Pub. Date: June 2004
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Finance whiz Alex Miller decides to end his relationship with his lover. He isn't interested in committed into a permanent relationship in the first place, and he thinks Sydney Raines will understand but she thought he will change his mind in the end. So now he is stuck with her as her firm helps to oversee some of his projects.
Genevieve Monaghan is a talented artist. When Grace Miller, a friend asks her if she is keen to take up a project to paint for the new children's wing in a Boston hospital, she accepts it since her companion has moved away and she is in need of a studio space and Grace has kindly offered to her. The only thing she doesn't expect is, she has to work with charming and good-looking Alex who seems to be getting on her nerves yet she is attracted to him at the same time.
On the other hand, Alex is attracted to a rollerblader he saw at the Central Park, and he is attracted by her simplicity and natural beauty. Imagine his astonishment when he realizes she is the same person who is hired for his project.
Although they are different like day and night, but still this won't stop the attraction from growing between them until it sizzles with intensity.
This is a sweet story about two different people falling in love that will bring a smile to your face.
Quoted: "The rules are to provide a list of books that you have on your shelves to see if anyone can learn about you from them - but not just any books. They have to be books that you've actually paid for, nothing given, borrowed, stolen, or whatever."
Well, sounds pretty easy isn't it? Here's mine:
- Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
- The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey
- Blood Lines by Eileen Wilks
- Bridge of Dreams by Chaz Brenchley
- Captive Dreams by Angela Knight
- Damnation Street by Andrew Klavan
- Flint by Paul Eddy
- The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman
- The Girls by Lori Lansens
- Hover Car Racer by Matthew Reilly
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Losing You by Nicci French
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
- On Thin Ice by Cherry Adair
- Out of Control by Shannon McKenna
- The Pact by Jodi Picoult
- The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop
- The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
- Sayonara Bar by Susan Barker
|Your Brain is Orange|
Of all the brain types, yours is the quickest.
You are usually thinking a mile a minute, and you could be thinking about anything at all.
Your thoughts are often scattered and random - but they're also a lot of fun!
You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about esoteric subjects, the meaning of life, and pop culture.
Wow, I don't think I have that quick a mind. Although I confess I do think a lot, even though some of them aren't really important, hehe. And yeah, I love to daydream. :P
Week of July 29: Harry Potter Mania
OK, so I've been hooked on Harry Potter books like so many others and this week's meme will be about 'The Boy Who Lived'.
Who’s the worst fictional villain you can think of? As in, the one you hate the most, find the most evil, are happiest to see defeated? Not the cardboard, two-dimensional variety, but the most deliciously-written, most entertaining, best villain? Not necessarily the most “evil,” so much as the best-conceived on the part of the author…oh, you know what I mean!
Pub. Date: February 2007
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Astrid, the older woman, has been watching her new neighbour behind her curtains the day she moves next to the house, until a day Veronika didn't come out of the house. After much hesitation and out of curiousity, she decided to stop by Veronika's house to have a look and found out she was sick. Although Astrid isn't used to playing hospitality, still she helps Veronika with cooking her meals although she appears to be discreet.
After this incident, their friendship starts to blossom and they become close friends. It is during this time that they began to talk about their past, as each has their own emotional story to tell. The things they had shared are basically about their relationships; e.g. Astrid being rejected by her grandfather as a child, how she came to lose her true love and then spending her life miserably after she was married to a man she didn't love. Veronika, on the other hand, leaves her boyfriend and falls in love with a New Zealander when she met him in a pub one day, but their relationship didn't last and she grieves.
Linda Olsson has written this story with a beautiful poetic style, as she switches the characters' POV by chapters so that the reader is able to get a glimpse of the individual character's thoughts.
What also makes this a captivating read to me is the unique friendship between the two women despite their age gap and different social backgrounds, and how their individual life experiences have changed their mindsets through sharing and learning from each other. There were times that I felt sorry for the characters, but in the end I was simply touched by their courageous for moving on with their lives.
Word for 25 July: itinerant
- Passing or traveling about a country; going from place to place; wandering; not settled; as, an itinerant preacher; an itinerant peddler.
