My 50Leaves 2012

50Leaves

1. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto (January 27, 2012)

2. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

3. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

4. My Country, My People by Lin Yutang

5. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

6. Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll (April 15, 2012)

7. A Song of Fire and Ice: A Feast for Crows [Book4] by George R. R. Martin

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (April 20, 2012)

9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (April 21, 2012)

10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (April 27, 2012)

11. Lasher by Anne Rice (May 14, 2012)

12. Taltos by Anne Rice (May 31, 2012)

13. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (June 26, 2012)

14. Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice (June 29, 2012)

15. Howards End by E.M. Forster (August 29, 2012)

16. Room with a View by E.M. Forster (October 05, 2012)

17. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

18. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (October 24, 2012)

19, Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James (October 27, 2012)

20. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

21. Stainless Longganisa by Bob Ong

22. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (November 21,2012)

23. Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger (December 5, 2012)

24. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (December 10, 2012)

25. Message in A Bottle by Nicholas Sparks (December 30, 2012)

26. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger

27. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

28. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (December 31, 2012)

End of 2012, Total Books Read : 18books.

Other members of Project:50Leaves[2012]:

Project 50Leaves Page

Books reviews can be found here

My 50Leaves 2011

My 50Leaves 2010

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My 50Leaves 2011

50Leaves

1. The Book of Tomorrow by Celia Ahern (January 24, 2011)

2. My Country, My People by Lin Yutang

3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

4. Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll

5. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice (May 3, 2011)

6. Jonah Sees Ghosts by Mark Sullivan (May 17, 2011)

7. A Song of Fire and Ice: A Game of Thrones [Book1] by George R. R. Martin (August 31, 2011)

8. The Book of Dragons  by Michael Hague (October 15, 2011)

9. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

10. A Song of Fire and Ice: A Clash of Kings [Book2] by George R. R. Martin (October 14, 2011)

11. A Song of Fire and Ice: A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow [Book3.1] by George R. R. Martin (November 3, 2011)

12. A Song of Fire and Ice: A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold [Book3.2] by George R. R. Martin (November 21, 2011)

13. Danger Girl: The Ultimate Collection by J. Scott Campbell (October 25, 2011)

14. Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (December 3, 2011)

15. Midnight on Julia Street by Ciji Ware

16. The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan (December 23, 2011)

End of 2011, Total Books Read : 11books.

Other members of Project:50Leaves[2011]:

1. Tiff K

Project 50Leaves Page

Books reviews can be found here

My 50Leaves 2010

My 50Leaves 2009

My Shelfari

My Goodreads

Dream(ing) Girl

Striped top from Esprit Hong Kong; Head Bands hairpiece from H&M Beijing; Dice necklace from gift; Plaid skirt from Preview Manila; Brown wedges from Jellybean Manila.

Hype this outfit on LOOKBOOK.

So lately, I’ve been thinking a lot back to my childhood. Like how at this moment in time, how much of the youth (kids and teenagers) know what a diskette is. Like a post I saw somewhere before, tumblr I think, would kids years from now know that the “save” sign on their MS Office is called a diskette? On Google+, a friend posted a youtube video of an old animated movie called The Last Unicorn, which was one of my favorites as a child. Another friend happened to mention that some freshman students at university weren’t familiar with the anime Akazukin Cha-cha. These are just few of the many things that get added on to a list of things the youth no longer recognize, the longer the list, the more we realize how much older we’re getting.

From when I was young, until now, I’ve always been a daydreamer. My parents and sometimes teachers, often tell me that I get easily distracted because I’m thinking of something odd or different. Even now, I think the romantic daydreamer in me still does that. Maybe it’s not as obvious as me staring off into space, or me going on about what I want to do or what I want to become, but it’s there…just more subtle. I don’t think I’ll ever want to get rid of this characteristic of mine though. It’s very child-like, friends often tell me, but still retaining this kind of personality allows me to never give up (to some extent) and to always just dream a little bigger. Aren’t those out-of-this-world and unimaginable inventions and theories made up because people didn’t stick to the norm?

Just a little something to listen to if you’re interested.

In other news, I finally got my books today! After having Fully Booked order them from abroad (since all the UK editions of Clash of Kings ran out, and most people read the US edition here), waiting one week for it to arrive (despite them telling me it’ll probably arrive in about a month) and finally using this week to get them…..I finally have these 4 books to keep me company until Dance with Dragons comes out with a paperback edition next year. I’d like to get that now, but the hardbound edition is beyond my means at around P1.2k, which is more or less how much I got these 4 books for (with a 10% discount using my Fully Booked discount card).

