Book Reviews #50

Book Reviews #49

Book reviews from the past month.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

year: 2015 | pages: 349 | rating: 4/5

Between January 2008 and May 2012, there were hundreds of sexual assaults reported to the police by students of Missoula, Montana. Very few of these cases were handled properly by the local authorities and the university. Jon Krakauer investigates the experiences of five victims over a four-year period, using the town of Missoula as a case study for rape; demonstrating the skepticism of bystanders and the judicial system, the bravery of the victims in the face of adversity, and the aftermath of legal proceedings.

Missoula may not be as easy book to read yet it's a very important one, one every man and women should read. Rape is the most underreported serious crime; in more than 90% of cases, the rapist gets away with it. Jon Krakauer reveals our society's ignorance and misunderstanding of rape, how the victims of such horrific crimes behave and react, and the way our justice system fails time and time again to protect them.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

year: 2011 | pages: 374 | rating: 4/5

Set in 2044, where the world is starved, suffering social problems and economic stagnation caused by an energy crisis and global warming, society relies on a MMORPG called OASIS to escape from their dystopian nightmare. OASIS was created by James Halliday and after his death he left a message for OASIS players; he told them within the virtual world is a series of "Easter Eggs," whoever solves the clues and finds the keys would be granted Halliday's wealth and control over OASIS itself. Wade Watts - a teenager living in poverty - is an "egg hunter," obsessed with OASIS he embarks on an adventure to be the first to crack Halliway's clues.

Steeped in 80s pop culture, Ready Player One is a fun read packed with nostalgia for retro games and cult films. It's a super fun read, fast paced and engaging with an interesting plot packed with nostalgic references to films, games, and characters from popular culture. Part of Ready Player One was filmed down the road from my apartment and I've been watching the filming as it happens. It's really exciting to be living on a film set!

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

year: 2016 | pages: 272 | rating:

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans wrote Designing Your Life from a designers perspective, offering a new way for readers to create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling through "design thinking." It's a book about understanding who we are, where we are in life, and what we want to achieve.

Written in a basic manner that makes it quick and effortless to read, Designing Your Life challenges us to see things differently; to improve how we think and feel about work and life. A great read for anyone looking for a new job, wanting to work in a creative field and not knowing where to start, or someone feeling lost in life; as a self-employed business woman, this book was not for me. Although there were a couple of chapters I felt I could benefit from closer reading, the majority of the book focuses on troubles and concerns of work life. I'm not saying I have it all figured out (I certainly don't!) I'm just fortunate to be in a happy place so overall I didn't connect with the content. Designing Your Life is a worthwhile read for anyone struggling with building a new future and mapping their path to a happier, more content life.