Soooooo … it’s true. I only read one book. And barely. Like I read it on Monday. In the evening. And only due to an irrational need to participate in Show Us Your Books, the very bestest link-up. Jana even told me, multiple times, that it was okay if I didn’t have a book to share. That I wouldn’t be kicked out of the #booknerd club. But I’m no quitter, so read one book I did. Under my own duress.
To be honest, I actually read quite a bit last month, just nothing new. It was my comfort book month where I read bits and pieces of favorite books. Still … hold books came in from the library and sat unread and undesired on my dresser and Netgalley due dates ominously approached and past. And yet my new book apathy remained. But for the love of Jane Austen, I vowed to read a new-to-me book. Thankfully, it even turned out to be pretty good.
Yay! I Read a Book. And I Liked It.
Whew. A bad book would’ve made me grumpy. Heavens knows we wouldn’t that to happen.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Book Description: A small-time smuggler, Jazz gets caught up in plot that will change Artemis, a colony on Mars, forever and possibly end her life.
Book Review: I imagine there is a ton of pressure when writing a follow-up to a book as popular as The Martian. Thus, I tried to keep my expectations in check because Mark Watley is one of my favorite fictional characters and knew he was a hard character to follow. Much like Mark, Jazz Bashara has the snark down pat but unlike Mark, who you couldn’t help but root for, I didn’t feel the same sort of investment in Jazz as I did in Watley. I did, however, appreciate her smarts and toughness and desire to be her own hero. The story takes some time to get going but once it did, it engaged me. And like The Martian, there were parts that I skimmed because blah, blah, blah science stuff.
To Read or Not To Read: Sure. It’s no The Marian, but it’s still a solid read with some interesting characters. Also to be clear, this is not a sequel to The Martian. Some people thought it was and were disappointed. This is a separate, stand-alone story.
Note: I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Artemis is now available.
To More Great Books
I hope to crack open a few more books this month as I still need to read a few netgalley books. Those always make me feel the guiltiest. I appreciate the chance to read ARCs and know the difference a good review can mean to an author and book … but I also know me. Forced reading brings out my mean girl. I will nit pick that darn book to death, which isn’t right or fair either. Still, I am hopeful that my urge to devour every book in sight will return. Perhaps, it will return today, when I see all the books my fellow friends and participants have read this month in the Show Us Your Books Link-Up hosted by Jana and Steph.
After all, enthusiasm is contagious, so show me (or tell me) what great books you read. 😀