I don’t normally follow celebrities on Twitter unless I saw them in a TV show/series or a movie and I totally fell for their character. I also don’t rely that much on reviews because I figured what seems to be good to you might not be as such to me. This happens most of the time so I rely on my instinct more than anything else.
But there are a few exceptions to this norm of mine. I follow two celebrities just because they are book bloggers and I can relate to the books they read. The celebrities I am talking about are Saab Magalona, the daughter of the late Francis Magalona, and Lyn Ching, a news personality from GMA7. I follow both celebrities on Twitter and I look forward to tweets about books they read.
Saab has a book blog called Spell Saab. She is currently running a contest for a book entitled The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I am curious about this book as she compared it to Harry Potter. I’ve heard of comparisons but, of course, being a hardcore HP fan, I am skeptical each and every time. I don’t believe there is a book out there as good as the Harry Potter series. But close to it, well that I can take. This book Saab is recommending might be close to it but not as good or better. I am curious and have added the book to my TBR pile.
Lyn’s book blog, on the other hand, is called Reading Tsinoy. She mostly reads Young Adult, New Adult, and some feel-good books. I love her recommendations and have read some already just because she said it was good. And the books I read she recommended were really good! She is currently recommending The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins. This book is also now added to my TBR pile which is growing by leaps and bounds as I type this post! Ha-ha!
I look forward to more recommendations from these two celebrity book bloggers. I just know they will recommend more great books for me to read.
I read about this book Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren somewhere. Just like the Fifty Shades series of E.L. James, this book also came from a fan fiction site. I enjoyed the latter series and I am thinking I might enjoy this one, too. Especially after I’ve seen the blurb from Goodreads…
An ambitious intern.
A perfectionist executive.
And a whole lot of name calling.
Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.
Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.
As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.
What do you think? Think it’ll be a good read?
I am not too sure about the good part but what I am sure of is it will be an entertaining one!
Have you noticed how book series have been coming in and out of fashion? I just noticed that there are so many book series that I’ve been reading. The Immortals series of Alyson Noel. Fallen series of Lauren Kate. The Hush, Hush books of Becca Fitzpatrick. The Pretty Little Liars of Sara Shepard. And so many others. Of course I enjoyed the Harry Potter series of all.
And now I am into another one. This time a book series that started a year after I was born.
Interesting, don’t you think?
I read a book from midnight to around six in the evening. Almost nonstop. Flowers in the Attic is really unputdownable! Believe me, I couldn’t wait for the kids to get out of that attic so I had to finish the book right away.
And then while I was writing the book review a few minutes ago, while searching for images, I learned that the book was turned into a movie back in 1987! Now I can’t wait to find a copy of it so I can go watch!
From this day forward, I will be posting lists of books. Like today, I am listing down 12 Lyrical, Luscious Reads that I found through a post from Oprah.com!
- That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
- Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
- Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
- Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill
- 2666 by Roberto Bolano
- Home by Marilynne Robinson
- Lowboy by John Wray
- Indignation by Philip Roth
- A Mercy by Toni Morrison
- Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
I haven’t read any of the books listed above but my interest is piqued so I know I will be reading a book from the list soon. I think I’ll read Indignation by Philip Roth first.
Have you read any of the books in the list?
I noticed that Young Adult is the genre of the moment. Or can I say of the decade? Ever since Harry Potter became a huge hit, followed by The Chronicles of Narnia and Twilight, YA made it to the consciousness of everyone.
I read so many updates regarding books being bought by big movie studios. If I Stay by Gayle Forman was one of those books. I read that Summit Entertainment, the one behind the Twilight Saga movie franchise, bought the rights to adapt it into a movie and it will star Dakota Fanning. Good one!
And so many others that I forgot to write about (as usual!).
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling is her first adult novel, in fact, her very first novel after the Harry Potter book series. A lot of people including myself have been anticipating this novel of hers. In my case, I am excited to read another novel of hers because she’s undeniably good! But I know that a majority of those anticipating this novel wants to prove if she’s really just as good.
Here’s a blurb of the book from Goodreads…
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
It’s not really as enticing as Harry Potter but I am still excited to read it!
Due to the popularity of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James, there are some people who thought of retelling Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte‘s 1847 classic, and it will be given an erotic take.
“I think that readers through the ages have appreciated the smouldering sexual chemistry between Jane and Rochester and I have changed very little of Bronte’s original to retell the timeless story of a young girl falling for an unattainable older man and getting out of her depth in a sensual world she cannot control,” author Eve Sinclair said of the new adaptation, according to The Bookseller. via
The story will be released via an e-book version sometime this August.
I am finding this amusing as I have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy and it was erotic and romantic! I already had in mind that it will become a trend these days what with the success of the trilogy and what do you know! The classics will be given a twist! I’ve been hearing that Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen will also be given an erotic twists and some other well-known classics.
The bibliophiles are lapping up literotica! I can’t wait to read this version of Jane Eyre!
From time to time I would come across a book (or in this case a series of books) that would catch my interest. I was browsing Twitter when I read a rave from a book blogger about the series of books The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. She said that she was so happy that people who come in the library (where she is working as a library assistant) would ask for the series of books and would come back really happy with it. She was also a fan of the series.
So I checked it out in Goodreads and here’s the blurb that I saw there…
Omnibus version of the Dark is Rising series including Over Sea Under Stone, The Dark is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree.
“When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.”
With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and guard the six great Signs of the Light, which, when joined, will create a force strong enough to match and perhaps overcome that of the Dark. Embarking on this endeavor is dangerous as well as deeply rewarding; Will must work within a continuum of time and space much broader than he ever imagined.
Susan Cooper, in her five-title Dark Is Rising sequence, creates a world where the conflict between good and evil reaches epic proportions. She ranks with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in her ability to deliver a moral vision in the context of breathtaking adventure. No one can stop at just one of her thrilling fantasy novels. Among many other prestigious awards, The Dark Is Rising is a Newbery Honor Book and a Carnegie Medal Honor Book. (Ages 8 and older) –Emilie Coulter
The complete sequence, all five books in one bind up book, is available in Fully Booked. I hope my reservation still stands. I will pick it up this weekend.
I’ve been hearing about it a lot so what I did was check out reviews and bought the book after! I already have it but since I have some books I have to finish first, it will be included in my TBR file for now. But I am intrigued and after Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer, it will be Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James next!
Have you read the book yet? What do you think about it?
Have a great week ahead!
All vampires fans are raving about this book. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I haven’t actually read it yet. I haven’t even seen the book in person. But since I’ve been hearing so many positive reviews of it, I will look for it in my local bookstore and see what the buzz is all about.
Have you read this book yet? What do you think?