All tagged September 2015

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Go buy this book! Don't be a fool like me and wait patiently for the library holds to cycle around to you. Spending money on this book so you can read it before you go see the movie is a wise decision.

Even if you're not a fan of science-fiction, I suspect most people will like the man versus nature conflict of this survival story. 

Starting on page one, you know that astronaut Mark Watney has been stranded on Mars. He is the lowest ranked crew member of the Ares 3 manned mission to Mars. After six days on the planet, a sandstorm carries away their communication dish and threatens to tip the Mars ascent vehicle that will carry the whole crew back to their orbiting ship. NASA orders the crew to bail out and head home. On the walk to the ascent vehicle, Mark accidentally separates from the rest of the crew, sustains an injury, and falls unconscious. The crew assume he has died and abandon him. 

Book Review: Grayson by Lynne Cox

One of my teacher friends recommended this quick read to me saying it was not great literature, but it was a sweet inspiring story of this amazing athlete and her journey with this lost baby gray whale. I think my teacher friend may be under the impression that I read a great deal of fancy pants literature, which I do not. While I am not a sports person, I still decided to give this story a try.

I have not categorized any books as a book by a female author for my 2015 Reading Challenge, and as someone who does not play sports or root for any team, I felt like reading about this record-breaking channel swimmer's adventure would be a good stretch for me.

Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I did not find this book magical or life-changing. As someone who enjoys cleaning up and organizing my things, I was hoping for a windfall of advice on how to keep my minimalistic home neat and tidy. If you're like-minded, then I suspect that you'll find very little useful information in this book.

Within the first pages, the book did warn me that Marie Kondo was writing to people who need to develop the habit of tidying up. She makes the assumption that her reader is not already tidy, which is a shame. I'm sure there are many other tidy people out there who just want to maximize their tidiness.