Belching Words


Posted in Booking Through Thursdays, Memes by Lex on March 18, 2010

Which do you prefer? Lurid, fruity prose, awash in imagery and sensuous textures and colors? Or straight-forward, clean, simple prose?

This is a really late BTT but I love the question and I completely could relate to it.

I define a prefect book in many ways. One of these is a book must be in lurid, fruity prose, awash in imagery and sensuous textures and colors. I adore books that fits in this description. Books that could trigger feelings through words and images that come into my head as I read these luscious words. I do not exactly mean a book that describes a tree like a forest. I mean books that speak simply and with a touch of riddle and metaphors but could lift a face, ring a laugh, or cause a tear.

In my opinion, how words are used and arranged adds points to the rating and more impact. When the question was asked, Meg Cabot came instantly into my mind. The first book I bought from her was quite a mistake. Size 12 is Not Fat wasn’t a book for me. But as the world revolves and moves every second, changes occur. I grew to love the second installment and bought the last book, Size Doesn’t Matter. American language, casual American language wasn’t that bad for a book after all. It was Heather Wells narrating and not Meg Cabot so I don’t blame her.

And yes, dear Debs, I was thinking of something else when I first read the title.

Winter Reading

Posted in Booking Through Thursdays, Memes by Lex on February 4, 2010

The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now… So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch … what kind of reading do you want to do?

Just so you know, I live in a very sunny country, the Philippines! Right now, I could feel the summer heat. Yesterday, I crossed the street under the scorching heat and believe it or not, the heat was biting me! Like some dragon belching fire. If you’d rather get out and enjoy the sun on a park or in front of the sea on summer days, I hide inside my parent’s air conditioned room like it’s the winter season. Since I have brown-ish skin, I stay away from the heat of the sun most of the times. I wouldn’t like to be darker than my tanned skin. On rainy days, I curl up on my bed in my room, opening the windows, enjoying the chilly air and the sounds of the spluttering of rain drops.

My point is, I curl up every time! Right now, I’ve been busy with school and other alibis that you could think of so I have no current reads. When this happens, I pick up any of the books that I bought that was worth reading again. For this BTT, one thing comes into mind, the Harry Potter series.

I bet everyone on Earth has read, seen or heard of the famous Harry Potter and fans like me would have posters, the complete series, and dreams of visiting London and the new Harry Potter theme park. As I was rereading the 6th installment of the series, I have the same feeling of amazement, excitement and thrill with every word on the page. On seasons of curling up, I prefer to read a book that could bring me to a different world, to a different dimension far far away. A book that would prevent you from hearing your mother calling for dinner downstairs. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince just did that.

Twists and Turns

Posted in Booking Through Thursdays, Memes by Lex on January 29, 2010

Today’s Booking Through Thursday

1. Do you like books with complicated plots and unexpected endings?

2. What book with a surprise ending is your favorite? Or your least favorite?

Of course I do. Every reader needs and looks for books that offer satisfying thrills and suspense. Haven’t you noticed that when an unexpected twist suddenly unveils itself to you, the surprise and the shock is so delicious it’s like eating the best cupcake in the world? Well, I’m speaking of bright authors who writes equally bright twists. But otherwise, it’s as bad as looking at clusters of ants which is my phobia, clusters.

I have blogged for months but not as many as half a year and that means, I have read lesser than you guys. Among all I’ve read, it’s the Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks that has the most surprising ending. Ending, okay? But The Choice has the best twist though it’s not the ending.

It would be rally good to spill what happened at the ending and what twist took place just to add more flesh to this BTT answer but then, it would spoil everything else. That’s like taking away the best cupcake in the world from you. No more thrill. Who would like that?

What about you?

Books for Christmas

Posted in Booking Through Thursdays, Memes by Lex on January 7, 2010

What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)?

Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself?
No one gave me any gifts except for clothes and a wrist watch and a laptop.. but that’s nothing to be sad about. With all these? Scoffs. I wonder why but I don’t have much aunts/uncles/godfather/godmother/whoever who are around to give me gifts on birthdays or Christmas. My family isn’t just the type that’s really really close to relatives.. And besides, some are unreachable. The sea is the barrier.

Moving on. I bought myself Christmas gifts and of course, it would be books. My sister and I got 3.

  • “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J.k Rowling
  • “If You Could See Me Now” by Cecilia Ahern
  • “The Choice” by Nicholas Sparks

I have read the first two already and I’m about to review it.. but school projects first. :D


Posted in Booking Through Thursdays, Memes by Lex on December 24, 2009

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Given the choice, which do you prefer? Real history? Or historical fiction? (Assume, for the purposes of this discussion that they are equally well-written and engaging.)

