There was a widely bruited-about statistic reported last week, stating that 1 in 4 Americans did not read a single book last year. Clearly, we don’t fall into that category, but . . . how many of our friends do? Do you have friends/family who read as much as you do? Or are you the only person you know who has a serious reading habit?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

I suppose this is a subjective issue as not all people has a passion for reading, especially when one views it as a leisure/hobby.

If you have read my last week's reply, you will probably have known that my family members are not avid readers. And the same goes to my friends too. A majority of them claimed that they don't have the interest of reading books for leisure, unless you are talking about women's magazines, hehe. There are times that I wish I have some friends to talk to about the books we read, or even share the anticipation of the arrivals of any new books and so forth. However, I am very grateful to have known several blogger friends around the world who are avid readers like myself, so I don't feel lonely anymore.

ISBN: 006125309X
Pub. Date: April 2007
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

I have chosen this book for the R.I.P. II Challenge (which stands for Readers Imbibing Peril) hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings. I am really looking forward to reading the other books for the various reading challenges.

The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot
Rating: 4 stars

Mary is on a mission to take down Sebastian Drake, for he is no ordinary human but a vampire. And what's more, she wants to make sure Drake is keeping a distance from her best friend, who seems to be "smitten" by him with his charms.

So she shows up at a club looking for Drake, but things didn't go well for her. Fortunately a fellow student at Saint Eligius saves her from committing something foolish. Although Mary is pissed off for not getting her aim, she is grateful that Adam saves her life. She begins to take notice of him, and wonders how on earth she has missed him in the first place.

The Corsage by Lauren Myracle
Rating: 3.5 stars

This is probably one of the creepiest tales I read amongst this anthology.

Frankie wants Will to take her to the prom. So she drags him and her best friend, Yun Sun to visit a fortune teller. She is hoping Madame Zanzibar will proclaim Will as her one true love so to make Will aware of their "destiny". But Madame Z didn't answer to Frankie's request, until her eyes rest upon an old and crumpled corsage which Madame Z desperately tried to hide. Frankie and the rest don't take no for an answer, Madame Z has no choice but to give in, telling them it would grant them three wishes but they have to be careful what they wished for. They dismissed it as a joke, but Frankie decides to try it on herself and asked for a date from Will. She got her wish, but the outcome is not what she has hoped for.

Madison Avery and The Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison
Rating: 4.5 stars

Madison isn't happy with her date at the prom. She thinks Josh is a jerk, and he asked her because of her father. She is thinking of leaving the prom without Josh when she stumbles upon a mysterious stranger who comes to her rescue. Madison hasn't never seen Seth around, but she has never met anyone like Seth and moreover she wants to spite Josh.

Unfortunately, Seth turns out to be a black reaper and he is there to take her life. Soon Madison meets more than one reaper, and Barnadas being one of them (although he is not a black reaper). Madison will have to stick around Barnadas no matter she likes it or not for he is designated to be her guardian angel.

I enjoyed reading this and am hoping that Kim Harrison will write a full length story on this.

Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe
Rating: 4 stars

Although this is my least favourite story amongst all, the good thing is the author has created engaging characters and their dialogues are witty which I find it highly entertaining. I also like the twist of outcome towards the end of the story.

Miranda is not your ordinary student. She is also a part-time driver (or chauffeur?) and she likes to do justice whenever she can help it. By the way, she has the ability of hearing things at a distance, and she thinks she is responsible for protecting Sibby when chauffeuring her. Sibby is opposites of Miranda; she loves fun and she adores boys. Then, bad things start happening and Miranda has to save not only Sibby but herself.

Hell On Earth by Stephenie Meyer
Rating: 4 stars

I admit I bought this book because of Kim Harrison and Stephenie Meyer. Stephenie Meyer has written a wonderful debut in Twilight that has got me hooked to the series, so I am very curious to know what she has written in this story.

Unlike the Twilight series (which has vampires and werewolves in them), Hell On Earth is about angels and demons. Sheba is the new girl in school, and a demon who loves to bring misery to others. So on the prom night, she created chaos to everyone. From ripping of the girls' dresses to romances turning ugly, she felt a sense of accomplishment every time she did something until she meets Gabe. And she doesn't understand why Gabe appears unaffected by the chaotic scenes around him. Feeling curious about him, she tries to figure him out but by the time she knows what he is, everything is too late for her.

