Mar 29, 2009

10 Greatest Books of All Time

I was searching the internet for the 10 greatest books of all time and I found this list by Time, published in 2007.
  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  7. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  9. The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
  10. Middlemarch by George Eliot 
I have read 1 out 10! I have read The Adventures f Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Me thinks that I need  to revise my reading list and finish the books above before the year is over.  
Let's see if that is doable.

Mar 24, 2009

The Count Of Monte Cristo

I just finished reading The Count Of Monte Cristo. I liked it, but i felt that it was too preachy towards the end.

The plot is simple. Edmond Dantes was a young sailor, soon to be promoted a captain, and soon to be married to Mercedes. Then a rival accused him of being a traitor and he was sent to jail for 11 years. His father died of hunger and Mercedes married his rival fearing he was dead. In jail, he met a priest who educated him and gave him instructions to find a buried treasure. He escaped prison when the priest died then he went to get the treasure. He emerged again as the Count of Monte Cristo. Monte Cristo is the small island where the treasure was buried. He vowed revenge to those who sent him to prison and he helped those who helped him and that's what he did. Towards the end, he destroyed those who wronged him. This is the part where I felt that the story has become too preachy. Then, he lived happily ever after with Haydee.

I liked the book really, since Dumas' other book Three Musketeers is one of my all-time favorite. I just don't like the last chapters where it became too preachy for my taste. But the story is very good and well written.

In a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest, I give this book a 3.

Sources/Spoilers:
Wikipedia

Mar 9, 2009

Carrie by Stephen King


I have heard much about it but only read Carrie by Stephen King last weekend while we were at my sister's house in Taytay. It is was made into a horror movie, but the book made me cry. I was so sorry for poor Carrie.

The story is about a shy high school girl who was frequently the butt of jokes in her school . Her father is dead and her mother was an overzealous, religious fanatic who would rant and rave about damnation, evil and sin and sometimes would send Carrie to the cabinet as punishment. In school, Carrie had her first period during gym class and she was humiliated beyond relief by her classmates laughing and throwing napkins and tampons at her. Then she realized that she had telekinetic powers and began to practice. The girls who humiliated her were given detention and Chris, the biggest bully was prevented from going to the prom. Sue, one of the girls who laughed at her asked her boyfriend Tommy to take Carrie to the prom. At the prom, Carrie and Tommy were crowned Prom King and Queen, and while on stage, they were showered with pigs blood. The prank was initially Chris's idea, that her boyfriend Billy executed. Seeing Carrie drenched in blood, with only her eyes visible made the crowd laugh hysterically. She run outside but somebody put out his feet and she fall flat on her face. When she finally managed to get out of the gym, she fell on the stairs then that was when she realized that she had the power and punished everyone. She died from the loss of blood from the knife wound when her mother tried to kill her. She also killed her mother by stopping her heart.

The gym teacher said, after the fateful event, that she would kill herself before she will teach again, realizing that she could have done a lot more to help Carrie. Sue Snell, who also laughed at Carrie at that incident in the shower, asked her boyfriend to bring the girl to the prom, maybe as an act of atonement. But even those random acts of kindness were not enough to save a girl who had suffered too much.

I was teary-eyed as I finished the book and I realize that this is not a horror story. Carrie is a very sad story.



Mar 5, 2009

The Big Thing: Makoy's Big Mak Blog Contest

I am new to blogging and if you were to ask what is something that I expect to happen to me this year, that would be to earn my first adsense check. And I am doing that little by litte, and slowly but surely.

But Makoy has got BIG down pat with his Big Mak Blog Contest. With a total cash prize of $200.00, and with lots of ECs, bloghosting and ad spots galore, this is definetely the biggest contest I have ever seen so far. There are 12 ways to join, and you can do all of them if you want, and it wouldnt even be considered stalking, he he.

So here are the mechanics and the prizes, so join now!

WHO WILL WIN AND WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

GRAND PRIZE:

Winners for the first five grand prizes will be determined by points. The first five bloggers who have the highest points will win. Winners of the five grand prize are not eligible for the consolation and special prize.

