Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Behind the Screen #1

Behind the Screen is a cool new meme hosted by Inga @ Me and Reading ! It's where we talk about some of the things going on "Behind the Screen" that week. Check out her blog!

  • Missing in Action
Well, one reason is that I'm busy with work, that's a BIG reason, don't you think? It's eating most of my time, but I'm not complaining. I love my work. I find time to read, usually before I go to bed and that's like, around 30 minutes reading time... Not enough, but that's all the time I got...Pity...
  • Bookshelf
Oh no. My shelf is a pigsty. Will arrange my books properly this weekend. I hope...
  • Technical Difficulties
A BIGGER reason why I haven't been blogging much is that our computer is broken. I don't know when this will be repaired but I'm sure it'll take a while. :-(
  • While Reading
I'm really busy with work, it takes a whole week for me to finish a book, sometimes, a week and a half! I'm hopeless...

Monday, July 18, 2011

In My Mailbox #39: B and B


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren.

I got two books this week. Since I'm still waiting for the release of the mass market paperback of A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin, that would be in 2012, (the hardcover edition is way too expensive) I decided to read another fantasy series.

I stumbled upon Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series when I was browsing on books to read on Amazon. I learned that it was a total of six books and all of them are already available on the market.

So I hope Furies of Calderon will capture my interest. I wanted to read a David Baldacci novel for so long now and I hope Split Second will be a good read.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Review: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

SYNOPSIS:   
Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature.

MY REVIEW:  

Hi guys! I've been busy these past few days. My time was spent on work and watching Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher. Yeah, I know, it's old school. But I really like the show before and I think I was in elementary when it was aired here in the Philippines year 1993. I can't exactly remember if the series was shown in full that's why I wanted to watch all the four seasons if I can manage it. I'm almost done with Season 1 and I'm really enjoying the show. It's funny and sometimes the storylines are a bit silly but that only makes it appealing to me. 

Also, another reason I wasn't able to blog much, is that our computer is broken...again. This time around, the monitor is not working and I was really upset. I had to go outside and rent on one those computer cafes. It's really a hassle for me to write reviews with so many people around me. I need privacy whenever I'm posting something.

When I was a kid, A Little Princess was aired here in the Philippines as a TV series. I think Nippon Animation was the one who created the cartoon version of this classic story. I really loved the animation of Nippon, the drawings captured the essence of the book. It was very detailed, the streets, the houses, the dormitory where Sara stayed along with the other children are just fantastic. I think every kid today should watch this show and read the book. It was an awesome read! Frances is a marvelous writer!


My Rating: 5 Stars

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Die Is Cast #6: That Camden Summer by LaVyrle Spencer

The Die Is Cast is a meme here @ Bookable Reads that is all about creating a cast of actors and actresses for a particular book that you've read or you're currently reading. And having fun doing so! Create them in your own way!
That Camden Summer is one of the most emotional and impossible-to-put-down book that I've ever read. And all the people I've persuaded to read this book can tell you that it's really good. The story is unique and all the characters are unforgettable. I can still remember each and everyone of them as I write down this post. I think this was made into a movie, but I'm not quite sure. Anyways, this is the cast of characters that I think would give justice to Roberta Jewett and Gabriel Farley's characters.

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. After several stage roles, she appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She played Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries (2001).

She's going to do a great job on playing Roberta's character. I've seen her on Becoming Jane, and Roberta is like that character. Not afraid to speak her mind and just be carefree and live life to the fullest! Anne is a versatile actress and she can play any role and own it. I hope someone in Hollywood would pair these two because I think they're going to have chemistry on the set!

Brandon James Routh (born October 9, 1979) is an American actor and former fashion model. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on multiple television series throughout the early 2000s. 

Brandon Routh is an actor that should have been big in Hollywood. I've seen Superman and for me, he did a fantastic job. But lately, I haven't seen more of him on film and television. I think he would be a good match to Anne's character. I can now see in my mind that their characters will hit it off.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Third Sentence Thursday #3

Third Sentence Thursday is a meme hosted by Sniffy Kitty to showcase a book’s third sentence magic.

1) Take the book you are reading now and post the third sentence.

