Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Complete Guide to Surfing


I just finished reading THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SURFING by Peter Dixon  only after a few days. That's quite fast considering that this book is like the encyclopedia of the surfing world! I guess, I really am THAT interested in this sport. I learned that surfing is not just about having fun at catching waves, but it's also about learning to watch the nature of the water and my fellow surfers as well  so I could enhance my knowledge of the ocean and the sport.

I have to be respectful of the lineup and very good at swimming with strong physical and emotional health before I can master or even just enjoy surfing.  Once I'm confident of my capabilities (meaning, ready to be wiped out on so many occasions) then I am ready to learn various 
moves and tricks. I'll definitely be stoked! Well, I already am!  

Sunday, November 12, 2006

At First Sight & True Believer by Nicholas Sparks


 

Nicholas Sparks, best-selling author of  A WALK TO REMEMBER and THE NOTEBOOK, wrote At First Sight  as a sequel to True Believer starring Jeremy Marsh  (a New Yorker and a well-known writer in the magazine Scientific American) and Lexie Darnell(a simple librarian in the small town of Boone Creek, Texas). 

In the first book, True Believer, Jeremy Marsh set foot in the small town of Boone Creek to expose the amazing night lights in the town's cemetery which were believed to be supernatural. Even  Lexie believed  that the lights were ghosts of her parents who died when she was still young. Whether true or not, this belief has been one of the long-standing mysteries of this quaint little town helping it with its tourism. Therefore,  exposing it would mean getting into the bad side of its very eccentric mayor, Mr. Gherkins, and its people. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Devil and Miss Prym



The international bestselling author of The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes and Veronika Decides To Die has written another masterpiece which deals this time with the centuries old battle between good and evil under the mask of temptation. The chosen location was Viscos, a remote quiet village where people of seemingly good nature thrive. Unbeknownst to most, a stranger with an agenda motivated by his gruesome past,  suddenly visits. This man will unveil fear, vengeance and greed among its inhabitants. The good will be faced with evil and the battle will begin in the hearts and souls of many. Find out how this parable will fare and if the saying  that 'GOOD ALWAYS PREVAILS' still rings true.
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There are some lines in the book which deeply bothered me, like:  
How can one know what will please the Almighty? Do what your heart commands, and God will be happy."  (p. 149).

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

The Undead Series Books 1 & 2


Undead and Unemployed / Undead and Unwed
How would you feel if you were attacked by something so vile that it made you immortal and more gorgeous than ever? The only catch is, it would be so hard for you to keep a 9-5 job since you can only be awake at night?  That's what happened to Betsy whose life (or death?) is about to change forever and for better. Good thing that her friends are always on her side. And on Mary Janice Davidson's second book of this funny vampire series, our protagonist is slowly falling for the most evil of them all, Eric Sinclair, the Vampire King as she herself is now becoming the new Vampire Queen. He's soooo powerful and sooo H-O-T that Brad Pitt/ Tom Cruise/ Tom Welling combined pales in comparison.  But admitting this to herself and her dear friends would be sacrilege in itself. Watch how she conquers her inner  emotional battles on the book's many hilarious twists and turns  while providing fun, adventure and some "kilig" moments for the readers. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger


The author of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, Lauren Weisberger, did it again! Set up in New York, Robina “Bette” Robinson is reaching a point in her life where boredom and stress are constantly haunting her. After five years of working for a financial institution, she just had it. Out of the blue, she called it quits! An act that I myself, and most probably a million others would gladly do if only we were brave enough to handle the consequences. Without any sort of backup plan, she gloriously thrusts herself into the realm of the beautiful and unemployed, enjoying each passing day with nothing really special to do except to take her dog, Millington, out for a walk, exchange stories with her best friend Penelope, read Harlequin novels, spend time with her Uncle Will and his partner Simon and explore the city by herself. Although she enjoyed being a bum, she needs to come to her senses soon, primarily because her savings are dwindling, FAST!

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Venetian's Wife by Nick Bantock


I just finished reading this artful book by Nick Bantock (author of Griffin and Sabine chronicles) and it left me with such strong amorphous desire to share it with you...            

Sara is my opposite. She's quiet, reserved and set in her ways. Yet, lately, she's been feeling quite trapped in her little world, being a conservationist in a certain museum. She's somehow yearning to get out of her shell, travel and do some exciting things that she has never done before. All these, she confides in her computer diary (much like what I do in my blog). Recently, she came across a painting of Shiva (one of the Indian goddesses), and events, both ethereal and preclusive, started unfolding. 

Friday, June 23, 2006

The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella



 
OH-MY-GOD!!! I never knew that Sophie Kinsella’s novels would be such a huge hit! They totally turned my world around in a matter of a few days. And I’ve been happier and more excited about my life ever since. To think that I oftentimes see these colorful books whenever I pass by Powerbooks on my way to meet up with Peter and simply ignore them! I remember dismissing them as shallow books for shallow readers. And now, here I am obsessing about her work. Golly!

Saturday, June 3, 2006

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger



If you happen to be in a career situation where waking up everyday to cater to the whim of your devil-incarnate boss is the highlight of your day, then this book is for you. True, it deals entirely on fashion and other vanity-laden stuff this world has to offer, but it could touch your heart if you let it. Plus, it's not so bad to be acquainted with beautiful things like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik shoes, or couture dresses from Chanel, Prada, and Loius Vuitton. It's actually liberating to know that even those people with jobs "a million girls would die for" do also live a pathetic and hellish life in exchange for so-called prestige in the publishing industry. That is the life of Andrea Sachs, fresh out of college, who got the job as Miranda Priestley's assistant, the editor-in-chief of Runway, the no. 1 fashion magazine, a job "a million girls would die for"...

...And it's up to her how she can cope and just suck it all up as long as she can, destroying the few good relationships she has but still emerging victorious towards the end. This book shows its intended readers that there is life after fashion, beauty and glamour. For people like Andrea Sachs, it's up to you where to draw the line. In the end, the opportunities can be boundless.