1st prize, $110, 20K EC credits, 5 ad spots, Domain and Blog Hosting
$10 and 1000 EC Credits from Pinoy Blogger in Singapore
$10 and 1000 EC Credits from Pinoy Showbiz and Hollywood News
$10 and 1000 EC Credits from Make Money Online With Makoy
$10 and 1000 EC Credits from Makoy Pinoy Blogger
$10 from Life of a Filipina Blogger
$10 from Retarded’s Notebook
$10 from Blog de Manila
$10 from Sonnie’s Porch
$10 from PRC Board Exam Results
$20 and 1000 EC credits from Pinoy Ambisyoso
1000 EC credits from bum-spot
1000 EC credits from Diva Fabulosa
1000 EC credits from The Pinay Blogger
2000 EC credits from Nurturing Nigel
1000 EC credits from Shards of Thoughts
1000 EC credits from Pinay Mom Blogs
1000 EC credits from Michael Aulia
1000 EC credits from Forex Trading and More Online Opportunities
1000 EC credits from Fatherly Yours
2000 EC credits from Blog de Manila
500 EC credits from xoxjanellexox
500 EC credits from contest love
1000 EC credits from The Struggling Blogger
1000 EC credits from Sonnie’s Porch
1 month ad spots from Momma Wannabe
1 month ad spots from Health and Beauty Diva
1 month ad spots from Perkier Than You
1 month ad spots from Nurturing Nigel
1 month ad spots from Forex Trading and More Online Opportunities
Domain from Pinay Mommy Online
Blog Hosting from Mom's Hosting

2nd prize, $50, 15K EC credits, 5 ad spots, Domain and Blog Hosting
$10 from Free PSP Games
$10 from Gizmosync
$20 from The Cookmobile
$10 from Rhodilee
1000 EC credits from The Fitness Diva
1000 EC credits from Ramblings of a Work At Home Guy
500 EC credits from Palabuzz
500 EC credits from Gadget Way
2000 EC credits from The Nexus - Feed Your Brain
2500 EC credits from Random Thoughts
1000 EC credits from Jewellery Weblog
1000 EC credits from Indo Article Directory
1000 EC credits from 24patrol
1000 EC credits from Everything Has A Reason
1000 EC credits from In The Life Of...Mne
1000 EC credits from In My Kitchen
1000 EC credits from Blog Tactic
500 EC credits from Blog.pinoy2.com
1 month ad spots from contest love
1 month ad spots from The Struggling Blogger
1 month ad spots from The Nexus
1 month ad spots from Nita's Random Thoughts
1 month ad spots from Nita's Corner
Domain from SEO Friendly Blog Directory
Blog Hosting from Budget Blogging

3rd prize, $25, 11K EC credits, 5 ad spots
$15 from Tech and SEO Tips
$10 and 1000 EC credits from Raging Rev
2000 EC credits from Using My Right Hand
1000 EC credits from Raising Chickens
1000 EC credits from Acts of Random Kindness
1000 EC credits from SEO Blog
1000 EC credits from Gay
1000 EC credits from ways to earn cash
1000 EC credits from free stuffs to you
1000 EC credits from eastcoastlife
1000 EC credits from feRn's backyaRd
1 month ad spots from Thomas Travel Tales
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1 month ad spots from Work At Home Jobs
1 month ad spots from Erlinda‘s Wandering Thoughts
1 month ad spots from CompTechGadgets.com

4th prize, $10, 10K EC credits, 4 ad spots
$10 from Online Job
1000 EC credits from prettystepdaughters
1000 EC credits from Marriage and Beyond
1000 EC credits from The Daily Planet
1500 EC credits from Seek No More
1500 EC credits from Nesting Buddy
1000 EC credits from Mariuca
2000 EC credits from Wonderful Things In Life
1000 EC credits from Life's Journey
1 month ad spots from Healthy Living and Lifestyle
1 month ad spots from Thomas Web Links
1 month ad spots from Bohol Paradise
1 month ad spots from Batuananons

5th prize, $5, 10K EC credits, 4 ad spots
$5 from Nikky Pals
2000 EC credits from Random Detoxification
1000 EC credits from Babette's Definitely Maybe
1000 EC credits from Everything PLUS the Kitchen Sink
1000 EC credits from One at a Time
1000 EC credits from So far, so good
3000 EC credits from A Taste of Both Worlds
1000 EC credits from A Singaporean in London
1 month ad spots from Filipino Online Community
1 month ad spots from twins happiness
1 month ad spots from there is happiness
1 month ad spots from Also Mommy

CONSOLATION PRIZE:


Consolation prizes will be selected in random using random.org.

