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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 :)

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    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!

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  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.

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    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.

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

    My TTT

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

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  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.

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    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!

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  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

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    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!

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  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! :)

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  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!

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    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! :)

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  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!

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    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.

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  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.

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    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.

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  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. :)

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    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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