“The Martian” Book Review

4/5 stars

I doubt this will be of much of a surprise to anyone, but I have always been a huge nerd. I feed on knowledge. I was always that weird kid that has hundreds of useless facts in her brain, enjoyed documentaries and museums, and loved learning new things. Science, math, English, and History were things I enjoyed, not hated. However, as much as a nerd I was thought to be, only pales in comparison to just how nerdy the main protagonist of The Martian is. But, don’t worry. I absolutely loved how nerdy this book was. And, you will too.

The Martian is a science fiction novel of a trip to Mars gone wrong. Mark Watney, the main lead of this story, gets stuck in Mars all by himself, his crew gone. It’s a classic tale of survival, but with a nerdy twist. I can see lots of people loving this book. It’s funny, quirky, suspenseful,addicting, and just plain fun. I adored this book.

While at times, some of the “sciencey” talk went over my head, I enjoyed most of it. Andrew Weir seems to know exactly what he was writing about. While no one has gone to Mars yet, the way the book is written, and how the story unfolds makes me feels as if someone did go there and somehow unfortunately got stranded there, it wouldn’t be too far off from this book.

While this book has multiple perspectives, Mark was my favorite. He was resourceful,intelligent, and a bit of a wisecracking smart ass. God, I loved him. He was hilarious. I found myself cracking up numerous times while reading this book.  I mean, come on…

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”

“Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.”

“Also, please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world. [12:15] WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)” What a lovable piece of shit he is. XD

This book was all together a great, fun read. I definitely recommend picking it up before it hits theaters in a few months. You won’t regret it.


“One Night in Winter” Book Review

I really really liked this book. Perfect balance of history, mystery, and love. I adore Russian history and this book delivers on the historical aspect. I love the author’s attention to detail in this book. It really makes me feel as if I were really there. (I’m glad I’m not, though. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to live in Stalinist Russia.) My only real issues were that the pacing was a little uneven and I could feel at times there were definitely slower parts were not much happened; and that there were a few too many characters in this book which made it a little hard to stay that connected to and follow their storyline. But, that being said I really enjoyed most of the characters and their relationships. I also really liked the ending and how it was bittersweet, but beautiful. I couldn’t help but feel a little sadness for Seraphima and especially Satinov. Love can certainly be rather inconvenient. 
Overall, really great read for when you’re in the historical mood. 🙂


“All the Light we Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr Book Review

4.5/5 stars 

 War is a ugly thing. It has occurred countless times, causing devastation and loss yet I have been lucky enough to have never experience it firsthand. But, sadly children like Werner and Marie-Laure weren’t.

Anthony Doerr does a beautiful job of demonstrating the tragedy of war. He writes about two children, Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a brilliant German boy. Both were forced to mature way too fast.
While both of these characters were wonderful, Werner really stood out to me. While yes, Marie-Laure has to deal with the fear of France being overcome with the Nazis, at least she has her family, at least she has her freedom to be who she wants. Werner does not even have that. 
Werner grew up in an orphanage with his sister Jutta. When he was only still quite young, he was sent to a school for German boys, to help the Nazi “cause.” At such a young age he is already forced to do what others tell him and that he no longer can be himself. I felt horribly for Werner because he was taken from his family, only to be used for his intelligence. No boy should be victim to that. 
Overall, I truly loved this book and the story it told. My only issue was that it was a tad bit too slow for me, but other than that I loved it.  I will never tire of historical fiction. 

“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion book review

The Rosie Project

4/5 stars


This book was just so so so adorable and fun. I absolutely loved this story and the characters.

I’ve been in a huuge reading slump the last few months due to being super busy and just general lack of interest in reading, but I can definitely say this book makes me want to read again. Perfect pick me upper.

Don Tillman, the lead of this story, is a very unique and refreshing character that I grew to truly love. He is very socially awkward and truly struggles to understand the complexity of human interactions. He is incredibly academic and intelligent and attractive, but he just doesn’t understand social faux pas. He also is a stickler for hard work and always has a planned schedule. He’s basically a more lovable version of Sheldon Cooper. Don, after being discontent with being single and finds that he should settle down and marry, comes up with “The Wife Project”, a hilarious, yet insanely ridiculous survey to determine who he would be compatible with. Unfornuntely, he doesn’t have much luck with this plan and starts to that l he might never find a wife. But, then he meets Rosie. Rosie basically fails his survey for a wife. She smokes, drinks, talks a lot, has a lot of baggage and can be quite temperamental. Yet, for some reason, Don finds himself wanting to be friends with her and even agrees to help Rosie look for her biological father. He is after all, an expert in genetics. Rosie completey changes his life for the better and Don soon realizes that not everything can be scientifallc explained. Love is kinda weird like that.

