Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Club Friday!

Hello, Friday!

Hope your weekend is starting off better than mine. Yesterday I got some really shocking news and am still reeling from it a little bit, but... things will be okay. As much as I hate the saying "Everything happens for a reason," I do believe it's true.

I just kinda want to punch anyone that says it or slap myself when it crosses my mind. 

Anyway. On to Book Club Friday! This weekly feature is hosted by Heather and is one of my favorite weeklies in the blog world (shocking, I know).

I am still in the middle of five books (yes, FIVE) and it's driving me nuts. Three are for grad school and two are for fun. The two for fun (because, let's face it, they're the most interesting) are 11/22/63 (still) and Life of Pi. 

Life of Pi is for Books 'n Bars and we meet next week to discuss, so I thought I would talk about it now. I am only about halfway through it, but I expect to finish it this weekend. I have to admit I found the first part a bit dull, but now that I'm further into it... I cannot put it down or stop thinking about it.

The book is about a sixteen year old boy name Pi who's family owns and operates a zoo in India. They decide to move across the world to escape the uncertainty of India and sell most of the animals to zoos in North America. They board a ship with most of the animals bound for North America and...

...then the ship sinks.

All that is left is Pi, a bengal tiger, a hyena, a zebra and an orangutan on a lifeboat. Eventually, the group dwindles further and all that is left is Pi and the tiger, who's name is Richard Parker. 

The story is so far captivating, educational and sometimes gory. The author does not hold back and the amount I have learned about animals and their prey is pretty astounding. I'm not sure how they will do this on the big screen, but I am very excited to find out!

Definitely pick this book up if you're looking for something a little different to read, and if you're in the area and would like to join us for Books 'n Bars please contact me for more information. We would love to have you!


p S h A o R t A o said...

In high school, my class and I had to read this. It turned out to be a hit. I still have my copy and my fiance apparently read it too. I'm looking forward to the movie!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am sorry your week is ending on such a crappy note. I wish I lived closer and could come over and take you out for wine and sushi tonight. Or bring you ice cream. Or whatever would help. Sending hugs from Minnesota!

I have not read this book, but it has been on my TBR list for a long time!

Abbey said...

This is one that is ALWAYS recommended to me, but I'd never actually heard what it was about. You've made me want to read it! Thanks for sharing!

I hope whatever is going on works out in your favor. Happy weekend!

jennie shaw said...

This is one of those books that I'm surprised I haven't read. My freaking to-read pile is way too big!! ;)

Christina said...

I've been wanting to read this for a while. Now that the movie is almost here, I need to hurry!

Stopping by from the linkup! :)
Easily Entertained

Shoshanah said...

I never really thought about reading this, till I started seeing the movie previews for it. The previews look awesome, and now I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie, and hopefully reading the book some day.

Amber said...

I REALLY enjoyed Life of Pi. It is one of those books that really makes you think. I haven't read it for a couple of years so should re-read it before the movie comes out!

Meghan @ Shine On said...

How far into 11/22/63 are you? It took me about 100pgs to get into it, but I ended up loving it!!