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My friend/officemate/uni classmate Majo got married to her long-time boyfriend Mike a couple of weeks ago. Because they couldn't get a long leave from work for a proper honeymoon, they took the previous weekend for a quick getaway. And what do they do?

They buy a book for me.

*Ah. I feel so loved*

I've just started reading the book, but this early I am liking it. This is probably the closest to chick-lit I'm actually going for, and I sometimes even refuse to strictly classify it as such. To be honest, though, the first reason I checked Cecelia Ahern was because she happened to be Nicky Byrne's sister-in-law. Loved her first book P.S. I Love You, then read her two others (Rosie Dunne, If You Could See Me Now). I needed this read. I think I was too Steve Berry-saturated. Lolz.

I've finally caught up with Moonlight.


Remember my cardinal rule about CD singles, and me breaking that rule because of "truth"?
I hold the same for photobooks.


The TaipeiCon....anyone with ANY info. Please....:)
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Warning: This is long. Seriously.

It’s summer out here. Or at least, it’s supposed to be. In my city, known as the country’s summer capital, there’s an anomaly in the weather. They blame it on La Niña. It’s summer and some days the rain just pours.  If there’s one thing I do not believe in, it’s weather forecasts.

I’m no longer sure what reputation I’ve acquired by my reading habits. You see, this lady from another office asked to borrow some books. In return, she’d also lend me some. So she asked for Dan Brown books and some James Patterson. The next day, I handed her all four Dan Browns and my two favorite and only (non-crime) Pattersons. She gives me – in a paper bag – ten books.  All of them by this author Tess Gerritsen, whom I’ve never read.

 

I’m not really much of a fan of crime-serial killer fiction. But here are ten such books. Then I thought, ‘what the hell, I’ll give it a try.’ Now I wonder, won’t I have a case of forensic overdose after reading all ten? Not that I’d do it in succession but… I’ve started on one, called Vanish. So far I think it’s alright. I just can’t help but think, “I can watch this on any crime TV drama.” But I’m still willing to be surprised.

Segue.

 

A new drama season has begun, but let me just say something about the drama that hooked me this past season. Bara no nai Hanaya. I’ve watched the finale more than a couple of weeks ago and only thought to write about it now.


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It felt like I was cheating...somehow.

Segue.

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Title: The Shakespeare Secret (aka Interred With Their Bones)
Author: Jennifer Lee Carrell
My rating: 4 out of 5
Book Description:

A long-lost work of Shakespeare, newly found.
A killer who stages the Bard’s extravagant murders as flesh-and-blood realities.
A desperate race to find literary gold, and just to stay alive. . . .


On the eve of the Globe’s production of Hamlet, Shakespeare scholar and theater director Kate Stanley’s eccentric mentor Rosalind Howard gives her a mysterious box, claiming to have made a groundbreaking discovery. But before she can reveal it to Kate, the Globe burns to the ground and Roz is found dead . . . murdered precisely in the manner of Hamlet’s father. Inside the box Kate finds the first piece in a Shakespearean puzzle, setting her on a deadly, high-stakes treasure hunt.

From London to Harvard to the American West, Kate races to evade a killer and decipher a tantalizing string of clues, hidden in the words of Shakespeare, that may unlock literary history’s greatest secret. Read more

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