Hello, everyone! It’s time for another Goodreads Monday!
Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Lauren@Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to her so that others can see what you picked!
My pick for this week is Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.
In April 1970, during the glory days of the Apollo space program, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only fifty-five hours into the flight of Apollo 13, disaster struck: a mysterious explosion rocked the ship, and soon its oxygen and power began draining away. Written with all the color and drama of the best fiction, APOLLO 13 (previously published as Lost Moon) tells the full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe. Minutes after the explosion, the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, a tiny craft designed to keep two men alive for just two days. As the hours tick away, the narrative shifts from the crippled spacecraft to Mission Control, from engineers searching desperately for a way to fix the ship to Lovell's wife and children praying for his safe return. The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome. By the time the ship splashes down in the Pacific, we understand why the heroic effort to rescue Lovell and his crew is considered by many to be NASA's finest hour.
Now, thirty years after the launch of the mission, Jim Lovell and coauthor Jeffrey Kluger add a new preface and never-before-seen photographs to Apollo 13. In their preface, they offer an incisive look at America's waxing and waning love affair with space exploration during the past three decades, culminating only recently when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself, long consigned to an aviation museum outside Paris, was at last returned to its rightful home in the United States. As inspiring today as it was thirty years ago, the story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the enduring American spirit and sparkling individual heroism. (Goodreads)
A little-known fact about me (probably); I am all about Apollo 13. Ever since I first watched the movie featuring Tom Hanks a few years ago, not only does Apollo 13 remain my all-time favorite movie, I got obsessed with Apollo 13 and all the efforts made by the whole crew in Mission Control, to bring back the crippled spacecraft and the crew members back down to earth safely. This is a great story imbued with human endeavor and ingenuity. I LOVE everything about Apollo 13. I cannot wait to read this book and re-experience the whole perilous journey through the eyes of the commander.
Although I got a used copy from Amazon Japan, it turned out to be author-autographed! Lucky me 🙂
In addition to this, I am in the mood for picking up a fiction book (for some reason) so I'll pick By Your Side by Kasie West.
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead, it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side? (Goodreads)
This book has been on my radar since early January or February as one of my Twitter friends gave this book a high rating.
Although I have never read a single book of Kasie West, the synopsis of being locked in the library for the entire weekend (!!!!) with a boy sounds really interesting and delightful. Let's be honest- it's bookworms' dream to get stuck in the library, isn't it? Providing that there are enough food and bare necessities in terms of hygiene.
I already downloaded this audiobook and am planning to listen to this for the rest of the month.
That's it for today.
Have you read either of those books ? If so, what are your thoughts?
Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post!