Celebrate Mother’s Day with “Don’t Forget The Soap” by Marie Claire Lim Moore +Giveaway!

Don't Forget the Soap Book CoverDon’t Forget the Soap (And Other Reminders From My Fabulous Filipina Mother) is a collection of anecdotes: stories from the tight-knit Filipino community in Vancouver mix with memories of her move to New York, experiences at Yale and travels as a young executive. Underlying this narrative is the story of a global citizen who does not want to forget the fundamental values that come along with the “immigrant experience” as she and her husband raise their children in the increasingly glitzy expat bubble of Singapore. Her parents continue to remain a big influence in her life and her mother’s reminders a grounding force.

Share this inspiring book with the awesome women in your life! The book is available online via Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also pick up a copy at Fully Booked (Php650). If you are in Singapore, copies are available at MPH and Kinokuniya (SGD 18.60).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
marie claire lim moore - author photoMarie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos and Isabel, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia. She enjoys juggling career and family and likes to throw in community and politics for fun by campaigning for US political candidates, fundraising for organizations that advance the role of women in business and promoting foreign direct investment in the Philippines. She is also a guest contributor at Sassy Mama Singapore.

And now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY! Just click on the image below to join.

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Read my review of Don’t Forget the Soap here.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard-working moms out there! :)

“Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)” by Marissa Meyer

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Author: Marissa Meyer
Read Date: 21 April 2014
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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Bookmark Monday #13: Word Count

b438b-bookmark-mondayLeia, the Lady of the Flower Gardens (wink, wink), gifted me with this cute bookmark. (Thank you! 감사합니다!)

This is made of metal and has a clip at one end, which you can use as an anchor on the front or back cover (for paperbacks) or somewhere in the middle of the book. The chain with the abacus charm is then inserted as the place holder. The charm can be a bit bulky, so this is recommended for regular paperbacks whose pages won’t suffer too much with a bulky placeholder.

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Leia has a version of this with a coin instead of an abacus, but I’m not sure how many other designs there are. :)


Bookmark Monday is hosted by Guiltless Reading.

[Time Out For TV] K-Drama Review: “God’s Gift: 14 Days (신의 선물 – 14일)”

Goodreads is experiencing an outage, so all the reviews and The Mysterious Reading Society stuff that I planned to do are now on hold. I don’t want to continue reading because there are a lot of thoughts I still have to unload for the said reviews, so it looks like it’s the perfect time for a new Time Out for TV post.

This previous Korean drama cycle (January/February to March/April) was an exhausting one for me because the dramas I decided to watch all happen to air on Mondays-Tuesdays. But I finally got a reprieve as two of them finished airing this week!

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GOD’S GIFT: 14 DAYS / 신의 선물 – 14일
Seoul Broadcasting System, Mondays-Tuesdays
3 March-22 April 2014, 16 episodes + 1 Special

I only have two reasons for picking which Korean TV series to watch: 1. A favorite actor or actress is in it, or 2. I find the plot or premise interesting. My list of favorite actors or those whose performances I am curious about is quite short, so most of the time, it’s the premise that sells a show to me.

“God’s Gift” had actress Lee Bo-young in it. I loved her in “I Hear Your Voice”, but I decided to watch this show because it’s a thriller and a whodunit with a time travel element. It’s certainly not unique, but it’s different from the usual romances that were masquerading as dramas with novel or supposedly innovative concepts.

In “God’s Gift”, Kim Soo-hyun (Lee Bo-young) is a television writer whose only daughter, Saet-byul, is one day kidnapped and then later found dead. [Side note: It seems like Kim Soo-hyun is a popular name these days. Here, it is the character's (a woman) name. Not to be confused with the popular actor of "My Love From The Stars" or the actress who was cast in "Avengers: Age of Ultron".] Thinking that her daughter was murdered as an act of revenge for her story about recent serial killings, Soo-hyun, in despair, commits suicide by jumping into the same lake where her daughter’s body was found.

