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...]

A Reading Nook and New Books

Books - Larsson, Yardley, Collins, Niffeneger and Wolff | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

Ah, don't you love the smell and the feel of a brand new book? I do. I love looking at it and feeling the paper under my fingers. The idea of spending countless hours immersed in a story, getting acquainted with the characters and caught up with plots. Reading has always been a fantastic escape for me, however temporary. It's a source of my creativity too. Reading has consistently fueled my writing. I'm especially glad that I got new books over the holidays. Some are even totally new to me. I like getting introduced to new titles and authors. It widens the scope of what I read. I actually already gobbled up a couple of books included in the photo. Two of the titles, I bought: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger … [Read more...]


Books, Meatball Sundae, Purple Cow, Seth Godin, The Numerati, Stephen Baker, The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks, The Time Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, The Prince, Niccolo Maciavelli | The Parody - Personal Blog of Sasha Manuel

That's what makes life a whole lot more interesting. Expecting that currents do run deep, tides indeed change, ripples turn into waves then back into ripples again and that it's not sunny everyday. We even know that the sun doesn't rise nor set at the same exact moment each day. Nothing is constant save change. I would say I've been extremely busy over the past few months but the truth is, my life (and schedule plus priorities) changed in the course of the past year. I've allowed the wind to take me in a different direction --- in the hope of finding myself. It's true, I'm still on the road of discovery and it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. A love-hate relationship wherein the situations I've managed to find myself in and … [Read more...]

3 Books That Made Me Feel Better

Like any other normal girl, one of the ways to turn a crappy day around is to go for a little shopping therapy. What can I say? There's something about spending money to get something I want that makes the worries go away, even for a while. Normally, I would buy myself a pair of shoes or perhaps an outfit or two but yesterday, I went straight to the bookstore. Time suddenly went in slow motion as soon as I reached the bestseller aisle. A notable change in pace happened in my head. It's like it calmed down. My thoughts went silent. Breathing was easier. I knew that I knew I was happy, know what I mean? Anyway, I spent a considerable amount of time rummaging through the sale rack before making a beeline to the classics section. But, … [Read more...]

Rodanthe, Sandition, and Alexander The Great

Nights in Rodanthe, The Virtues of War, and Sandition | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

Travel back in time and imagine horse-drawn carriages and muddy roads. Get a glimpse of a miracle unfold in an otherwise ordinary life. Experience the magical encounter with someone great. Spend your nights in Rodanthe. Traipse around Sandition. Immerse yourself in the life of Alexander The Great. There are days when I don't feel like reading but for the past couple of months, books have been a constant companion in my bedroom, specifically right before I sleep. My love for the Classics and Jane Austen have brought me to grab a copy of Sandition, the half-finished masterpiece of the great author now completed by respected author and Austen expert, Juliette Shapiro. I'm certainly curious to finish reading this novel and hope to … [Read more...]

House-sitting and the Twilight Saga

There are times when I'm the one packed, headed off to some distant land but there are also times when I need to stay put. And stay put, I did. I'm currently house-sitting a house that's as old as I am. As much as I don't mind being alone, since I can think of many things to keep my mind and hands busy, I have to admit that it does get lonely. Only a week into it, I've experienced extremes. From paranoia (of normal and paranormal but it's more of the former than the latter, believe it or not) to luxuriating in the thick atmosphere of independence. What do folks like me do in these situations? Do we party every night? Make a mess and simply not care? Turn on the A/C as much and as long as we want without fear of getting an earful of … [Read more...]