So since I didn't post for a few weeks, I pretty much failed my 52 books in 52 weeks. I did have a few things come up, but the major reason is I didn't prepare myself enough, and vastly underestimated how much attention it would take.
HOWEVER, my friends encouraged me that just because I didn't finish the book in a week doesn't mean I have to stop, so I'm revising it to 52 books in 1 year! It gives me a bit more leeway, and while it's the same amount of reading, I feel it's more do-able. Posts won't be once week, but every time I finish a book.
Finally, to my first week's book, I've discovered (or rather have known this for some time) that I tend to jump around a bit. I haven't finished the The Aeronaut's Windlass, but I have finished
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
This book came as a recommendation from a friend years ago, but one that I never gone around to. I happened to see it on sale, and decided to pick it up cause why not. I have seen the movie, and back then I thought, well since I've seen the movie, I don't have to read the book, barring the Harry Potter books that is. I hated people who said "Oh I've read the books, they're much better", when they could just sit down, watch the damn movie and be done in 2 hours.
This was Past Me, and I'd like to think I've grown a bit since then. I've also realized it's kind of ridiculous that I didn't realize that there were so many good movies based on good books. Now days I actually like to watch the movie/show on the book, then read the book. This helps me visualize the character I've seen, and place them in the spot of the book, and that's exactly what I did for this book! Albeit I saw the movie years and years ago, but I remember the gist of it!
It's actually quite a fun book, short (which I was a little sad about given how abruptly it ended), and quite possibly one of the most British things I've read. The story follows Arthur Dent, a human who survives Earth being destroyed and ends up on the spaceship Heart of Gold with his friend/savior (and alien) Ford Prefect, President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox, and last female human(from Earth!) Trillian. Oh, and there's also a super positive A.I. of the Heart of Gold, a super depressed robot named Marvin, and a few other aliens that pop up.
The story itself is pretty silly, and the characters and mannerisms scream Britishness, which in itself is enjoyable. Actually, comparing it to the movie, I felt the book rushed through things quite quickly while the movie took more time to build up up to certain events. I also enjoyed the movies choice for the characters, and placing Martin Freeman in Arthur Dent's shoes was quick a good fit, though the book version complained a bit much for my liking. Also I felt Trillian had a much smaller presence in the book, though they do change stuff a bit for the movie.
My main gripe with the book is that. along with the rushed feeling, it ends quite quickly. I understand that it's a series, and it's definitely short enough to where I'd like to continue on at some point, but it's literally escape from certain death, "are we ok? We are, great, let's go here!" END.
Overall, it's an enjoyable scifi novel and it doesn't take itself too seriously, which generally makes for a fun read. It's also short, which may or may not be a plus for you, but if you have free time, and decide you'd like to pick up a quick book to read over a day or so, I'd recommend Hitchhiker's, though expect to check out the series given the abrupt end!
And as for the bookmark:
Chosen because it's the first card I thought of when I was thinking of a card with the word "Journey" in it. Not because of the color, or that Harrowing has more of a negative connotation than I'm looking for. I also felt that after reading the book, I think the main character, Arthur, would have definitely seemed the type to describe his adventure as "harrowing".