Codex ~ Lev Grossman


user1885_1156996268One of the best things about being away from home is that you can kind of afford the time to get lost in an awesome read when you stumble onto one and thank God I was on holiday when I opened up Codex. I loved this book! Loved it loved it loved it! And I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED by the end as so many other reviewers have said they were. I thought it was perfect and that it made absolute sense that it ended that way. Wow. I just can’t put into words how much I enjoyed reading this…

It’s kind of like this is how The Da Vinci Code would have been if it wasn’t 100% utter shit (sorry – I am not a fan of blatant book dismissal – but I think ol’ Dan Brown’s millions probably make my opinion less than nothing anyway) I just loved it. I did not think that Edward was two-dimensional. I liked Margaret. I loved The Duchess.

I just loved it.

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Life of Pi – Yann Martel


Life of PiLife of Pi by Yann Martel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not often that a book you’ve been dying to read for ages lives up to your expectations completely. I don’t know what it was about the idea of a book about a kid and a tiger stuck together in a lifeboat that I find completely fascinating, but the storyline certainly didn’t disappoint.

Pi gets stranded on a life boat with a tiger after the ship headed for Canada carrying his family and a bunch of zoo animals sinks. The story follows his trials and survival efforts in the most incredibly thought-provoking detail. Thankfully growing up in a zoo has made him more capable of surviving than most. I must warn you though that it is definitely not suitable for the squeamish or vegetarian readers. I should come with a disclaimer! There are quite a few scenes that make you shudder in response.

Martel tells this tale with superb ease and finesse. It’s a magical and gripping story that promises to have you drinking in every detail.

Very eager to check out the movie this week!

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The Final Summit ~ Andy Andrews


Title: The Final Summit

Author: Andy Andrews

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pages: 224

Where I got it: Booksneeze sent me a free copy in exchange for a review

Rating: 4

I feel a little emotional as I write this. I do realize that I might be a bit of an odd book reader, and being brought to tears by literature is something that happens to me often, but I did very much appreciate this book. Andy Andrews seems to have taken all the genres I generally avoid (Christian, self-help and historical) and meshed them into an extraordinary tale. Now when I say I avoid these three genres, it is not because I don’t like them so much as it is a case of I have never bothered with them because I know what I do like. And I do like most genres.

I must admit that I expected to not like this one. I stay away from Christian fiction because I am rather arrogant when it comes to doctrine and I have little patience for doctrine pushers. Andy does not preach though. And yet after reading this book I feel like I have just attended a rather successful conference of some sort. It has left me smiling.

To put it simply, The Final Summit is about David Ponder who has been summoned by the archangel Gabriel to find a solution to the problems of the world. With the help of many historical figures (Churchill, Lincoln, Edison, Joan of Arc) he sets out to figure out the answer. the story is presented simply and is straightforward in it’s wisdom and insight. Everything that was discussed seemed to “count” on a very real level, and I am still reeling from the incredible and historically accurate (but relatively unknown) story of Eric Erikson and his wife Ingrid. I cried through the entire passage.

It’s definitely worth a read for anyone who likes to read about history in an informal manner as well as for anyone who likes motivational and inspiring texts.

I am humbled by how much I enjoyed this book. There is something very lovely about writing with such innocence.