Dec 23, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl

I am currently reading The Other Boleyn Girl byPhilippa Gregory. This book is one of those I cannot put down easily and I was up so late last night trying to squeeze more pages but my kids were whining for the lights to be turned off. While cooking breakfast, I was holding the book on my other hand and the sandok on the other.

The book is a historical fiction novel based on the life of Mary Boleyn. The reviews are mixed, but I personally like this book. I am on the last 100 or more pages and I would be reading it this very moment if I am not currently blogging about it.

I just need to tell you that we girls are very lucky to be born this century and not during those times when girls are nothing but commodity used to advance once family, and not thinking twice about whoring the girls in the process. And oh, the hypocrisy of the royal court!

To be married for love is a great blessing indeed and makes a woman feel very lucky. I should know because I am today, celebrating my 11th years of marriage to the man I love!

Nov 25, 2008

Bush pardons 14 and commutes 2 prison sentences

On the news today is the pardon granted by outgoing President George W. Bush on 14 individuals and the commutation of life sentences for 2 others. The giving of pardon is in the book The Broker
by John Grisham, where the outgoing president gives Joel Backman, the hottest lawyer in the city, a pardon after being convinced by the CIA director to wait and see who will kill him first. Sort of a bait. In the book, the other candidates for pardon were willing to pay millions for their freedom. In real life, are such deals really made? Hmm.

For more about the plot of The Broker, see this.

Nov 13, 2008

Twilight Soundtrack Tops Charts

The Twilight Soundtrack of the soon to be released Twilight movie has top the charts, recent news reports said. Yehey, it seems that the book, the movie and the music are all making an industry killing, pun intended. Can't wait for the opening of the movie! I just hope that it stays true to the book.

Nov 12, 2008

Teach A Child To Read

As defined in Wikipedia, reading is the human cognitive process of decoding symbols or syntax for the purpose of deriving meaning (reading comprehension) or constructing meaning. The process involves mastering syntax, semantics and phonics. Syntax is the way words are grouped together to create sentences; semantics is the way these words relate to one another and phonics is the sounds the words make and how they sound that relates to understanding. These skills are needed to make your child become a better reader. In order to develop these skills, you need to expose him to books and reading materials appropriate for his age. Or include reading in all your activities, like let him read the road signs, signs at the park, ads at the mall, the flashing news report on TV and encourage him to try and try again whenever he has difficulty grasping a word or sentence. This kind of exposure to reading will then make him more familiar with written words and will develop his reading comprehension.

As a book lover, I am still encouraging my kids to love books as much as I do. Though they often see me sitting quietly in a corner, lost in my own world and sometimes crying or laughing after reading a page from a book, they have yet to pick up their own book and start reading for the fun of it. Sure, my eldest, 10 years old, would read stories in his school books for assignments, but he still has to read a Harry Potter book on his own. The second son is 5 years old and might be the one who will take after me but he is still learning to read. The youngest at age 4 still do not how to read but loves it when I read aloud to her.

I buy my kids magazines like K-Zone and Disney Princess which they read avidly. I also have the complete set of Narnia and Harry Potter books. When we watch movies based on books, I would often tell my eldest, that if he has the book he would understand this movie better and hopefully, he will pick up the book one day. I hope to turn them into book readers so they can also experience the joy that reading brings.

"Children are made readers on the laps of parents."

-Emile Buchwald

Suggested readings:

Teach a child to read
How your child learns to read
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Nov 11, 2008

How Do You Feel After Reading A Book?

This was originally posted in my personal blog, To Be, To be. Tutubi.

I just finished reading the The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer and I feel sad. I usually feel this way when the book is especially good. It's like I lost a dear companion or a friend. If the book is bad, I feel reading it is a chore, a burden. But if its bad, why do I continue to read it? Well, I am not a quitter, so minsan kahit pangit, I keep on reading, kasi kawawa naman yung nagsulat. And also, baka sakaling maganda pala sa huli. If the book turns out to be good after all, I read it again, but with the respect it deserves. But those books that are really bad, you can usually find inside our toilet, he he. I can usually finish a good paperback in a day or two, if I can ignore my kids and husband. I have also been known to keep certain books in the toilet for months :-)

Anyway, I know that Vangie is feeling sad today after she finished reading Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon. It is also one of my favorite books by one of my favorite writers. I think I have read all of his books.

So, you, how do you feel after reading a book?

Master Of The Game by Sidney Sheldon

I have books that I can read and re-read and still feel the excitement that a new story brings. This is one such book. Master of the Game is always included in my list favorite books and one that I would recommend to anybody.

The story is full of adventure, love, suspense and betrayal. It spans several generations from Jamie McGregor striking it rich at a gold mine in South Africa, to his daughter Kate working hard to build and keep the business empire , her son Tony who was a big disappointment to both her mother and himself and the twins Eve and Alexandria, the biggest hope and the biggest disappointment of all.

From the back cover of the book:
"Kate Blackwell is the symbol of success, the beautiful woman who parlayed her inheritance into an international conglomerate. Winner of a unique position among the wealthy and world-renowned, she's also a survivor as indomitable as her father, who returned from the edge of death to wrench a fortune in diamonds from the hard South African soil. Now, celebrating her ninetieth birthday, Kate surveys the family she has manipulated, dominated and loved: the fair and the grotesque, the mad and the mild, the good and the evil-her winnings in life. Is she the master if the game?"

I haven't decided yet whether I will write a summary of the story and spoil it for you or just entice you with enough ideas about the book. But if I were to recommend a book that wont bore you at the least, this is the first one I will give you.

Nov 10, 2008

Why Bookish Worm?

I love, love to read. The desire to read began as an escape from a bad childhood. To keep from thinking, I would immerse myself in reading and I could escape to a place where I don't have to worry about anything. But enough about that.
My love affair with reading started through Komiks. There was once a sari-sari store near our house who rents the komiks for I can't remember how much. When its Ate Mhay on the store, I get to read all komiks I want without having to pay for anything. In exchange, I will tell her what komiks to buy, what stories we need to finish on the day this komiks would come out, and who from our renters have'nt returned the copies. I remember it was always difficult for me to sleep after reading a new story from Kilabot. I had lots of fun also with Funny Komiks (remember Niknok?)Hiwaga, Lovelife, Wakasan, and also Liwayway.
In highschool, feeling so very out of place and with very little self esteem at St. Paul, I started to spend all my free time at the library. I then started reading Lualhati Bautista's work like Bata, Bata Pa'no Ka Ginawa, Dekada '70 at Gapo. Then I also started reading Sweet Valley Kids, Twin and High about the twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. I have also read Nancy Drews, RL Stine and a lot lot more.

So yeah, I read a lot. And this blog is about books and the love of reading.