I like the ending in this story. And I love, love reading stories with angels and demons in it. Overall this is a great anthology, I am glad I picked this up.
wOrdS oN WeDneSDaY

Word for 28 August: pernicious

Definition: Highly injurious; deadly; destructive; exceedingly harmful.

Adverb: perniciously
Noun: perniciousness

  1. harmful, detrimental, deleterious, destructive, damaging, baneful, noxious, malicious
  2. lethal
Snagged this from Darla.

Your Power Element is Earth

Your power color: yellow

Your energy: balancing

Your season: changing of seasons

Dedicated and responsible, you are a rock to your friends.

You are skilled at working out even the most difficult problems.

Low key and calm, you are happiest when you are around loved ones.

Ambitious and goal oriented, you have long term plans to be successful.

ISBN: 031294098X
Pub. Date: June 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 416pp
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

I read this anthology together with Julia. But due to time constraint (I was stressed and busily preparing stuff for our Dinner & Dance then), I didn't finish the book on time with her. Please accept my sincerest apologies, Julia!

This story is about three sisters who each has their own magical powers. Dee, being the eldest, is able to shapeshift; Lizzie transmutes things (I grin whenever she mentions she wants to transform straw into gold) while Mare, the youngest girl is able to move things with her mind. Anyway, they are on the run from their evil aunt Xan who wants to steal their powers after she had killed their parents. And her plan is to send each girl her true love using her spell so that she will be able to attain their powers once the girls have fallen in love with their men.

And it begins when Danny James shows up outside Dee's door one day, claiming he is curious to dig into her past. Elric, the sorcerer meets Lizzie when she fails to turn straw into gold, so he is there to stop her from creating a disaster as she keeps on transmutes forks into bunnies. And finally Mare rekindles with Crash after he has left town for five years. Xan's original plan is to hook her up with Jude Green, who's the Vice President of Value Video! where she works, but things doesn't turn out the way she wants as Mare still can't get her mind off Crash.

Overall this is an entertaining story, although I felt it'd be better if each story stands alone as the collaboration of the three stories into a book can be confusing at times. However, I enjoyed reading Lizzie's story, after all it is written by Anne Stuart and I have been a great fan of her. Also, Jennifer Crusie writes engaging characters and her dialogues are often lively. I can't say much about Eileen Dreyer as I have not read anything by her until this.
I'm just glad the Dinner and Dance was over! Phew! Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the event (after all it is only held once in two years). But that was because I'm part of the Staff Recreation Committee and I have to oversee everything, and trust me that isn't really fun.

Anyway, we had a great time. I didn't get home until 12 midnight plus. All the committee members stayed behind even though the event was over to ensure any latecomers have received their prizes before we left for home. Gosh, we were all exhausted but we were glad that all the time and efforts we have spent are finally paid off.

For the Dinner & Dance I wore a Vietnamese costume (see below), while some of the other committee members were dressed as co-pilots, Korean, Arabian and Indian. I like the lacy material of my costume, and that I could move around easily because it is a pant suit. Initially this wasn't what I have chosen but most of the committee members commented that the design and the colour of the other costume all looks too plain on me. Anyway, I was glad I have chosen this, thanks to their feedbacks! I felt I have transformed into a Vietnamese girl with the straw hat, hehe. I have it hooked around the back of my neck most of the time and only have it removed when the dinner starts. After all, I don't want it to be an obstacle, hehe. (Hey Julia! What do you think of this costume?! LOL.)

I didn't win anything that evening; actually I was eyeing the 42" Plasma TV but unfortunately Lady Luck wasn't smiling at me. *sigh* Let's hope I will win something next time!

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I know I'm not supposed to blog today, because our company is having a Dinner & Dance tomorrow and I have tons of things to follow up and make sure everything is in order. But I figure I need a break, so here I am. I found this meme over at Stacy's and Wendy's blog and decided to tag myself.

What are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart and Eileen Dryer. The story is about three sisters who have supernatural powers and their aunt is trying to play matchmaker so that she can steal their powers from them.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
I have two reading challenges coming up in September, so I will choose one of them from the lists depending on my mood.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?
I don't keep magazines or any reading materials in our bathroom, because I don't like them being wet and dirty.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?
Any working materials/reports that need translations. Yuck!