I haven’t read any books of these genre (suggestions please?) because sometimes I’d rather pick romance rather than these serious genres. But if I were given the chance, I’d pick the former – Real History. For a person who is still growing up and has more to face in the future, reading something with validated facts is important. Growing up is a process and in that process, reading is one of the helpful variables.

Speaking of History, do you ever wonder why Christmas- which is said to be the birthday of Jesus Christ – is celebrated on December 25 when it was never stated on the Bible? My Dad did not give any explanation and my teacher has never asked us this question too! I wonder why! Anyone who could fill the gaps on my brain for this question?

Nevertheless, I wish you guys a Merry Merry Christmas. I pray that our prayers may be answered that though we don’t live in mansions with professional Chefs, may our tables be full and our lives be blessed as we end this year through the celebration of Christmas.

I am thankful more than anything of what I received. I did not regret nor am I still saddened by past events since, as the name implies, it is past. Nobody hates me and I hate nobody. My family is complete and breathing and my Mom’s job is stable and I’m going on well with my studies. Another year is approaching and I pray that my year as well as yours may be fruitful.

I pray that everyone would still have complete fingers with all the fireworks that are going to be lighted this Midnight and on January 1 here on the Philippines. I pray for lesser crime rates.

And, also, whatever was portrayed on the movie 2012 is never gonna happen. It has hunted me as I lie down in bed though I know it’s never gonna happen.

Before I end this post, I’d like to share some good finds this Thursday:

Bookmark Origami

Do you have unwanted catalogs or pieces of paper that are a waste to throw (how ironic) even in the Recycled Bin? For us, people with a passion for reading, we could use these bits of paper as bookmarks – not just any insert-me-bookmark that could slip off and get lost but page hugging bookmarks. I meant this:

This photo is not mine

Head over to Dolce Bellezza – a very beautiful blog, with this interesting Italian author, neat layouts, beautiful reviews that I just found.

Which do you prefer, Real History or Historical Fiction? Anything interesting this Thursday?

Happy BTT!

Mark The Spot

Posted in Booking Through Thursdays, Memes by Lex on December 11, 2009

What items have you ever used as a bookmark? What is the most unusual item you’ve ever used or seen used?

I don’t buy bookmarks. I find those bookmarks with quotes too.. emotional for my liking. Some are too fancy and expensive. I avoid folding the tips of the pages of my books. I try to preserve the newness and neatness of my book.

Instead I get bookmarks from tag clothings.

That’s one of the reasons why I like shopping. I get bookmarks. BNY jeans has bunny tags, remember? And they make good bookmarks. Sometimes, when I find my wallet dull, I buy a new one. In turn I get the cards inserted for the photo frame, do you get me? Once I got a mickey mouse.

That’s what you call resourcefulness, I guess. Is that what you call weird too? Am I also nuts?

Booking Through Thursday [12.04.09] (LATE)

Posted in Booking Through Thursdays, Memes by Lex on December 4, 2009

What’s your favorite part of Booking Through Thursday?

Why do you participate (or not)?

BTT offers so many things to participants.

First and the most special, is that BTT brings bloggers closer through commenting on each others answers. In this way also, new blogs with interesting contents are discovered and that also means an addition on our Google Readers.

Second, answering questions pertaining to books are interesting to me, as a Bibliophile and a blogger. What could be more interesting and fun? Sometimes, I find long and well explained answers on tricky questions. Some, short or often times very short or straight to the point. Challenging questions too are fun of course, questions that requires hard thinking and well-thought answers.

Third and the last, it’s an excuse to post something on Thursdays which you have nothing to post.

This is a late BTT since I had no time yesterday, nevertheless, I’m posting it and late-commenting on other answers today as well.

Happy BTT!

Booking Through Thursday [11.12.09]

Posted in Booking Through Thursdays, Memes by Lex on November 12, 2009

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Booking Through Thursday

Do you read everything all the way through or do you feel life really is too short to read bad books?

Since PH does not have the big libraries as they do in U.S.A, I have to buy the book with my weekly allowance. So I have the check first if the book is worth buying. But in the event that I pick up the book with good summary but bad content, I have to read it all the way, hoping that I’ll find something good. It would be a waste you know! Sayang!

Since it hasn’t not been a year since I started reading and collecting books, I only have a small collection and I haven’t read various genres. Among my books, these are what I cannot stand: The Great Gatsby and Jude Deveraux’s  Secrets.

For the former, I cannot see why it’s still on the bookshelves on bookstores, why some people find it epic, and why it’s called a classic. No offense dear fans of this book. I just find the Brits better.

As for the latter, it was supposed to be a book meant to raise thrill and suspense, but I was not sitting at the edge of my seat while reading Secrets. I wasn’t happy and contented. It was too confusing. It had no flesh. I just imply didn’t like it.

Conclusion: I could put down a book only if I borrowed it or if I bought it cheap. The higher the book’s price is, the harder it would be to put it down.