1st consolation - 5,750 EC credits, 4 ad spots
5000 EC credits from fragileheart's journal
750 EC credits from Girls Are Made of Sugar & Spice
1 month ad spots from That Blog 4 Me
1 month ad spots from Travel Blog
1 month ad spots from Gay
1 month ad spots from What's Up, Los Baños

2nd consolation – 5,500 EC credits, 3 ad spots
1500 EC credits from PolitEkon
1000 EC credits from The iPhone Photographer
1000 EC credits from Contest Whiz
1000 EC credits from nameSherry
1000 EC credits from Thoughts and Obsessions
1 month ad spots from prettystepdaughters
1 month ad spots from Seek No More
1 month ad spots from Moolah Musings

3rd consolation – 5,000 EC credits, 3 ad spots
1000 EC credits from Sherry Rambling
1000 EC credits from Heart Random
1000 EC credits from iLUVcontest
1000 EC credits from Shopping
1000 EC credits from Online Games
1 month ad spots from The Ruby Posts
1 month ad spots from Mommy Emotes
1 month ad spots from Blessings and Beyond

4th consolation – 5,000 EC credits, 2 ad spots
1000 EC credits from Juegos de Escape
1000 EC credits from Google Stalker
1000 EC credits from Fantasy Baseball Team Names
1000 EC credits from Niacin Benefits
1000 EC credits from Fish Oil High Blood Pressure
1 month ad spots from Micah Izabel
1 month ad spots from Johann David

5th consolation – 4,000 EC credits, 2 ad spots
1000 EC credits from Fendi Bags For Sale
1000 EC credits from Abhishek Deshpande
1000 EC credits from Fantasy Baseball Team Names
1000 EC credits from Niacin Benefits
1 month ad spots from winziph
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6th consolation – 4,000 EC credits, 2 ad spots
1000 EC credits from Fish Oil High Blood Pressure
1000 EC credits from Ivory Tasks
1000 EC credits from Posh Thoughts
1000 EC credits from Pink Thoughts
2 weeks ad spots from Multiply Themes and Layouts
2 weeks ad spots from Journal of Journey

7th consolation – 4,000 EC credits
1000 EC credits from Moolah Musings
1000 EC credits from The Ruby Posts
1000 EC credits from Mommy Emotes
1000 EC credits from Blessings and Beyond

8th consolation – 4,000 EC credits
1000 EC credits from Micah Izabel
1000 EC credits from Johann David
1000 EC credits from Programming The Life
1000 EC credits from NetBucks

9th consolation – 4,000 EC credits
1000 EC credits from Health Assistant
1000 EC credits from Daily Fun Horoscope Bites
1000 EC credits from Idiot Box
1000 EC credits from The Path to the Pegasus Letter

10th consolation – 4,000 EC credits
1000 EC credits from Praning's Shoutout
1000 EC credits from Warfreak's Rantings
2000 EC credits from Manilenio

Special Prize – Blogging From Home book by Janette Toral

Mar 4, 2009

My Harry Potters


I am currently re-reading my Harry Potter's and I cant remember for how many times already. This started last month, and I am now on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7). I had a bad case of migraine last weekend which I know is caused by reading the books way past midnight daily. And yes, I still cry or laugh and get scared every time I read the books. My husband don't get this. I think its the same way that I don't get his excitement over something like, basketball or boxing. To each his own.

I already the Twilight Series and enjoyable though they were, they had nothing on my Harry Potter's.

What do you think?