February was a tough month. I had to study a lot for university and I was left with less time for my readings. I ended up reading four books anyway, mostly because I had a couple of half-read books that I really wantedo to throw off the pile.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The first book I finished. I started it in October, I think, and abandoned it. I’m as nerd as everyone who loves videogames, videogame lore, videogame loot and “nerd books” (that reads as fantasy and the occasional sci-fi). After seeing how this title was praised, something “by nerds for nerds”, I believed it was an easy score. I haven’t liked it a bit. The writing is nice, but the main character is shallow and boring (I personally rooted for At3mis) and there is really nothing special in this world. It feels like a bunch of nerd things thrown together just to make it nerd.
Worlds Apart by Daniel Kelley
This collection of short stories was pleasently surprising. I have a thing or two with the writing style, but it is an interesting read. Four stories showing us people tied together, in a way or another. I think my favourite is the one with the statue and the girl while the fourth one was the most boring. And the most shocking. Easy, fast and interesting enough to be worth a look.
Awareness by Anthony De Mello
This book I bought back in May, when I was in search of inspiration ( unimportant sidenote: I read it in Italian). I must say that I found some interesting points in it as well as many ideas worth the headache, but it reamins too “trascendental” for me. It’s not bad, simply (not entirely) my cup of tea. However the writing (or, better, speaking) is indeed brilliant and – again – there are many fair points the author makes that actually are inspiring.
The Last Dragonslayer di Jasper Fforde
Another book I read in Italian. I loved it. It was a rushed read, and it felt a bit dry for that, but nonetheless the story is marvelous. The book is meant for youngsters, but it’s worth reading at any age. First and foremost, the world in which the story is set is a mix of fantastic and modern, with a lot of englishness thrown in. Secondly, the protagonist is an orphaned girl forced into servitude who takes care of several sorcerer and magical workers. She’s also the last dragonslayer. She defies the unjust orders of her king, refuses to sell herself to big companies and is a pretty tough kick-ass in general.
As you can understand from the many words used, I loved this book. It wins the award as Best Book of the Month.