Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Musing Mondays (Sept. 27)


Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about your wishlist…

Do you keep a book wishlist, either on paper, Amazon/etc, or via a book database site (Shelfari, GoodReads, LibraryThing)?

If yes, do you share this list with others (especially coming up to Christmas)?



I do have a wishlist on Fictionwise and also on Shelfari, but the one on Shelfari
is basically most of my TBR list.
I don't get books as gifts except when I won an Amazon gift certificate from a Shefari group (Play Book Tag), so I keep the lists for myself to know what to buy when I do go shopping for books.
I know I have to organize by piles and keep the books I have separate from the books I wish to buy, so I just might do that since the idea came up.. When I feel like doing it :)

So do you have a wishlist stored somewhere ??

Friday, September 25, 2009

Out Of The Box (The Edge Series #3) by Kallysten

Out Of The Box (The Edge Series #3) by Kallysten

Year Published: 2007

My Rating: 3 stars

49 pages

Genre: Romance/ Dark Fantasy

Another adventure with Virgina and Anando, this time she gives him total control but at the same time thinking of it as weakness.
Then he gives he total control to prove his point!
Very nice short read :) but I should warn you it's erotica with vampires ;)

Quotes I enjoyed:
"Weakness?" he repeated. "You think giving control to someone else makes you weak?"

"What you showed, Virgina, is the very opposite of weakness. You entrusted your body, your pleasure and your very life to me, when you couldn't know what I would do with any on them, That's not weakness. That's courage, and audacity. It takes more bravery to surrender to a lover than it does to accept such a gift."

"I'd say 'mine'," he murmured, his low voice sinking beneath my skin and settling there like a purring cat, "but after tonight, maybe 'yours' would be more accurate."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Recent Sadness

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What’s the saddest book you’ve read recently?


I usually avoid sad books because when I read I want something fun and entertaining.. life is already full of sadness.. but sometimes I get caught off guard..

I couldn't choose just one so the books that I remember that did that to me are.. (in no particular order)

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Atonement by Ian McEwan

PS, I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

A Boy Called It by Dave Pelzer

Sincerely Yours by Rebecca Goings

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas by James Patterson


So what are you sad books??

One Lovely Blog Award #3


My wonderful friend ds @ third-storey window awarded me this lovely award.. and she wrote these kind words which I treasure..

"There is one more, who has been away from blogland for some time because she was traveling and has lately suffered family tragedy. She is an extraordinarily generous blogger-- her blog is about books and also about other blogs. It is not all about her. True openness and generosity of spirit can sometimes be misunderstood; the very shy often wish to please everyone--alas, an impossible task. I hope that this award will please this blogger and also let her know that she is appreciated for who she is, not just what she does, and that we are all behind her.

Desert Rose--this one’s for you."

Thank you ds, you have made my day :)

I will apologize for not passing this award along because I have been away for a while, therefore I have not discovered any new blogs lately..

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What's on Your Desk Wednesday?


Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews have tagged me with this cute meme..

What's on your desk Wednesday? is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sassy Brit of Alternative-Read.com . Check her blog out each Wednesday for the post titled What's on your desk Wednesday?

You can do one of two things or both!


1. Grab a camera and take a photo of your desk! Or anywhere you stack your books/TBR pile. And no tidying! Add this photo to your blog.Tag at least 5 people! Come back here and leave a link back to your photo in comments.

2. List at least 5 BOOKISH things on your desk (I'm thinking your TBR pile or books you haven't shelved...) List at least 5 NON BOOK things. (I'm thinking some of some of the more unusual items on your desk/table?) Tag at least 5 people to do the same. Come back here and leave your link, so we can come and visit your blog. Or add your answers in the comments if you don't have a blog.


I'm too lazy to take a photo and then download it to my laptop so I'll just tell you what is on my desk..
5 Bookish thing..
1. A children's storybook
2. Bookmarks
3. Current book I'm reading: Immoral by Brian Freeman
4. My Sony Ereader open to Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
5. Notebook for keeping up with the challenges, which I neglected for a while

5 Non bookish things
1. Pens
2. Paperclips
3. Notepad
4. Cd's
5. My Iphone


I'll have to tag 5 people.. so here goes..

ds @ third-storey window
Insert Book Title @ Insert Book Title Here
eshda3wa @ eshda3wa
Natasha @ Maw Books Blog
Marta @ Marta's Meanderings

Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson


Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson

Year Published: 2001

My Rating: 5 stars

461 pages

Dr. Samantha Leeds is a psychiatrist that gives consultation to people through the radio waves. Then she starts getting threatening prank calls and messages threatening to reveal her darkest secret, the secret that was the reason she left Houston.
At the same time, a serial killer is on the loose, leaving weird clues behind.
Are the two connected? Is the killer out to get Samantha? Or is it just plain coincidence?

