Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Chinese New Year 2018

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It's three days into the festivity where Chinese all over the world would welcome the doggy year following the Chinese 12 animals zodiac.
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Out with the rooster and in with the dog and the cycle goes on for next year will be the year of the piggy!

Do you have any dog theme books?  Being trying to look through my TBR collection and only able to fine one copy of dog theme books.

This is Wolf Totem, A Novel by Jiang Rong.  Supposed to be a semi autobiography.  I bought this book about 10 years ago.  I guess there's no better time than now to read this.



In the meantime, wishing all who celebrates,


HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 

新年快乐

&

ENJOY THE CELEBRATION


恭喜发财

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Valentine's Kiss by Lucie Hart

Synopsis :

This Valentine's day Imogen is going to meet the man of her dreams, if only she can discover who he is 

At a gloriously over-the-top house party in the balmy South of France, trainee chef Imogen finds herself playing blind man's buff with a host of impossibly handsome men, when one of them kisses her. It's the most perfect kiss she's ever experienced in her short—and frankly, to date romantically disappointing—life. But by the time she recovers her wits sufficiently to remove her blindfold, her mystery kisser has disappeared. 

Could her Prince Charming be one of her fellow-chefs, Dimitri or Bastien? Both are clearly interested in her. But there are also enigmatic Latino hunk Enzo, good-times-guy DJ Cheyenne, aristocratic Amaury, and the American visitors—Archer and Everett. So many men, so little time. Imogen can't just keep kissing men until she finds the right one—can she? 



This is what I say :

A chic lite set in a small village in France and features an English Chef but an untrained one but with passion for food and cooking.


She seems to be a magnet for her fellow chefs and other fellows that she met.  

It's a pretty light and enjoyable read and with funny moments thrown in, the book is just like a Valentine's gifts, something you look forward to but might not be memorable :)



Here's wishing everyone a 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.  

It's a day for everyone as you have someone to love 

(family, friends, pets, etc) 

and 

someone who love you (family, friends, pets, etc.)


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich

Plum Lucky (Stephanie Plum, #13.5)


Synopsis :

Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck . . . and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He’s back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who’s lost a giant bag of money. 

Problem is, the money isn’t exactly lost. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she’s hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. 

With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula’s found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie’s found a guy. Diesel’s found Stephanie. 

And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives.

This is what I say :

I decided to go with green font for the fun of it.

I just love Stephanie Plum's adventure for those brainless moment and I have a lot of such moments especially when I am stuck at traffic light.

That's why I have been bringing Stephanie with me whenever I ride and when I am at the traffic light the same side of red, out she comes to keep those moment more pleasant.  I can managed about four to five pages each time although sometimes, it's less but whatever it is, Stephanie is great company during those moments.

That say, Plum Lucky is an in between the numbers novel and if not mistaken it's between book thirteen and book fourteen.

The sequence doesn't really matter when Stephanie Plum's adventures are concerned.  You can actually read it in any sequence and still be entertained.



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dreamscapes by Tamara McKinley

Synopsis :

Catriona Summers' debut in show business came early. Her father, the leader of a travelling music hall troupe that toured the small towns of the Outback, carried her on stage when she was barely minutes old in order to introduce her to her first audience. 

From such humble beginnings Catriona had grown up to emerge as a rare talent, her voice garnering her praise from the public and critics alike. But her journey from performing popular songs for a few pennies to becoming an acclaimed opera diva on the Sydney stage, has been fraught with hardship and tragedy. 

And now some old scandalous secrets from her teenage years are threatening her present, her family and all she has achieved... 

Here is what I say :

I was supposed to read Dreamscapes as a holiday read last year but I decided on another book instead and right before my reading marathon ended, I thought why not give it a go.

It was an okay book.  It wasn't that great but it wasn't really that bad either.  I just felt like the story wasn't properly developed and the whole story line felt a bit rush as in for a moment Catriona was just born but the next moment she's nine years old and the next she's twelve, thirteen and so on and before you know it, the story moved  years into future and suddenly she's in her fifties and sixties!

