May Reads Recap: Watership Down, Rumor of War, Ready Player One is the worst

May Reads Recap: Watership Down, Rumor of War, Ready Player One is the worst


Reading recaps are mini-reviews of the books I’ve read each month.

This month started out great with Watership Down. I half-read this in college but decided to finally pick it back up and start from the beginning. Fantastic read! This is the perfect adventure/survival story and you quickly forget all the characters are rabbits. The original folklore teaches us about the characters in a unique way and is surprisingly interesting to read. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Unfortunately, it was followed up with a complete dud. Although all of the feedback I had heard about Ready Player One was negative, I heard so much about it I wanted to check it out for myself. Huge mistake. This book is absolutely terrible! The niche of the book is that it is superfluously littered with 1980’s references. Oddly though, the writing is so dumbed-down that only a current 15-year old would enjoy it. This is strange because a 15-year old would not get any of the 80’s references. I really cannot imagine any 30-year old thinking this is good writing. I know it’s a “fun” book but I guess my fun still has standards.

Pick of the Month

Watership Down
Author: Richard Adams
Genre: Fiction
Source: Own
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Survival tale of rabbits trying to find a new home

And All The Rest

Rumor of War
Author: Philip Caputo
Genre: War/Autobiography
Source: Own
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Nine months of the Vietnam war from an Officer’s perspective

Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Genre: Fiction
Source: NYPL
Rating: 0/5
Summary: Writing only 15-year old’s can enjoy with ostentatious 1980’s references

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish
Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: Humor/Sci-Fi
Source: Own
Rating: 3/5
Summary: More hilarity in the Hitchiker’s Guide universe


4 Replies to “May Reads Recap: Watership Down, Rumor of War, Ready Player One is the worst”

  1. Funny that you hated Ready Player One and dismiss it as for 15-year-olds. I’m a 36-year-old woman and I really enjoyed it.

  2. I haven’t read any of these, but I’m adding Watership Down to my list. Normally I’m not a huge fan of books told from the animal point of view, but I hear it’s good so I’ll make an exception.

    1. At it’s heart, Watership Down is a survival story more so than an animal story. The story really is fantastic and the writing is beautiful to read. I’d like to hear what you think of it.

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