Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lovely surprise in the mail!

I love getting books in the mail. But since I participated in several Secret Santa exchanges this year, it has become an even more exciting occasion.

What better way to greet me at home after work yesterday than a lovely red package from Australia??? Check out the picture above. My Secret Santa from The Broke and Bookish Secret Santa Exchange sent me Nation by Terry Pratchett, a Classic Penguin/Penguin Classic tote bag, a lovely 2013 calendar, a special bookmark and a cute Christmas card - all tied up neatly in a funky red and white string!

I love the presents! I can't wait to start reading the book, to fill in activities for 2013 and to use the tote bag.

Thanks so much, Kayleigh of Nylon Admiral! =)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays (Party Frock by Noel Streatfeild)

Current read: Party Frock by Noel Streatfeild

Page 128 of 224

It was no good John being proud. He had no more idea what to do with twenty-five horses and forty-two monks than he would have known what to do with Sally's ballet. He came down to Philip, his face scarlet.

'You tell them, I can't'.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Book Giveaway at Bookish

Wow, this giveaway hosted by Evie at Bookish should get you book lovers extremely excited. The winner will get a box of books - 10 books to be exact! This giveaway is international too!

If you win (lucky you!), you can choose 10 titles from the list on Evie's blog. That's not all, she will be adding more titles later on. This means you have more choices of books you want to win!

Her contest ends on Dec 31.

Book Giveaway at The Hollow Cupboards

Don't miss out on this exciting giveaway being hosted by Chey of The Hollow Cupboards to celebrate her blog reaching 1,000 followers. It is open to all her followers and it is international! Yay! So don't miss it. =)

Her contest ends in 49 days so that would be around early next year. Lots of time to enter!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Now Reading: Party Frock by Noel Streatfeild

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Book Journey

Right now I’m in the middle of Party Frock by Noel Streatfeild.

According to a website on books by Streatfeild, Party Frock was published in 1946 and the US edition in 1947 was called Party Shoes.

Now, it is only available as Party Shoes in the UK. It is no longer in print in the US. Fun facts, huh??? =)

I bought my copy from the used bookstore at the Chowrasta Bazaar in Penang. I wished I remembered the year I bought this book. I’m guessing it’s some time in 2009. Yeah, and I’m only reading it now!

But I think I have quite a special edition of the book. It’s not in perfect shape. In fact, pages began falling out when I began reading it last week. Now I’m torn between (no pun intended) giving away the book or keeping it for myself after I finish reading it. My copy, published in Armada Lions in 1971, is titled Party Frock, and as we know now, Party Frock is no more in print! This means my copy is sort of valuable, right??

So far I’ve only read two books by Streatfeild – Ballet Shoes for Anna and White Boots. I initially did not think I would enjoy reading Party Frock because of the book’s miserable condition. But it has since become quite a little page-turner.

It is unbelievable how seven children (Selina and her six cousins) plan to hold a pageant just because Selina received a frock and satin shoes from a godmother in America. It is mostly because there would not be any other suitable occasion to wear the frock as it was in the middle of the Second World War and times were hard.

But the children are as optimistic as ever. They still intent to go ahead and plan a pageant that involves a number of their neighbours in the village.

I’m at page 118 or 53% into the book now. Can’t wait to see how the pageant turns out!

If you have read this book before, let me know what you thought about it! =)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

All About The Chocolate War

Well not quite! I finished reading the young adult novel, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier two days ago, quite perplexed over the ending. Check out my review of the book here.

I then could not wait to start watching its film adaptation. The movie of the same name starred John Glover as the evil and cunning Brother Leon, one of the creepy characters in the book. His performance in the movie was superb. Another one is the intelligent Archie played by Wallace Langham. At the start of the movie, Archie's expression makes me think that he's about to vomit anytime....or probably that's how he looks anyway.

