Dec 30 2015

End of the year Book Reviews part 2 #NewToYouRC #FirstReads

December reading update @JLenniDorner

New Authors seeking New Escapes 2015 reading challenge

#NewToYouRC read something 'new' to you in 2015 and review it
#FirstReads book by an author that @JLenniDorner had not read before

The Martian

This book was impossible to put down. It’s intelligent, hilarious, and suspenseful. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy (especially sarcastic wit), drama, realistic fiction, science, thrillers, or suspense. There’s even a romance between two minor characters. It’s a remarkable book that will restore your faith in humanity.

I have farmed potatoes. But I’ve never had to grow taters to survive on Mars. Yet, while reading Andy Weir’s “The Martian,” I felt like I had. A great story with a setting that can’t be swapped. Mark Watney wouldn’t be as compelling if the book were “The Idahoan.” A story where the majority of the population is in favor of spending billions of dollars to help one farmer out doesn’t seem plausible. But put him on Mars and it works.

This book earned me the “read a book set somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit” checkmark. Because yes, I’d go to space. I’d go to Mars. Sounds fun. (I’m crazy that way.)

One Perfect Night (The Sullivans #8.5)
by Bella Andre

**Interesting note** – Today I learned that reviews on Smashwords can only be written for books PURCHASED on Smashwords. Having a copy bought elsewhere didn’t matter.

This book made me miss my Existence characters. It made me want to work on that story again. Now how can I turn that into a review?

This book was inspiring. The characters were uplifting. It’s a story of healing, trust, courage, confidence, and coincidence. There were a few head hopping moments that distracted me. Overall, a well-written story that’s clean enough to be contemporary but hints enough to entertain audiences who also read erotica.

A classic romance – checked off my list!


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

The title is meant to be conversational, since this is a work of fiction. (That’s mentioned in the discussion points at the end.)

The book drew me right in. In gets deep by page 5, but in a really good way. That the character feels his dog is better than any human is pretty relatable. Being stared at for looking like an Indian- yeah, that hit home for me. I love the Eugene character. He reminds me of several people I know. “We should give thanks they didn’t kill all of us.” – Is this a more popular saying than I’m aware? Because I’ve heard that before. More than once. And I do mean heard, not read.

My writer heart skipped a beat at Gordy’s lessons on how to read a novel. (Pages 94 to 97 in my paperback copy.)

It’s written in a young teen voice, which gets tedious at times. But some of the words are offensive enough that it’s obvious how this book made the banned lists.

My favorite quote from the book:
“Ever since white people showed up and brought along their Christianity and their fears of eccentricity, Indians have gradually lost all their tolerance.”

My favorite part of the book is in the chapter “In Like a Lion.” It talks about the power of expectations. That if your chosen social group expects you to be good, you become good. They expect more of you, so you expect more of yourself, and it works. I think that’s, for me at least, the purpose of the goals bloghop I’m in every month. We cheer each other on.

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1 comment

  1. I’ve got The Martian on my TBR for 2016. Everyone is raving about that book.
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