- a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment; "itinerant traders"
Synonyms: wandering, nomadic, migratory, unsettled, roving, roaming; peripatetic
Pub. Date: October 2005
Publisher: Little, Brown Children's Books
After this incident, Bella insists to find out more about him. She later finds out Edward is a vampire; and though Edward warns Bella to keep a distance from him, still they can't fight off the attractions they have for each other. Bella doesn't care if he doesn't belong to the human race, but little does she know she is putting herself (as well as her family members) at risk after they discover another clan of vampires and they want Bella's blood badly.
The story starts at a slow pace in the beginning; this is where I learn about Bella's family history and why she ends up staying with her father in Forks. Thereafter, the story begins to pick up its pace after reading the part she has met Edward, and how it changes their life after knowing each other. I was very much attracted to Edward despite he being a vampire, he is so very charming. But what most attracted to me was the way he protects Bella even though deep in his heart he wishes her to be his own.
Stephenie Meyer has written a wonderful debut story with a bite and I will be looking forward to reading the sequels New Moon and Eclipse.
- Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
- If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
- If you’re not going to read it, why not?
- And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?
How to participate: You pick 3 books by authors that you have only read once and would love to go back for a second helping. It runs from October through December. (Please visit Joy's blog for more details.)
Anyway, here's my list for this challenge:
- Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh (After reading Dangerous Games, I was hooked with her sexy Navy SEAL heroes);
- In Search of a Distance Voice by Taichi Yamada (I enjoyed reading Strangers because it is both intriguing and haunting);
- The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards (I was mesmerized after reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter because it was such a moving story).
By the way, the hubs and I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last evening. I bought the tickets the day before, knowing that there would be a huge crowd if I bought it at the last minute.
Anyway, I have heard some negative reviews about the movie before watching it, and although I have to admit it wasn't as great as compared to the previous instalments, but still we enjoyed it. And since I don't read the books, I couldn't make any comparison between the two versions. And gosh, I'm amazed at how much the crew members have grown over these years! Just look at Daniel Radcliffe...he has grown to be a fine good looking young man.
Picture downloaded from Yahoo! Movies
Word for 18 July: unctuous
- Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.
- Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
- Insincerely or excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.
Noun: unctuousness, unctuosity
They are mostly literary fiction books. Here's what's new on my TBR pile:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson
Fragile by Niki Shisler
I bought the first two books because recently I have read great reviews about them (I couldn't believe I gave them a miss when they were first released! But come to think of it, I wasn't really a great fan of literary fiction books then, but now I am. :D) I have also decided to read Astrid and Veronika after finishing Twilight and In Your Eyes.
|You Have Many Alpha Tendencies|
You're not a total alpha female, but you certainly know how to - and like to - get your way.
You're forceful without being intimidating. You're confident without being vain. A perfect mix.
What is your favorite fruit?
This is too tough for me! I love most fruits!
Who is someone you consider as a great role model?
My mom. She taught us to be a good person since young; and she had a kind and generous heart.
If you were to spend one night anywhere within an hour of your home, where would you choose?
Our neighbourhood library! Ha!
Name something you do too often.
This is easy. Read!
Fill in the blank: I really like ___________ because ____________.
I really like to read because it's my passion, not to mention it also helps with my vocabulary and spelling too.
Pub. Date: June 2007
Publisher: Bantam Books
Other Bloggers' reviews:
Musings of a Bookish Kitty
|You Are a Marble Cake|
Eclectic, inventive, and peaceful.
You are never willing to accept what's "normal." You live to push the envelope.
You find it hard to make up your mind. You prefer to have everything you want, right away!
Hey, I do accept things that are considered "normal", and I don't live to push the envelope. That's all wrong... but I have to agree that I do get impatient at times. Hehe.
Word for 11 July: aspersion
- A damaging or derogatory remark; slander.
- The act of defaming or slandering.
- A sprinkling with water, especially in religious ceremonies.
Synonyms: censure, reproach.
It wasn't even summer (it was towards winter season actually), and yet we found these beautiful yellow flowers by the roadside. I asked hubby to snap a picture of them because I don't think I will find them here.
This lake is steamingly hot! And I just love the colour.
And my best friend, Jennifer knowing that I collect them, sent me several more!!! And can you imagine how excited I was to receive these cool magnets from her?
