Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 25 - A character who you can relate to the most

While first starting with the list, I left this one empty because I can't think of a character that felt like she can be me.

Then I read One Day, in anticipation of the movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess and widely recommended by many in the internet communities.

Before I started on the character, let me just give you a brief summary of One Day which a book I came to love.  And I would totally read again.

One Day tells of a story between Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew that spans 20 years. However this book only revisit what happened on that particular one day of each year. And that one day is the anniversary when they first met. 

One Day is a lovely, sweet book. I always enjoyed British writers. There is something in their work that I found wholesome. I go in easily into books written by British writers. I have no idea why, I just found that I have a preference in reading of books written by them. 

So One Day is exactly how I imagine it would be. It is sweet, at times gut wrenching, totally relatable. It have its predictable moments, I know exactly what the character going to face, but that does not deter me from the enjoying it. It is after all about life. Life can be a bit predictable sometimes. 

While the book is about these 2 people, I do believe it is Emma Morley who keeps both of them together. Emma Morley started as this geeky rebellious girl and turned into a magnificent woman later on. 

I completely relate to Emma struggles in her feeling. Especially on her word play, how she try to get her earnestness through, on how she try to say but at the same time shielding her words. I had done exactly the same. I understand her depression when life did not goes as planned. On her various life stages, I had been there. I experienced what she goes through. Not all of them, but some of them. Her backtracking of words, but not at the same time reversing the backtracking all that endears me to her, because I had once been like that. Maybe I sometimes am. 

For one day each year, for 20 years, I get to know Emma Morley. At each year, I understand her more and understand her actions. This is a character that could be me. This is a character that I could be. For that she is absolutely a character I love and relate to. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 24 - A book that you wish more people would've read

I wish more people would read Jurassic Park & The Lost World by Michael Crichton. Many serious readers like to think Crichton works as crap, which of course with his loud views that global warming is faux kinda ruin his reputation a bit. But I can't denied his book is wildly entertaining and he does his research well.

However none other book seems to highlight how entertaining he can write as Jurassic Park and The Lost World. While Jurassic Park sparked the interest, I always preferred The Lost World compare to Jurassic Park. But I wish people would not be as easy to dismiss as saying "I seen the movies, what more could the book offers."  Its kinda like mean how can you watch Harry Potter and says you're a fan when the books offered so much more of the magic world??

I am not even gonna put in a summary to the book, because I am sure at least you had watch Jurassic Park once in your life. So the book is kinda like that but there is more adventures, more intrigue and the explanation being given in the book is much more interesting ( I first read it when I was about 12 or 13, and can understand it so it is simple too).

Actually I have no idea why I want people to read this book, other than to say, the book is so much more entertaining, thrilling, exciting than the movies. I could put Harry Potter in this post and make the same argument too though I think a lot of people already know that the Harry Potter books are awesomer than the movies. LOL.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't

It is Mistress Pat by L.M Montgomery. 

Why this particularly, well I guess because I am such a big fan of her other works, I always want to collect them all if possible. This book is a continuation of another book, Pat of Silver Bush. I have that book and always wanted to know what happened when she grew up. 

The story is basically about a girl who hate changes. So this next book where everyone else and herself is growing up and making decisions that can affect whole life it would be interesting to know what the girl who hate changes going to do. 

Why am I still not reading it? Well, it is really hard for me to find her books nowadays. It is annoying, but I guess since YA books are growing rapidly, older authors are not being put in shelves. This also makes me a bit sad. Did you read Daddy Long Legs? That is amazing. It felt About A Boy, Dahl-like . Do you know how hard it is to find that book and the sequel to that book. So while it is nice that budding new authors finding their places, I also felt a bit sad that I can no longer find easily the works of old authors. 

Which is why I am thinking of Kindle where I can easily get classic books. (Pening kepala baca ebook kat komputer. I had tried it once, not gonna try it again). 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 22 - Favorite book you own

Continuing on the book meme. I have forsake you for so long.

Semua buku I own all have a very special place in my heart.

But I especially cherish my Fables graphic novel collection. 

Why? Because the whole collection (including the Cinderella spin off and the Pied Piper novel ) had reached 1k.  I had spent (ok WE ; my husband and I. I forced him to read and when I am broke asked him to buy) around RM1k for the collection. This is why, it is a bad idea to start reading graphic novel. ( I am now starting to collect the Walking Dead too, so put that second to my most favorite collection).

But I am glad I chose Fables if I want to collect. I try reading the Sandman, but I don't like the tone of the story I guess while for this series I love it from the start. I had always love fairy tale, I always imagine what would happened to Cinderella, Snow White and all after they're married. I never believe they do have happily ever after. This series is the reimaginings of all the fairy tale characters we are familiar with.  

So it told the story of these characters. How in fairy tale land an evil emperor had rooted all this wondrous characters from their home and turned them into refugee. They then fled to our world to set up a village then a town, and the series is their stories on how they cope, how they plan to take back their homeland. How the evil character we read of try to redeem themselves and these damsels in distress turned themselves into a plucky heroine. 

