Stranded on Mars – Books and Audible and booktubers and such

I finished The Martian by Andy Weir the other week. It is one of the more exciting books I’ve read in a long time! The kind of book you don’t want to end, but still WANT it to end because you need to know HOW it’s going to end and your nerves can’t take it anymore. If anybody has missed the synopsis of this book, the main character is left for dead on Mars by his crew, who has to quickly evacuate the mission. They think he is dead, people on earth think he is dead, and he has no way to communicate with anyone. He has limited resources. He has to science the shit out of things to find a way to survive.

There are a lot of numbers and calculations and explanations and science and it is STILL frikkin’ exciting. I don’t think I have ever paid quite so much attention to facts and science in a fictional book before.

I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads (yes, I am on there, and hoping to use it a bit more in the future). I also tried to put in most of my TBR pile on there to keep track. I like keeping track. It keeps me steady.

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Bedside table…

Somewhat related, something I have been enjoying a lot lately is following some booktubers on YouTube. Bookhauls, TBR-videos, reviews, pretty bookshelves in the background; all booknerdy and geekhappy. It speaks to that part of me that would mostly like to live in a bookstore and fondle all the pretty books.

Actually, the reason I chose to listen to The Martian as an audio book rather than reading it was because of Kristina Horner, who said she enjoyed it because the book was mostly written in a log form anyway and it went well with the audio book format, plus, good voice actor. So here’s a link to Kristina Horner on YouTube, because I think she’s a great booktuber and well worth watching if you are a bookworm like me!

Another booktuber I really like and who is quite new to the scene is Nancy, also known as Kitty Scrapper on YouTube. I basically found her because I love her chatty and rambling scrapbooking videos, and she started doing booktubes on the same channel, just as lovely and chatty. She just started the Booktube-athon 2015 which is happening this week:

Awesome reading list!

Speaking of Audible (she says, adding to an already long blog post), The Martian was the book that got me to sign up. You get the first one free, after all. But then they had some of Neil Gaiman’s audio books on sale, so now I am re-reading (well, listening) The Ocean at the End of the Lane, since it was only like three pounds and who can resist listening to Neil Gaiman reading his own books over and over again?

Goodbye July

July has come and gone. It was mostly cloudy with a high chance of rain. We managed to grow a thing on our balcony but have no idea what it is, or if it’s edible. I look at it accusingly and point and say: “What ARE you?!”. I’m thinking about naming it Gregory.

The cat mostly napped. His new favourite spot is one specific pillow on our sofa. It is slowly turning into a very furry and grey pillow. Sometimes things are not quite right, sometimes a corner of another pillow has trespassed on his territory. Then he will let us know, very very loudly.

August. People are getting back from their holidays. The relative quiet at the office is quickly slipping away, and we are going back to a constant chatter and relentless background noise. Summer isn’t over yet, but for some people it seems to be. Personally I have been loving the summer rain, but feel tired from lack of light. A little bit like I feel after a long winter. But then again, it feels like it’s been a long winter for years now.

As always I long for the fall. And lazy afternoons under blanket, reading a book cover to cover, someplace quiet.

I long for quiet.

Usually this is the time of year when I start thinking about new projects and crazy writing months and new hobbies to try out, finding new music to geek out on or read new books. And buy a lot of new pens and notebooks. But right now it sort of feels like I’m constantly starting a 100 meter sprint and get fatigued after twenty. Where’s my puff of energy?

I think I need to stick to my pile of books to read for a while. And possibly I need a holiday.