One of the things that I really enjoyed in this book was the writing. Don is a very straightfoard and intelligent man and the way he thinks was displayed perfectly by the writing. The narrative came off slightly emotionless and technical and really showed just how clueleess Don was to other people.

But, of course what I most loved was how unconventional this story was. I loved how it was from a male’s perspective for a change. I loved how the girl wasn’t a perfect innocent virginal girl. I loved how their relationship developed. I just really loved this book.

This book was a very fun, light read that still managed to pull at the heartstrings a little. Definitely recommend.

“Animal Farm” by George Orwell Book Review

Mini review of Animal Farm

4 stars

“Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/ communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.”

Books like this are one of the reasons that words can be the most powerful of weapons. I love banned books. Books that are surrounded with controversy have always made it on my “to read list”. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to it, but after reading “Animal Farm”, I definitely think George Orwell is an amazing thinker and writer.

This book is an excellent example
of how the attempt of freedom and revolution can go so horribly wrong. At the start, the animals will do anything to escape the torture of Mr. jones, their farmer. But, when the pigs start to take charge and even create their own “seven commandments” to prove that all animals will be given fair and equal treatment it all goes downhill from there. The pigs do everything to keep the other animals uneducated and believe that everything they say is right. One pig in particular, Napoleon, becomes the leader (dictator) and decides to change all the rules and commandments made gradually to trick the animals and make the pigs superior. It’s so awful to think of how in real life, many countries have tried to do this to their people, keeping them ignorant and unaware while they rule the people’s lives.

The story is very simple, yet incredibly complex. The exposing of the flaws of communism and dictatorship was incredibly interesting and history buffs will probably love it. I’m not an expert on politics and Russian history, but I still got the message this book was trying to explain. This book is just another example of how communism just doesn’t work. What a horrifying and important book.


“Can You Keep a Secret” by Sophie Kinsella Book Review


3 stars

“Mummy always told me, you should never let a man see your feelings or the contents of your handbag.”

This  week was quite a busy and exhausting one, but I still had a tiny bit of time to read. I chose the perfect book to read when I was tired and had a break. Sophie Kinsella’s books are always so much fun. Although I was a *little* disappointed in this book, I still laughed loads and had a great time reading it.

Emma Corrigan, the main character of this book, has a lot of secrets. Ones that she would never tell anyone. Ever. Except one day on a turbulent plane ride, she does. All her secrets and all the weird little things that have happened to her she tells to a complete stranger. Or so she thought… That stranger turns out to be the CEO of her company. Uh oh.

Emma was quite a frustrating character. While I get that most of her characters are flawed and awkward and a bit scatterbrained at times, I still manage to like them. But, I never really cared for Emma in this book. She felt whiny, incredibly selfish, and a bit dumb and naive. That being said, her character did have a lot of hilarious events happen to her that had to do with her personality. I always love a good laugh.


The romance in this book didn’t do much for me. It felt rather underdeveloped. I wanted more. I never felt like I got to truly know Jack Harper and didn’t feel any butterflies with the two of them. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Jack, but I just didn’t really care about him. I also thought Emma liked him wayyy too fast. I was rather underwhelmed by their relationship. Meh.

The reason I liked this book so much was for the laughs. This book, like her others, had so many cringeworthy, embarrassing moments that had you laughing out loud. Emma and her friends managed to crack me up. The airplane scene was pretty “lol” worthy as well. Sophie Kinsella definitely knows how to make people laugh.

While this book was rather predictable and not her best, I still enjoyed it. “I’ve Got your Number” is still by far my favorite, but if you have some time on your hands and want a light read, “Can You Keep a Secret” is for you.

Mini review of “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

I did a mini review of this on my Goodreads a while ago, so I thought I would finally post it on here. xD

Summary: Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English & published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in NY & in 1959 in London. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist & unreliable narrator, a 37–38-year-old literature professor, Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. “Lolita” is his private nickname for Dolores (both the name & nickname are of Spanish origin).

Original reaction:

4 stars

“I’m not going to bother doing an in depth review of this book since I feel it would be rather pointless, but I will say a few of my thoughts after reading this.

Yes, this book is as beautiful, poetic, and lyrical as everyone says it is.

Yes, this book is horrifying, disturbing, and disgusting as everyone says it is.

I think that’s why this novel is so fascinating.

There is a part of me that marvels at the prose that Nabokov so beautifully writes, but there’s this part that is horrified by Humbert’s actions. Reading this book felt like a paradox, almost. A disturbing story with elegant writing. I don’t know how, but it works. Amazing.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more envious of a writer’s talent.”