Title: Packing for Mars
Author: Mary Roach
Narrators: Sandra Burr
Genre: Nonfiction; Science
Audio: 10.5 hours
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
When Mary Roach decided to write about space travel, she decided to take an interesting approach: how does the human element factor in? Astronauts need to eat, sleep, breathe, bathe, and urinate. It turns out this takes a great deal of planning. Packing for Mars examines each of these issues (and more) in detail.
Space is one of my biggest nonfiction interests. I read a fair amount of books on the usual science and history topics. This one gave me a whole new perspective.
We’ve all wondered how astronauts pee. Right? Well Mary Roach will answer this question in SO MUCH DETAIL you may regret asking it (except not really). Roach examines how limited gravity, oxygen, and cabin room affect the people we send to space and takes us through a history of space travel at the same time.
Packing for Mars is highly entertaining, informative, and definitely worth a read.
The audiobook was fine. Sandra Burr was a good narrator. But she just couldn’t capture Mary Roach’s voice and her sense of humor. I listened to the audio because that was the only way I could finally get to it, but I’d probably recommend trying the print if you can.
AND…to help facilitate that, I actually have a signed ARC (I know, I’m horrible to have waited this long) to give away. If you’re interested in reading this one, just fill out the form below to enter the giveaway (or click here to fill out the form here if WordPress doesn’t want to embed this properly).
Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Contemporary/Literary Fiction
Source: Review copy from publisher
Le Cirque des Rêves appears without any notice. Black and white tents with unbelievable wonders within. Night after night the patrons return until the circus departs as suddenly as it appeared.
Celia and Marco are bound to a competition neither of them understand. Le Cirque des Rêves is their venue, but too many people have unwittingly become part of it.
Bailey watched the circus from afar as a young boy. When it returns, he meets a young girl who gives him a white glove. Years later, he searches this girl as his future stands before him.
The Night Circus has been called “the next Harry Potter” by too many sources to name. This is entirely misleading. It is neither young adult nor a series, and the only thing the two tales have in common is an element of magic. But it is so, so different. The Night Circus is worthy of praise in its own right, praise does not involve such comparisons.
The Night Circus is enchanting. Celia and Marco’s long story is woven in between Bailey’s, which takes place some 16 years after Le Cirque des Rêves opens. The stories slowly unfold, but there is a sense of desperation as the two storylines begin to converge.
This is not a mere tale of magic. It is a story of love, friendship consequences, and destiny. And the writing is delightful and just as enchanting as the story.
Buy It Now: Amazon; IndieBound
Doubleday has been generous enough to provide an advanced reader’s edition to one lucky person. To enter, fill out the form below.
Today is your lucky day. Well, for two of you. I am giving away TWO copies of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees. You may remember me telling you to read this book when it was released last year. Well, today it comes out in paperback. So even if you don’t win the giveaway, you should probably just go buy it (and follow Kelly on Twitter – she is entertaining).
I will use Random.org to pick the winners. Thanks to the folks at Berkley (Penguin) for making this giveaway possible.
I think I may be late on this one so here is the winner of The Everlasting Now (graciously provided by Peachtree Publishers). I used random.org to pick one entry and the winner is:
Congratulations, Margie! Look for an email from me shortly.
It is time to announce the winner of the Suite Scarlett audiobook giveaway. I used random.org to pick one entry and the winner is:
Congratulations Lindsey! Look for an email from me shortly.
You still have time to enter another giveaway going on here at my books. my life. Enter to win a copy of The Everlasting Now here.
Title: The Everlasting Now
Author: Sara Harrell Banks
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Source: Review Copy provided by the publisher
First of all, I love the title of this book. And a good title will at least get me to pick up a book and see what it’s about. Luckily, this book lived up to it’s title.
Quick summary: It’s the middle of the Great Depression and James Longstreet Sayre, or “Brother” (this book is full of great names), lives with his mom and little sister in their boarding house in small-town Alabama. He loves trains, hates the sheriff, and like all 12-year-old boys, adores Joe Louis. The book takes place during the eventful summer the cook’s nephew, Champion (as in Champion Always Luckey – I told you there were awesome names), comes to Alabama from Detroit and, as Brother puts it, changes his life.
I read a fair amount of middle grade novels, but almost all of them are written for girls, so it was an interesting change to read The Everlasting Now. This book is a wonderful description of 1930s life in the South. It has hobos, boxing, and racial tension. It touches on the difficulties of living during the Depression, the effects of segregation, and the power of friendship and hope.
I find myself being drawn to Southern fiction lately and with each book I read, I continue to discover how enjoyable it usually is.
Peachtree Publishers has graciously provided me with a copy to giveaway. To enter, fill out the form below by midnight EST on July 15. I will pick a winner from random.org. The contest is open internationally.
Check out the other Peachtree Publishers books on tour!
I meant to include a giveaway of Suite Scarlett with my review yesterday, but I guess my brain is still a little sleep-deprived.
While I did enjoy listening to Suite Scarlett, I doubt I’ll be listening to it again, so I thought I would end audiobook week by passing it on to one of my readers.
NOTE: Keep in mind that this is an MP3-CD.
As much as I love making you leave something interesting in the comments for contests, the google form makes my life much simpler. So IF YOU’D LIKE TO (it is not required), please tell me what your favorite audiobook is in the comments.
- Open internationally (because I love you all!)
- You must fill out the google form below to enter (only one entry per person)
- The contest will run until midnight EDT on July 7, 2010.
- I will use random.org to pick a winner on July 8.