2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged).
3) Post a link to your sentence here (in the comments) or if you don't have a blog, just post it in the comments!
"Nevertheless, it was still a shock to the system."
I like this sentence because of its simplicity.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cravings #13: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

"Book Cravings are books that I really want to have but can't buy them for now. Reasons may vary on not having the money to purchase it and sometimes coz it's not available locally. I will post my book cravings every week and tell something about that particular book."
For this week, I am craving for the book Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. After watching the movie version, I immediately wanted to read the book. I have not read any of his novels, but I have seen the movie adaptations of them. And they are really nice! Are the books any good? Or are the movies better?

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: A Risk Worth Taking by Robin Pilcher


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!    
"It was like talking to a brick wall. Dan walked over the table and stretched across Millie's  shoulder and took the remote from her grasp. 

The television clicked and died. To his surprise, there were no vociferous complaints, both girls seeming to accept it with bland indifference."

I'm really digging this book! It's nice to have a male's point of view for a change!

Monday, July 4, 2011

10 Good Things on a Monday: Ten Places I Want To Visit

10 Good Things on a Monday is a fantastic meme by my friend Nina at Brush Up On Your Reading. Every Monday we make a list of things, whatever they are, that makes us feel good.

10 Good Things on a Monday: Ten Places I Want To Visit


Greece

Egypt

China
Japan

Ireland

Hawaii


Hong Kong

India

New York

Rome
All of these places rocks!


Sunday, July 3, 2011

In My Mailbox #38: The Other Risk


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by  The Story Siren. 

In My Mailbox time! I only have two new books this week. I haven't read any books from these authors.

So I wanted to give them both a try. The Other Woman is your typical whodunit story so I'm all familiar with that.

A Risk Worth Taking is a story of a family in the brink of collapse.

I'm looking forward to reading these two! 



Saturday, July 2, 2011

Review: Intensity by Dean Koontz

SYNOPSIS: 
Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old woman whose deeply troubled childhood taught her the hard rules of survival, and whose adult life has been an unrelenting struggle for self-respect and safety. Now rare trust has blossomed for Chyna into friendship with the woman whose family home she is visiting for the weekend: a farm in the Napa Valley surrounded by vineyards and hills, which Chyna can see from the guest-room window where she sits at one o'clock in the morning, fully dressed, unable to sleep. Suspicions she learned in childhood still make her uneasy in unfamiliar houses—even this one, where her closest friend is sound asleep down the hall. And in this case her most disturbing instincts prove reliable. A man has entered the house, a man who lives for one purpose: to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits—to live with intensity.

MY REVIEW:  

If you're reading this review and you haven't read a Dean Koontz novel in your life, I must recommend you read Intensity. This book is the perfect way to start things off and get to know Dean as one of the most established horror writers around. This was a very chilling story! I have to say that Intensity really scared me. 

I have this raw fear before in the pit of my stomach wherein a total stranger enters our house and started killing my family one by one. Ever since I was a child this was my greatest fear, that's why even today, I always double check our doors and make sure they're all secured. Sometimes, I get up in the middle of the night to nose around for intruders. I don't know why I do this, but it makes me sleep easier through the night...

Intensity will leave you breathless! A perfect read! 

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars




Friday, July 1, 2011

The Die Is Cast #5: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novels by Faye Kellerman

The Die Is Cast is a meme here @ Bookable Reads that is all about creating a cast of actors and actresses for a particular book that you've read or you're currently reading. And having fun doing so! Create them in your own way!
This time around, The Die Is Cast will focus on Detective Peter Decker and his beautiful Jewish wife, Rina Lazarus, I've read my very first Decker/Lazarus novel years ago and it became one of my favorite series of books. I get to read about their marriage, family and of course the murder cases that they sometimes have to solve together. I highly recommend for you to read them all. I still have Blindman's Bluff on my To-Be-Read pile but it's not going anywhere right? I'll read it one of these days... :-)

Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is a German-born Irish actor. He is best known for playing Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Magneto in the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011).

I liked his performance on X-Men: First Class. He exudes this mysterious vibe, I can't point what that is, but for me that's a good thing. I think he can do much more if given the right role. An amazing actor all in all!



 
Jordana Ariel Spiro (born April 12, 1977) is an American film and television actress, known for starring in the TBS comedy series My Boys as P.J. Franklin. Spiro was born and raised in Manhattan. She was raised in a Jewish family and has a brother and three sisters. Spiro studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre school.

I chose Jordana because I think she's suitable to be Rina Lazarus if the books were made into a TV series. I don't know if she's a good actress and all, I guess I better see one of her shows.


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