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Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown

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Summary from Goodreads:

In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader--Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire--now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager.  

Smart and funny illustrations by artist Jeffrey Brown give classic Star Wars moments a twist by bringing these iconic family relations together under one roof. From tea parties to teaching Leia how to fly a TIE fighter, regulating the time she spends talking with friends via R2-D2's hologram, and making sure Leia doesn't leave the house wearing only a skirted metal bikini, Vader's parenting skills are put hilariously to the test.

This book contains boatloads of cute. Largely because of the illustrations. I mean, will you just look at that cover? The dialogue has plenty of Star Wars references that will delight any fanboy and fangirl. There are also quite a number of appearances o…

Response to the Sunshine Blogger Challenge

I have been tagged by the lovely Myra of Gathering Books (in this particular POST) to join this game called Sharing the Sunshine Blogger Challenge. Here’s how it works:
Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
 Share 11 random facts about yourself.
 Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
 List 11 bloggers.  They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
 Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)
11 Facts You Might Not Know About Me
1. I am a horrible dancer and an equally horrible singer. Someone once mistook my singing for a poem recitation and my sister almost always makes me shut up whenever I sing.

2. I am pretty tall and was once asked to be part of the women's basketball team in college. They were honestly willing to train me. They would have had their work cut out for them because...

3. I am…

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

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Summary from Goodreads:

Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none). And don't even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation. 


Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane -- usually all at once. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about art, entertainment, infotainment, sports, politics, and kittens, but -- really -- it's about us. A…

We Learn Nothing: Essays by Tim Kreider

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Summary from Goodreads:

In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like? What do you do when a friend becomes obsessed with a political movement and won’t let you ignore it? How do you react when someone you’ve known for years unexpectedly changes genders? 

Irreverent yet earnest, he shares deeply personal experiences and readily confesses his vices— betraying his addiction to lovesickness, for example, and the gray area that he sees between the bold romantic gesture and the illegal act of stalking.

We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider is one unexpected surprise. Largely in part because when I picked up this book I was thinking that a great percentage of it would be ha-ha-funny, or poke-fun-at-stuff funny. It turned out to be something deeply…

Talkfest Thursday: Immortality and Rebirths

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I have decided to come up with a feature for my blog, just to spice things up. Henceforth, today marks the debut of *drumroll* TALKFEST THURSDAY.
Talkfest Thursday is a feature that acts as a discussion post of sorts, where I will feature a topic (usually literature related), of my choice, and then proceed to talk about it at great length. This will appear, at least once a month, on a Thursday (or more depending on how cooperative my brain is).

 A few days ago, I found myself in a particularly lively state. Lively enough to haul my ass to the gym. The gym I go to is pretty small. It will take me only about 7 wide strides from one end to the other. So, conversations have a tendency to be overheard by anyone. So, no I don't eavesdrop intentionally. Just wanted to make that one clear. Haha.

The said gym only has one television and at that particular time, it was playing the latest James Bond movie entitled Skyfall. As Daniel Craig was doing his customary sprint (it's not as legenda…

The 10 PM Question by Kate De Goldi

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Summary from Goodreads:

Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons is a talented kid with a quirky family, a best friend named Gigs, and a voice of anxiety constantly nibbling in his head: Could that kidney-shaped spot on his chest be a galloping cancer? Are the smoke alarm batteries flat? Has his cat, The Fat Controller, given them all worms? Only Ma, who never leaves home, takes Frankie’s worries seriously. But then, it is Ma who is the cause of the most troubling question of all, the one Frankie can never bring himself to ask. When a new girl arrives at school — a daring free spirit with unavoidable questions of her own — Frankie’s carefully guarded world begins to unravel, leading him to a painful confrontation with the ultimate 10 p.m. question.

The 10 PM Question caught my attention because the premise offers something that I have not yet come across in the children's literature genre. Although mental illness in general, has been tackled in a myriad of books. But this is the first time t…

2014: Challenges, Goals, & Required Reads

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Reading Challenges

1. Blogger Hosted:

For two years, I participated in The Award Winning Books Reading Challenge hosted by Gathering Books. This year, the ladies of Gathering Books created the Check-Off Your Reading List Challenge. Surely, I cannot not join. It's practically tradition. For more info see:CORL Challenge 2014.


Check Off Your Reading List Challenge:  Aim: Level 2 (11-25) Books - Book Savant
CORL READING PLAN
*Read from "Intimidating List"
*Read more Non Fiction
*Read more Short Story Collection
*Read a Play
*Make a dent on the Fantasy books in TBR pile
*Read the physical books in TBR pile

2. Self Imposed:

Read more books outside wheelhouse, like:

1. Read a title from "The Intimidating List" - See this LIST. Authors from the said list include Murakami, Stephen King, David Mitchell, Shakespeare, The Russians, etc. 

2. Read more Non-Fiction  - I only read 1 essay collection last year so I hope to increase the number this time around.  

3. Read more Short Story Collec…

2013: A Year in Reading

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2013 has come and gone. It was a good reading year, 2013 (Top 13 Reads of 2013). Now before anything else, let's bring out them numbers shall we?

Full Lenght Fiction: 43
Novellas: 3
Short Story Collection: 2
Graphic Novels: 1 title, 25 volumes
E-Shorts: 3  
Essay Collection: 1
Total: 53

And then, let's take a look at how I did on the two reading challenges I signed up for.

1. Award Winning Books Reading Challenge by Gathering Books
Award Winning Books Read: 17
Level Reached: Silver Medal (11-25 books)  

2. The TBR Pile Reading Challenge by Fiktshun
TBR Titles Read: 24
Level Reached: Sweet Kiss Level (21-30 books)

Not Bad eh? Now onto the self-imposed reading challenges I set myself up for, at the start of 2013. (Gleep!)

1. Read a Zombie Book - FAILED. My fear of zombies goes deeper than I've expected. A discussion best left for another post. This 2014 maybe? Maybe. :)

2. Read a Sci-Fi Novel - PASSED. Read 4 sci-fis this year! Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Speaker for the Dead, an…