I was not happy with the movie's ending. I think the book was too depressing that a movie version of it cannot afford to be of the same mood. The main character, Jerry, had it worse for him in the book where he had to bear the feelings of grief, loneliness and intimidation. He is even bullied terribly at school. Not much of this was portrayed in the movie so don't avoid the film after reading the book.

Anyway, thanks to the film, I've come to know a new song, a very catchy song that is. In My Room by Yaz or Yazoo. Go listen to it. I feel that it suited the movie so much. I wonder if it was written specially for the movie?

I know that I should continue reading the sequel, Beyond The Chocolate War so as to know how it will end up for the schoolboys at the Trinity Catholic school. But from the description, I already expect for it to be just as depressing as the first book, if not more.

What should I read next???

Oh, do let me know if you have also reviewed The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Leave your links and I will add them to my review on my other blog. Thanks!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Winners of books from Crown

pic taken from here

I apologise for the lateness of this post that should have been up four days ago!

Anyway, here are the winners who have won a book each from The Crown Publishing Group.

1. Carrie - A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid
2. Chandra - Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
3. Julie - Break the Skin by Lee Martin

I have already e-mailed the winners and please reply as soon as you can! If I don't hear from you before Monday, I would have to pick another winner.

A note to Chandra - please write to me at josettebooks[at]yahoo[dot]com as I received a failed delivery notice after sending you an e-mail to the address you provided.

Once again, congratulations to the three winners! I'm looking forward to hold another book giveaway soon. :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Where do I read?

This week's question on Booking Through Thursday:
What’s your favorite place to read? Do you have more than one? Can you read anywhere, or do you need things to be “just right?” Bonus points for sharing a photo of your favorite spot.
My answer:

The couch! It is comfy and there is enough lighting in the area.

Another place I like to read in is in bed. I do get into the habit of reading until I fall asleep. Must stop that.

And yeah, I can actually read anywhere - in the car (when I'm not driving), while waiting when running errands, etc. I only bring 'currently reading' books out if they are not too heavy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Broke and Bookish Secret Santa Exchange

Guess what?? I've found another Secret Santa exchange. This one is organised by The Broke and the Bookish.

Here's what you need to do and know:
+ Get the full details here and send the moderators an e-mail before Nov 17.
+ Books sent can be new or used. You can add in other little fun goodies as well!
+ Send presents out before Dec 10.

Wait no more! If you wanna join in the fun of playing Secret Santa, go ahead and sign up! :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

"Clear Your Shelf" Giveaway Hop 
Nov 12 - 18, 2012

Yay! Through this giveaway, I'm able to give away some of my unread books that I received for review to my fellow readers. :)

To help you decide on which book to choose, you can click on its title and read up on the book description and reviews on Amazon. As shipping isn't cheap, I'm offering less bulky paperbacks to international participants!

There will be three winners.

Win a book of your choice from the list below:

For international participants and those in Malaysia:

1. Super-Detective Flip Book: Two Complete Novels by Robert Leslie Bellem
2. Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe (click on title to read my review) (Note: Brownish pages, comes with promotional bookmark and author's autograph)
3. Pistonhead by Thomas A. Hauck (click on title to read my review)

For those in Malaysia:

1. The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
2. False Colours by Georgette Heyer
3. The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson
4. In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano Long
5. The Tuscan Trilogy - A Rose By Any Other Name by Derek Adie Flower
6. Port of Entry: Agents and Lovers by John P. Lintz Sr

a Rafflecopter giveaway Don't forget to check out the other blogs participating in the hop!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Secret Santa 2012

I've been on the lookout for Secret Santa bookish gifts exchange for the past week and I'm so glad to finally stumble upon this event hosted by The Book Nympho and Goldilox and the Three Weres.

The concept is simple. Everyone gives and receives a book...all in the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season. :) I'm so excited!

I'll just run you through the basic rules:

+ It is open worldwide.
+ New books only.
+ Sign up before Nov 20.
+ Books must be shipped by Dec 10.

