Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

If you're a science fiction fan and you haven't picked up The Martian by Andy Weir yet, where have you been?! Get to your local library or bookstore now!! I LOVED this book, I read it in a matter of hours, I just couldn't put it down. The Martian focuses on astronaut/engineer Mark Watney, who is left behind by his crew after an emergency storm blows through and Watney is pierced with a piece of equipment and thought to be dead. Unfortunately for him, he was very much alive and now stranded on Mars with no way back to Earth. Watney begins his quest for survival by figuring out 1. How to grow food to stay alive (the crew was given a few fresh items to make a thanksgiving meal) and 2. How to communicate to Earth that he was indeed alive and in need of rescue. The Martian goes through Watney's journey of survival in the form of alternating between his crew log, and the people at NASA's race against time to try and save him.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I read the book Yes Please by Amy Poehler for my friend book club (I actually got my friends to agree to a book club, woot!) and I loved loved loved the beginning, but honestly the second half I was slightly disappointing and slightly ready for it to be done. Amy writes her memoir as kind of a self help/life lesson kind of book, using stories from her life to examine different ways to grow as a person. She tells of times when she had to say sorry, how she had to be brave, and how she believed in herself and took risks to become successful. The first half was lovely, her writing style makes you feel like you can hear her voice as your reading, which I love, and I laughed and cried along with her. My issue with the second half was that I felt like she began name dropping just to name drop. It was just kind of like, "I know, you are famous and you know a lot of famous people, get back to the story!!". But that didn't make me dislike the book overall, just made me wish there was more of the same as the beginning. I also liked her honesty throughout the book that writing a book is hard. Her entire introduction is based on the fact that writing is difficult, and I just really like that she mentioned it, that's all. If you're an Amy Poehler fan you'll like this book if you haven't read it already.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

If you enjoyed Water for Elephants, you are going to love this new Sara Gruen tale, At the Water’s Edge. Maddie, a newlywed into Philadelphia society, and her husband Ellis disgrace themselves at a 1944 New Year’s Eve party and are cut off financially by Ellis’ parents. Ellis had already disappointed his parents by being rejected from the army twice for being colorblind, so the party sealed his fate. To regain approval, Maddie, Ellis, and his best friend Hank (also rejected from the army) set sail across the Atlantic during World War II to the Scottish Highlands. The goal of their journey is to capture the Loch Ness Monster on film, something that Ellis’ father failed to do in previous years which in turn brought disgrace to the family name. They check in to the only inn in the tiny town, and Maddie begins to learn many secrets about her husband and their pristine life begins to crumble around her. She befriends the workers at the inn, Anna, Meg, and the innkeeper Angus, and through those friendships (and being left for days and weeks at a time alone at the inn with no indication that Ellis and Hank were ever going to come back), she realizes that she is worth more than just being the pretty society wife touted for show by her husband. Even though the story seems like it is going to focus on the actual hunt for the monster in the beginning, it really focuses on Maddie’s hunt for herself.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

Shea Rigsby is a sports report at Walker University in Texas, and she has been a Walker fan ever since she could remember. Her best friend Lucy’s dad, Clive Carr is the head football coach, and their team has an excellent reputation. Shea realizes she’s in a bit of a rut. She wants to write more, she has a boyfriend but it isn’t going anywhere, and she only notices this when tragedy strikes the Carr family when Mrs. Carr passes away. This sends Lucy into a reevaluation of her life. She dumps her boyfriend and starts dating a big time football player, interviews for a new job, and seems to be getting her life to where she wants it to be…..but, she also notices that her relationship with Coach Carr is changing, in a way that she wasn’t expecting. If you want to know what happens to Shea and the Carrs you’ll have to pick up The One and Only by Emily Giffin.