Meanwhile, a few meters away, ex-cop and private detective Ki Dong-chan (Jo Seung-woo) is about to be murdered himself by a bunch of gangsters. He tries to ask help from Soo-hyun, but she couldn’t hear him, and so he, too, dies in the lake.

Later, some unexplained magic envelopes them both, and they wake up 14 days before Saet-byul’s death. They cross each other’s paths at some point, and they figure out that their stories and their fates are intertwined, and that they must have been sent back to change their futures. What follows is a series of red herrings and revelations that were all subtly referenced in the events of the first 2 episodes leading up to Saet-byul’s death, and are slowly unraveled every day (1 episode = 1 day). (more…)

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“THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN” GIVEAWAY WINNER! So sorry for the delay. Congratulations to Rose Ann F.! Please e-mail me (thegirlwhoread at gmail dot com) your Full Name, Complete Mailing Address, and Contact Number so that I can make arrangements to send you the book. Please e-mail me within 3 days so that you will not be disqualified, as per the contest rules. :) To everyone else who follows the blog, watch out for the next giveaway, which I will announce next week!

And also, to Rose Ann, in answer to your question for Mitch Albom: he did talk about some of his inspirations for his novels. You can read about them in my article here.

HBO, BBC to Produce J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ as Miniseries

Meann ★:

This would be great as a mini-series, come to think of it. Excited to see how they will make it more…TV friendly!

Originally posted on Variety:

HBO and the BBC have teamed to adapt J.K. Rowling’s novel “The Casual Vacancy” as a three-hour miniseries.

Sarah Phelps (“EastEnders”) has penned the adaptation of the book about a seemingly idyllic English village where various factions are at war: rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands etc.

Jonny Campbell (“In the Flesh”) is set to direct with Ruth Kenley-Letts (“The Hour”) producing. Production will begin this summer in south west England.

Rowling (pictured) is exec producing with Neil Blair, her partner in Bronte Film and Television. Paul Trijbits (“Saving Mr. Banks”) and Rick Senat also exec produce.

BBC commissioned the project from the creator of the “Harry Potter” franchise shortly after its publication in 2012.

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“The 39 Clues: Unstoppable” promo at National Book Store

Attention, all Pinoy Cahills! Enjoy the unstoppable heat of the summer season and collect limited edition The 39 Clues Branch Crest Leather Bookmarks only at National Book Store and Powerbooks! Every single purchase of 2 books of The 39 Clues series entitles you to 1 free bookmark! Promo runs from April 29, 2014 to May 30, 2014. Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 3292 Series of 2014. Click on the poster below for more details.

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For those who are following the series, which branch are you part of? I’m an Ekaterina. :)

Cover Reveal: “Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)” by Maggie Stiefvater

Holy Mystical Forests, Batman!


 
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That’s an interesting departure from the pattern of the titles, by the way. And I wonder if this means the focus this time will be more on Blue’s part in the Cycle?

“Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and ParkELEANOR & PARK
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Read Date: 19 April 2014
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Review summary: It was “Oh my gosh, it’s adorable” at first sight, but it did not sweep me off my feet.

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“The Staff of Serapis” by Rick Riordan

Staff of SerapisTHE STAFF OF SERAPIS (Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles Crossover #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Read Date: 14 April 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In this adventure, Annabeth encounters more oddities in the subway than usual, including a two-headed monster and a younger blond girl who reminds her a little of herself.

Review Summary: A more cohesive, more imaginative, and mythologically richer crossover than “The Son of Sobek”, but still too formulaic.

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“Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)” by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and MonstersDREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)
Author: Laini Taylor
Read Date: 10 April 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she’s ever known.

When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat–and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves–maybe even toward love.

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

Review summary: Perhaps too ambitious, but a dramatic finale that readers who have journeyed with Karou will certainly appreciate.

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