She Read (Volume 3)

I had planned to write about my monthly challenge for April this week but with a little "staycation" from work and a string of beautiful days I just haven't felt drawn to the ol' laptop. I realized I had this post almost completely done so here you go! Another installment of What Molly Read.

The Martian by Andy Weir - I had to do something I rarely do with this one - skim. I’ve always hated skimming books. It makes me feel dirty. The story here is compelling enough to keep me hanging on. An injured astronaut is thought to be dead during a dust storm on Mars and is left behind by his team. The realization and plan to save him back on Earth were worth the read. His journal dictating all the science behind how he survived? Nooot so much. 

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper - I can’t pinpoint what I loved so much about this book. I've never sat shiva and my family is nothing like the Foxmans but something about this felt so real. This seems to be getting a lot of negative reviews on Goodreads and I just want to comment on all of them “YOU ARE SO WRONG. You and your wrongness over there. Being wrong."

Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore - I had heard about this book through my girl Alex who raved about it. A book about skin care sounds mind numbingly boring but this was really light and informative. Grogore (and her line of skin care, S.W. Basics) focuses on healing skin conditions from the inside out mostly with good nutrition. There’s not a lot you haven’t heard before (dairy and good skin generally don’t cohabitate) but the way it’s presented feels fresh. Plus there’s some behind the scenes peaks at the beauty industry that will have you rethinking your every day products. The best part are the recipes to make your own soaps, lotions, masks, shampoo, etc etc. I love the “Foaming Face Wash."

Yes Please by Amy Poehler - I get all of my books from the library, whether its in print or e-books, and for many I have to request a hold because all copies are in use. Then I get a really exciting email telling me my book is ready. Most of the time, I am SO ready for whatever is next. And then sometimes it’s just not what I’m in the mood for. But if you don’t get the book within 4 days, you’ve lost your spot. So that’s how I came to Yes Please. Now, I love me some Amy Poehler. LOVE. But this just didn’t do it for me. The biggest irritant was that it was a memoir out of chronological order and for some reason that drives me bananas. The second biggest (smallest?) irritant was how many times she referenced how tiny she is. I still love her and Parks and Recreation is still my favorite show of all time but I don’t know that I’d recommend this.

Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho - Many are familiar with Coelho’s The Alchemist which is one of my favorite books. This novel that explores mental health and institutions is just as thought provoking and stuck with me long after I put it down. Coelho has said that this book focuses on “the risks we run by being different and, conversely, our horror of being the same.” Ultimately it’s a look at conformity, “madness” and the will to live.