Friday, April 24, 2009

The New Dangerous Liaisons

Philippa Stockley writes A Factory of Cunning, a story about a French aristocrat who shipped herself on English shores, dodging a trip to the guillotine along with her friends back in her scandal-torn home land.

She takes the chance to re-establish herself under a new name, Mrs. Fox. And though she arrived in London destitute and homeless, it was not long until she found guileless but wealthy people to attach her claws to and take her place at the pinnacle of high society.

The story is set in the late 18th century London, a time where strict morality were enforced yet sexual exploitation and cunning were at an all-time high.
Mrs. Fox plans devious tricks and gets the upper hand among her peers. She influences men and women --though men most of all-- in her lies and incredible drama. The novel centers on how the infamous Mrs. Fox and her amoral tendencies just to get what she wants using her quick wit and powers of seduction.

I'm just about finished with it and all I can tell you is that it's saucy as nothing else. The cover caught my eye and the price wasn't so bad too. I picked it up for P75 during Booksale's ongoing Summer Sale.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's Called A Break Up Because It's Broken

There are those times that we beg, pray, wish with all our might that there's a guide that will tell us what to do or what decisions to make during life's most crushing, crucial parts. Well, guess what, one book on how to get over one is now available in your nearest bookstore.

I consider myself one of the very lucky few, I've never experienced a real break-up. Yet. But once, I nearly did and I felt all the mass of the entire universe was sitting on my chest. I can't imagine what it must feel like for the real thing. I think I will combust entirely :(

I read this book, It's Called A Break Up Because It's Broken by Greg Behrendt and Amira Ruotola-Behrendt, hoping to get some sense of what to do when time calls for it. I'd like to get equipped for that when the situation comes, so this one book is seriously one of my best arsenals.

The book teaches women/ladies/girls how to keep their dignity during and even after a break-up. Most of the time we have no idea that the things we do makes it worse; this book will open your eyes (though puffy from crying) and make you realize that you deserve something better than all that heartache.

If you're going through a difficult break-up, this will serve as a guide on the do's and dont's and when you start to back slide! And if you're on the process of finally getting over, this book will help you get over your confusion, feelings of dejection and even loneliness. There's no better book for helping you switch perspectives on a break-up: this time you think about you. Not you AND him, but just you. Added with straightforward wit, humor and lighthearted break-up stories to make you feel less alone in your sadness.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

'Wishlists' Do Come True :D

Lucky Find!

I was at a loss for words when I unearthed The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery today in Booksale (yet again--This shop is decimating my budget daily ; ;)

I only went there because I had nothing to do at home after I finished watching Antique Bakery [Trailer] [Info] and to think I swore to myself I wasn't going to buy anything!

It was just sitting there, in a lonesome pile... waiting for me I guess. This book has been in my Wishlist since December 2007! I kind of can't believe I have this now. It feels surreal I'm getting the books I almost thought I can never acquire.

The Teahouse Fire
"Set in late nineteenth century Japan, The Teahouse Fire is the story of Aurelia, a young French-American girl who, after the death of her mother and her missionary uncle, finds herself lost and alone and in need of a new family. Knowing only a few words of Japanese she hides in a Japanese tea house and is adopted by the family who own it: gradually falling in love with both the Japanese tea ceremony and with her young mistress, Yukako.

As Aurelia grows up she devotes herself to the family and its failing fortunes in the face of civil war and western intervention, and to Yukako's love affairs and subsequent marriage. But her feelings for mistress seem doomed never to be reciprocated and, as tensions mount in the household, Aurelia begins to realise that to the world around her she will never be anything but an outsider."

...The only problem is I have bought more books than I can read and I have to make time for all of them. I can't wait to read this, I even cheated and read the first 10 pages when I sat down in the mall cafeteria, drinking apple shake. I can tell it will be an awesome read.

Oh yeah, today I also got glasses. My vision is still 20/20 but I work 10 hours straight on a computer, so I guess I needed a little protection for my eyes. I hope this multi-coated lens will live up to its promise.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Anne Boleyn Revisited

One of the novels that got me hooked to reading novels about England and Old Royals is the book "I am Mary Tudor" by Hilda Lewis, which in my opinion is one of the strongest Mary Tudor novels to date. I still remember it being written with a clear and concise voice, and the historical facts well-researched and thorough.

These kinds of books fed my curiosity about life in general inside the royal court. It's the intrigues, the devious strategies and the abominable going-ons of that era that I love reading about.

Just last night I went out to Booksale. Lo and behold, a hardbound copy of The Queen of Subtleties by Suzannah Dunn was staring at me from the highest level in the bookshelf! I love how I lunged at the book, almost toppling the entire tower of books above it. I couldn't reach it, so good thing there was a nearby tall guy who I barked orders at.

"Get it for me!" I screamed, like a crazy person.

I got it before this small girl, who was also walking toward the bookshelf with a purpose, eyeing the book like a crazy person.
Tough luck. You can't get it even if you tried, I thought smugly.

So in the end I got the book and I broke my budget for the week. This book did not come cheap. :( And then I saw "Bird Without Wings" by Louis de Bernieres!!!! I couldn't afford the two. I put The second book on reserve under my name. Sigh. I hope to get it before Monday night!