That's it! To sign up and for more details, visit The Book Nympho or Goldilox and the Three Weres.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Book giveaway: Fiction books from Crown

*Contest is over. Thanks!*

Good news for my readers today! :) Here is a giveaway for you to enter to win any of these wonderful new books from The Crown Publishing Group.

There will be three winners! The books that are up for grabs are:

1. A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid 

2. Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann (Illustrated by Maurice Sendak and translated by Ralph Manheim)
3. Break the Skin by Lee Martin

More details on the books:

A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid, the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved A Dog Named Christmas and its prequel Christmas with Tucker, is a heart-warming, holiday story of love and the unbreakable bond between a young man with developmental disabilities and his dog. 

Todd McCray, hero of A Dog Named Christmas, as well as the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie hit, is now twenty-four years old and working at a local animal shelter, where he meets and quickly becomes best friends with Laura, a young volunteer. Life seems good for Todd, but all is not well in his hometown. Struggling families unable to make ends meet are abandoning more and more dogs and the shelter is swelling to capacity. Local governments are struggling to meet their obligations too, and in early December, on the cusp of another holiday season, Todd’s boss breaks the bad news.  Due to funding problems, the shelter will close its doors before the end of the year.  But what will happen to all the animals and where will Todd work? What will happen to his emerging relationship with Laura? 
With the same reverence for classic storytelling tradition that distinguishes his last two tales, Kincaid’s A Christmas Home (on sale Oct 30, 2012) is a charming fireside read and sure to be another holiday classic.

Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann (Illustrated by Maurice Sendak and translated by Ralph Manheim), reissued a few months following Maurice Sendak’s death and on the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are, is a lush and beautifully illustrated edition that serves as a wonderful tribute to Sendak’s life at a time when his legions of fans worldwide are honoring his legacy and ballets are performing their own versions of this timeless classic.

Called “a classic, new and complete” by the New York Times Book Review, Sendak’s Nutcracker
 (on sale Oct 30, 2012) brings to life Hoffmann’s mysterious world with his extraordinary illustrations, and this stunning reissue is being published just in time for the holidays.

Break the Skin: A Novel by Lee Martin – in paperback Nov 13, 2012 from Broadway Books is a new work of taut, dark, and beautifully crafted literary fiction by the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever.

Details of the giveaway:
+ Must be a follower of this blog.
+ Only open to residents in the US/Canada.
+ For extra entries, you can leave a comment on this post, tweet about this giveaway, write a post about this on your blog, subscribe to this blog or my book review blog, by e-mail.
+ Fill in the form below.
+ Contest ends Nov 12.

Good luck! :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Book sales in Malaysia and worldwide

Book sales in PENANG and MALAYSIA

Borders, Queensbay Mall, Penang
Don't worry, Borders is not leaving the mall! They are just relocating to the shoplots next to its current location on the 1st floor.
This is not a book sale but the iriver Story HD e-book reader is now available at an attractive, discounted price! Click on the image above to go to the website.
Free delivery nationwide (within Malaysia) until Oct 31, 2012.

Pay Less Books
PAY LESS BOOKS is closing down! *sobs* And they are having a sale, so don't miss it!
Venue: 49, Jalan BP 6/7, Bandar Bukit Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
From now until Oct 29, 2012 (10am - 5pm)

Book sales ONLINE

Better World Books Halloween Clearance Sale 
15% off 5 or more used books from the Halloween clearance selection
Sale ends on Nov 2, 2012 at 4pm EDT / 8pm GMT

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I got me some new books!

Let's start from the bottom:

1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
2. The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
3. The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer
4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
5. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
6. Catching the Sun by Tony Parsons

That was a good book haul, wasn't it? Bought them from Borders at Queensbay Mall yesterday. Got quite a pretty good deal, I think. They have this 'Buy 1, get 2nd at 50% off on the same stickered items, the least expensive book is discounted' promotion going on.

I had to choose proper-sounding titles as this would be off my company's book allowance. It was also important that I have the interest to read them! :)

How about you? Any good books that you've bought lately?

