NickNick’s Book Pick- The Life of Pi

Sometimes I have this weird habit of avoiding things that are being hyped. I honestly think it could be some sort of weird inner fear of disappointment. We’ve all had it happen, especially with books and especially in this day and age where information is constantly in our face.

I remember hearing about this book constantly when I was younger and the movie actually came out when I was in high school. The book was always on my AP Reading lists and I never got around to reading it but the only reason I can think of as to WHY I never delved into this story is because I didn’t believe it was as good as all the hype.

But I was wrong.

Here’s a short synopsis of Life of Pi by Yann Martel:

Essentially a young man is thrown onto a life boat that has a tiger on it as well and then he has to survive in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean for A VERY LONG TIME.

 

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Yes, that really is my short synopsis. Literally my mind was blown after reading this and then doing a cursory google search and I swear I wish I could take a literary class just so I can analyze this novel with people and in a great amount of depth.

From here on, I’m going to talk about a few spoilers so if you haven’t read this yet, I highly suggest you quit reading my blog post! Seriously, I don’t want to ruin it for you!

The MOST IMPORTANT part of this novel is the Forward. If you’ve read this you know that the author thanks the person who turned him on to the story of this guy and then he thanks Pi for allowing him to essentially write the story about what happened.

The first third of the book (roughly) is literally a child’s perspective on religion and not just ONE religion but several. Pi is still in India at this point and explains that his parents are Hindu but he ends up going to a Christian church and even a Mosque. I am not religious in any way but I found that his descriptions of the cultures, beliefs and the different practices were beautifully described.

Intertwined with Pi’s story is the Author adding information about his experiences with the real Pi, and his life after all of his hardships. And then, Pi suddenly is on a sinking ship and is thrown to the tigers… well one tiger on a boat as well as an orangutan and zebra. This part of the novel is fascinating. It would be interesting to read even if you subtracted the first third of the story and changed the ending.

BUT THE ENDING, COMBINED WITH THE FORWARD is MIND BLOWING!

But I don’t want to completely spoil it for all of you guys who haven’t read it and ignored my last warning about spoilers.

But I will leave you with this: Life of Pi is about the relativity of truth.

And if you are interested in delving into Patel’s GENIUS, just click on the book below!

 

NickNick’s NEW RELEASE Book Pick!

AHHHHHH… Amazon. Is there anything in the year of 2018 that is better than AMAZON! Instant gratification and shopping sprees contained to your desk. And Amazon First (previously known as Kindle First). What is that, you ask? Amazon First is a perk you automatically get if you are enrolled in a Prime account. EVERY month, you get to choose a Kindle book (there are usually 6 choices) to read for FREE! And they are always books that haven’t been released yet which makes it even more awesome!

But to be honest, I always have trouble picking from the choices given. It’s the same effect as trying to ask me what I want for dinner… Really, I am not good with options.

But for January I chose to read Tips for Living because several other people had already given it good ratings!

Here’s a short, spoiler free synopsis of Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky:

Essentially this novel follows the story of Nora, a woman who has recently separated from her cheating husband.  She moves to a small vacation town in New York but then the awful ex-husband and his new wife and their new BABY end up following her to this town and setting up shop. As anyone would be, she is upset about the whole situation but she contains her emotions well and for the most part has healed from her past experiences. Until her ex and his bride are found murdered in their bed. The rest of the book follows Nora as she tries to ensure that she doesn’t go to jail for a double murder that she can’t quite remember if she did or did not commit.

The novel is actually relatively short. A little over 300 pages, but it did a very good job of keeping my attention and while I would not describe this a suspenseful, I also didn’t want to put the novel down. I would definitely describe this as a “beach read” or a “cozy mystery” which is also a term that is used in a significant amount of Goodreads reviews and describes the story perfectly!

I’m actually pretty excited to see if Renee Shafransky writes any more novels! If you are interested in checking this one out, click on the book below!

NickNick’s First Book Pick!

Let me just tell you that I DEVOURED this book in all of its mystical and ethereal glory!

Le Cirque des Rêves, which translates to The Circus of Dreams, is EXACTLY that.. A circus of your dreams! And while there are cute little animals in the book, this is in no way about tigers that jump through hoops or someone who can juggle while standing on top of a ladder on top of a ball… or however that goes.

The Night Circus by Erin Moregenstern is absolutely fabulous IF you enjoy fantasy. Which I do. A Lot.

Essentially the novel follows the different stories of two young people who find that they have the ability to do magic. Both begin training at a young age as they are told that they have to compete against someone in the future but they are never given any other information on how or when this will happen. But soon they discover that the arena for their duel will be the circus.

The circus in itself is beautifully described in great detail (but not too much detail.) The circus only opens at night and closes before dawn and it doesn’t have a set travel schedule, coming and going as it pleases. Each tent within holds its own mystery and magic and I hope you fall in as much love with this book as I have!

Click on the book below and it’ll send you over to Amazon so you can purchase or add to your TBR list!

New Year – New Everything!

Okay now… say it with me – “NEW YEAR, NEW ME!”

Right? Okay, probably a little too cheesy… but in all seriousness, the dawn of a new year is a fabulous milestone.

Let me break it down for you:

Painful bone chilling cold air + post-new-years-party hangover remorse + little dash of wallowing in the failure of the previous year = what do you get from it? ALL of this INSPIRES US! Or at least it inspires ME!

I’ve actually never been one to make new years resolutions and a part of me believes that it’s because I am already 100% aware of my ability to not complete things. I spend a lot of time not completing my laundry. Or not completing that really awesome backyard project I wanted to have done 6 months ago. I could list a lot of other things that I spend a lot of time NOT COMPLETING but does anyone else have this problem?

But I have GREAT news, fabulous news, wonderful and brilliant news that you will all love! This year I am making some resolutions! In layman’s terms… I am setting a few goals for myself and my life and my sanity! This blog is one of them! I desperately needed some writing practice and what better way than blubbering to a bunch of strangers about books and tv shows… and other things that I haven’t come up with yet but I will!

So, one more time! NEW YEAR, NEW ME!

Welcome to the mind of NickNick and if you have read this far I applaud you and sincerely hope that you find your way back to my AWESOME blog!