Ever since I first learned how to read, I have always LOATHED reading books. Yes loath. As a child I was very hyper and not a fan of the idea of having to sit still and read a book instead of running around or playing dress up. Quite frankly I would be bored to tears and would rather watch a movie or TV any day (as many people feel I’m sure). I don’t have a long enough attention span to just read and read for hours, however, I acknowledge how important reading is and that it can make a huge difference in school. College was a struggle for me because reading comprehension is my weakest skill because I never read as a kid and I only ever read when I needed to study. This meant that I had to work my butt off studying and reading in college to get the A and honestly, it was really tiring when you are taking 15 credits and need to study at least a week prior to the test. Oh wait! Let’s not forget that you have four exams in two days. Yeah college was rough.
Now that I’m graduated and starting this blog I wanted to improve my writing even more so I can continue to make progress with it. I decided that I wanted to challenge my brain and slowly ease into leisurely reading. So far, I’ve started with a small goal of reading one book per season. I just finished my first book within two weeks and that was The Martian by Andy Weir.
This was the perfect book for me to start my goal with. I absolutely loved it! It picks up right at the beginning so it was able to keep me intrigued from the beginning and want to keep reading. The Martian is about an astronaut who gets accidently left on Mars by his team because they thought he was dead which leads to him planning for survival. I think this would be a great book for anyone who likes the TV show The Walking Dead mainly because it is all about planning and survival with a big focus on the character’s narrative. This is something the book and show have in common. I also really liked this book because there were a lot of scientific elements. While some of it had me like “…what?” because there was chemistry and chemistry is my enemy. However, the author does a great job of making it simple to understand for the less informed.
If you didn’t know The Martian is actually being created into a movie that comes out in theaters this Friday October 2nd and Matt Damon is the main character *insert heart eyed emoji*. I can’t wait to see it this weekend!! Now I just need to find another book to start next month! Any suggestions for similar books? Preferably ones that grab you from the beginning. Feel free to let me know in the comments!