Please click onto images for a larger version.Brand new magnets from Jennifer:
1) The red bird with "OHIO" printed on it;
2) The horse carriage from Colonial Williamsburg;
3) U.S. Open 2007 Oakmont (with a squirrel);
4) "Wine Gets Better With Age...The Older I Get The More I Like It";
5) Colorado (beautiful scenery); and
6) The Villages - Florida
Thank you so much, Jennifer! I LOVE them all!!!
Pub. Date: July 10, 2007
Annoucement: As the chef is away, the Friday’s Feast kitchen is closed this week. However, someone from the club volunteered to cook up some great dishes, and so here we are.
What was the first job you ever had?
I remember I was a clerk in an engineering firm.
Name a profession you have always wanted to try.
A Graphic Designer.
Name a profession you would NEVER want to try.
Anything that has to do with sales. I'm not really good in persuading people.
What is your favorite sound in the world?
Right now, my daughter's laughter.
If there is a Heaven, what would you like to hear from God when you arrive? "Welcome, you're home!"
I have been sick for the past few days...actually have been weeks. Initially it all started with a cough, this has been going on for about two weeks, and when I thought it was getting better, I came down with flu. Visited the clinics several times, completed a few courses of antibiotics, and then...to my horror, I lost my senses of smell and taste. I consulted the doctor, he said it was normal, considering that I had cough and a blocked nose. I was so worried. I mean, I love food. Life will be meaningless to me if I can't smell or taste. Finally...just this morning, I can begin to smell and taste a little. I miss some of my favourite food. I tell myself when I'm fully recovered, the first thing I will do is to indulge myself with lots of food and cold drinks. You wouldn't believe how miserable I was for the past few weeks. Anyway, I make sure I drink lots of water every day and wear a jacket in the office, because my workstation is out in the open and the air-conditioning is in full blast. But then when I step out of the office, the weather is bright and sunny outside. No wonder I'm sick. Oh, well.
I'm behind my reading. The reason? Read above. Ha! But I do managed to read a few chapters on my way to work this morning, and it's getting very intense.
Mentioning of reading, I can't wait to get a copy of Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh, and The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly. It always seems like a long wait to me whenever his next book is released, and I love reading his books.
And mentioning of books always reminds me of my TBR pile. Yesterday when I got home from work, I noticed a pile of my books which I stacked on my study desk (and against the wall) have tumbled. Sometime ago, someone asked me how come I am able to stack them without having them falling, so now they do. And no prize for guessing correctly, because they are way too many! Haha. But that won't stop me from buying more books in future. Yeah, that's me.
I think I have enough ramblings for today. I hope all of you have a wonderful day.
|Your Gemstone is Topaz|
Comforting, considerate, and stable.
You are down to earth and grounded.
Word for 4 July: claque
- A group hired to applaud at a performance.
- A group of fawning admirers.
- Talyn by Holly Lisle
- The Husband by Dean Koontz
- Pig Island by Mo Hayder
- Angel Fire by Linda Lael Miller
- All Night Long by Jayne Ann Krentz
- Red Leaves by Thomas H Cook
- My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson
- Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught
- Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh
- Flint's Code by Paul Eddy
- The Dollmaker by Amanda Stevens
- No Regrets by Shannon K Butcher
- Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel
- The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edward
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- Sight Unseen by Samantha Graves
- Ice Blue by Anne Stuart
- Jackson Rule by Dinah McCall
- Be Mine by Laura Kasischke
- Shadows at Sunset by Anne Stuart
- Thief with No Shadow by Emily Gee
- Life's Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard
- Dark Seduction by Brenda Joyce
All right, so I have read 23 books for the past 6 months. After making some calculations, that means I read an average of 3 books every month. Not so bad...but I think there's always room for improvement, hehe.
Week of July 1: Would You Rather....
1. jump out of a plane or bungee jump? None of them!!! Terrified of heights!
2. be stranded on a deserted island alone or be stranded with someone you hate? alone
3. eat fried worms or eat chocolate covered bugs? chocolate covered bugs
4. trip and fall in front of your co-workers or trip and fall in front of someone you have a crush on? co-workers
5. shave your head bald or die your hair purple? dye my hair purple
6. not be able to talk or not be able to stop talking? Not be able to talk
7. always be cold or always be hot? cold
till next time...