I finally read Life of Pi by Yann Martel, thanks to SquishyBurrito's recommendation and kind book lending. It is excellent. If at first glance you don't think you would enjoy a book about a teenager and a tiger stuck in a lifeboat, think again. It works as an adventure story, but it's also a much more complex look at faith and humanity. It's the kind of book that makes you want to belong to a book club because there's so much in it to think about and talk about. Read it. Thanks, squishy!
Next up on my catch-up-with-reading-over-vacation-plan: Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Other recommendations are welcome.