The series went wonderfully until Vol 11 then I think after the war is over, the writers lost their way for a while. It started to pick itself up again in this recent volume so I am super excited to read all about it. I 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

I got it from some quotes. I hate quotes, but this girl, in this movie deserves it and embody the above quote.

I watched the Winter's Bone. It was painfully depressing. Watching people in abject poverty teetering in further poverty. 

I know this is gonna be a depressing movie and picked my time carefully. You can't really watched depressing movie when you're depressed. You can't stand to watch depressing movie when you are busy and stressed. The timing of such movie must be right so you won't be thrown in a somber mood the whole week. Maybe many people don't feel this or do, but I have a tendency to be melancholy for days if some movies affect me. 

Now this movie. It is sombering. But in the midst of all the struggles she endured, I smiled as I watched at all the animals she feed and try to. She do not have enough to eat and I suspected let her siblings eat her share, but when her brother presented with a stray she smiled sadly and accepted it. And I am not even touching on her courage and perseverance. 

What I like most is that this movie does not goes to the path of 'selling own body' to make ends meet. She never entertained the idea nor did anyone alluded it to her.

I like Jennifer Lawrence, she carried the whole movie magnificently. Her character is pitiful but she never once ask to be pitied, and if my whole world would come crashing down, I would like the thoughts that I can have that sort of determination to survive.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Putting the book meme on hiatus for a while

Because I can't think. 

However I am gonna ramble a bit because I am stupid enough to slightly overdose myself with drugs. Currently suffering from kegatalan dari allergy. Tension taw aku duk terkeruk-keruk macam beruk. I have no idea what cause the allergy so ... fingers crossed it is just a one time thing. Anyway the doc gave some drugs that can caused drowsiness so the first time round I telan it, felt absolutely nothing and still feeling like a buffoon, I took another one. 

Nak bangun tidur pon susah. Padan muka. Dengan itu I got myself a latte and quietly sipping it to will my mind to be alert. 

In other news, my eldest sister had delivered a quaint little girl. Nama tidak tahu. Nampak kiut and kecik je, from the one blurry pic I can see of. Hurray to a new addition to the family. So now I have 2 nephews and 2 nieces. 

And another thing, there is a cat currently camping at my front doorstep wanting to be adopted. It is a really cute Siamese cat which gives me pause because it is a he and he might belong to somebody because he looked nice. 

A couple of days ago I was opening the door and he pounced into the house and started rolling around the floor affectionately. He kept on rolling and went to my legs and gesel2 and then rolled away again. A very manja cat. Like some strays, some I feed and they went off their way, but this one seems determined to be in the house. He was distressed that I put him out. But out he must, because the 2 other females in the house show their displeasure dengan begitu kuatnyer. 

In the mean time, I'll just feed him outside the house and if he persists in staying we'll see from there. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hello There

So I am gonna rambles. Bet you haven't seen that awhile.

Anyway, I went into bed at 11 pm which is unreasonably early and woke up at dawn and feeling dissatisfied by waking up at dawn. I mean it is the weekend for gawd sakes. So I slept again and now have a headache. Padan muka for being a lazy bone.

Right now I got the vacuum cleaner and my broom and procrastinating. I also let the cat out to get them out of my hair while I will be cleaning and their constant gazing longingly at the window is pissing me off. What they don't now they will be severely wet wipe (there is wet wipes for cats) when they get back home this evening. They do not like them at all and the thing makes their fur looks weird afterward. So they need to enjoy their freedom while its last.

Anyway... I have no idea what to say next and just go ahead and cleaned up the room. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Day 21 - Favorite book from your childhood

I have a lot of books that I love during my childhood. I think one of my most beloved is the Malory Tower series.

I don't know if I even should put in a summary of the series. I mean almost everyone read this. So to those who never know of this (which is weird), it is a story about a bunch of kids in a boarding school. Starting from Form 1 - 6. 

Why did I choose Malory Towers and not St Clare? I don't much like the twins. They are too goody goody for me. Malory Towers characters are wonderfully one-dimensional. Yes, you would not get a complex character from this, (only the adult remains quite mysterious) but most of the character are flawed and cute and earnest. I like Darrell, love Mary Lou shyness, am envious of Alicia and so many other people in the series. A lot of the character are wonderfully talented in something. It is of course unreasonable and unrealistic that so many different talent can be under one roof, but without it the book would not be interesting. Also who knows that it maybe true as the boarding school is obviously a stepping stone to St Andrew University ( the alma mater of Kate Middleton and Prince William). 

There is something sweet and wholesome of this books. Always every first day of Raya in the afternoon while everyone is asleep, stomach full, contented from eating too much laksa, lemang, ketupat, I will be sitting on my favorite sofa with a jar of kuih raya on my hand with one of the Malory Tower books in hand.

And I am trying to find the whole boxsets in Borders or Kinokuniya but am having problems finding the series or much Enid Blyton books either. And don't let me get started on the aisle that started with 'M; I mean I found myself looking at 3 rows of The Twilight series. WTH is that?? Is this what it comes to? Children introduced to literature by the work of Meyer????

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 20 - Favorite romance book

I chose this because this is the first romance book I read, so I guess the memory is sweet.

