I know. As an author I should know that World Book Day exists, but truth be told, I didn’t know until I saw it on Facebook *gasp*. A couple days ago everyone in the world joined together to celebrate the gift of books! Okay, they probably didn’t make a huge deal out of it, but they should have. As a bookworm, I am ashamed to say that I hardly read at all that day *gasp*. I think I made up for it though, by staying up late the night before to finish my book.
In honor of this glorious holiday, I am going to share a couple of books that I just finished reading.
This past week I finished reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This book was required reading for my AP Literature class, but it was one of the books I was really looking forward to reading.
Let’s be honest, I was excited about all the books we were going to read. I heard a lot of great things about this book, and I saw the movie when I was younger. Like all book worms know, the movie is ALWAYS different from the book. For some strange reason, I completely forgot that rule while reading Life of Pi (a.k.a. the book moved slower than I expected).
Overall it was a pretty good book. It’s definitely a book you want to read if you like something that will make you think. The ending leaves you wondering what really happened in the story.
For those of us more interested in action packed novels, this isn’t a great choice. I am one of those readers who really enjoys their adventure and action. I still don’t know why I thought Life of Pi would be like that, but I did. Once I got used to the fact that the book wasn’t going to involve fight scenes or anything, I really enjoyed it. This book brings up a lot of questions about religion and existentialism, so I would recommend reading it with a friend so you have someone to discuss all your opinions and thoughts with.
Here is a little blurb about the book:
Life of Pi follows the story of an Indian boy named Pi, who grew up in a zoo. Throughout his journey, Pi is shown to be devoutly religious and incredibly brave. From a young age, he explores and questions practicality and spirituality. This novel will, “make you believe in God” according to the author, Yann Martel.
The other book I finished this week was 13 Hours written by Mitchell Zuckoff. This is an incredible book. About a year ago I saw the movie, and this is the one and only time that the movie was EXACTLY like the book *initiate happy dance*. It is always frustrating to me when the movie doesn’t follow the book, and it’s even more frustrating when the book is based off a true story. I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case with 13 Hours. My fellow readers who enjoy a lot of action, and a good war book, this is perfect for you. I have a newfound respect for our military, since finishing the book. It truly is incredible how much they do for our country. We are so blessed to have dedicated soldiers willing to protect their people. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for our military.
Here is a little bit about 13 Hours for those of you who haven’t heard of it:
13 Hours is the true story behind what really happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. This book is written as a narrative following the six men contracted to protect the US State Department Special Mission Compound, and a CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Lybia. Mitchell Zuckoff and the Annex security team didn’t write this book to point fingers at political parties, but to tell the world what actually happened that night. It is an action filled book, and its story needs to be heard.
There is heavy language throughout the book, but it is so important that we know what actually happened that day. In my personal opinion this is one of the books or movies that should be read or watched by all Americans. Not only does it give the truth of the events on September 11, 2012, but it shows just how much our military does for us.
Now that I have finished rambling on about the books that I have been reading, I would love to hear what you have been reading lately! What did you like or dislike about the book, and would you recommend it? How did you spend your World Book Day? Curled up in bed, drinking tea? (That’s what I wanted to do).
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