Friday, May 20, 2011

Follow Friday: What's Your Five Quirky Habits?

Wow, I haven't been writing on my blog for quite some times (cos it's HOLIDAY, you party people!! Woot!)
It's great to be back home and just hang out with my family and cousins, laughing and experimenting with new recipes (I managed to make a dessert that taste like the 'smell' of shower cream). But I'm missing my best friends back at college so it's time to go back I suppose.. Anyway... this week Follow Friday is very interesting so I'm going to join in the fun! ^^

Follow Friday is created by Rachel at Parajunkee's View. Basically, this meme is about sharing your thoughts about books and life in general. It is also a great way to make new blogger friends!

This week's feature is Ninja Girl from Ninja Girl Reads.

This week's question is: It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you. We all have them...

  1. I smell EVERYTHING. Not just books but pretty much every object I use. For example, when I want to use a pen, I have this strong urge to sniff the pen first before I use it. Weird, I know, people look at me all kinds of wrong when I do that but the urge is hard to squelch.
  2. I like to munch my pencils when I was in primary school until it was as short as my pinky. I also like to chew papers. Luckily, I was one of the 'popular' kids so no one said anything. Weird thing was, they actually thought my pencils looked really cool. Haha
  3. Sometimes I wake up a few times at night just to smooth my bed covers and fluff my pillows before going back to sleep.
  4. I'm a quiet person but I tend to gravitate toward the loud groups. There's something calming about sitting amidst the chaos, about being surrounded by people who seem to possess all the confidence in the world, while their laughter, love and crazy ideas envelope you in a thrilling hug. Your lungs feel bigger somehow.
  5. I can't eat papayas (this is a local fruit in my country) without feeling nauseous. My dad thinks I'm crazy. 
So those are some of my quirky habits. Do tell me about your quirky side, I would love to read them!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wishlist: Take Two

Wishlist description: A post about books that have already been published that I unfortunately can't get my grubby hands on either because the bookstores in my country don't carry them or due to insufficient funds. *sniff* 

'Take two' because the 300+ books in my mountainous TBR pile is clearly not enough that I'm doing another wishlist. As the saying goes, my fellow reading friends, 'you could never have too many books'.  

Seventeen-year-old Luke lives and works at the Moonflower Motel in Moab, having fled New York City where his father Frank drowns his sorrows after the death of Luke’s mother. Back in New York, eighteen-year-old Ava meets Frank at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. When these lost souls converge in Moab, what happens transforms them all.  

A story of love and grief, addiction and redemption, set in both NYC’s Upper West Side and in the red rock desert of Moab, Utah.

What attracts me to this novel is its cover. I love the boy sitting on the edge with the girl standing behind him with that breathtaking view surrounding them. They are in a relax pose, leaning back while looking overhead and it makes me wonder what's their story; how did they end up there.

The summary reads like a potential good read and this book gives me a similar vibe like Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (which I LOVE!) so naturally, it is in my wishlist. Interesting fact: the author of this book is the granddaughter of Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time, anyone?)

Hilda and best friend Benji are obsessed with celebrity deaths. One celebrity death leads them to an apartment room of Hank, an odd old bat. Hilda becomes attached to Hank in his sad, solitary room and a level of understanding when he presents her a tile from Jayne Mansfield’s pool. One day as she stops by his apartment to share in their enjoyment of old American classic films she finds not Hank in her room, but Jake—Hank’s downstairs neighbor. Jake is a 19-year-old high school dropout, Hollywood screenwriter, whose ambition led him where he is today. Jake it seems has been taking care of Hank, but Hilda is the only who will get all of Hank’s secret: One haunting enough to try to commit suicide.

Characters that are obsessed with death? They sound quirky and a little off to me which I think, will make a perfectly fascinating read! And with epic lines like the one below, it's a no brainer this book is in my wishlist. Its presence, justified.

"what the hell do ya think I'm gonna do? My cock's been useless for years. I'm lucky to get any piss out of it, let alone make it stand to attention long enough to get my rocks off" 

Vera's spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she's kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?
Okay, this book? It's going to be a great read. I just have this gut feeling it's going to put me in an emotional spinner of heartbreaks and tears then spit me back out when the glimmer of hope starts to rise from the horizon. It probably doesn't make any sense but I just know.  

Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....

Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.

Good stuff has been said for this book and so, I am ready to devour this book. Sadly, I couldn't find it anywhere in my country. 

The sad thing about a wishlist is, I don't know when I'll be able to read these awesome books :( That being said, I'm currently in a mood for some dark, sombre, tears-falling kind of books.
Make my day and donate me a book will you? V(^.^)V

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Another kiss from Nalini Singh: In which I squeal like the fangirl I am

Oh my God, another Kiss of Snow teaser from Nalini Singh. Eeeekkk, Hawke and Sienna's sizzling sexual tension is making me breathless! Goodness god, I feel like putting myself in a cryogenic until May 31st come. 

And you guys, seriously, if you like paranormal romance, hot changelings, great storyline and awesome writings, this is the series for you. PICK THIS ONE UP!! Pronto. Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews are my favorite paranormal/urban fantasy writers. 

Teaser: Sienna and Hawke are in a vehicle and let's just say someone's living a little dangerously. ;-)

[Sienna] “Do you like my top?”

“Is that what it is?”

“Latest style,” she assured him, ignoring the silky menace of his response. “Laces up the side, so it’s easier to take off.”

His hands clenched on the steering wheel as he headed up into the mountains.

“And the boots.” She lifted one leg up to the dash, stroked her hand over her thigh. “They make me—”

The car shuddered to a halt near the perimeter of den territory.