Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every
government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Review

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date: 2011
Pages: 352
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Historical
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD Scribd

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

If you are just stumbling upon my blog with this review, first of all, Hi, my name is Kate. If there is something to know about its that I love all things mythology but what began my passion was Greek Myth, Legend and History. This is a relatively new thing that I have discovered about myself as I recently (in the last couple of years) visited Greece and went on a classical Greece tour which was utterly amazing and taught me so much about the incredible myths of the country. I also married a greek – opa! – which has not only made me an honorary greek but introduced me to a wealth of knowledge through his family.

After I read Circe also by Madeline Miller I knew that I would be picking up Song of Achilles. To be brief Song of Achilles follows Patroclus through his life and journey which finds him at the battle of Troy with the hero Achilles. The intricacies of this story are incredibly woven with the depth of the characters and a plot rich in history. I loved every minute of it. I felt as though I was sitting by a fireside drinking in the knowledge of a legendary story.

Patroclus really makes readers feel something. He is a character with great empathy for others and a desire to help people. He wishes to learn more about the people he encounters and not only teach them but also learn as much as he can from then. I felt his giving nature in all of his interactions with people.

The descriptions of both Pthia and Troy were incredibly rich in detail and as a reader I really felt as though I was in the story experiencing things along with our characters.

Song of Achilles is a story I cannot wait to revisit in the future and experience these amazing characters over and over again. If you are someone who enjoys Historical Fiction or Greek myth this book will definitely give you one incredible story.

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall:5/5

Audiobook Tag

I saw this Tag over on Jessica C Writes and as someone who loves an audiobook I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to answer these questions. Check out her responses as well!

Audiobooks have been something that has been in and out of my life. When I was young I was introduced to the Harry Potter books on audio on family trips where we would all sit in the car and enjoy the wonderful world of Harry Potter. I also had experiences with them during school when we would have ‘listening post’, I know I’ really showing my age!

It wasn’t until 3(ish) years ago that I got into listening to them on a more daily basis, although I have been re experiencing Harry Potter since that first day.

So I couldn’t just pick one.

I absolutely love the Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, listening to them on audio just gives them a whole other element! The Story is absolutely incredible and the cast does an amazing job!

‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard is one I picked up after finishing another book during my O.W.L.S readathon. I think the audio version really enhanced the book. I know I wouldn’t of been as engaged if I was physically reading this one.

‘The Mark of Athena’ by Rick Riordan is so far the only Rick Riordan book I have listened to and I really enjoyed the narrator. I really think I want to listen to the audiobooks when I get around to rereading this series.

Finally, this list would not be complete without ‘Harry Potter’. I absolutely love this series and Stephen Fry’s Narration of them are utterly incredible. I genuinely feel like I am transported whenever I listen to the series.

Everyone of these are my favourites!

That I can ‘t really take notes.

I’ve tried taking notes on my phone but its not the same, by the time you pause the book and then write the notes I’ve found that I’ve forgotten what I wanted to note down in the first place.

Also sometimes I just don’t vibe with the narrators and then I don’t enjoy listening to the story.

It depends on the book. I find books with a full cast can be more immersive than physically reading but then sometimes I feel as though you need to read a book to get the experience. But it depends on the book and the reader.

I listen at all different times. Most of the time it will be when I’m in transit, either in the car or on the train or walking to or from work.

I also listen when I am doing things around the house like cooking and cleaning. Most of the time I listen on headphones but when its a book I’m listening to with my partner we put it on the speaker to listen together.

I prefer full cast or narrated by the author. I mostly listen to fantasy, young adult and autobiographies, although contemporary is starting to play a bigger part in what I’m listening too.

Ok, so I know that’s a lot but, ‘The Illuminae Files’ has a full cast and is an absolutely amazing listen. I was genuinely crying while walking down the street when I was listening.

‘Yes Please’ By Amy Poehler is narrated by the author herself and is an intriguing glimpse into her life.

Norse Mythology’ By Neil Gaiman is another story narrated by the author and not only is Neil Gaiman an exceptional author but an amazing narrator.

The entire Harry Potter series narrated by Stephen Fry is utterly incredible. It an a completely immersive series that I revisit often.

‘Mythos’ By Stephen Fry is an exceptional examination of Greek Mythology that is made ever more interesting by his narration of it.

Lastly, ‘The Hobbit’ By J.R.R. Tolkien. What an immersive audiobook. It includes singing, has an incredible narrator and really takes the reader to Middle Earth.

What are some of your audiobook recommendations?

Review: ‘Yes, Please’ By Amy Poehler

Yes please

‘Yes Please’
By Amy Poehler

Publisher: Dey St.
Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 329
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Non-Fiction
Genre: Autobiography
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

 

“Shame makes people abandon their families and drink themselves to death”

Synopsis

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

 

“Treat your career like a bad boyfriend”

Thoughts

I think I might be biased. This is a book that I have read multiple times. Maybe its the fact that the Audible version is narrated by Amy Poehler, I don’t know, but none the less I have listened to Amy tell her story multiple times. Every time I love it.

There are so many quotable moments from ‘Yes Please’ but the two I’ve popped into this post are the ones that stick with me every time. Like little reminders that I need to keep close to remember for myself and my own life.

Amy’s book really has a great mix of humour and heart. She is really able to seamlessly mix the two in nearly everything that she does, however it is particularly well done in her writing style.

If you are looking for a light hearted and humorous read. Look no further, this is what you should pick up.

RatingEase of reading: 9/10
Layout Development: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5