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Actually Read Books Project Vlog: first video is finally up!

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What a wonderful first attempt at a vlog…not. Turns out, new webcam + new video editing software = wtf happened to my face? Something with the frame rate, I’m told. I have plans for how to improve things next time (and my fingers and toes crossed).

Still, January is almost 2/3rds over and since this is supposed to be a New Years Resolution, I can delay no longer. (You may notice me saying I filmed it on the 6th.) So this is me, powering forward! Posting my introduction video and saying hello to the world of YouTube, BookTube, etc. etc. Hi.

I don’t get into any books in this video, but it’ll give you an idea what I’m trying to do here (hint: it’s actually read books) and free up my mind and hard drive for the next thing.

Look out for my next video—an actually review of Andy Weir’s The Martian—later this week! Or just subscribe to my channel, and let YouTube handle the rest.

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Actually Read Books Project

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The short story: In 2016, I vow to actually read books. And I’m inviting you to read with me.

The long story: Summer 2015 was one of the worst periods of depression I’ve ever experienced. It was also my second to last semester as an undergrad. In the last five years or so, I have really only done what I had to: school, work, repeat. I have only read books and papers required by my program, and I used to love reading more than anything. I haven’t been looking after myself; I miss doing things I enjoy. So, in 2016, I am going to change the way I’m living. I am going to actually read books—publicly, because this is not becoming a New Year’s resolution that I forget about in two weeks. And I am inviting anyone who wants to to start reading with me.

I’m planning to post review videos, discussion threads, book lists. Also probably some of my own writing/writing process. People are welcome to share their similar book and reading—or writing—related things. Let’s support each other in choosing to read books.

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The Martian

It was a great movie…two months ago? And the novel by Andy Weir has been out since 2011. But The Martian is going to be my first novel back on the horse. I finished my last exam for my undergraduate degree this afternoon, and now it’s time start reading (books I choose) again. The Actually Read Books challenge doesn’t start till the new year, but this should be a fun way to warm up.

Summary from Goodreads:

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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale