling, Brittaney. Why I decided to go with this topic, I've zero clue. But, hey, it was fun, so that's worth something, right?? ;)

      Thanks for visiting!

  5. To be honest, I really didn't like Mila 2.0 that much. It just really wasn't for me, and didn't stick with me that much. As for Reboot, I really liked it! I read it a couple years ago and it was such a quick read. I never got around to the sequel though. I hope to one day watch Stichers! It looks pretty chessy though! :D

    1. I've heard that about Mila 2.0, Gennifer. That said, I'm curious - and there's nothing wrong with a book not suiting. :) Glad to know Reboot is good (and furthermore that it's a quick read; those are my favorite).

      Stitchers is such fun. I'm WAY behind so I can't say for sure what all happens, but it does have its cheesy moments. That said, I enjoy it too much to mind. :D

      Thanks for visiting!

  6. Good picks! Some of my favorite VR reads are Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson! :)

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    1. I *almost* added 'Ready' simply because I've heard SO much about it, Lauren. But, well, I didn't. And I think I did see a book by Neal (*maybe*) when I was looking up books to create this list, so I'll have to take another look at Snow Crash.

      Glad you visited! :)

  7. Interesting list! I like your take on the topic. I’m terrible at watching movies because I’m impatient, but I have read The Giver and The Maze Runner.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Thanks, AJ. Did you like The Giver and/or 'Maze'? The former is a blur (to be honest) for me since I (unwisely) read it around a holiday. Aside from the film, I know little about the latter.

      Thanks for visiting! :)

  8. You are not the only one who knows basically nothing about said topic. I'm not into video games, so it's a genre that I have not explored. I do have Warcross on my TBR and will be reading it based more on the author's previous work than the subject matter. Loved the route you took with this week's topic!

    1. I like what you say about reading Marie's books based on her previous work rather than the subject. That's been my experience too. I read a YA Indie by an author who'd only previously written inspirational/women's fiction and the book really entertaining. Goes to show you it pays to stick with favored authors, even in a genre swap. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Alicia.

  9. Yes yes so much recommendation for Reboot! IT'S SO MUCH FUN. And so sassy...honestly criminally underrated I think.😂 I also really really love The Maze Runner and Insurgent was great (not the movie...haha. omg that was cringey). I also ADORE the Giver and think the movie is actually super good. Not like a very loyal adaption? And why more sci-fi feeling than the book...but still so so good omg.

    1. I'm SO glad, Cait. I love good recommendations. *adds to virtual TBR* :)

      I haven't read the 'Divergent' books so the films are all I have to go on. I'll confess, I kinda' like them. ;) I also like that they ended happier (assuming this cast doesn't return for the final installment) than the book does.

      Though I don't remember very well (because I read the book over a holiday), that's my impression of The Giver, too. The film is more sci-fi than the book! Guess sometimes the creative process takes new directions. :)

      Glad you stopped by, Cait.

  10. Ahhh! The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. I really enjoyed that one. I'm also looking forward to Warcross.

    I think the Maze Runner series is better as movies than books, but the sci-fi/dystopian concept is super cool.

    Thanks for the new recommendations, though! I will have to look into some of these. :)

    1. So glad, Jaime! It was a fun, thrilling ride, wasn't it?? :)

      That's good to know re: 'Maze.' After seeing the movie, I decided I wouldn't rush to read the books since the film just didn't end up being my cup of tea. I mean I liked it OK, but not super well. Like you though, I agree! The concept/visualization is cool.

      Thank you for stopping by - hope we both enjoy Warcross!


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