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?
Well, not really, because I have not stepped into a library for a long time. However, the staff from the used bookstore that I frequently patronize do know my name, because I will usually call them up whenever I want to check out for any book.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
Hmm...this is tough. What I like in a book doesn't mean the other person will like it. But if I know that person well enough, I will also know his/her preference of books so I will try to recommend the same genre of books to her. But there were some occasions that I recommended some books to some friends and they happened to like it, and the feeling was so wonderful that I felt as if I have accomplished something great.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you’re having sex? While you’re driving?
Depending on what kind of food I'm eating. It's fine if I'm eating a sandwich while reading, but it's a definitely no-no to me if I'm eating a bowl of noodles! And I can't imagine myself reading while bathing because I don't have a bathtub to lie back on, ha! I don't read while watching movies because it's so dark inside the theatre, unless you are talking about watching it at home. However I do read when the TV shows are boring or during the commericals break. I try not to read while listening to music because that will take away any one of the pleasure. And I don't read while I'm on the computer, unless it hang up on me and I want to pass the time while it reboots, LOL. Having sex?! What kind of a question is that? It's personal, you know, haha! But no, definitely no. This will be an insult to my husband. LOL! And I don't drive, so no problem here. ;-)

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?
No, not that I was aware of it.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. It was getting so intense towards the ending and not to mention a cilffhanger! I'm glad I have got a copy of the next installment Eclipse. But as my lists are full for the upcoming reading challenges, I will probably read this after the challenges, well...we shall see. back to work!!!
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Using a suggestion from Erin today:

When growing up did your family share your love of books? If so, did one person get you into reading? And, do you have any family-oriented memories with books and reading? (Family trips to bookstore, reading the same book as a sibling or parent, etc.)

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

Since young, I am the only reader in the family. Although at that time my parents did emphasize to us about the importance of books, what their intention was to read more books and be knowledgeable in order to get good grades in school. However, both my parents are not avid readers; my father only reads the newspapers and occasionally some geographical books. In the past, sometimes my mother read novels but that was only when she wanted to pass the time. My younger sister doesn't share her passion for reading the way I do, so that leaves me being the only "heavy" reader in the family. Anyway, no one influences me about my reading; I just happen to love reading, that's it. Some people may find pleasure in things like food, computer games, etc but for me I find my pleasure in books.

Wow, more reading challenges along the way! I tell you, these challenges are highly addictive. And although I tell myself I have enough books to read and I don't see there is a need to participate in any challenges just to speed up my reading process, but still they are so much fun and you don't feel alone as there are other readers who are also reading the same genre as you. Moreover, Debi gave me a nudge into joining this, so I gave in.

There are various "Perils" to choose from (please click here for further details), and I have decided to do "Peril the First", which is to read four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose. Here are my list:
  • The Resort by Bentley Little
  • Prom Nights From Hell by Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Lauren Myracle & Stephenie Meyer
  • The Doorkeepers by Graham Masterton
  • The Scent of Shadows (First Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson

And if time permits, I shall do the other "Perils". Well, we shall see how...

WorDS On WedNEsdAY

Word for 22 August: salutary


  1. Promotive of, or contributing to, some beneficial purpose; beneficial; advantageous; as, a salutary design.
  2. Wholesome; healthful; promoting health; as, salutary exercise.
Adverb: salutarily
Noun: salutariness


ISBN: 0091897300
Pub. Date: February 2005
Format: Paperback, 352pp
Publisher: Random House UK

I am always intrigued with theme like obsessive love or forbidden love as the plot of a story. And this explains why I picked up this book without hesitation after reading the blurb. And to top it off, my curiousity was piqued by the cover where it stated 'A gripping memoir of romance and murder'.

Kate, the narrator was an undergraduate when she first knew Tim Franklin. She was only twenty, while Tim was a mature man in his fifties. They were both students at Exeter University. One evening while they were drinking in the pub, Tim told Kate that he was a lifer (a person sentenced to or serving a term of life imprisonment). Kate thought he was kidding at first, because he gave her the impression he was such a charming and charismatic gentleman. He further told her that he could be recalled anytime should he done anything, but he stressed to her that he didn't mean it to happen and that it was all an accident. Kate believed him because he was quite popular in the university and that most of the students kind of respect him.

Anyway, Kate fell in love with Tim. But as time went on, Kate found out he was not what she thought he was. He became possessive, and he wanted to control her life. And when she threatened to leave him, he showed signs of suicidal and thus, Kate was forced to stay with him until one day things just got out of hand and Tim ended his life.

