Monday, January 25, 2010

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper
Jodi Picoult
Pocket Books

Bittersweet chocolate. That is what this book tastes like. It is a story about how a younger sister is brought to the world for the sake fo saving her ill elder sister. I don't see that as a valid reason to conceive a child. How can you just decide to just have another baby for her organs? I wonder if it really happens in the real world we are living in.

Anyhow, Anna is expected to provide whatever her elder sister needs. Which means she has been hospitalized everytime her sister is because she needs to either provide blood and everything else her sister needs to stay alive. Her parents could opt for other options to get help for their eldest daughter but help could take a long time; too long to allow Kate to have another breath. There was only once they all shaved their heads just so that Kate won't feel alienated. I guess a mother would do anything for her daughter. Story begins when Anna sues her parents to object their request to donate an organ to Kate.

As much as I love the story, the ending is not to my liking. How can it not have a happy ending???Why can't they let the sisters be happy and live? Or why can't the ending be like how many of us predicted; Anna lives while Kate goes..? Maybe that is the beauty of the story. To have an ending we do not hope for.

On the other hand, this book has quite a spotlight that it was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin and Sofia Vassilieva. Yet to watch it. To those who have watched, feel free to fill in. :)

p/s: This is my first Jodi Picoult's. I have to admit that she has a talent to tell such a serious story in a very light way. The story is very sad and at times complicated but she has made it light enough for her audience to be with her throughout the entire story. May try her other books but I don't think I will read ALL her books because to me, it all seems similar; sickness, sacrifices, death, hardships, recovery and etc.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Long Cool Glass of Books

Thirst for books? Head to Kinokuniya@KLCC. :) Their Long Cool Glass of Books Promotion was on in December 2009. For every RM100 purchase, you will receive RM10 voucher.

I got one voucher for free! Thanks to my bro.Hihihi The voucher is valid from 4th January 2010 til 31st March 2010.

Yet to decide which book to buy must most probably will get another Roald Dahl's as that's my aim this year; to collect all Roald Dahl's!

*I know this may be abit late of an info but you can always drop by Kino as they always have 25-30% discount on their gem books; usually purchase-with-purchase. Still not too bad. I find it more valuable than those offered by Borders. Borders seem to have quite a standard 2 for 3 promo. Don't mind the recipe books but others, I'll pass.*

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cecelia Ahern's If You Could See Me Now offer @MPH

Dear Cecelia Ahern's fan.

IF you have yet to have your hands on Cecelia's If You Could See Me Now, you may love the promotion MPH has now. For every purchase(any title), you are entitled to get the exclusive cloth bag
FREE! Would be great for shopping so that we can be kind to mother nature and yea...walk around with a pretty pink bag. ;) I've got a copy already so I guess I shouldn't buy it just for the sake of having that bag. Plus, I've bought more than 1 book this gotta pass. :)

I first knew about the promotion when I dropped by MPH in One Utama but didn't take any pics because the security guard was just around the corner and the camera was right on top of my head. *won't take the risk eventhough I don't know if the cam can rotate or was even focusing on my spot* Today, I dropped by Mid Valley MPH and relied on my phone....not a very good quality pic but I got a shot. It is not that I'm stealing anything but's a peak at the poster.

Promotion valid from 1st January 2010 til 28th February 2010. Good new year gift for yourself or your girlfriend. ;) The current version of the paperback copy is thinner compared to the one published last year. I thought they cut down some paragraphs *silly me, I know* til I flipped through and saw the resized the font. :)

How I rank her books (yes.I've read ALL):

1. If You Could See Me Now
2. Thanks For The Memories
3. The Gift
4. The Book of Tomorrow
5. P.S. I Love You
6. Where Rainbows End
7. A Place Called Here

For more info on Cecelia Ahern's books, go to

Ruz :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Books

I know I musn't spend too much this year especially on books coz I've got more than 50 unread books. Anyhow,I only bought 3 books this month! =)
I don't know how I got into buying recipe books but I can't resist the great simple delicious ones! Now I better clear up the magazines section on the shelves so that I can accommodate more recipe books. ^_^
Note to self:
Dig time to read and finish up more bookz!
Don't keep buying.Well can keep on buying but don't exceed RM1k ;)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Welcome, 2010!

Finally, I'm in the year I've been waiting for. =)
I believe there will be lots happening this year; be it career-wise or relationship-wise. *hihihi* I still do hope I can read a lot more books than 2009. Will see how work treats me this year.

I still see reading as the shortest escape from the hectic world I'm living in now. It would be great to be in a different place with a different setting once in awhile. However, due to lack of personal time and energy, I barely finish a book after May last year. *ouchhhh!!!*

Anyhow,this year started quite OK (books-wise).
1. Got Kinokuniya RM10 voucher from my bro.
2. Bought a Roald Dahl book. :)

I'm not going to drain anyone with new year's resolution like everyone else but this year, I'd love to collect ALL Roald Dahl's books! One book per month sounds good. :)
Still pretty hard to tell; books are forever irresistable!

A preview of what will rest on my bookshelves this year. ;) Roald Dahl is for ALL! *Else, you won't be watching Charlie and The Chocolate Factory =p *

Lastly, keep on reading you guys!!!! Hope I can update this heaven with posts atleast twice a month. :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dewey by Vicky Myron with Bret Witter

Vicky Myron with Bret Witter
Grand Central Publishing

Dewey was a lost kitten found at the library drop box during winter. It was a miracle he survived the weather. A library staff found him almost frozen to death. His paws were frostbitten. He couldn't walk on his paws for a few weeks and because of that the library staff would carry him around in the library. They grew closer. They are about him. He became their responsibility.

A cat is a cat and cats are very curious. Dewey started growing fond of rubber bands. He would find them at the impossible corners and chew on them. The staff then took action to clear up the library and not have rubber bands laying around. Though he only stayed in the library, there was once the neighbourhood raised their concerns about having a cat in the library. Many said it is not healthy for their children. Actions were taken and Dewey remained as the resident of the
library. He cheered patrons with his charms and he particularly loves resting in everyone's laps.

The story is not 100% focusing on the cat but it envelops the town's history little by little. In between the pages and of course, in between Dewey. This is where I failed. The book should have been a fantastic book as it combines two of my favourites; cat and library(books). However, I'm not very keen on reading about history about some place I'm not interested in. The cat is cute. His behaviours are of course "catly";adorable.

It has been awhile since I last gave up on a book. Many would not agree that I tosssed it away but it is simply not my cup of tea. =p I hope this does not mislead anyone into not getting or reading this book. It surely is a great book. Else it wouldn't have the "#1 New York Times Bestseller" on its cover. Know what this shows? Everyone has their own preferences.

To those of you who have read this and would like to share, feel free to drop a comment. =) If anyone is interested to buy this, drop me a message. :)

p/s:This also does not mean that I do not like history. I love knowing it but reading it is a whole lot of different feeling. Anne Frank is fine. ;) This review was done on 24th August 2009...only got the chance to publish it today.*ouch!*
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