Friday, September 14, 2012

No Season 2 for Jane by Design??

I love the show 'Jane by Design' starring Erica Dasher and Andie MacDowell! My colleague introduced this comedy drama TV show to me a couple of months ago and I've been diligently streaming the episodes of Season One during my free time.

About the show: Jane is a not-so-popular high school student who accepts the job as assistant to a world famous fashion designer. She then tries to juggle her life as a student and as an 'adult' in the working world.

After the first two episodes, I could not believe how I have not known about this show before. It's quite addictive although I found several aspects of the show quite unbelievable, eg, Jane's best friend, Billy, who always seems to be hanging around with nothing else to do but to help her out in her times of need.

Today I'm watching Episode 17 of the show's first season. Then I found out the bad news. There will be no Season Two.

WHAT??????!!!!!?????? NO........................!!!!!!

The production company, ABC Family, announced that 'the series was cancelled' due to poor ratings. Now I cannot believe that there will be no more new Jane episodes to look forward to once I finish Season One. :(

If you are, like me, a fan of this show, you might just want to visit this page and sign the petition to NOT cancel the Jane by Design show. Not sure if it will be effective but it is worth a try. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Hi there! I'm sorry that this post has been terribly late but better late than never. I had a book giveaway on June 1 for the novel Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto.

And the winner is:

Little Tesoro!

Congratulations! I'll send you an e-mail in the next five minutes so please reply! :)

Thank you to all the others who participated. I hope to hold another book giveaway soon.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Book giveaway: Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

To my fellow readers,

Here is a chance for one of you to win a copy of Before Ever After: A Novel by Samantha Sotto.

Details of the book:

Broadway Paperbacks | May 29, 2012 |304 pages | $13.00 | 978-0-307-71988-1

Three years after her husband Max's death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did that first terrible day. That is, until the doorbell rings.

Standing on her front step is a young man who looks so much like Max–same smile, same eyes, same age, same adorable bump in his nose–he could be Max's long-lost relation. He introduces himself as Paolo, an Italian editor of American coffee table books, and shows Shelley some childhood photos. Paolo tells her that the man in the photos, the bearded man who Paolo says is his grandfather though he never seems to age, is Max. Her Max. And he is alive and well.

As outrageous as Paolo's claims seem–how could her husband be alive? And if he is, why hasn't he looked her up? – Shelley desperately wants to know the truth. She and Paolo jet across the globe to track Max down–if it is really Max– and along the way, Shelley recounts the European package tour where they had met.

As she relives Max's stories of bloody Parisian barricades, medieval Austrian kitchens, and buried Roman boathouses, Shelley begins to piece together the story of who her husband was and what these new revelations mean for her "happily ever after." And as she and Paolo get closer to the truth, Shelley discovers that not all stories end where they are supposed to.

To win a copy of this book, you have to be a follower of this blog and also a US resident.
To enter the contest, leave a comment.
Contest ends June 11, 2012. Good luck!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day 7 – Most underrated book

This is the 7th post for the 30-Day Book Meme.

Day 7 – Most underrated book

How do I know if a book is underrated? Are they the ones that don't get the attention that I think it deserves? I think it will be easier for me to answer the most overrated book(s), but that will be in Day 8. :)

For this question, I'll just pick The True Story of Lilli Stubeck by James Aldridge. I wonder how many people have read it before. Click on the link to check out my book review on my other blog.

I read this book twice. The last time I read it was way back in 2006, I think. I remember reading about the main character, Lilli Stubeck, who has been under the guidance of Miss Dalgleish, who grooms Lilli to become a well-groomed and educated young woman. I'd read about Lilli reading and reading and it sort of motivated me to get some reading done as well! It was also good motivation for me to study. That's one reason why I like the book.