So beyond all the chit-chat and chitter-chatter, I’m really happy that I finally have these to tide me over for the time-being. With books by my side, I’ll be a dreamer forever, always immersing myself in these fantasy worlds and stories.

Cheers to all fellow dreamers and daydreamers. 

My 50Leaves 2010

50Leaves

1. Mr Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll (April 15, 2010)

2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (August 2, 2010)

3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

4. Girl in Landscape by Jonathan Lethem

5. The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep (March 12, 2010)

6. All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens (March 30, 2010)

7. Somewhere I’ll find you by Lisa Kleypas (April 2, 2010)

8. Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn (April 14, 2010)

9. Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (June 21, 2010)

10. Midnight Pleasures by Eloisa James

11. Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll

12. My Country, My People by Lin Yutang

13. Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens (2-in-1 edition) (August 9, 2010)

14. A Rake’s Vow by Stephanie Laurens (2-in-1 edition)

15. The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough

16. The Book of Tomorrow by Celia Ahern

End of 2010, Total Books Read: 8books


Other members of Project:50Leaves[2010]:

1. Tiff K

2. Vix

Project 50Leaves Page

Books reviews can be found here

My 50Leaves 2009

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Crying over leaving my books behind

So lately I’ve been thinking that I need to read a new book. My Lolita book from 2008 is still on my bedside table getting read very rarely, and usually on a read-one-page-at-a-time basis. Mansfield Park from 2009 is also left untouched for the most part. Beijing is coming up soon and part of me wants to bring these books along so I can finally or hopefully finish them, but part of me wants to keep them here in Manila. The undecided me!

I actually have a few books in my drawer – Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches trilogy for instance, that  I am dying to just bring along with me, but worries over baggage allowance are prodding me not to. I just can’t imagine leaving my books behind for a year or more. I’m sure that there will be plenty of bookstores over there to go gaga over, especially since I’ve been planning to buy over there a good English edition of Journey to the West and Romance of the Three Kingdoms. And some other worthwhile Chinese classics as well. Which reminds me that my copy of My Country and My People will have to go into the bag since I don’t plan on finishing it anytime before I leave.

On the other hand, my copy of Darcy and Elizabeth:Nights and Days at Pemberley is calling out to me. I’m so tempted to read it, and I want to bring it with me to Beijing so badly. It will surely be a better choice than over-abusing the internet situation over there. I must not spend money on more books before I leave. It’s hard enough avoiding the temptation to shop for clothes, what more for books.

P.S. And no, I’m not abusing my blog with daily entries for fear of not being able to do so when I get to China, nor am I abusing it since it’s past 3am again and I’m still up….*looksguiltilyaway*

On a journey with Time Traveler’s Wife

So right now, I’m finally reading Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s been a must-read for me since it first came out. It must have been while I was still in High School when I first read the synopsis and I was like, “Oh my god, I got to get that book.” Well, I only bought the book last year. Shows my sense of priorities.. romance novels > time traveler’s wife. Haha.

A friend of mine lent me his DVD copy of the movie, and all the while, I was telling myself that I wouldn’t watch it till I had read the book. But owing to the fact that I might not return it if I do that, I watched the movie before I read the book.

-Watch out, possible spoilers-

So here I am now. Probably 100 pages into the book, and of course, done with the movie. What I’ve figured so far is that the movie is okay. Henry’s time traveling sort of makes sense in the movie. You do not really question it, or probe deeper. Whatever they show on screen, that’s about it. You may feel sad, happy, touched but it’s all about what they show on screen.

On the other hand, having read at least 100 pages, I can say that the book is a lot different. What I love (and also dislike) about the book are the details, the questions, the what ifs that don’t really come up when you watch the movie. Most things about Henry and Clare make more sense in the book. Well duh, how much info can you fit into a 2 hour movie right? But seriously. So far, I really love how detailed the book is. It answers a lot of questions that might have arisen while mulling over the whole time traveling situation, and it also brings into light questions that might have never been tackled. It’s great! It’s like a mini-philosophy book, with theories, ideas, realities that the movie cannot encompass.

Basically, I’m really loving the book, though some explanations in the book can be a bit confusing and may take some re-reading before one can fully grasp what it means.

This is definitely worth my money.

