Surznick Reads: November 2015 - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, November 30, 2015

Surznick Reads: November 2015

Happy Monday and end of November! Can you believe it? We hope that everyone had a great holiday weekend and that you were able to relax and spend time with friends and family. Maybe you even had time to catch up on some reading! Here's what we read this month:

Sarah's Reads!

The Martian by Andy Weir
From "Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills - and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit - he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

This was my monthly book club selection and I loved it! Despite the heavy press related to the release of the movie, I had zero spoilers going into this book. At the end of each chapter or diary entry, I was so anxious to find out what was going to happen next that I just kept reading and reading. The beginning of the story was a little slow for me, but once I was about 50-100 pages in I was hooked. There's a lot of (really accurate) science and data in this book, but it's not at all overwhelming for the average reader. In fact, I loved all of the little scientific details because they made the story seem that much more real. I have yet to see the movie (I'm waiting until Nick reads the book so we can see it together), but I'm really excited to see how it aligns with the book. I've already heard from friends in my book club that there are a few significant differences, but for the most part it's a pretty good adaptation. If you're looking for a super interesting, easy read for the upcoming holiday season, add this one to your list!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Sarah & Nick


  1. I definitely want to read this book! I always try to read a book before seeing a movie so I need to get to it haha!

    1. Hi Darcy! You'll end up reading this super quickly, it was SO good! :)