My review of this book that was written in 2006 is not comprehensive enough to describe why I liked the book. Perhaps I'll write another review when I read the book again. :)

How about you? What is your choice for most underrated book?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Winner of 'The Day the World Ends'

A hearty congratulations to:


who won a copy of The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen. The winner was chosen via the number generator on

I'll be contacting you soon for your mailing address so that the book's publicist can send you a copy.

Also, a big thank you to everyone who entered the book giveaway. I hope to organise more in the future! :)

Booking Through Thursday: Pet Peeve

Pic from here

This week's Booking Through Thursday question:

What are your literary 'pet peeves'?

My answer:

A bad ending to a book.
Too many characters that I'm not able to remember who is who.
Irritating or stupid characters.
Too much description of a boring scene.
Unnecessary description of anything in the story.
Sappy conversations meant to melt the heart but unfortunately, only makes me cringe uncomfortably.

Well, what are your literary 'pet peeves'?

P.S. I spend about 10 minutes writing about bookish 'pet peeves' before realizing that the question meant literary 'pet peeves'!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Sunday Salon: My Hunger Games marathon

The Sunday

Wow, it's been awhile since I wrote a post for The Sunday Salon. Guess I'll go back on track with it now.

So I've been sort of on a Hunger Games marathon. I watched the movie twice in the cinemas, once with my friend and the second time with my mom. The second time watching the movie wasn't planned. I had free tickets, which couldn't be used to watch Mirror, Mirror. I wanted to go for The Vow but only front row seats were left. So The Hunger Games it was for me again. At least my mom appreciated the movie's ending.

Effie Trinket (left) and Katniss Everdeen (See how scared and worried Katniss looks just after volunteering to be a tribute to replace her younger sister!)

I have to say that the movie is one of the best movies I've watched this year. For me, it is also one of the best film adaptations from a book. No exaggeration. Good story, good actors and really colourful setting for The Capitol!

As most of you know, the Hunger Games story is a trilogy made up of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I've finished the first two books and am now reading the third one. (Click on the links to read my reviews of the first two books)

The story sure is interesting and gripping (yup, cliche words I know but they describe the books!). I liked reading about the tributes from the other districts, the conversations between Peeta and Katniss and also the scenes with Effie and Haymitch! The latter two characters really stood out in the movie and I was eager to read more of them in the books. Gale, I'm sorry to say, is pretty dull.

I received my copy of The Hunger Games about two years ago as a gift through the Book Blogger Holiday Swap. I only read the first page. Though I found it good, I never reached page 2. It was probably due to lack of interest and lack of the mood for YA science fiction.

Anyway, I'm glad to be reading Mockingjay now and looking forward to see how Katniss fares in District 13. Same goes for Peeta! He's my favourite character in the first two books but I've read in online reviews that his character changes in Book 3. So we'll see how it goes. Just on Chapter 3 right now. :)


This is not book-related but I have to write about this! The Big Bang Theory has become my new favourite TV series.

From left: Howard, Leonard, Penny, Sheldon and Raj

I watched Season 1 Episode 1 around last year I think. It was so funny but somehow I never continued to watch the episodes that follow. Well, I caught up with the series last week when I was sick. I hope all the laughing during the show helped me get better.

My favourite character is definitely Sheldon (played by Jim Parsons). Straight to the point and extremely logical. It seems that it's because of him that has propelled the show to such popularity.

Looking forward to watching the rest of the seaons! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How fast do you read?

ereader testI read 296 words in 40 seconds.
I read 449 words per minute.
That makes me 80% faster than the national average.

If I maintained this reading speed, I could read:
  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy in 21 hours and 48 minutes
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling in 2 hours and 51 minutes 
  3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien in 17 hours and 46 minutes 
  4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller in 6 hours and 28 minutes 
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell in 3 hours and 18 minutes (I wish! I finished this book after two weeks!)
  6. The Fountainhead by Ayn Randin 11 hours and 34 minutes 
  7. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in 6 hours and 17 minutes 
  8. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens in 5 hours and 2 minutes 
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte in 4 hours 
  10. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee in 3 hours and 41 minutes 
  11. The Color Purple by Alice Walkerin 2 hours and 28 minutes 
How many books* could I read on each eReader before recharging?
*Assuming an average book length of 136,604 words
Three books on the Kindle.