Bestselling romance writer Hayden Lane has found her soul mate - or rather, created him: he's her latest fictional hero. And she's totally obsessed with him. Barely noticing when her real-life fiance breaks their engagement, she visits a psychic to learn more about him - and is told that in a past life Hayden was Lady de Grey, a promiscuous woman of Edwardian England. Hayden can't resist submitting to a hypnotist's magic. But the trick goes wrong, and instead of merely remembering her past as Lady de Grey, Hayden is living it. Now she will discover quite a different story about a woman history considered a trollop, a spectacular, brooding man, and the rapturous love that would be hers if she dared open her heart to the most mysterious adventure of all

While the story is not perfect but I am a sucker for a tragic love story and what more tragic than a love story that spans through several lifetime? The story asked you to believe if reincarnation is real, and how previous lifetime can screwed you up in the next. 

Basically the story have 3 story and the most tragic one is Tallis and Callie, which is the origin of the story. It is a story of betrayal, innocence, and true love. The ending is a bit of an anticlimax, however the journey is heartrending. At least to me. 

Friday, May 06, 2011

Day 19 - Favorite book turned into a movie

Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a wonderful book. What is it about? (partial summary from goodreads)

... tells the story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love....

I like the book immensely. After I finish reading it, I think the writer had craft a wonderfully written book. More like a gritty love story meets fairy tale. It have everything that a fairytale-loving heart could love, prince and princesses, curses, witches, goods triumphing over evil. But it is also dark, it does not shy away from gore or violence or passion. 

However why I chose Stardust for favorite book turned into a movie is because the movie surpassed my expectations and become even better than the book. For a book nerd, that it something that rarely happened. Movies tend to screw plots and characters and flow of the stories. However I believed Neil Gaiman lend his talent on the movie and turned it into something else. I had reviewed the movie a few years earlier, so I won't be talking more about and you can go there instead to see what I gushed.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Day 18 - A book that disappointed you

Candance Bushnell - Sex and the City 

While I love the series,  I am left severely disappointed in the book. 

The summary : 
In this chronicle of the mating habits of New York's cultural elite, Bushnell infiltrates celebrity affairs, sex clubs, and posh suburbs to introduce us to "bicycle boys," "modelizers," and "toxic bachelors" — powerful and successful men who bed single and married women as if it were a contest. Often funny and occasionally bleak, this is an inside account of the quintessential '90s romance and the never-ending search for the perfect marriage partner in high society

This is maybe on the overall tone of the book. The series while at the time edgy, have a feeling of optimism, hopefulness  light feelings to it. 

The book? It was ghastly as one reviewer reviewed it. Maybe it touch a note with a New Yorker, but reading the book, make my head ache. I hated everyone in the book, including Carrie. Everyone is depicted horribly. Maybe the book can only be understood by a New Yorker, but if I want to go to New York and read this book, I'll be changing my flight to somewhere else since the author paints such a horrible depiction of New York and its people that I don't care to be near them. The book painted NYC as gritty, the people are almost callous and the stereotype there is nothing redeemable to them. 

I was severely disappointed I guess because it is not as what I expected from the series. I thought it might be fun, frothy, light, lovely with a hint of neurosis on it. Maybe on second reading, it would improve but I am kinda shuddering at thought of picking it up again. I guess, I know now what to expect from the author and will be staying away. 

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Day 17 - Favorite quote from your favorite book

"It is proved by surveys that happiness does not come from love, wealth, or power but the pursuit of attainable goals: and what is a diet if not that" 

Bridget Jones Diary

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Day 16 - Favorite female character

It is Emily

There are a lot of female characters I love. I had always been attracted towards reading a story where the narrator is female. I felt I can identified with them and make my journey with them much easier. 

I can't really explain why I choose Emily which is also created by L.M Montgomery ( who wrote the Anne series) . Anne is indeed one of my favorites, but Anne sometimes is grating in her goodness. 

Emily, is multi layered, complex, earnest, mysterious and marvelously human. 

When Emily Starr's father dies, she is sent to live with her stern aunt Elizabeth at New Moon Farm. She's sure she'll be unhappy, but she soon discovers new friends, the beauty of her surroundings, and a love of writing.

The book consists of 3, Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs and Emily Quest. 

I first read the last book and was bewildered. A lot of books where you delve headfirst in their later series, you have no problem getting to know them and understanding them. While Emily, she remains mysterious to me. I then hunt for her books and found myself loving Emily and still not completely understanding her. 

I can almost identified with her, except for her passion for writing, which is why I did not put her as a character I relate to (another topic I have a problem finding a name to). However Emily is a wonderful character who from Book 1 to Book 3 remains mysterious. I like that about Emily. I like that Emily is not an open book. I like that she struggled in being good, in making a good decision, in becoming herself. Where everybody loves Anne, Emily is an acquired taste though many would come to love Emily. In a way I identified with her here. She don't try to make people to like her. She does not have a natural way to her where people are comfortable with her. 

There is something about Emily I can't put a finger on it.  Maybe I do relate to her.  Maybe I don't. Which is why she is my favorite.

Note: I noticed after googling her pictures there are a Canadian series of Emily. I am so watching those!

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