It was in the later part of the story that Kate narrated how she began to dig into his past and learnt he had an unhappy childhood, and how his obsessive and controlling behaviour led him to adulthood. The story slowly unfold when Kate found out that he was married and later how he was involved in another relationship but ended in a tragedy when he killed her, although he claimed he was defending himself.

No matter how sick Tim is, it shows how he views and handles love differently from the others, and unfortunately it ended up in a tragedy. I have never read anything like this and all I can say is Dangerous Love is one stunning memoir.

Week of August19: Scary Movies
I love scary movies. I always have. There's nothing like a good old fashioned scary movie. The original 'Halloween' is one of my favorites, simply because I don't think there's anything scarier than Michael Myers chasing after Jamie Lee Curtis. And just the simple factthat he's wearing that creepy mask...that being said, list your top 5 favorite scary movies, and don't forget to say why you like each.

Till next time...

Ooh, I too love scary movies. Although I belong to the "easily-scared" type, still I can't resist the temptation of watching them. My top 5 favourite (and the scariest) movies is as follows:
  1. The Ring (Japanese version)
  2. Shutter (Thai)
  3. Ju-On (Japanese)
  4. Dark Water (Japanese)
  5. The Eye (Chinese)


Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day?
Yes, I do have a certain day for laundry. I do my washing twice or three times a week, depending on the loads.

In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old?
Probably at the age of 60...

What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both?
To be able to do something I like and don't have to worry about it financially. And it has to be long-term of course! (Hmm...probably writing part-time and enjoying life as it is)

Main Course
Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately.
I'm currently reading a memoir - Dangerous Love by Kate Lock. Why the narrator is involved with a lifer (a person sentenced to or serving a term of life imprisonment) who continues to treat her badly is beyond me.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today?
7. Hey, it's Friday right?! LOL. Would be a 10 if it's Saturday, hehe.

Booking Through Thursday
One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?
(We’re talking recreational reading, here—books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.)

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
And, of course, you can answer any time you want–it doesn’t have to be on Thursday!

I used to read one book at a time, but my reading habit changed ever since I noticed my TBR pile starts to grow until they can't fit into my bookshelves anymore. That was when I start to think that if I don't speed up my reading, I will probably take forever to finish those books. And so I tried out by reading two books at the time, and I find it acceptable as long as I read two different genres so I won't get confused over the plots and the characters won't clash with one another. However, my reading also depends a lot on my moods, or when I am very engrossed with a certain book that I will devote my attention to it.
I think internet is one of the most wonderful inventions, because it brings the world so much closer. Because of this wonderful invention, I get to know a lot of friends through the internet.

I think it was 1997 (or is it 1998?) that I first began exploring ICQ. At that time, it was very popular and of course I was hooked to it. It was during that time that I get to know Jennifer (By the way, she's from America). We will 'chat' online and throughout the years when the ICQ trend fades away, we continue to 'chat' through snail mails and/or emails. I am most touched when she flew over to visit us in 2006 for her honeymoon. She is now my best friend (we even treat each other as part of the family, and that shows how close we are).

I guess I have carried away with my ramblings, but I'm just trying to emphasize how wonderful internet can be because you don't have to travel to know more friends. And due to this, I also get to know several wonderful friends through blogging.

Now I want to thank Alice for giving me the Nice Matters Award. She is one of the sweetest bloggers/friends I met through blogging and I am very glad to know her. Thank you, Alice!

And that's not the end of it, I have also received a Thoughtful Blogger Award from Kristy. What a double sweet surprise all in one morning! Thank you so much, Kristy!

Before I end this post, I would like to give these two awards to Jennifer, Julia, Alice, Wendy, Kristy and Kathy!

Thank you, my dear friends! You ladies rock!

Who Should Paint You: Andy Warhol

You've got an interested edge that would be reflected in any portrait
You don't need any fancy paint techniques to stand out from the crowd!

More Info on Andy Warhol.

ISBN: 0451454243
Pub. Date: April 1995
Series: Avalon Series, #2
Format: Paperback, 414pp
Publisher: Roc Trade

This is the second book of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon Series.

Sets in Roman Britain, Eilan is a druid girl who is raised as a priestess. She rescues Gaius Macellius, a young man from a hole trap one day while out with another priestess, Dieda. They brought him home and healed him, not knowing that he is actually a Roman who bypasses their territory.

