(Bonus points if you caught the reference in the title. Which has nothing to do with this book. But anyway…)

I finally read “Life of Pi.” Yes, I realize EVERYONE else read it several years ago. (Or more likely, saw the movie.) That’s kind of my point. I can’t stand reading the same thing everyone else is reading at the same time. Heck, I waited until ALL of the Harry Potter books were out before I even started the series. (Waiting is doubly advantageous when you’re reading a series. None of that waiting for the next book to come out. Which reminds me… George R.R. Martin, let’s get this show on the read. Yes, I know I’ve said this before. No, I don’t care if I’m repeating myself.)

Back to the point: “Life of Pi” was, in a word, awesome. Until it was confusing. Really, really confusing. I consider myself a pretty intelligent person, but at the end of this book I was all “Huh? What just happened?” And while I realize that was kind of Yann Martel’s intention, it still bugged me. I deal with uncertainty and ambiguity all day in real life; I actually enjoy having my recreational reading all tied up with a neat bow at the end.

That said, this was still a phenomenal book. And I do appreciate Martel’s desire to make us think — if I’m not tired, that is. The animal descriptions alone were worth the read. And, oh, the things I learned about the ocean… I do realize this wasn’t a non-fiction book but there were a lot of interesting factoids that were true. (I know; I Googled them. What did we do before Google? I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t Google something. Amazing. I remember when I had to go to the library. They had these things called “encyclopedias.” They were full of information. Check it out, kids. Truly amazing.)

So, yes, this was a great read. Definitely highly recommended. Just don’t read when you’re in an “I need closure” kind of place in your life.

Bibliography: Read up on animal/human interactions. And the ocean.

Next chapter: Jen Lancaster’s “Here I Go Again”