Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year:2009

Hoping 2009 will be a good year. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Now lets start reading!!! What are a few books that you plan to read this upcoming year??

I am not listing my best of the best books this year. I only started blogging in June.
But my New Year's resolution in blogging is less blog surfing and more reading, if that is possible. Now I am off to start reading my next book on the pile. People of the Book.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Review :Testimony

Anita Shreve

Before I Start my review. I have not read any Anita Shreve books in years.
Weight Of Water was the first book I read by her. I liked it because the book caused me to do research on the historical background.

Her style of writing of Testimony is totally different than Weight of Water. I enjoy books that stay in your head for awhile and full of controversy. This is a book that you want to sit down and discuss with a group of friends at length.

Hence the reason I joined a book club many years ago. There are a few authors that do that with me. The ones that come to my mind

The book would not have the impact it did if it was a straight narrative. The author wrote the book with each person that was involved either directly or indirectly. Their voices in snippets. Until the end of the book you don't figure out the pieces. The puzzle will then fit together.

Testimony is the story about one scandalous reckless act. Four 18 yr. old boys are drunk and and they are caught on camera with a underage 14 yr. old girl having a sexual encounter at a secluded private school in Vermont.

The girl is underage, and very beautiful, flirting and promiscuous. The other part here I don't remember the specific but one of the students said
I did 't realize it was illegal to have sex with a underage girl.

The story is told by different view points from the students, the parents, headmaster, family, friends, and reporters. And those not involved.
It was a mosaic. The pieces of the puzzle did not fit till you were almost finished with the entire book.

The boy may have never done this terrible act if he did not find out that his mother and the head master were having a affair. That is one of the questioned asked. Would Silas have done it regardless. It made you wonder, would he have still went on this drinking binge? That is a good question...

I personally kept thinking I missed something till I figured out that the writer did not want you to know everything till the very end of the book. The point of the story was one reckless act can change the events with a blink of a eye. If a camera was not used it would have been the girl's word against the boys. All the boys were questioned without their parents being at the school. It was a mystery till the end when the story started unraveling and then you could pull the whole puzzle together. You finish the book and then say oh my gosh, now all the pieces make sense. That is what makes a good writer/novelist.

Now that I finished the book. I will go back and re-read some parts of the book.
I did not appreciate the book till the end. It was a grabber at the end, and you could not let go. Even though I predicted what was going happen before. I would recommend this to readers that enjoy books with a social message.

My friend Kathy at Bermudaonion reviewed this book a few months
You can read her review here.. Another bloggers review here article from the Telegraph . And From SF newspaper.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Beautiful and Sweet Smile Chinese Girl

Beautiful and Sweet Smile Chinese Girl.

Cute and Pretty Chinese Girl

Cute and Pretty Chinese Girl.

Beautiful and Cute Asian Girl

Beautiful and Cute Asian Girl.

Pretty Smile Asian Girl

Pretty Smile Asian Girl.

Pretty Asian Girl

Pretty Asian Girl.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Belated Merry Christmas

I know it's a bit late but I would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas.
I hope everyone had a good christmas with their family and loved ones and friends.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Beautiful Smile and Cute Thailand Model

Beautiful Smile and Cute Thailand Model.

Pretty Smile Thailand Girl with Her Beauty Camera

Pretty Smile Thailand Girl with Her Beauty Camera.

Marjolaine Smile Thailand Girl

Marjolaine Smile Thailand Girl.

Pretty Smile Thai Teen Girl

Pretty Smile Thai Teen Girl.

Cute Thailand Girl

Cute Thailand Girl.

Beautiful Smile Model Thailand Girl

Beautiful Smile Model Thailand Girl.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jewish Lit.. Challenge '09

Here is my post on the Jewish Literature Challenge. I am not posting extensively because it is already on my other blog, Jewish Rantings.