The druids and romans are enemies; and although Gaius has druid blood from her mother, his father however is a powerful officer in the Roman legions. It goes without saying that Gaius and Eilan aren't meant to be together, especially not when Eilan has taken her vows to become a priestess and her ability to serve the Goddess.

Though the theme of a forbidden love isn't new, the author has done a good job in creating engaging characters and I could feel their intense emotions through the narrative. This is a wonderful fantasy not to be missed in my opinion.
WoRdS oN WEdnESdaY

Word for 15 August: felicitous

  1. Happily applied or expressed; appropriate; well suited; apt
  2. Happy; delightful; marked by good fortune.
Adverb: felicitously

Noun: felicitousness

ISBN: 0736424393
Pub. Date: May 2007
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

I saw this trailer when the hubs and I went to watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but too bad it will only be released on 30 Aug over here. I told him I will watch it with or without him when the day arrives, because knowing him he will only watch the animations on DVDs. But I have got the hunch that he will follow me in the end though, hehehe. Anyway, I saw this book during a trip to the bookstore one day and decided to pick it up. And I was glad that I enjoyed reading it, despite the story is short and it is meant for children (OK, please don't laugh).

Remy is not your typical ordinary rat. Well you see, he has a sharp sense of smell and taste, and on top of that he loves to cook, not to mention he is also a great cook too and he dreams of becoming a gourmet chef one day. But how could he be when he is viewed as the dirtiest and most unhygiene thing to be seen in the kitchen! However, his fate is about to change after he flees from an old lady's house when she threatens to kill his family and he ends up in the Gusteau's restaurant.

Linguini got a job as a garbage boy in Gusteau's restaurant, through a letter left by his mother Renata who happens to be the great chef's old flame. He died shortly after the fine reputation of his restaurant is tarnished after a scathing review by France's top food critic Anton Ego. However, he left Linguini a will but only Skinner, the head chef knows about it and he will think of every possible way to get rid of Linguini.

The thing about Linguini is he doesn't know how to cook. One day he accidentally ruins a soup and just when he is about to make a remedy, he is shocked when he finds Remy adding up spices and making the soup. Unfortunately Skinner noticed the rat and he ordered Linguini to get rid of it. But Linguini has a soft spot for Remy, and to top it off he knows how to cook so they decided on a plan. Remy gets to stay but he will help Linguini to cook. The only way he could do is to hide himself inside Linguini's hat and gives him instructions through tugging at his hair.

Soon, everyone came to know about Linguini's skills and this includes Anton. And Skinner is going to ruin Linguini's plan after knowing his little secret. So, what do you think the people will react if they find out the whole truth? And do you think Skinner will get his way? I am not going to spoil it for you, but I definitely have a great time reading the last few chapters, and have laughed out loud on several occasions. I just can't wait to watch the animation!
I was totally blown away with this Spanish fantasy! However, I would like to stress that this isn't suitable for the young children because of some swearings and the graphic violence.

The story is set in the 1940s where the Spanish Civil War takes place. Ofelia, a young girl together with her pregnant mother moves into Captain Vidal's shabby house, who is a military officer fighting with the guerillas.

Feeling unloved by her new stepfather and lonely at the new environment, she likes to dream of fantastical creatures and creates their tales. One day, she frees a magical insect unknowingly, and this tiny fairy follows her home. Later in the night it leads her to a labyrinth where she meets a faun which informs her she is actually a reborn princess from the underworld but she needs to accomplish various tasks to return to the world where she belongs.

While she competes with the hideous giant toad for the keys and get pass the horrific Pale Man for the dagger, she is also worried for her mother who is having a difficult pregnancy but they are glad to have Mercedes, their housekeeper who helps them although she is secretly spying for the guerillas.

The movie switches between the conflict of war and Ofelia's fantastical adventures until it reaches the climax when she tries to escape with her newborn brother and is held at gunpoint by her stepfather and it is at this same time that the faun instructs her to shed his brother's blood to seal the task.

I find there is something similiar between Mercedes and Ofelia as both are willing to sacrifice for the price of freedom. And although some might scoff at having to read the subtitles, it doesn't really bother me at all and I really enjoyed watching this imaginative dark tale and the great performance played by the actors, especially the roles of the evil Captain Vidal, Mercedes and not to mention the young Ofelia.

