Happy Bookish Christmas

Now this is my perfect Christmas tree. No pine needles dropping and absolutely unique! As for the second tree, it’d be lovely to have one like that all year round, don’t you think? Though pity the books when it rains… From fuckyeahreading! and The Book Bench.

Happy Christmas! I hope I get a book or book voucher as one of my presents this year.

Multi-storey bookshelves

From bookcaseporn

From Freshome

Also from Freshome

Pictures of bookcases filled with books always make my heart skip a beat. Shelves that span more than one floor are just… breath-taking!

Twilight is for twits (sorry to say)

I just finished the last book of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga and I just feel so strongly about the four books I’ve read in a bid to understand why is it so popular.

First, I must say that they were very easy to read, making them seem almost like page-turners. I practically flipped through Twilight and New Moon.

When I hit Eclipse that’s where it started to go downhill. I can’t remember the plot, but I remember thinking what’s the point of book number three?

Breaking Dawn really topped it. The way Jacob transferred his love by imprinting (speaking of which, I find the concept of imprinting quite silly – something about that term just doesn’t make sense to me) on Bella’s daughter, Renesmee, is just too ludicrous for me.

Okay, if I would suspend reality, this is a supernatural romance, therefore one might conclude it will have an unusual couple. Like a 200-year-old Angel falling for 17-year-old Buffy. But older men fall for younger women all the time. I’ve never heard of a man falling for the daughter of a woman he used to love. It’s not incest but it feels like a tinge of it to me.

I find Bella a terrible protagonist. She seemed nice, but there’s nothing much special about her until she became a vampire and acquired supernatural abilities. Before that, the way she brooded when she thought she lost Edward was just so off-putting for a protagonist. Even if you don’t really get over who you think was the love of your life, everyone needs to move on. I understand that it’s a heartbreaking thing to happen, but did the author need to make her suffer for that loooong?

Speaking of which, the books were highly long-winded despite being easy to read. Long-winded and has a really bad tendency to exaggerate. Every negative feeling described on the books seemed to be using adjectives like agony and excruciating – and this was only to describe emotional pain, which happened almost all the time in the books. Come on, how often can you feel excruciating emotional pain?

The climax of Breaking Dawn was so anti-climactic. Almost 100 people gather, prepared to fight and die, and in the end only one person is killed? There was no fight at all, just lots of talking. Yap, yap, yap… okay, no fight. Happily ever after. The end. Such a typical girly, idealistic, unrealistic plot.

Urgh. I probably offend many Twilight fans by my review, but this is just my personal opinion. I can’t stand what Twilight stands for.

Update: Read this instead of Twilight. It’s a better read, I assure you.

These make good bookish posters

All sourced from various bookish links.

15 Books for 1 Year Meme

Rules: What 15 books would you take with you on a year-long stay on a godforsaken isle with no Internet and no bookstores?

The isle I’m imagining sounds like a remote heaven. I’m not sure if I will be reading all 15 books – there would probably be too many beautiful sites around it to explore. That said, I’d bring the tomes along just in case.

1. Jilly Cooper’s Score! or Wicked!
Long drawn-out chick lit with hilarious puns and colourful characters. It’s like reading a soap opera.

2. Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World
I’ve been meaning to complete reading this book. Hopefully the island would put me in a pensive mood enough to enjoy a philosophical read like this.

3. Alexander McCall Smith’s The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom: The Von Igelfeld Trilogy
It’s well-written comic, just what I need when I’m feeling homesick or some entertainment.

4. Malba Tahan’s The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
This book has a special significance to me, but that aside, it is a pretty interesting read. The title kind of says it all.

5. Roald Dahl’s My Uncle Oswald
My favourite author, I just have to take one of his books, haven’t I? I chose this because it’s bawdy – I figured I prefer books that crack me up over the ones that make me cry.

6. S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders
What I said before this does not apply to one of my all-time favourite books. I never fail to cry when I read the hospital scene.

7. Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle
This is the ultimate romantic book for me. I’m sure that godforsaken isle will put me in the mood for this anytime.

8. Alexandra Ripley’s Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind”
A real blockbuster historical romance. I much prefer this sequel to the thousand-page-odd classic.

9. Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None
Set on an island, so it’s rather fitting that I read this while stuck on an isle, right? Or maybe ill-fitting, since the story ends with everybody on the island dead!

10. Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon
A beautiful sci-fi novel. A real tearjerker, but one that makes me cry in a good way!

11. China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun
A great YA fantasy I’ve discovered this year. I would love to reread it again, I’m sure.

12. Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Another great YA read complete with funny illustrations.

13. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book
Yet another awesome YA book but hey, I need good books to last me through a year in a godforsaken isle right?

14. Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife
I’m just throwing this in, can’t think of what other good books to bring.

15. An empty notebook
For me to jot down my days at the isle. :)

What about you? What 15 books would you bring to a godforsaken island?

Book me for these

My apologies for the long absence! I’ve been too caught up with watching DVDs that even my reading has been affected. *gasp* That evil, evil idiot box! But for now, more bookish stuff for you to look at.

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I like this Animal Index! It’s like a bookmark but instead of putting it in your book you put it out of your book, between your books. Certainly adds character to your bookcase.

2
This pen is ordinary is every way except that it’s called BOOKWORM. Need I say more?

3
I don’t like the overall look of this book cover (the lion is icky to me) but it’s a book cover with books as part of its design! How can I not like it? Check out the site for more designs. They are all tapestry-like, though.

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Oh, just stumbled upon this from that website and this is so cute (despite the fact that it reminds me of something grandmotherly)! I would be tempted to use this as a bag (despite the grandma associations).

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Nice shelf! You could put other stuff besides books but the metropolitan city pattern makes it look best with books, I think. There’s another one that’s cloud-shaped.

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Isn’t this book painting absolutely divine? I’ve been searching for pictures of books to decorate my home, they are all so expensive sadly. If only I could paint, I could make something like this too then…

A book dilemma

Right now, I’m trying to trim my collection of books because i don’t have enough space on my two bookshelves! So, I have these four books of a series. It’s the books by Stephen Clarke about his French-loving Brit Paul West. I liked A Year in the Merde, enjoyed Merde Actually but disliked both Merde Happens and Dial M for Merde.


Help me decide what to do with these books by taking part in my poll below.

If you have any other thoughts feel free to comment. :)

Update: I did as the poll results suggested and donated the two books away. :)

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