Review of Life of Pi by Yann Martel


I’ve been hearing about this book for a few years now and I ended up with a free copy.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading it. I mean, how could a boy and a tiger survive at sea for over 200 days? I was curious to find out.
I like the way the story is told,  but it’s a very sad tale. The main character, Pi, loses his whole family when their ship sinks and he’s stuck in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with some zoo animals. I could feel his despair, sorrow and desperation.  When he describes eating animals at first, it’s obvious how conflicted and guilty he feels. I thought of what I would do in that situation since I’m also a vegetarian. I think most people would end up living off of whatever they could to survive.
As things get worse and worse for Pi and his passenger Richard Parker (the bengal tiger) I found myself surprised that they were still alive. They survived quite a few problems (hunger, thirst, exposure to the elements) and started giving up.
When Pi is finally rescued, I was happy for him, but it wasn’t the end of his story or journey. He meets with officials from the ship’s company and they don’t believe his tale. The alternate version of it sheds a whole new, horrible light on what he has been through.
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. It made me interested in what he was saying and I never found myself getting bored. I like the chapter set up and always wanted to see what would happen next. Pi Patel is an interesting character, full of wit, intelligence and determination.
If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a good read.


Review of Thank You Notes 2 by Jimmy Fallon


I found this book at Dollar Tree and had to get it. The “Thank You Notes” music instantly popped into my head. It’s one of my favorite parts of Jimmy’s show and I try to watch it every Friday.
The book consists of a thank you note with a photo on each page. Some were funnier than others. It was fun to flip through, but I was hoping it would be funnier. I’m sure they save the really good ones for the show though.
If you’re a fan of Jimmy Fallon and enjoy the “Thank You Notes” segment of the show, check it out. It’s a fun, quick read.

Review of The Ghost Sitter by Peni R. Griffin


The Ghost Sitter is is a children’s book about a young girl named Charlotte who moves into a new house with her family, only to discover that it’s haunted by the ghost of a little girl who lived there 50 years ago. Susie, the ghost, doesn’t seem to know that she’s dead and Charlotte wants to help her move on.
The book isn’t spooky at all, so it’s great for younger (elementary) readers. It uses the usual ghost detecting methods (cold spots, random breezes, disembodies voices, etc), which I expected. I like that Susie’s not a scary ghost. She just likes to play with the other kids. I like the scene where they’re tossing the toy around in a circle like a normal group of kids.
It wraps up nicely, reflects on the bonds between siblings and has a happy ending. I’d recommend this to younger readers and anyone who wants  nice, light read. I gave it 3/5 stars on Goodreads.