ISBN: 0316160199
Pub. Date: September 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown Children's Books

Well, what should I say about New Moon? I have been looking forward to reading it after being hooked to the first book, Twilight. It is this book that has made me fallen in love with Edward Cullen, although he is a vampire, and a very charming one to boot.

However, in New Moon, I was very, very disappointed to note there is only a slight mention of Edward. Although Stephenie Meyer has done a great job in weaving a great suspenseful paranormal story, New Moon doesn't captivate me the way Twilight does.

Bella celebrates her birthday with the Cullen family but a small papercut accident puts her in danger as some members couldn't resist the smell of blood, although they have sworn off blood. To ensure Bella's safety, Edward decided it is best for them to leave town and to end their relationship, although it pains him in doing so.

Devastated over his departure, Bella is depressed until she finds good friend in Jacob Black. However, Jacob has romantic feelings for her, and to make things worse, he isn't what she thinks he is. Bella is shocked when she later finds out the truth about Jacob, and on the other hand she is trying to escape from Victoria, the evil vampire who vows to kill her in return of Edward killing her lover during the last installment. Jacob protects her fiercely, and it is after this episode that the story began to speed up and it gets better when Bella finally meets up with Edward, only to find he is in grave danger and she has to race against time in order to save him before it is too late.

Although this second installment isn't as good as compared to the first one, this book is focusing more on Jacob and this is where we get to know his inner thoughts and how he struggles to be a 'normal' person. And I like the way how he protects Bella. There are also some scenes that makes my heart goes out to him. I can't wait to get a copy of Eclipse and find out more.

Note: Alice, it was a pleasure reading with you once again. I'm hoping we will read Eclipse together soon.

Other Bloggers' reviews:

Week of August 12: Coffee time?

Are you coffee addicted? Tea addicted? How many cuppas per day? Black, cream, with sugar, without sugar? How do you take it?
Till next time...

Well, although I love drinking coffee, I'm not really a coffee person. I love drinking teas more than drinking coffees, and I have several types of teas in my drawer (e.g. Gold Tea, White Tea, Oolong Tea, Green Tea etc), and of course chrysanthemum tea for its cooling effect especially on a hot day or if you have a sore throat.

I drink two tea bags daily, and it's so convenient because you just have to add in boiling water and that's it. Moreover, it's good for health too.
Friday's Feast


What is your favorite kind of pie?
Although I love all kinds of pies, but apple pies are still my favourite.

Name something that made you smile this week.
My daughter offered me a candy, even though she only has three left in her pockets. (It's a sweet gesture to me because she loves candies so much)

What do you do to cool off when the weather is hot and humid?
Switch on the air-conditioner, although I wish I have a pool.

Main Course
You receive $1,000 in the mail with a letter that says you can only use the money to redecorate one room in your home. Which room do you pick, and what do you buy to spruce it up?
This one is easy! I need to re-decorate our study room! I need more bookshelves since my books are piling.

Fill in the blank: My _________ says __________, but I __________.
My hubby says the length of my hair is fine, but I think it's time for me to go for a haircut.

Do you have multiple copies of any of your books?

If so, why? Absent-mindedness? You love them that much? First Editions for the shelf, but paperbacks to read?

If not, why not? Not enough space? Not enough money? Too sensible to do something so foolish?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
And–you can play any time; it doesn’t have to be Thursday!

Yes, I do. In fact, I have a few duplicates in my pile. It isn't that I love my books so much that I buy duplicates of them (although I admit I really love my books), it is just that sometimes I can't remember if I have bought them (I tend to have a short memory), and another thing is the publishers reissued an older book with a new bookcover without explaining it wasn't a new book. So of course I grabbed the book without looking at it carefully, happily thinking my favourite author has released a new book until I reached home and found the same book in my pile, but with a less attractive cover. Well, I can always return the book if I rented it but I can't do anything if I bought it at a bookstore. Thereafter, I make sure I don't buy duplicate copies by checking their publication dates printed inside the books.

Although I have no issue of buying the same book with a different cover, I don't do it because to me it is a waste of money and I'd rather spend that money on a new book, or try out a new author.

I won't be blogging tomorrow as it'd be a public holiday for all Singaporeans. We are celebrating Singapore's 42nd birthday! Happy Birthday, Singapore!