My 50Leaves 2009

50Leaves

1. The Bonesetters Daughter by Amy Tan (finished February 9, 2009)

2. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (finished around Feb 2009)

3. Candide by Voltaire (finished around Feb 2009)

4. The Cloak (Overcoat) by Nikolai Gogol (finished February 21, 2009)

5. The Death of Ivan Ilych by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude (finished March 3, 2009)

6. Pride and Prejudice (complete and unabridged version) by Jane Austen (finished April 13, 2009)

7. My Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead (finished April 14, 2009)

8. Naked in Death by Nora Roberts (finished April 17, 2009)

9. When Strangers Marry by Lisa Kleypas (finished November 6, 2009)

10. Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros (finished November 10, 2009)

11. The Wife Trap by Tracy Anne Warren (finished April 23, 2009)

12. The Devil Who Tamed Her by Johanna Lindsey (finished November 15, 2009)

13. The Runaway Princess by Christina Dodd (finished April 27, 2009)

14. Tales of Beadle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (finished June 8, 2009)

15. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (finished May 19, 2009)

16. Japanese for Travelers: A Journey Through Modern Japan by Katie Kitamura (finished November 6, 2009)

17. One Kiss from You by Christina Dodd (finished November 21, 2009)

18. A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans (finished December 31, 2009)

19. Because You’re Mine by Lisa Kleypas (finished December 19, 2009)

20. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

21. Mr Darcy Takes A Wife by Linda Berdoll

22.Somewhere I’ll find you by Lisa Kleypas

23. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

24. Sex, Lies and Vampires by Kate McAlister

25. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

26. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

27. Taltos by Anne Rice

28. Lasher by Anne Rice

29. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

30. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

End of 2009, Total Books Read: 19books

Other members of Project:50Leaves[2009]:

1. Jane U. (mom)

2. Tiffy Chua

3. Ivy Eclairs

4. Dess Tan

Project 50Leaves Page

Books reviews can be found here

My Shelfari

audrey niffenegger

Getting nowhere

So last January, I began this personal goal thing – to read 50 books by the end of the year (Project: 50Leaves) which wasn’t doing so well in the beginning but seemed to be fine around summer vacation. Well, sad to say, I am far from getting any new book done. Lolita, which I began reading last year, is still not finished. Sad really, since I began it way back in China, and was making good progress with the book till I reached a certain part which became a more difficult read. Mansfield Park, this really nice book by Jane Austen, was something I began back summer of this year, but which I’m nowhere near finishing. Don’t get me wrong, the book is nice, but the English is not modern and it takes a while to understand the text. Add that to the amount of schoolwork + thesis research, and voila, you get it. Getting nowhere.

Am severely contemplating beginning Time Traveler’s Wife, so I can have a good basis for comparison when I finally watch the movie. But it seems to me that I won’t have the time to enjoy such a book. Maybe a new romance novel would be a good break from all these academic-related readings. Just considering it though, I have so much to work on now.

I’d love to go back to the days where I could read 1-2 books a day. Library books were most awesome back in High School.

From the seat of summer

The internet has been a bit wonky at our place recently, mom says it has something to do with the internet provider updating their system or something. Been annoying really, though I’m thankful that there aren’t any school matters I have to deal with at the moment that would make the lack of internet, inconvenient.

Since I’ve tried to make my days productive despite the lack of internet (and invariably a lack of connection to plurk, YM and Restaurant City) I’ve been able to finish 2 books. One is Pride and Prejudice, which I’ve been slowly reading for a couple of days now and which I only got to finish last Monday. After, I was hoping to finish a “sequel” to P&P entitled Mr Darcy Presents His Pride by Helen Halstead which I purchased from Fully Booked a few weeks ago, within the week but I was so engrossed in it that I was able to finish it early yesterday morning. Yey.

I have yet to write a book review for both books, but I am presently trying to finish a book by Nora Roberts, entitled Naked in Death. Hope to finish it by tomorrow so I can return it to my boss.

Surprised by Fully Booked!

I was up late last night trying to finish watching “The Unforgiven” for my Philosophy102 class, and decided not to hitch with my sister this morning when she left for school at around 830am. Instead, I woke up around noon and didn’t have to rush myself to get to school.

What greeted me in my Y!Inbox was a surprise! Last week, during one of bored moments, I decided to register an account on Fully Booked Online. It was mostly so I could get updated on events and other things happening in Fully Booked since that is where me and my family tend to purchase our books. Back to the point, I was surprised when I received this mail in my inbox.

Received Mail

At first, I thought it was simply a joke, or a misunderstanding of some kind. I didn’t really expect it to be true since I posted a review on FB Online out of boredom. But upon going to the site itself, it was right there, the evidence. Check the left portion of the image for the screenshot. What was featured was my book review of “For One More Day” by Mitch Albom, which was something I read over the semestral break.

FB online screenshot

Speechless and thrilled at the same time. It’s certainly hard to express what overcame me at the moment. The feeling surged through me, mostly because it felt good to feel recognition for something I had written. Writing is a passion of mine, and it thrilled me to receive such an honor, no matter how simple it may be. I won P500 worth of Fully Booked gift certificates too. What will I do with it? Buy more books at Fully Booked of course! 🙂