Current read: Ring – Koji Suzuki
“That must be it. Yeah, that’s all it is. When I turn around there won’t be anything there. Nothing at all.” p. 10
Throughout the years of having this book blog, I have come to know a few great websites related to books and the like, which i would love to share here on Fighting Books for people who may not know them.
Also – if you know a great website that wasn’t mentioned here, please make sure to write it in the comments, because I really want to get to know even more book related websites!
Therefore I will list four great book related websites (in random order), and tell what they are about and why I love these websites.
Current read: Paperweight – Meg Haston
“The girl in the mirror was too much and not enough. Her lines were soft, curved as though they had buckled under the pressure of being. Weak, her flesh.” p. 41
I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, and I hope you will have a very enjoyable Sunday. I have a few updates which I am personally very happy about, so here goes.
First of all, I have reached 100 followers on the blog Fighting Books! I am very appreciative of everyone who has read, liked and enjoyed the posts I have written – and I am of course very thankful to the followers!
As I hadn’t imagined ever getting 100 followers, I sure hadn’t expected that I would have already finished my 2015 Reading Challenge in the month of September! I mean, I still have three months left of the challenge, haha.
Last year I only just made it before New Year, but this year, I have totally up’ed my game apparently. Then again, I still have to fulfull my reading challenge, where I have to read at least two books per month.
How is it going with your reading challenge?
Current read: The Well-played Game – Bernard De Koven
“- if you want to play, we’ll let you play. If you don’t want to play, we’ll leave you alone to stand around and watch or cheer or dream.” p. 70
Time for another Pretty Book Covers post!
I’m in love with colors, but sometimes a simple white color can fit a book cover so much better – it is more sophisticated, and fits a more serious theme of a book. Therefore today’s post shows five book covers, which are white and simple, but have interesting black or red details.
Current read: The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau
“’Now choose.’ The mayor held out the bag with one hand and put the other behind his back, as if he would not interfere.” p. 9
”We live in a world full of games.
More than 31 million people in the UK are gamers.
The average young person will spend 10,000 hours gaming by the age of twenty-one.
In this ground-breaking book, visionary game designer Jane McGonigal challenges conventional thinking and shows that games – far from being simply escapist entertainment – have the potential not only to radically improve our own lives but to change the world.”
Reality is Broken – Why Games Makes Us Better and How They Can Change the World is a non-fiction piece written by Jane McGonigal, who is one of my role models and someone I respect a lot. Jane McGonigal is a game designer, known for making alternate reality games, where reality becomes a big part of the game.
In Reality is Broken Jane McGonigal focuses on how we can use games to brighten our everyday lives and to change the world in a bigger perspective.
Let me start by saying that I could agree with almost everything, McGonigal envisioned and discussed in the book, and I find her ideas and perspectives very interesting and useful.
I also personally loved how much I could relate to the theory she spoke of, and how everything she said fit some sort of game I have played myself. For a gamer, the book was very relatable.
As for the structure of the book, I was not very happy though. McGonigal build her book up like an academic paper, where theory comes first, then analysis and discussion, whereas it would have been nice, if she had put her discussed examples straight after mentioning the fitting theory. I have never been fond of this structure, but of course, this is a personal opinion which differs a lot for different people.
Also for the writing, Jane McGonigal gets very repetitive as she keeps rephrasing the same thing many times. Unfortunately, if all the repetitive content was cut away, the book would be much thinner than it is now.
Looking away from the style of the writing, I really enjoyed the book, and I learned many new ways to use games in the real world. The book also introduced me to many alternate reality game that I had not known before, and I love alternate reality games, so I appreciate that a lot.
Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal (English), 396 pages, Vintage Books
It has been a while since I last bought myself some new books, so was happy to finally receive the package with these three new books, I bought on Book Depository.
The books I got:
Current read: Reality is Broken – Jane McGonigal
“Whenever I walk through the front door of my apartment, I enter an alternate reality. It looks and works just like regular reality, with one major exception: when I want to clean the bathroom, I have to be really sneaky about it.” p. 119