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Word for 8 August: efface


  • To cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible; as, to efface the letters on a monument, or the inscription on a coin.
  • To destroy, as a mental impression; to wipe out; to eliminate completely.
  • To make (oneself) inconspicuous
Adjective: effaceable
Noun: effacement, effacer
Another book challenge, how exciting!!! I decided to join the Unread Authors Challenge hosted by Sycorax Pine after getting a nudge from Debi and reading Wendy's post. (OK ladies, I gave in! LOL.) This challenge will run from September to February.

Another reason I love participating in these reading challenges is not only I can speed up my reading (oh the excitement and not to mention fun), and also I get to know what the other participants are reading and exchange views etc. Anyway, here's my list:
  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Damnation Street by Andrew Klavan
  3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  4. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
  5. The Wrong Man by John Katzerbach
  6. Secret Story by Ramsey Campbell
  1. The Girls by Lori Lansens
  2. Sayonara Bar by Susan Barker
  3. Saving Caravaggio by Neil Griffiths
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  5. Hit Parade by Lawrence Block
Right now, my shoulders feel like there are a dozen of heavy rocks settling on them. Why? Because I'm feeling stress. Over what? You might ask again. Well, have you ever organized a company's event (i.e. an Annual Dinner & Dance) for about 800 staff including their spouses? And on top of that, how do you feel if you are the main co-ordinator, and that means all the committee members will have to feedback to you and leave you to co-ordinate with the rest? And then again, we have to discuss about the seating arrangements (oh yuck! This kinda reminds me the time when I planned for my wedding dinner but minus the 550 guests from the list) I used to think it isn't a tough job, but now I'm thinking otherwise.

Onto the brighter side, I'm enjoying reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (yes, I'm way behind time, hehe), as well as New Moon which I'm currently reading it with Alice. Eclipse, the sequel to New Moon will be released on 7 August (that is today!!), so you can be sure I'll be checking out this book too. What else? Next I'm also looking forward to reading The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes with Julia, and also reading Hidden Agendas for the 2nds Challenge hosted by Joy from October through December. I feel excited just thinking about my upcoming reading schedule, hehe.
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I found this quiz from Library Girl of Musings of Library Girl.

Find out by taking this quiz here. So what is yours?
Friday's Feast


On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how polite are you?
8. I always make sure to say "Please", "Thank You" or "Sorry". I believe you have to respect other people first before they do the same to you.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
I heard this from a co-worker. A staff has replied an email to the sender, not realizing she had clicked onto 'Reply to All' on the list. When someone asked her about the thing she had replied, she innocently asked that person how come she came to know about it.

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Hello Kitty. I have always like this cartoon character since I was in Primary School.

Main Course
Tell about the funniest teacher you ever had.
It has to be my Arts teacher during High School. Not only she is funny, but she looks like a student too. There was a time she told us her favourite colours are 'red, white and blue'... and after then, everyone began to use these colours in our arts assignments, hehe.

Complete this sentence: I strongly believe that ______________________.
... a person will succeed if he makes an effort to do so.
Booking Through Thursday

Have you ever written an author a fan letter?
Did you get an answer?
Did it spark a conversation? A meeting?
(And, sure, I suppose that e-mails DO count . . . but I’d say no to something like a message board on which the author happens to participate.)
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

Yes! I think I have written to a few authors like Anne Stuart, Lori Foster, Kathryn Smith, Kat Martin and Janelle Denison several years back. At that time, they are kind of like celebrities to me (after all, they must be something if they can write and sell their books!); moreover I was really hooked with romance genres then. I wrote them emails, and all of them responded. You can imagine how thrilled I was when some of them offered to send me signed bookplates, bookmarks etc, despite that I'm not living in the U.S. I was really touched by their gesture.

Nowadays, although I don't write to my favourite authors like what I did last time, but there are times that I do have the urge of doing so, especially after reading a great story and I just want to tell them how much I enjoyed reading it and so forth. But in the end, I didn't. I guess I have outgrown it, hehe. But I will definitely share my thoughts when writing the book reviews and will rave about them if they are good, I guess that's what I have been doing now.
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Word for 1 August: expeditious

Definition: Characterized by speed and efficiency

Adverb: expeditiously
Noun: expeditiousness

Synonyms: prompt, swift, speedy, fast, rapid
Antonyms: slow, leisurely, deliberate