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So a couple days ago my little brother finished his first non-school book in ages.

It took him four months, yes you read it correctly FOUR MONTHS to do it!

So to prove to him that he’d been wasting time I bet him I could finish it in one day.

Easy enough, 17 chapters, 198 pages in 24 hours. Which serious reader couldn’t do that with ease?

Okay so not me since I won the challenge but still I only barely made it.

No not because I couldn’t read it quickly enough but it was so boring that everything else distracted me.

I procrastinated until about 3pm to start reading it. When I left work to go home at 7pm I had a couple pages left and I didn’t finish reading them until 11:30pm because I was busy watching a movie.

Yes, yes some example I am but it just didn’t interest me. Sheer pride was what made me win this bet, sheer pride I tell ya.

Now before I reveal the name of the book I just want to say I have nothing against the book, the author or the series. I just think that I read it at the wrong time, I’m in the wrong age bracket to really enjoy this book. So don’t go getting your panties in a bunch.

The book in question is none other than The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

I watched the movie as well but I didn’t like that either. Just not my cup of tea I suppose.

So because of this incident I shall reinstate my rule to never ever read a kiddie book again unless it’s a classic or comes VERY HIGHLY recommended.

Now back to Memoirs of a Geisha! 🙂


Are you one of those people that think that twelve months is a hell of a long time to wait for Christmas?

I know I am!

I love Christmas! I love it so much I sing Christmas carols in the middle of the year. Weird I know but I can’t help it.

So July is one of my favourite months because that’s when stations like abcfamily and Cartoon Network show all my favourite Christmas shows and I get really excited! 🙂

Don’t look at me like that. You know you’d love to watch Scrooge on a hot day and dream about cooler weather.

Seems the stores are in on the illusion too. So for those of you that love to shop, stores are having Christmas in July sales to tide us over until the traditional holiday.

So lets enjoy the illusion while it lasts shall we, because we’ve got approximately two months of summer left.

Merry Christmas y’all! Remember your sunscreen. 🙂

Title: The Shadow Of The Wind

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Published: 2001 (English: 2004)

Translated by: Lucia Graves

Originally in: Spanish

Description: Barcelona, 1945—Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes one day to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a book from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the book he selects, a novel called The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last of Carax’s books in existence.

Before Daniel knows it, his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness, and doomed love, and before long he realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly. (Taken from Goodreads)

I started this book about a year ago, got sidetracked and ended up abandoning it. Now having picked it up again I could kick myself. This book was amazing. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. Work, sleep and the mundane routine of summer life were the only things that got in my way of reading this book. I wanted to solve the mystery of Julian Carax and his books as much as Daniel did.

When I wasn’t reading I was thinking about the mystery, scribbling down my suspects as the story unfolded. I felt like a detective, analysing everything he found out, weighing the odds and even with all that I almost got it wrong. As my elaborate solutions dissolved around me I threw out an idea that I’d been bouncing around in my head and voilà I solved the mystery, or well the one I was trying to solve.

I loved the characters and the fact that for almost everyone that you meet you get a little snippet about. A little story about their past or their habits something that made even the simplest character just a bit more real and memorable to you. He has a way of making his characters come to life and I found myself worrying about them, cussing them out, sympathizing with them and even despising some of the characters in this story.

I thought it was a great read, took me a little bit to finish it but I blame that mostly on work. I enjoyed my stay in Barcelona and my trips to Paris and I wish one day I can visit them for real if only to find out if there really is a crumbling mansion at 32 Avenida de Tibidabo.

I gave it a 5 out of 5 and I’d recommend it to everyone because, it’s awesome. 🙂

They were the hits of the summer.

They played them every single day. TEN times per day!

They drove your friends crazy after a couple plays but you, you loved every single minute of it.

You know what I’m talking about.

These, are my favourite overplayed songs of 2009.

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Today has got to be one of the happiest days of my life. 🙂


I am typing this from my laptop!

I just took it up and decided to try it one more time and bam it turned on.

So happy!

My Internet is being crappy but at least Mr.Lappytop is working! *big grin*

Now I’m happily catching up on my blogs and podcasts.

I’m half-way through Shadow in the Wind and enjoying it immensely. I love the characters and the mystery surrounding Julian Carax. I find it interesting they keep comparing Daniel and Julian saying they look alike. Reminds me of Harry Potter and his mother’s eyes.

Anywho off to read, night!


Just when you think things couldn’t get worse, all hell breaks loose. *sighz*

So first my laptop charger shorts out last year, then the lid cracked last month and now the power button won’t work???

Acer what have I ever done to you? This is totally unacceptable. *sighz*

Guess it’s back to the desktop for me.

If anyone has any ideas on how to fix my defective power button, please, please, please share.


Spain Fans
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Why I’m up at this God forsaken hour is beyond me but since I’m up I figured I’d do an update.

Lucky you!

First and foremost World Cup is over. Woooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Queue the applause and vicious booing. Lol! I love football as much as the other gal but when it interrupts my regular TV programming a month is long enough. I know many of you are going through World Cup withdrawal but it’s okay, football season isn’t over yet. In fact the UEFA Championship League is just around the corner.

Okay okay shut up already and talk about the winners. Lol!

Mani who? Parrot say what? It seems Paul is the predicting creature to watch as he pegged it right. Spain went on to win the World Cup not Netherlands Mani, Spain. In a battle to the death overtime, overtime, OVERTIME Spain managed to land the first and only goal of the match in the 116th minute. The scorer and hero of this game? Andres Iniesta. And for all those ready to follow this great man’s career he plays for Barcelona.

This is Spain’s first World Cup title and boy are they stoked. And who could blame them? They are now World champs. Not everyone can say that ya know. So for everyone else who lost, take it down a notch and let them enjoy it.

As a citizen from a past colony of Spain it is my pleasure to say ¡Viva España! Well done Spain, you deserved it. 🙂

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