Giant Book Haul!!

Book HaulOh my god! I cannot believe how lucky I was to stumble upon a warehouse sale in this forsaken city. Buying this much books for under 1000 pesos is a miracle. I just wish there were more bookstores around the city, it would be a dream come true.

Several titles are classics, I think anyone would recognize, Austen, Dante, and Dickens. A few others are modern classics while the rest are just the books that my mother, my sister, and I gravitate towards.

 

Current Read: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

stieg larsson This has a pretty lengthy prologue but once you get past that I think that it’s worth it. I’m currently on the first page of Chapter 7.

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UPDATE!

At first, I thought the novel was going to be, for the most part, about Lisbeth Salander; her work as a hacker, her past, and her relationships. But it turned out, that it was not quite the case with the first book. The plot was focused more on Mikael Blomkvist, his magazine Millenium, and the story of the Vanger family. The character of Lisbeth Salander surely played a great part in the discovery of the truth about the Vanger family as well as the Wennerstrom affair. However, her presence in the book was subdued for me. It was not until the latter half of the novel was she completely and directly related to Blomkvist and the Vanger family. It did not felt cramped; her presence was the turning point in Blomkvist’s pseudo-detective work.

Honestly, I assumed I was not going to like this book and that it would take me weeks to finish it because it would bore me. But I found a certain freshness to it that I attribute to a totally new setting. After the first hundred pages, I felt tired and put down the book. Then I simply resumed reading one afternoon and until after dinner I was still flipping through pages. All in all, it was a wonderful read. The twists and the long list of suspects made it difficult to pinpoint who was (or who were) the real culprit.

Some Gifts from my Santa’s

Achoo! This blog is getting a bit dusty so I thought I’d post something.

These are a few pieces I got during the holidays most of which are things I bought with my Christmas money.

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This pair of wedges is from Mendrez, I think it’s a local brand, I’m not sure ha-ha. Anyway, I fell in love with the shade of red so I had to buy it. I got it for Php 1200. BUT! I passed by the Mendrez outlet in the mall and it was down to Php 600! And I was like WTH! CAPITALISTS!!!!! So lesson learned, wait til after Christmas for the huge sales to pop out, at least in my country.

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Next are these books… The Pelican Brief and Acts of Murder were both impulse buys. I figured I can never have enough mystery on my shelf sooooo. However, the Sherlock Holmes collection was something I’ve been wanting for the longest time. Ever since I’ve startedwatching the BBC series, I vowed to get myself a copy of the canon. And there it is in all it’s mass paperback glory. That’s just Volume I though. It would be better if I could find a copy of Volume II in trade paperback or hardcover!

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And last are these bits of makeup products. Just a lip balm from my aunt and BB Cream from my mom. That polka-dotted background is a dress which is also a gift. I’d probably wear it for New Year’s Eve.

Anyway, that’s all there is to this post. Have a good week!

Read: Cause of Death

Past tense. Read (r-ed).

I’m sharing again one of the novels I just finished reading. This one is Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell. I’m not exactly a big fan of her (yet, who knows?) but my mom likes to buy her books from time to time. And when she went to town the other day, I asked her to bring me a few mystery novels and this is one of the few she brought home.

The novel revolves around a female character, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Virginia’s chief medical examiner. It’s one of the many series of novels out there that stars a certain heroine. This time, its her. I guess it makes building a main character easier. I don’t know.

The plot was… nice. Murders leading up to a bigger picture. This time, the bigger picture was a group of extreme extremists who plan world domination. I’m even scared by their name. It starts with the murder of Ted Eddings, a reporter who is found dead thirty feet under water in an inactive shipyard.

What bothers me with this novel is that she’s a medical examiner. And I don’t think medical examiners do as much investigative work as she does. I believe that’s what detectives are for. Tell me if I’m wrong.

Overall, aside from the fact about her job, I really liked the novel. It’s not a chore to read. There are books out there that you pick up, read, halfway through you just lose interest and you read on for the sake of finishing the story.

(My laptop broke down. So sad. I’ll have to use my sister’s PC. But I have to fix before school starts or I’ll be a walking zombie in the university.)

Current Read: You Belong To Me

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I’ve read some Mary Higgins Clark Novels and this one doesn’t really make it to the top of my list. Although the plot is somehow unique (I’m not sure about other writers), it disappointed me in some ways

One, the characters are a bit dull and dry. Susan Chandler is a psychologist who has a radio program. Don Richards is also a psychologist who wrote a good book. I’ve covered one-third of the book and there doesn’t seem to be anything special in the characters. Except the psychopathic killer (although the writer didn’t really specify that he’s a psycho).

Two, several clues were already released in the beginning. Half of the suspense and thrill flew out the window. Now, the only question in my mind, is why the killer did what he did.

Three, the killer had a name. That really put me off. Nuff said.

It is a chore to read compared to A Cry In the Night and Weep No More My Lady.

Favorite Past Time

NovelsEvery one has a hobby. And mine is as common as anything. Reading. Manga, novels, sometimes books on language tutorials.

If the picture isn’t obvious enough, I’m having a thing with Dan Brown novels. My favorite, of course, the bestseller The Da Vinci Code. I like the way he created a thin line between fact and fiction here. Satisfying twists and definitely a page turner as some of the reviews included said it. My father bought these books for me and I asked him to look for The Lost Symbol and Digital Fortress as well. I’m very into mystery-detective-crime novels so…

That’s why, I initially ignored To Kill A Mockingbird. I mean, why would I want to know how to kill a mocking bird. I was really bored and had nothing to do so I picked it up. And guess what? I fell in love. I love Atticus Finch the most. He’s the coolest father in that time!

What books do you like to read?