Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Show Us Your Books: April

Life According to Steph

Once again, my reading progress is still a bit slow. I just haven't had/made the time to work through some new books.  I only finished three this month.

This was my book-to-movie selection for the month. The book was funnier than I expected, and even though it was very science-heavy, I was still able to follow it very easily.  It was fiction that read like non-fiction, which was fascinating to me. Of course, I was also invested in finding out what happened to Mark Watney and the rest of his team.  It was a really good read, and I enjoyed the movie adaptation as well. I'm a Matt Damon fan, and I thought he portrayed Watney pretty close to how I would have pictured him.

I picked this up after hearing Stephanie and Jana discuss it on "The Armchair Librarians." I wouldn't say I "liked" this book, but it was very well-written and engaging. I'm in awe of any author who can make me read and finish a story about an unpleasant subject and an unlikable main character. Alissa Nutting did just that.  It was as engrossing as it was disturbing.

Jennifer Weiner is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I have read nearly everything she's written, and this book was a little different than the others. It was a really unique story, and I had a hard time putting it down. I needed to find out how it all ended. I needed to find out what happened to these characters who were as flawed as they were lovable.

What are you reading?


  1. I felt exactly the same about Tampa. That takes talent.

    I was really surprised at how funny The Martian was.

  2. Totally concur about Tampa. And Jennifer Weiner an author. I adore her.

    The Martian was amazing. Even with the science!

  3. I totally agree about the Martian and I loved Matt Damon in it too. I will definitely be re-reading that book someday because parts of it were really hilarious.

  4. I really enjoyed The Martian too and I went in a little nervous about all the science. But Mark Watney is such a great character. It does take exceptional talent to take an unlikable character and difficult topic and make it readable. It's why I've been hesitant to put Tampa on my TBR but I keep hearing good things about it.

  5. I really need to read The Martian soon! :)

  6. i absolutely loved the martian :) tampa is on my list because of steph and jana. who do you love is also on my list as well!

  7. I just bought a book by Jennifer Weiner, I've heard good things so I'm excited to read it!

  8. This month, I read my first Jennifer Weiner book. The more I think about it, the more impressed I am with her writing. I already have Who Do You Love on my tbr and will definitely be giving that book a read.

  9. I loved the movie The Martian. Aside from the scary space stuff, it was the most enjoyable movie I'd seen in awhile.
    We own the book, but I probably won't read it. I think that once you see the movie it's all over. I needed to read the book first.

  10. I really need to read more of Jennifer Weiner's books. I love her style.

    And I really want to read The Martian. I've heard such great things!


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