This was such an interesting book, twists and turns and surprises all the way.
It was the first time I read for Lisa Jackson and it will be the first in many, I loved her story-telling it was so gripping you just have to know what's going to happen next.
I will schedule Cold Blooded, the sequel for this book to be read soon :)

For all those crime/serial killer/murder fans.. This is highly recommended ;)

Quotes I enjoyed from the book:

Wonderful, he thought sarcastically, as the fan blew hot air against the back of his neck, just what this city needs: a serial killer.

Now I know why she's such a bargain. Bright Angel, my ass. More like Satan's Revenge. Maybe I'll rename her if I decide to buy.

Dr. Sam's voice was farther away now, muffled by the static on the radio and the buzz in his mind, but soon, oh, so soon, Samantha Leeds would understand.
About forgiveness and retribution.
About atonement and punishment.
About paying.
For her sins.
All of them.
He'd make her.
Just you wait, Doctor. Your time is coming. Then we'll see what you think about forgiveness, he thought, stroking himself.
Then we'll hear you beg.

Monday, September 21, 2009

To All My Cyber Friends: Thank You!


I have been neglecting my precious blog long enough!! I have been avoiding checking in on it for a while although I have been checking my email and surfing around a bit.

I thank all my wonderful friends who have sent emails, tweeted, sent private messages, awarded me awards or commented on my blog. I thank them all for the support they have showed me and do know I have read each one of them and appreciate your kindness.

I won't be able to reply to everyone so I'm posting my gratitude here.

You have all supported me in my most difficult times and made me feel I have tons and tons of real friends all over the world and that is very precious to my heart. THANK YOU ALL!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Dear Father-In-Law Passed Away!!


My last post was about my Dad passing away, this one is sadly about my Father-in-Law's (who I call my Uncle) passing away :(

My Father-In-Law was admitted to the hospital on the same day my dad was admitted that was Sunday 16th August, he then had some complications and got a chest infection then admitted to the ICU while my dad was a;ready in a coma. We did not inform my Father-in-Law about my father's deteriorating state to avoid upsetting him because they were very close friends and family.
At the time my dad's heart stopped my Father-In-Law was sent to have a CT Scan so he did not know what was going on in the ICU, that was coincidental!
He was on machines so they were keeping him asleep so it would not bother him and visitations were limited so we could not see him, only his sons were allowed..
Then on Sunday 30 August at around 6:30 pm I called to check up and was told he has just passed away.. it was so shocking I could not believe I would loose my two fathers one week apart!!

If this was a movie, I would have said they are exaggerating because it's too unbelievable.. I'm still in shock from my dad and now my second dad.. I was waiting for him to come home to tell him about my dad and try to find some peace talking to him and telling him how I feel, he always listens to me and gives me all the attention I need, he does this with everyone.. He had a very huge heart that accommodates everyone, he never pushes anyone away and would listen to everyone young and old.. He was very wise and righteous.. I had so many things I wanted to ask him and share with him.. I knew he was the best person to console me about my dad.. Now I lost him before I had a chance to do that..
His wife and children are so devastated specially his daughters (my sister's-in-law), I'm trying to console them the best I can and giving them the support and to advise them by chanting.. "Don't Think"!!

Even my husband is in a very bad shape, he is trying to be strong for his mother and his siblings but it's so very hard.. plus he is supporting me!!

So now we are both trying to support and console each other, and we both know that we each love both dads so very dearly.

Both my dads were the heads of their families.. meaning they were the eldest in each family so they are so popular and loved.. every one coming to console us starts crying :(

I just feel I want to curl up in a corner and die.. I can't think clearly anymore.. I'm still in a shock from my dad and now it's a double shock!

May God be with us all!

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  • The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block
  • Time to Murder and Create by Lawrence Block
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