Monday, July 6, 2015

Laurealism Library: Volume 4

Here's what I've been reading lately...

For reference, my personal scale:
1- Couldn't get past the first chapter
2- Finished it, but not for me
3- A good, entertaining book
4-Worth reading in your liftime
5-All time favorite books
The Martian, Andy Weir
Pick this up if: You enjoy science-fiction, space or like to read the book before the movie comes out.

Notes: This was a page-turner for me... the first astronaut on Mars is accidentally stranded there, and trust me, you'll want to keep reading up until the end. Very entertaining.

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.36/5

Quotes: "Yes of course duct tape works in a near-vaccuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped." and "I guess you could call it a failure, but I prefer the term 'learning experience'."
The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court, Michelle Moran
Pick this up if: You have a soft spot for historical fiction (like I do.)

Notes: If you like historical fiction, you'll like this one, and everything by Moran. While it's not life-changing, it is easy to read, entertaining, and you might even learn a thing or two.

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.8

Quotes: "That faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of that faith is to see what we believe." and "The heart has its reasons, which reason knows not of."

You might also like: Anything by Michelle Moran or Philippa Gregory, Girl with a Pearl Earring
Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Pick this up if: You want to learn something about yourself, or you need inspiration for an upcoming hike.

Notes: This one struck a chord with me, primarily because it's about an every-day woman, who accomplishes an amazing thing and learns a lot about herself in the process. Also, I highlighted half of the book-- some great writing!

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.93/5

Quotes: "I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible non-believer in things." and "Tell me what is it you plan to do? With your one wild and precious life?"

You might also like: Middlesex, Veronika Decides to Die, The Goldfinch
The Stand, Stephen King
Pick this up if: You like post-apocolyptic, or you're looking for a giant book to dive into.

Notes: Oh, Mr. King. I'm attempting to read some big books a few times a year, and this did not disappoint. You can really read into this one, and get as much out of it as you'd like. And, multimedia alert! The mini-series is on Netflix.

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.32

Quotes: "The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way."and "Sixty-four has a way of forgetting what twenty-one was like."

You might also like: 11/22/63, The Pillars of the Earth
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
Pick this up if: You love Big Bang Theory

Notes: Once I started reading this, I immediately pictured Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, which makes for an entertaining character. Very cute and witty!

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4/5

Quotes: "Then, in this vanishingly small moment in the history of the universe, she took my hand, and held it all the way to the subway." and "People can tell you the supposed characteristics of a Gemini or a Taurus and will spend five days watching a cricket match, but cannot find the interest or the time to learn the basics of what they, as humans, are made up of."

You may also like: Anything by Lianne Moriarty, The Vacationers

What have you recently added to your bookshelf? I'll have another couple of Laurealism Library Volumes out soon... but in the meantime, you can find the previous volumes here!

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