I just don't really understand why the author need the timeline to be moved so fast and perhaps the same outcome can be achieved by a less paced timeline.  I would prefer for the story to end when she's much younger and to have an epilogue for when she's really old.

Other than that, the story is set in the Australia outback and it's quite a change and ironically pretty refreshing to read about the harshness of the environment and brings the story to a different dimension.

While I have no issue with Dreamscapes, I will not be on a look out for other titles by this author in the near future.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Book Purchase #1 - January 2018

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I decided to keep track of my book purchases this year.

It is part of my resolutions (have been for years) to buy less books so that I can clear my TBR (to be read) pile and I did buy less books last year (2017) but I kinda forgot what I bought as they are all in my shelves and I constantly move them around...don't ask me why!

For this year, I thought it would be quite a good idea to keep track when I do made a book purchase so at the end of the day/year, I would be able to how many books I bought this year (2018) and how long those books would sit in my shelf before I read it and .

This blog has been great to help me keep track of what I read.  It would certainly be an ideal platform for me to keep track of what I purchase.

The first book purchased this year is from Gee.

Photo credit : Gee 

It's a pre-loved copy and still in good condition.  It is a horror and it shall be a birthday present for myself seeing that my birthday is round the corner. heheh...a good but unnecessary excuse :)

So, yup. That's book purchase #1.  Let's see when I will read it. :)


Saturday, January 20, 2018

This is Life by Alex Shearer

Synopsis :

This is the story of Louis, who never quite fit in, and of his younger brother, who always tried to tag along. As they got older, they grew apart. And as they got older still, one of them got cancer, and the other became his caretaker. Then they became close again, two brothers on one final journey together, wading through the stuff that’s thicker than water.

Told in anecdotes as his brother remembers them, we discover who this cranky, cancerous Louis once was. That before his brain surgery he had a mind that was said to be bigger than the rest of the family’s put together, and that his heart was—and still is—just as big. That it’s hard getting a haircut with a brain tumor, and that it does no good to help your brother memorize a PIN number when he might not be able to remember where the bank is. We learn along with these two brothers how the little stuff is as big as the big stuff, how tragedy and comedy go together, and how necessary it is that they do.

Inspired by Shearer's experiences when his own brother was dying and written with a warm touch that is at once tender and achingly funny, This Is the Life is a moving testimony to both the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of the simpler things in life, like not taking a dying man’s tea kettle away.


This is what I say :


I read this during the new year break as 2017 becomes 2018.  I thought it would be something uplifting and positive and motivating.

It certainly wasn't uplifting.  It was quite sad but not sobbing type of sadness but more like sad because of opportunities lost, sad because of words not spoken and sad because the opportunity would never come again and the words will never be uttered.

It wasn't the ideal book to read into the new year but then how am I to know that This is Life would be so.  I mean, just by the title alone, it could be a book of life and certainly not of death.

Anyway, no regrets. It's just a book.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Songbird by Josephine Cox

Synopsis :

She was once young and vibrant, a beautiful woman with a promising future. But a dark and dangerous secret forced her to leave everything—and everyone—she cared for. Now she lives alone in a quiet riverside town, her heart breaking as she watches the world change from the shadows. All that is left to bring her joy is her stunning, glorious voice, a voice that enthralls anyone who hears it, including a student named Betsy.
Kind and thoughtful, Betsy is determined to help the woman live her life to the fullest again. But coming out of the dark—and exposing her heart to hurt once more—will not be easy . . .

This is what I say :

My first book by Josephine Cox.  Not really how I expect it to be.  I kinda expect a thriller ala Sandra Brown style for some reason!  However, am not really disappointed by it...just wasn't my expectation only.

Songbird is more like a female drama. Basically it's about the life story of this great singer and how she ended up where she is today.  I find some of the plot a bit far fetched and some part over dramatic but overall it is not too bad.  

Character development could have been better too but I must remember that the characters from a different generation from today's generation so my opinion is that outlook in life and responses to situations would certainly be quite different from women of today. 

I have another title by Josephine Cox somewhere in my TBR pile.  Perhaps I shall check it out and see if I would like that title.