So this is where I was led upon an hour’s search of movie reviews for Fifty Shades. Not bad eh?by
A friend asked me last night what my wish is and I absolutely didn’t know what to say. But now I know. I wish the universe don’t stop loving me.by
I am my sister’s biggest secret fan so I’m posting some pics of her today. I think these are the prettiest things I’ll ever see today. Or maybe for the rest of the month! Teehee!
*** This is a very very late post, I know. I had a hard time finishing this entry cos of other work commitments thrown my way recently (hehehe, not that I’m complaining), but anyhoodle….
In celebration of International Women’s Day, I’ll be sharing a list of incredible women writers who have inspired, educated and moved me in so many ways through the genius of their literary works. I discovered my love for reading so early in my life and I wouldn’t deny that almost 80% of what I’ve read so far is written by men. That’s why having the good fortune of getting ahold of a great book, story or non-fiction by a female author is like finding a magical and fiercely powerful object that can GREATLY stoke the inner fires I have for writing.
With that said, here’s the list:
I. Joyce Carol Oates
There’s something unspeakably evil in her book The Assignation in that it makes me want to STEAL it so badly and unrepentantly from my college library. I swear that book is something out of this world filled with precious little worlds there ain’t NOBODY who could better take care of it other than me.
NOT EVEN THE COLLEGE LIBRARIANS, whom I have befriended by the way, could give the proper care it so obviously deserves. But they were just very sweet to me they’d even overlook some extra fines….. so, much to my dismay, the guilt there was enough to subdue the urge of committing library theft. I’ve become an ardent fan ever since of JCO and made sure a book of hers would have a spot in my own book shelf, and so I have, in my ownership, her The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense, Faithless: Tales of Transgression and I Lock My Door Upon Myself, which are just as perfect as they can be.
II. Kate Atkinson
One thing that a very good book could do is to take a piece of you, which you won’t mind giving anyway.
But come the ending, a friend — who’s been lurking around for a while, will sneak up, give you a cold hard slap in the face for no apparent reason and leave. He’s called Emotional Investment. The days which followed the end of reading Case Histories felt like a bad break-up, I had difficulties accepting the book and I were finally over. God, snot alert.
III. Jane Hamilton
I read The Book of Ruth one summer when I was staying in my grandmother’s place some years ago, no access to the internet, and so a book became a constant and loyal companion. I tell you, this book and I? We wielded one great friendship that fine summer.
IV. Marguerite Duras
Oh God, where should I start? I don’t know if I have it in me to introduce to you such amazing gem (I feel so unworthy) but if it helps, The Fassbender is a VERY GOOD persuader of any damn thing:
L’Amante anglaise was sooooooo good I basically inhaled that novella like I’m short of air.
V. Emily Brontë
I read Wuthering Heights when I was 16, already in my 1st year of college and had relationship experiences like that of an incarcerated plastic shoe: NON-EXISTENT. So this could be the reason why I couldn’t remember getting bitchy about Heathcliff’s atrocious behaviour at all, I must have gotten so fascinated by how different and “manly” and extremely passionate Heathcliff was compared to the Sweet Valley High boys I had gotten so used to. Ehem, as if I boyfriend-ed them…..bwahahahahaha!
Seriously, it was like going from this:
THE TRANSITION WAS INTENSE.
Anyhoodle, bach to WH…..I may not remember how Heathcliff, Cathy and the other characters are like but I have, what’s left of it, the wonderful memory of my younger self being so engrossed by this book and being in love with the setting and that gloomy mood that encapsulates the entire story AND the drama of it all. That, I think, is the most important thing. Also, this was my very first classic so its an added pleasure to my heart.
VI. Sylvia Plath
The iconic and tragic poetess who bore the words:
“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am,”
“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences,”
“What have I eaten? Lies and smiles,”
“I am too pure for you or anyone,”
“I cut you out because I couldn’t stand being a passing fancy,”
“Out of the ash I rise with my red hair and I eat men like air.”
Good lord, I could actually go on and on. But whatever…. The point is if I ever see her in hell/heaven, imma bow down before this woman like I perfected the art of bowing down to a queen.
Also, I wouldn’t want to waste this opportunity to include this forever favorite, one which I knew by heart when I was still in college:
*** still in progress….
woke up today to this song, thanks to our neighbor Bert and his mini-compact FM/AM radio. hehehe… Happy Monday Everyone! Have a great day ahead of you.by
The amazing Tom Hanks lip synching for a Carly Rae Jepsen video? Oh, just a regular Sunday it is.
***Additional Sunday treat:by