Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The book that….may have gotten me into science fiction.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads because it was amazing!

This book was super good. I was reading it during a very busy time during school so it got sort of broken up for me. I think I would recommend that if you are going to read it, read it during a time when you can fly through it. It is a very fast-paced read and I ended up finishing the last 150 pages of it in one day when I thought I would only read about 50 pages or so. I just had to see how it ended.

I loved the main character’s snark and jokester personality. However, I felt that there were times in which I would have expected him to be freaking out a bit more. Not all of the things that happened in the book seemed completely plausible but most of the book was very believable,

When I was reading, I loved everything that was happening on Mars. However, I felt that the parts that took place on earth were much less interesting. There were times when it added to the tension so I understand why the author put them in there but I tended to want to get back to the Mars portions because they were so engrossing.

The writing in this book was not phenomenal, however, it didn’t hinder my reading of the book and this is a debut book which is understandable. I did think the author did an amazing job making the science-y parts of the books very accessible for those who don’t know a lot about the sciences being discussed.

I think this would be a great book for someone who is looking into reading sci-fi but doesn’t know where to start or is intimidated by it. I am not a sci-fi reader myself but quickly got pulled in to this book. I think it is a great place to start in that genre.

If you have read it, please let me know your thoughts down below. I would love to hear your opinion.

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Happy Reading!

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Bout of Books 13: Wrap-Up

Hello, everybody!

Today I am bringing you my wrap-up for Bout of Books 13 read-a-thon. I had a blast participating in this read-a-thon and actually got quite a bit of reading done. I went ahead and marked my progress each day of the week so you can see how I did.

Monday

40-89 I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Tuesday

89- 200 I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
1-36 Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easyish Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
1-10 Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Wednesday

Nothing! It was my sister’s birthday, so I was spending time with her this day.

Thursday
36-79 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
200-356 I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Friday
79-115 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
1-25 The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Saturday
115-150 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
25-155 The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Sunday
150-166 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
1-176 The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

Total

Pages read: 853

Books Finished: 3

Overall, I am very happy with how much reading I got done. I loved having The Encyclopedia of Early Earth to blaze through at the end and Adulting to read throughout the week. I always love doing read-a-thons and had a wonderful time dedicating this past week to reading and making reading a priority. If you participated, feel free to let me know how you did. I would love to read about your progress and your experiences with the read-a-thon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 13 Day 5 Challenge: Book Cover Color Challenge

For today’s challenge, I had to find 4 books with matching cover colors. I went with red as my main color and then there are yellow and white accents on the books. I have not read any of these books so let me know if these are ones I should get to soon.

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Make sure you go check out the challenge here and see what books and colors other people chose.

As far as my progress goes in reading for the read-a-thon, I have finished one book and am halfway through another. I will be breaking into the children’s books here in the next few days to fly through some books. Up next is The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein.

If you are participating in Bout of Books 13, let me know how you are doing. Let’s knock out some reading this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Reading

Bout of Books 13: Day 1 Bookish Survey Challenge

Hello, everyone!

I have not done any reading yet today which is a great way to start out the read-a-thon (-_-) but after this, I plan to grab a cup of coffee and get some serious reading done. I decided to participate in the challenge for today. It is called the Bookish Survey Challenge and I basically just answer the 5 questions below to tell you a little more about me.

1. How do you organize your shelves?

Right now, the are organized by genre. However, I have been known to organize them in many different ways such as by color, size, alphabetical order, etc.

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

I loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which surprised me because I do not usually like contemporary books.

3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?

The one I picked up first which is I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

5. What book do you recommend the most?

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

If you have not read this book, you should check it out as soon as possible. It is a truly magical story.

That’s all for me today! Make sure you check out the challenge here and check out everyone else’s answers linked on that page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 13: TBR and Posting Schedule

Hello, everyone!

Are you getting excited for Bout of Books 13? I definitely am! To celebrate my graduation from college and the beginning of summer, I went on a huge library spree and brought home a bunch of books. I am currently finishing up one book and then I will move onto my TBR once I am done with it. These are the ones I will be focusing on for this read-a-thon:

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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg : A graphic novel I have been eyeing for a while now

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson : Book 1 in a YA trilogy

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusack : Been on my TBR ever since I read The Book Thief

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein : One of my favorite children’s author’s new book

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate : I have heard this one is really good and it won the Newberry Award so I thought I should check it out

I decided to stick with quick reads for this read-a-thon so hopefully I will be able to get through a lot of these during the week. If I feel like reading something else, I will probably read some short stories or a few chapters in Anna Karenina.

As far as my posting goes, I might just do one big wrap-up at the end or update you guys once or twice throughout the week. I probably won’t do a post every day because that just ends up taking a lot of time.

If you are joining, link your post below or tell me what you are going to be reading in the comments. Here’s to an awesome week dedicated to reading!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy reading!