Andy Weir’s The Martian is an incredible story about a man who uses his vast knowledge of chemistry, physics, and the universe in general to escape a distant planet.
This book blew me away. It has pretty much everything a reader could want in a book, from beautiful prose and romance to adventure and murder. I’m learning that entire-life-spanning tales are my cup of tea (thank you Donna Tartt, Kristin Hannah, and Lauren Groff), and The Goldfinch is exemplary in that regard.
For my entire life up until this point, summer break was it. It was the motivation for finishing school and working hard and pushing through exams. Three more weeks, one more week, two days, and finally, summer break. Three months that included trips to the beach, the lake and the river, new friends, summer loves and most importantly: freedom.