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Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Giver by Lois Lowry

***FOR LAURIE, here girl, I am placing this review up front so you don't have to look for it. LAZY butt.

where I got my copy: Barnes & Noble

In the story of a seemingly utopian city in a futuristic world, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver--who alone holds memories of pain and pleasure in life.

Imagine a world with no hunger, poverty, malice, competition, hatred or war. Then imagine that world with no recollection of the past, no colors, no snow, no mountains, no sunshine, and more. Sameness. Complete order. That is how one would describe Jonas' world. Proves to say that there is no such thing as a perfect world...

Everything and anything that you do are dictated by a council called the Elders. There are rules even for the puny little things. You cannot ask questions that will make it awkward for the other person, you have to use specific phrases for everything, you cannot ride a bike until you turn nine, you are not to lie, cheat or get jealous. One must take a pill when you reach the time of stirring or wet dreams to suppress the urges. You have a biological mother yet you will never meet her and she will never meet you. Cruel? No because in Jonas' community, they are called Birth mother, it is their job. A world where in you get released when you get old or if a newborn did not meet the community's standard for being healthy. A world where you are given a career at the age of twelve, a career that will be your until you grow old.

I would have a really strong feeling of dislike for the people living inside Jonas' community if not for their innocence? ignorance? I cannot really describe how I feel, I was so conflicted. The plot was set further into the future where in only one person have the memories of the past and he is called the Giver, Jonas was chosen to carry these memories and is now called the Receiver. It is an eerier version of Pleasantville and a world with a lot of red flags for human rights violation and a community that would sure get swamped with activists of all sorts.I LOVE IT. The strangeness, the obscurity, even if their rules were so infuriating. It is a fascinating read. Definitely a classic. Something that you'll read more than once.

I read it slow and asked many people if they have read it or not. If they haven't, I tell them the story or bore them to death depending on who I talked to. Say example my husband. At the end he told me that it is only a book that I should calm down. LOL. He does not get it. He thinks dissecting a book is silly nor the contents shouldn't be given thoughts. This is why I love the bookish community.
They do not think that I am some weirdo who keeps yapping about books.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2011 New year's Resolution

I know what you're thinking, I am late, I should have done this the first week of January.
The thing is I just completed my list. So this will start February 2011.

1. No fantasy / supernatural fiction the whole year.
    - oh god! can you imagine? but wait... this is of course with the exemption of my favorite series.

2. No more smoking.
    - I still do not know how to do that but I have to.

3. Get back in shape. 
    - No gym, maybe home work out or dance studio.

4. Laugh it off. 
    -There was some issue about whiny acquaintances saying that I am talking shit about them, I used to get      stressed out about it, but then I realized, I know what i said and how I said it and it was totally not how that bitch said it.

5. Stay away from other people's drama.
    - I learned a very important lesson last year... Though shall not befriend thy in-laws girlfriend. Because when shit hits the roof, suddenly you are one of the bad guys.

6. Save.
   -I have this thing about saving money... I don't believe in it. What if I dies tomorrow? Yeah... pretty immature... for you!

7. E-mail a friend from Facebook twice a week.
    - it is after all a way to reconnect with long lost friends, or far away relatives.

8. Volunteer (a lot) in helping the homeless.
    - I've never done it but I've always want to. We start this Feb. I hope I could get all our friends to join us. This is one of the way not only to help others who are in need, but to also say sorry that I've been such a bitch. Balancing the karma, I guess.

9. Lessen time in front of the computer or reading.
    - its ridiculous how I'm always in front o it. if not the PC, I'm on my iphone, if not that, I'm on my iPad, if not that I'm on the freakin laptop. Seriously, so unhealthy and it kind of takes away the family time. So I am limiting myself for 2 hours before bedtime. The hours before that will be spent in full concentration of doing the house chore, playing with my son & dog, and cuddling or teasing my husband.

10. Get organized.
    - Sonuvabich! 5 years worth of paper work still scattered around the house. I still do not know how I will do it. But I must.

11. I will only do online shopping once in a trimester.
     - With the holiday spirit and just you know the lure of the material stuff, I've spent ridiculous loads of money that could have purchased a tickets to our NY trip this year. I said one in a  trimester because I wanted to get real. There is no way I can pull off not to shop online for a whole year.

12. Put an end to getting acrylic nails.
      - This is sad.

13. Be nicer to annoying people.
      - I know I annoy people too and I hate it when they snap at me, so I'll apply the - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"

Ahhh that's it the magical 13. I am hoping that at least 50% of this would be fulfilled. Wish me luck!

