Prepping for a life on the go; eReading with Kobo

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Again, here's another bit that I'm slow on the uptake: eBooks. I love holding a book while I read. I've mentioned this a lot of times before. But as circumstances have changed for me, I need to adjust to a more mobile lifestyle. This includes books. I can't, even if I want to, bring all my books with me anyway. This is the next best thing as I build a new library once I've settled in. So, this brings me to an eReader of choice. Though I'm an Apple user, I found myself committing to something that doesn't have to be spelled with an "i" at the beginning; "e" in most of my work terms is enough, haha. Anyway, I'm owing my thanks to the makers -- Rakuten. A company that's somewhat close to my heart (so to speak). They brought us … [Read more...]

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Scanning the shelves at a bookstore for a title that will somehow call out to me, I'm happy to report that I wasn't disappointed. I'm slowly beginning to accept that it's a good thing to let yourself enter into certain situations without really thinking about what will happen; only carrying this hope that you'll discover and experience something terrific, something new, something that will be surprisingly relevant to your present state. Each instance that solidifies this thought has been wonderful for me. I'm trying remember the last time I was this excited about a book. Looking at the stack of unread books in my room, I know how I can be: I'd be psyched about a certain book while I'm queueing up at the counter but the next thing I … [Read more...]

The Vampire Chronicles, et al.

The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

Try to picture a wide grin on my face. Did I just happen to stumble on a good-looking copy of Anne Rice' The Vampire Chronicles at a local NBS? Oh, my. I believe I did. Hard-bound, sterling paper, gold-trimmed pages, it's own ribbon marker, and best bit, it's only a few pesos over a thousand. So, knowing it contains 3 books, it would mean they only cost a little over 300 pesos each. I reckon, I got it at a real bargain. For those who aren't familiar with the Vampire stories, with the first book that came into cinematic fame in the 90's -- fresh off watching Louis (Brad Pitt) and Lestat (Tom Cruise) -- the Chronicles are composed of the following: Interview with the Vampire (1976) The Vampire Lestat (1985) The Queen … [Read more...]

Fifty Shades of Unread Books

E L James, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed | The Parody - Online journal of Sasha Manuel

Book bandwagon, jumped. Fifty Shades. Of Grey. Darker. Freed. With talks of the movie and a fresh conversation thread on books got me all curious about the trilogy. What to expect? Wait. Don't tell me. I'd like to find out for myself. I hope this reading won't be an Anne Rice repeat. Oh, have you read her Sleeping Beauty trilogy -- The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and Beauty's Release? Most of the folks I know couldn't even finish the first book. Think cogent M/S, BDSM, TPE. I could never think of Prince Charming the same way again. Now, let's see if Christian Grey will make the reading experience more compelling, less onerous. Come, E L James. Dazzle me. Book queue, whoa. Now, let me see. How did I manage … [Read more...]

5 Quotes from Recent Reads

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Marakami | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

There are days when my own thoughts are not enough to satisfy what message I feel I'm compelled to say. Those same thoughts are too chaotic and the restlessness it causes in me would only quiet down when I pick up a book and read what others have got to say. These stringed words serve like formula which derives a more solid solution, establishes order in my mind. So I thought you folks might benefit from some of the bits I managed to pick up on some of my recent reads. "The more you think about change, the more things you wind up changing; the more things you change, the better your whole life becomes." -- Mireille Guiliano, French Women for All Seasons "Do not remain nameless to yourself -- it is too sad a way to be. Know your place in … [Read more...]