Books & Reviews 📚

I can never have too many books…

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…or so I like to think.

I love reading and I love sharing the books that I’ve read through reviews for it helps me practice my writing. Despite having hundreds of unread books, I am over the moon whenever I receive new books! 

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New books get me excited like…

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Help! Send me to book rehab! … No such rehab exist though. *sighs* 

This is why I’ve decided to hold back on purchasing new books for the time being. I have so many books to read that if I buy new ones, they’ll automatically end up in the bottom pile and I probably won’t read them until 2019 or so. That’s how bad my book addiction is!

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However, because of my love for reading, I’ve come up with a plan to make a small business out of it with proceeds going to help underprivileged children. Never have I thought in all my years that I’ll be doing this, but here I am. I’m in the early stages of planning. 🙂

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Merci Camille Lacourt!

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Yesterday, I watched Camille Lacourt say good bye to swimming by winning his third straight world title in the 50 backstroke at the World Championship in Budapest. He won gold ahead of Junga Koga (Japan) and Matt Grevers (USA).

The swimming master bade the sport adieu in style and I couldn’t be any prouder of my favorite swimmer (Well, Yannick Agnel is another favorite of mine, but he retired last year). Lacourt was a joy to watch and I can only wish him all the best in his future endeavors. 

Merci mille fois! Chapeau!

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365 Days of Writing

Daily prompt catch-up: July 29th-31st


July 29th: State of your year

Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post. 

To sum up my year thus far…

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July 30th: Drawing a blank

When was the last time you walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.

Hmm… I might have been 12 then. Haha! On a more serious note, though, I have not thought of any perfect comebacks after a discussion. 

July 31st: Pat on the back

Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.

I just told a friend of mine over the weekend how happy and proud I am of him! ❤

Books & Reviews 📚

Books #34-41: John Grisham rocks!

Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

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It started off well but somehow I was robbed of a proper ending. It was rushed. 


Never Tell by Karen Young

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Couldn’t put it down. One of the best books I’ve read. No, it is not new, but still, I recommend it. 


Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham

This book is for young adults and I thoroughly enjoyed it. YA is not always about horny teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality, so kudos to Grisham for writing this story. I enjoyed learning the legal terms. Confession: at one point in my young life, I wanted to be a Lawyer. I still enjoy reading anything pertaining to the law, but it was not my calling.

Oh, and this book is part of a series so you might want to start from ‘Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer’


The Racketeer by John Grisham

Grisham’s law thrillers are almost predictable now, but you can’t help but want to continue reading once you get past the first page. This book was unputdownable and I enjoyed the twists and turns. 


Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Before Seth Hubbard hung himself, he made a last-minute crude handwritten will which would see his black maid listed to get 90% of his estate. 0% was left to his estranged family. Hubbard listed Jake Brigance to defend his will although the two have never met while Seth was alive. However, Hubbard liked what Brigance did for Carl Lee Hailey (I advise you to find/borrow/buy a copy of the book that started it all for Mr. Grisham: ‘A Time To Kill’).

I learned how boring depositions can be when contesting a will and I also learned about the validness of a handwritten will. I’m a sucker for a law novel and this one hit the right spot. Thank you, Grisham. Thank you for Mr. Brigance. 


A Time To Kill by John Grisham

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Of course, I had to go back to where it all started! I love me some John Brigance and I wish the writer would make a series dedicated to him. While reading, I saw Tom Cruise as Jake Brigance… maybe it’s because Cruise did a brilliant job as a lawyer in ‘The Firm’, another one of my favorite Grisham’s favorite! 


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7th Heaven by James Patterson

Arsonists and a public disappearance. Enjoyed the courtroom drama, but felt as if the authors could have given a little bit more. 


Death Penalty by William J. Coughlin

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One of the best books I’ve read in a long time! 




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Beach Road by James Patterson. This is a one day read so I’ll have to get another book to read right after. 🙂

Margaret, this post was for you. Thank you for your continuous support and I am sorry that this review session was so short. ❤ ❤ Have a blessed weekend! 

365 Days of Writing

July 27th: From A to Z


Create a short story, piece of memoir, or epic poem that is 26 sentences long, in which the first sentence begins with “A” and each sentence thereafter begins with the next letter of the alphabet.

Ooh, a challenge! I think they call this “Abecedarian”. I’m really not feeling this at the moment, but I’ll let the fingers do the talking…

A (true) friend
Brings a smile to your face when down
Calls out of the blue just to say hello
Doesn’t berate you
Enthusiastically looks forward to meeting after so long
Fills you with joy and happiness
Greets you with a hug or a kiss or both
Has your back
Invites you over for lunch/dinner
Just listen
Knocks some sense into you
Loves you unconditionally
Motivates you when you can’t go on
Never talk behind your back
Openly accepts you
Pays attention to what you’re saying even if it’s just rambling
Qualifies as a rock when you need someone to lean on
Runs to you when they need advice
Still your fears
Trusts you
Understands you
Values your opinion
Walks with you
Xenoglossy with you.
Yaps into the late night
Zaps you when you need a reality check.

Xenoglossy is the ability to speak a language that one has apparently never learned. I love the word and thought I’d sneak it in there, but now, I’m not so sure! 🙂

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