Author: Ernest Cline
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Cheers Factor: 4/5
Okay I feel much more clever than I likely am with this drink but the famous video game was started in the 80’s and I didn’t even realize it worked with my drink and this book until I was writing this.
This is so easy you put the sherbet in the glass and top with champagne then you garnish with the berries. If you wanted to spice it up you can always add a shot of vodka or dull the champagne with some club soda. Basically whatever works for you, but it’s super yummy and a nice way to drink your dessert.
Take a Shot: The Oasis is the future of virtual reality. Set in the year 2045 almost all of the real world has fallen to neglect. Many people spend their time in The Oasis attempting to escape it. Five years ago James Halladay died and before he left behind the ultimate contest, a chance to win the keys to The Oasis. Wade Watts is a Gunter, a person who is hunting for the clues that lead to winning the contest. Come along as Wade and his reluctant allies continue their quest to win the prize of all prizes.
The Oasis is genuinely any dork, nerd or 80’s fan’s dream. I loved how the author added such nuances. Like the funeral scene from The Heathers, a truly great movie if you haven’t seen it. Or all of War Games, also a great movie if you haven’t seen it. Truly it is imperative for a fantasy novel to explain its setting efficiently and in detail without becoming redundant. This book does it so well, I truly felt immersed the whole time.
The only reason the characters don’t get 5 stars is because they are so ADAMANT to be annoying and rude to one another. It’s similar to Normal People where you want to pluck the characters from the novel, give them a stern shaking and some choice words due to their inability to comprehend the counterpart's love and interest towards them. It’s aggravating beyond belief.
Plots and Themes
I love the dorky nature of this film, it only further reminds me that deep down I do have dorky tendencies. The structure of this film and plot was so similar to that of a video game that I commend the author. The central villain was ominous, but also not all too threatening. I liked the drawn out process of the film as well. It greatly contradicts the film in that it takes place across a few days as opposed to the novel taking place roughly over a year.
I loved this book. It has inspired me to go watch War Games, again a great movie Matthew Broderick is great in it. But seriously this book really made me contemplate my vast 80’s knowledge as well as my genuine inner dork. I did love that and wouldn’t want anyone else to miss out on this hence why it’s high in my rating.
Too Strong - character that refuse to admit they love one another (a truly annoying trope)
Reasons to Raise a Glass - DORKY 80’s FACTS that is all like just read it then we can talk
I loved this book. I won’t give it 5 stars because it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read...well listened to, but it was so good and I truly loved it so much. I felt myself geeking out on all the films I knew as well as the video games and tv shows. I just felt like I was in on the inside joke. I liked that a lot and felt honored that I knew what was happening. Even though the book did a great job of explaining that you would know even if you didn’t, I still felt rewarded.
I do want to address the STUPID annoying relationship of Artemis and Parzeval. Like JUST DATE ALREADY. It is not that freaking hard. Clearly they both love each other and I get the whole reluctance due to insecurities, but still I was like really? Come on.
Author: Colleen Hoover
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Cheers Factor: 4/5
Pairing: Self Love
"I love it when the sky makes me feel insignificant."
-1 oz St. Germain
-1/2 oz lemon juice
-1 oz Empress Gin
- Combine St. Germain, lemon juice and gin in a shaker with ice
-Shake and strain into a coupe glass
-Top with prosecco
I like the big city setting we get in this novel. I personally have never been to Boston, but I do feel like I romanticize the idea of living in a big city as a young person. I also loved the way it wasn't detracting from the story and it didn’t take away from the quintessential plot line.
I think the way that the characters are written is very interesting. The flashbacks to see the old relationship versus the new relationship are very intriguing in the way that time is shown passing between present day and the past. I think it helps to give the characters growth and experiences without having to genuinely witness it.
Plots and Themes
This is such a deep book that totally hit me out of left field. I did not know anything going in to this book and it did indeed take me by surprise. It felt very similar to when I read In Five Years and it was a hard hitting in the same way.
It has taken me a few days to truthfully come around to liking it. And by a few days I mean a couple of weeks. I think at first, this novel felt very triggering for a multitude of reasons and then I began to respect it as I continued to reflect. I think my heart hurt a lot and processing that was very difficult.
Too Strong - check trigger warnings before reading
Reasons to raise a glass - painful, but in a good way
"Just because someone hurts you doesn't mean you can simply stop loving them."
Warning spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk.
Each book here at Cheers&Chapters is rated based off of certain categories that are genre specific, however every book will get a Cheers Factor. The Cheers Factor is how much we wanted to raise our glass while reading it. So get your glasses ready and cheers!