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A book of Letters

 

Yep, this is my first post about my 50 questions. I know I made a previous post regarding how I love to read especially when I was in my Junior years. I used to go with my sister to a nearby bookstore every weekend after church and she would buy me any books for kids that’s for sale.

There’s one book that will always be first on my mind and it’s Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, I have a lot of Beverly Cleary books but this was one is definitely for  keeps. When I watched the movie “Stuck in Love”, there’s one scene where in the two main characters were on a date and they shared what is their Favorite book, turns out the characters both loved the book Dear Mr. Henshaw. My eyes lit up as I remembered the book. Well, the hopeless romantic in me wished that I could meet someone who shares the same kind of passion in reading. Anyway.. lol.

Dear Mr Henshaw is about a little boy named, Leigh Botts from a broken family. Together with his Mother  they moved to a new town and new school. Everything happened after a school assignment in which they would need to write a letter to their chosen Author and for him it was Mr Henshaw, from their constant exchange of Letters, the two characters formed an unexpected bond.

For me writing is very essential. I love writing! (well, the reason why I have a blog) and what I liked about this book is that it was able to show how far a letter or someone’s writing can go. When we write, all the feelings, questions and thoughts are being constructed, it is some form of release and somehow creates a compelling story that everyone can relate to.

I do not read anymore like when I was younger (maybe due to technology and stuffs) but if I have time, I would definitely go back to reading. I wish someday, I can extend this amazing interest to my son.

“De Sooner De Better De Later De Letter De Madder I Getter”
Beverly Cleary, Dear Mr. Henshaw

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Smart Women, Foolish choices

Fortunately, I saw this just days ago while we were cleaning and taking out all the old books, clothes and things of my sister in her room.

I noticed that she really has plenty of books and all of them were almost worn out.

I just picked out some books that I think may be able to survive another reading. hehe.

Smart Women, Foolish Choices: Finding the right men. Avoiding the wrong ones, was published in 1986.

This book is just in time and what I needed for the moment. So far, I’m liking this book. I think this is the first non-novel/story kind of book that I have read.  Fun to read after a break up.

“It is written by two male clinical psychologists Dr. Connell Cowan and Dr. Melvyn Kinder. This book will get you to look at your self-defeating behaviors so you might gain some insight into your “love-defeating” attitudes and stereotypes. These authors tell us why smart women are drawn to the wrong men, and they will tell you how to have realistic expectations for our relationships.”

What I like about this book is that the writers are men and they gave advices for females on what they should do and how to understand men. Unusual huh? In this book, they gave many examples and different situations. For example, this book tells you about 4 basic bad guys to avoid, also how to move on and when to let go.  The book consists of two parts, the first one is about being Foolish, it’s about the wrong choices and decisions women make and how it leads to failure and the second part is about Getting smart, this is where they give advices on the things that you must do and to understand how to manage those foolish choices especially with men and how to find a “Diamond in the rough”.  I particularly love the part where they showed the differences between Longing and Loving — how longing is often misunderstood as Love.

I would totally recommend this especially to those girls who are having a hard time with their personal and relationship status. This will give you a very realistic view on relationships and social ideas.

“But it’s crucial for a woman to realize that she was not simply a respondent in the relationship, but half of the reason for the chemistry. Without her, the magic would not have existed.”

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If skill could be gained by watching

I’ve always been a fan of many American TV series and just recently, my favorite is Walking Dead. 

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What I like about this one is it is based on a comics with the same title. Only few TV series are based on books or comics, so it’s interesting to see the difference from the comics on the TV. Plus the fact that, I’m having weird ideas and starting to fashion a goal that I’ll be able to surpass the Zombie Apocalypse if it will ever happen in reality (Of course, let’s wish that it will not!)

The Walking Dead is centered around Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies or as the walking dead or Walkers. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair — and sometimes each other — the group searches for a secure location which they can finally call home. In this story, I specifically like Daryl Dixon, ahh he’s such a character.

This August will be the continuation of the series, now on it’s 3rd season. I heard there are new characters that’s coming. I’m so excited.

Going back to my elementary and highschool days, my weakness was Charmed. It was so popular that time that I even created my email address with “charmed”.

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It was about the three Halliwell sisters who discovered that they are descendents of a line of female witches. Each has a special ability (stopping time, moving objects, seeing the future), and they can also combine their abilities into the “Power of Three” to fight demons, warlocks, and other evils.I think, Alyssa Milano got really famous because of this series.

Originally, the cast was Shannen Doherty as Prue, Holly Marie Combs as Piper and Alyssa Milano as Phoebe, but then I think they had some problems regarding Shannen so they replaced her with Rose McGowan as Paige. Even though there were some changes, the TV series was still supported by fans and it aired from October 7, 1998, until May 21, 2006. That was for almost 8 years!

Unlike the two TV series which already had so many episodes, my other favorite was Pushing Daisies

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I found myself captivated by this pilot than any of the others (suprise!). No matter how whimsical or cutsy the world of PD is, it is somewhere to get away for an hour. There are maybe a handful of shows that have as much fun on screen as this… It is something new, definitely bold, and clever.  Too bad because it was cut short and I was not even able to see what happened to Ned and Chuck.

The story revolves around Ned who possesses the unique talent of being able to bring the dead to life merely by touching them. However, the person may remain alive only for one minute, or else someone else dies for them. A second touch will render the person dead again, unable to be revived. Through his connections with PI Emerson Cod, Ned revives his childhood sweetheart, Chuck. The trio, aided occasionally by Olive Snook, helps solve the mysteries of various murders, whose murderer is often surprising.

What I miss about this is the wit and sweetness of Chuck and Ned, on how they tried to work with their relationship without having to touch each other. Nice huh?

There are other TV series that I really like, maybe next time I’ll write about them. So, for now, here’s my top 3, which includes: witches, zombies and magic.

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The girls guide to hunting and fishing

When I first saw this book, I thought that this was really about how to catch and get a guy fall in love with a girl. But, it was not what I expected it to be about. It was much better.
I have to say that the cover and title seduced me. But, the story had a different effect on me. I can’t say that I didn’t like it but it was somehow worth reading for me.

“It occurred to me that the quiet in the suburbs had nothing to do with peace.”

The girls guide to hunting and fishing, for me focuses on another identity crisis. It’s about Jane Rosenal and how she worked way from defiant teenager to a reluctant career girl, growing older and getting smarter, Jane maneuvers her way through love, sex, relationships, and the occasional upsides and downturns of the workplace. She reluctantly succumbs to the questionable advice offered in a pop-psych book entitled How to Meet and Marry Mr. Right.
It’s made up of short stories, snapshots of main character’s life. Even though the stories were quick I felt like I got this wonderful portrait of the character Jane.
I think, Melissa Bank uses the cute analogy of “hunting and fishing” to relate to the process of finding oneself and one’s soulmate.
All in all, I was a little confused because some of the thoughts in the stories were not elaborated very well, but the one liners and the ideas knocked me upside the head.

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Finally watched it!

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I was finally able to watch The Hunger Games yesterday at Glorietta. I must say that I dig the movie better than the book!

I think, Jennifer Lawrence really fits the role as Katniss Everdeen. She looks so sensitive and naive yet she moves like a ninja.lol. I just wish Peeta Mellark was a bit taller but Josh Hutcherson is good too.

District 12, really looked what I imagined it to be. There were some parts in the book which were revised in the movie but nonetheless it still turned out great.

I can’t wait to finish Catching Fire. I’ve been very busy this past few days that I haven’t had the time to continue reading it. I promise I will this week and also on holy week. =)