Masterpiece Theater

Masterpiece Theater new upcoming schedule will be showing Charles Dickens in '09.
but first Tess, and Wuthering Heights both book classics in early January, a encore of Jane Austen during the season as well for those of us that were unable to catch it last year. On PBS website
How to start a book/movie discussion group is on the site. If you miss it on television, you can catch it online for a limited time. Check out masterpiece's schedule here. Here is the PBS'site how to start a discussion,and the classic show's of the season here. Just wanted to share to let my reader's know what will be showing this year on masterpiece.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Boy In The Striped ajamas

If you are interested in my thought of the movie read my review on my other blog
Jewish Rantings. If you are interested you may visit the website for the movie here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sweet Smile and Beautiful Girl

Sweet Smile and Beautiful Girl

Pretty Smile Taiwanese Girl with Her Doll

Pretty Smile Taiwanese Girl with Her Doll.

Daphny Beautiful and Sweet Smile Taiwanese Girl

Daphny Beautiful and Sweet Smile Taiwanese Girl.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Beautiful and Sweet Smile Singaporean Love Girl

Beautiful and Sweet Smile Singaporean Love Girl.

Pretty Smile Singapore Actress

Pretty Smile Singapore Actress.

Cute Pretty Smile Philippine Girl

Cute Pretty Smile Philippine Girl.

Cally a Pretty Malaysian Girl

Cally a Pretty Malaysian Girl.

Beautiful and Sweet Smile Malaysian Girl

Beautiful and Sweet Smile Malaysian Girl.

Kim Hee Sun Beautiful Korean Girl

Kim Hee Sun Beautiful Korean Girl.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sweet Smile and Cute Girl, so Beautiful with Red Flowers

Sweet Smile and Cute Girl, so Beautiful with Red Flowers.

Kyoko Fukada Beautiful and Cute Japanese Girl

Kyoko Fukada Beautiful and Cute Japanese Girl.

Emi Beautiful Japanese Girl

Emi Beautiful Japanese Girl.

Marissa Jeffrina Beautiful Smile Girl

Marissa Jeffrina Beautiful Smile Indonesian Girl.

Gina Beautiful Smile Balinese Girl

Gina Beautiful Smile Balinese Girl.

Pretty Sweet Indonesian Girl

Pretty Sweet Indonesian Girl.

Hannsikaa Cute and Pretty Indian Girl

Hannsikaa Cute and Pretty Indian Girl.

Asin Sweet Smile and Beautiful Actress

Asin Sweet Smile and Beautiful Actress.

Gopika Actress and Beautiful Smile Indian Woman

Gopika Actress and Beautiful Smile Indian Woman.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I've Been Tagged!!

I have been awarded my first award from Marie, of Boston Biliophile. and tagged for a meme. I have never been asked to do one. This is my first go at it. I am sorry it is so late. But I had a paper for school that takes precedence. Even over books I am sorry to say. Who would ever believe I would say that.

Find the closest book to you and turn to pg. 56, find the 5th sentence and 2-5 mores sentences beyond that. The book closest to me is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
The sentence reads: We've been all over this. I didn't bring myself to this. I was brought. And now I'm done. I thought about not telling you. That probably would have been best. You have two bullets and then what.

Now tag 5 blogging friends:
Bermuda Onion
Book Club GirlBooks
Dar, at Peeking Through the Pages
and Red lady's Reading Room
Lisa, at Books On the Brain

Now go to my other blog over at Jewish Ranting and I posted my meme there as well.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and blogger friends. Don't over stuff!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Follow Up On Paper

Well I came to class all right and handed in the paper. You only hear about these things in movies. I get to the library to brush up the paper. I print it up.
Well the paper is not centered right. Oh, My G-D I panic... What do I do now!!
The nice college librarian offered to help me she did not realize what she was getting in too. She thought all she had to do is center the page. But she finally said to me" didn't any one ever explain to you; that you are not to press the enter button at the end of every sentence". I gulped, and then sweat went down my back. I said No. She was so nice. She fixed my whole paper 7 pgs. long and still the bibliography had to be fixed. Then we find out that the printer is not printing out. I have 15 minutes to have it printed and get to class. I am so bad at saving on a jump drive. I was so nervous I hoped to g-d that I saved it right on the jump drive. You see the librarian told me that if I saved it on the drive she could print it on one of the other printers... Well it got done 5 minutes to spare. I never want to ever go through this again. Next semester I am taking computer 101, and keyboarding. Hopefully I will learn all the techniques to be able learn all the things I thought I learned but I did not get. Thank Goodness there are nice people in this world.