Source: Staples eReader Department

To try the test, just click on the picture of the e-reader on the top. And let me know how you scored! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Win a copy of 'The Day the World Ends' by Ethan Coen

Here is your chance to win 'A New Book of Poetry from One of Hollywood’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers':

The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen’s screenplays have surprised and delighted international audiences with their hilarious vision and bizarrely profound understanding of human nature. With his brother, Joel, Coen has written, directed, and produced some of the most original and beloved movies in the history of cinema, including Raising Arizona; Miller’s Crossing; Barton Fink; The Hudsucker Proxy; Fargo; The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Intolerable Cruelty; an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men; Burn After Reading; and—most recently—True Grit, which was nominated for ten Academy Awards.

Coen has also written collections of critically acclaimed plays (Almost an Evening), short stories (Gates of Eden), and poetry (The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way), all presented in his distinctly humorous and oddly brilliant literary voice.

Coen’s eccentric genius is revealed again in The Day the World Ends (Broadway Paperbacks Original, on sale April 3, 2012), a collection of poems that offers humor and provides insight into an artist who has always pushed the boundaries of his craft. The Day the World Ends is a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.

Short, accessible, and nearly the same price as a movie ticket, this new poetry collection is a perfect treat for Coen’s legions of fans.

About the author: When not writing plays, poetry, or short stories, Ethan Coen makes movies with his brother, Joel Coen. After thirteen films, the Coen brothers have one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed bodies of work in the history of cinema.

Broadway Paperbacks • April 3, 2012 • Price: $13.00, paperback • 128 pages 
ISBN 978-0-307-95630-9

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this post, including your name and e-mail address. There will be one winner. It is open worldwide. Contest ends April 17, 2012.

Good luck!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Purchases and freebies of 2012 - books and more!!!

Correction: It is purchases and freebies as of March 1, 2012. It has been a good shopping year (or two months) so far but I'm slowing down. :)

So where do I start?

Let me begin with the freebies I got!

1. Book for review: Ima Pea: Including It's Your Turn Study Guide by Cathy Easter Breland
I received this in the mail today. Thanks to Brittany Harness, literary publicist of Author Solutions for sending this review copy to me!

2. Keychain (gift from friend)

I love It's even better when I have gift certificates to use, so these Amazon purchases were free for me! Here's what I 'bought':

3. My Bibliofile: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers (Potter Style)

4. Q and A a Day: 5-Year Journal (Potter Style)

5. Galison Book Friends Book of Labels - Book Plates
The book plates are the two small squares at the bottom of the picture (above).

Book Depository had this crazy sale the other day, was it on Feb 3?? They had different books on sale at the beginning of every hour for 24 hours. Of course I didn't stay up the whole night to see what books were on sale but I managed to buy these (the links below will lead you to

6. The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue (paid USD7.46 for the hardback copy)

7. Drawing Pack (Usborne Art Ideas) by Fiona Watt (paid USD6.30)

Etsy has also become my new shopping haunt but things are a little bit pricier there so I tread carefully whenever I'm browsing the items that they have on sale.

8. Charles Dickens Butterfly Antique Bronze Necklace
The seller wrapped the necklace in a page off from Emma by Jane Austen!

9. Bought three sets of cord holders from Groupon (a local website which offers hard-to-walk-away-from kind of deals! Other countries such as the US might have it too):

OK, that is all for now. Whew! Hope you enjoyed this post!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays (Feb 28, 2012)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Current read: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Page 10 of 380 (Kindle version):

"People are put in the Hulks because they murder, and because they rob, and forge, and do all sorts of bad; and they always begin by asking questions. Now, you get along to bed!"

*said by Mrs Joe Gargery, Pip's sister
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