Best Laid Plans - Sidney Sheldon


The first entry in Leslie Stewart's diary read: Dear Diary; This morning I met the man I am going to marry. It was simple, optimistic statement, without the slightest portent of the dramatic chain of events that was about to occur. The Best Laid Plans tells the explosive story of the beautiful and ambitious Leslie Stewart, who learns that for some men power is the greatest aphrodisiac, and of Oliver Russell, the handsome governor of a small southern state, who finds out why hell has no fury like a woman scorned. With the unexpected twists and turns that are the hallmark's of his mega-bestselling novels, Sidney Sheldon spins a tale of two equally determined people headed on a collision course. Oliver has a strategy to win the White House; Leslie has a scheme to make him wish he's never been born. They both should have known that even the best-laid plans can go dangerously astray with deadly consequences. The Best Laid Plans takes listeners inside two of America's most powerful...

Leslie and Stewart, had it good. she was on the top of her game, young, beautiful, intelligent and the number one in public relations field. He was handsome, charismatic and have a lot of potential. They were in love, engaged to be married in a few days until Oliver got a call from his former girlfriend, Senator father.
Todd, promised him money and power but he has to marry his daughter. Oliver was sure he would not do it but the Senator's word echoed in his mind and left Leslie to be humiliated. From then on she would not stop until she gets revenge.

Barnes & Noble

LIKES: I am pretty much set that Sidney Sheldon will not disappoint me. The story was engaging without the character's graphic sexual encounters, nor that much of a violence.The order characters of the story complimented the whole plot. Leslie was the epitome of the saying "Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned". I love her character, her drive to be successful to show Oliver, what he missed out, but she should have stopped right there, but no she have to go all lunatic and print that paper without rechecking the information.
Moral of the story? Stop obsessing and move one, revenge would only make you more miserable.
On the other note, I loved the twist, I really did not see that coming because everything really points towards Oliver plus I developed a dislike on him, (just on the first part of the novel) how could anyone not?

DISLIKE: NOTHING. I love every single page.
NOTE: I remember the day I had my first ever Sidney Sheldon experience. I was 9 and bored out of my mind, it was holy week in the Philippines, no TV, no radio, no meat and no playing. I was always the most uneventful time of the year. So I decided to raid my siblings' bookshelf. I tossed out History of the Orient, MAD comic books, Yoga, and some smut. After an hour or rummaging I found Bloodlines, read the back cover and started reading. When I finished reading it, I vowed to buy all his books, unfortunately at that time, for some weird reason I could not find any other novels written by him. So now, I'm on a Sidney Sheldon marathon.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Prada & Prejudice - Mandy Hubbard

To impress the popular girls on a high school trip to London, klutzy Callie buys real Prada heels. But trying them on, she trips…conks her head…and wakes up in the year 1815! There Callie meets Emily, who takes her in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. As she spends time with Emily’s family, Callie warms to them—particularly to Emily’s cousin Alex, a hottie and a duke, if a tad arrogant. But can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, and win Alex’s heart, before her time in the past is up? More Cabot than Ibbotson, Prada and Prejudice is a high-concept romantic comedy about finding friendship and love in the past in order to have happiness in the present.

B&N , Mandy Hubbard's Website

Callie Montgomery is the typical teenage heroine, unpopular, smart but with self esteem issues. She was fine being on the D-list until her best friend moved and she found herself alone, and hated by the pom-pom bearing squad. She thought a trip to London would change her fate but she was ignored and left alone by her peers. Frustrated, she decided to go shopping to impress her peers. She bought a $400.00 Red Prada Mary Janes but tripped in a London pavement on her way back to their hotel. When she woke up, she was stranded in 1815, pretending to be girl named Rebecca, wearing corsets and attending ball, befriending the duke's cousin Emily, and falling in love with the Duke- Alex.

LIKES: It was a cute story to start off my year of going back to reading. It starts with our heroine Callie, having the typical problem most high school girls have- Acceptance and a little problem with self esteem, I have no idea on what to expect of this book. I read the blurb a long time ago and liked it but forgot what it is all about, so traveling back to 1815 was surprising, I guess I should have got a clue when I read the title, so anyway, at first I was not sure if I am going to be into it, the old ways kind of annoys me, and it does, Alex being the duke and all that was, as expected an elitist, so way to go Callie for not accepting how it is.

DISLIKE: I just think the story was too short and I cannot believe there was no other complications after the re-engagement of Emily. I was kind of disappointed with that. It would have been really interesting if Callie would have met the real Rebecca. I'm just saying...

NOTE: I guess I can relate to Callie in a way, although I never had a problem being notice in high school, I always get that feeling that I could not relate. While I did not go as far as buying Prada shoes, or any designer items at that time, I understood why she did it. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's time to come back...

I can't say that I didn't miss it, I did and I was exhausted from staying away. 
I miss my blogger friends and authors.
So I am here now... I will start reading tonight, there will be a new format on how I am going to do my review.
1. I am not accepting any books from author, publishers or marketing at the moment. I forgot how much fun it is to not have that pressure of having a deadline. Or to review a book just because everybody else has. I miss browsing aisle of bookstore and finding that one perfect book suited to my mood. I would love recommendations, it will be highly appreciated.
2. My reviews will be by sections. Likes, Dislikes and How I relate to the book, or whatever event, memory or personal stuff I have with the story.


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