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Game On! (Read a book about video games)

Love playing video games? Why not bring that into your reading list! Featuring fiction and non-fiction books, this list will give you an array of options. From the history of the console wars to the rise of eSports to novels featuring massively multiplayer online games. There’s a little something for everyone – no matter your interest!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In a bleak future where everyone escapes into a virtual reality, a treasure hunt with real world implications begins. Can Wade Watts survive the hunt and claim the prize?

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Warcross by Marie Lu

In a world where a virtual reality game called Warcross has become a way of life, Emika, a hacker-slash-bounty hunter, takes on a job that will alter the trajectory of her life. Becoming a spy was never part of the plan.

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Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Corporate wars have ravaged the world and countries are now run by huge corporations. Mal survives by streaming a popular VR war game. However, when she discovers a secret that the corporation would kill to protect, Mal discovers just how far she will go to correct a deeper wrong than she could have imagined.


Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

Hidden identities and eSports – what could go wrong? As a high school student by day and the only female member of a competitive eSports team by night, she’s able to keep both worlds separate. When the opportunity to compete in a major eSports tournament comes her way, her worlds collide.


Significant Zero by Walt Williams

Learn about the behind-the-scenes of video game development from this award-winning videogame writer. The good, the bad, and the ugly are all represented to make a fascinating story about one of the most popular forms of entertainment today.


Masters of Doom by David Kushner

Doom and Quake were two games that defined many childhoods in the early 1990s. Learn the story of ID Games founders’ rise to stardom (in the video game world at least) and unfortunate crash.


Good Luck Have Fun by Roland Li

What are eSports? Why is watching others play games so popular? eSports has become a huge industry that has only continued to grow over the years. Learn about what it is and who are the players are. This book showcases the success stories, as well as the dark side of the industry.


The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts edited by Patrick Thorpe

A beautiful art book from one of the most popular video game series. Whether a new or old Zelda fan (or just looking to discover something new), this book will show it all to you from the original game to the most recent.


The Ultimate History of Video Games, vol. 2 by Steve L. Kent

A comprehensive guide to the history of video games starting from the beginning of the new millennium. The console wars are heating up and new players are entering the market. Can the originals from the 90s, Nintendo and Sega, survive the entrance of the Playstation and Xbox? Great behind-the-scenes stories can be found in this book.