#FitReaders Weekly Check-in: Jan. 17, 2015 (and a brief review)

FitReaders2015Fitbit steps:

  • Sat:    6,115
  • Sun:   5,517
  • Mon:  11,021
  • Tues:  11,870
  • Wed:  12,237
  • Thur:  11,574
  • Fri:  13,371

All treadmill exercise this week. I keep meaning to add some resistance training but somehow never get around to it. Maybe next week…  In addition to finishing The Martian I also completed One Wish and Hearth Stone.


  • the martian (audible)Title: The Martian: A Novel
  • Author:  Andy Weir
  • Narrator:  R.C. Bray
  • Genre:  SciFi; Thriller
  • Published:   2014 by Crown
  • Source:  Purchased

Synopsis:  Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? (publisher)

My brief take:  I read/listened via whisper sync (Kindle/Audible). RC Bray’s narration is perfect and made the book almost unputdownable (yep, I used that word).

I was totally out of my reading comfort zone when I picked up this book and now I’d recommend it to anyone. At the end, when certain characters were pacing, I was up and pacing with them. The Martian is interesting, funny, thrilling and a great read. That’s all I’m going to say. Except, if you haven’t read it put it on your list!

It’s no surprise The Martian was voted Best Science Fiction book in the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards. It was also a 2014 Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction. Highly recommended.

Note: At the end of the book (but not the audiobook) there’s a Reader’s Guide and an Author Q&A. My Kindle edition also has an essay by Andy Weir: How Science made Me a Writer. Not sure if that’s in the paper edition. Anyone?

15 thoughts on “#FitReaders Weekly Check-in: Jan. 17, 2015 (and a brief review)

  1. I don’t usually read sci-fi, but based on your recommendation, I’m going to add this to my to read list. Thanks for your great review Mary. I did a week on the elliptical and think now, I might switch it up a bit and add variety to my routine.


  2. A friend lent me The Martian a long time ago and it’s lingering on my nightstand. All the hype has me reluctant to pick it up – what if I’m the one person who doesn’t love it?

    You’re rocking the walking!


  3. Excellent stepping out this week Mary. Very impressive. I have never listened to a book on Kindle whispersync, I guess I should try it some time. Your Martian book sounds very good.


  4. Nice job on the walking. That makes my 4,000 steps today look pretty lean.

    I thought The Martian was unputdownable too. And I read it on my ereader, my least favorite format for books!


  5. I love walking on the treadmill and wish I had one (no room where I live).

    I’ve heard good things about The Martian. I know it is going to be made into a movie too (starring Matt Damon as Mark). I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  6. Ok I’m sold now lol … I have audible credits so I’m going to get it. Awesome step count for the week!!


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