Monthly Archives: August 2013

Weekend Catch-Up!

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I haven’t been around much – here or on GoodReads. It’s been a week since my last post and about two weeks since I last posted a review. Plus I was supposed to clean up my blog and add a few designs but I was just swarmed with work. How sad! 

Reality has finally caught up with me and I had to force myself NOT to reach for my e-reader for the whole week.

So for the whole weekend, I intend to get holed up on my couch to finally read Origin and Fueled and watch US Open 2013 sans Andy Roddick. Go Juan Martin Del Potro!

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Celebrating 40 Years of Tennis No. 1’s

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I had another fan girl moment as I watched a video of 19 former year-end world no. 1’s in one room. Total goosebumps! And oh yeah, Andy Roddick was once number 1 too. That, in itself, is a big feat, especially to be in the same league as the other tennis greats.

Watch the full video here.

I can’t wait for the US Open next week. I’m really going to miss seeing Andy there though. But there’s still the interview he had with Roger Federer for Fox Sports Live to look forward to. 🙂

Book Review: In This Moment by Autumn Doughton

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
A story of life, loss, friendship, love, of choices and what-ifs, of forgiveness and new beginnings. 

goodreads blurb:

Every moment possesses its own kind of magic…

Aimee Spencer learned the hard way that for some moments, there are no take-backs, no rewinds, no do-overs. A year ago her world imploded and Aimee has been running ever since. She doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t want to remember. To bury the ghosts that haunt her, she is living a life that has become unrecognizable.

Cole Everly is a golden boy with a cocky smile and an attitude to match. He’s grown accustomed to girls throwing themselves at his feet, but when Aimee trips and literally lands in his lap one afternoon, she’s not at all what he expects. Difficult, damaged, closed-off. If Cole needed to make a list of qualities to avoid in a girl, Aimee would probably match up with every single one of them. He knows that he should stay away but he’s drawn to her in a way that he can’t exactly explain.

In this honest and absorbing story, Aimee and Cole struggle to sort out the thin spaces between loss and love. Ultimately, they will need to learn how to navigate through the pieces of the past if they want to hold on to the future and each other.

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Do you hear it? It’s the sound of the world ripping apart.

Just… WOW! I’ve been trying to think of something really clever to say but, as cliche as it is, there are simply no words to express how much I LOVED this book. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I’ve read something that left my heart beating this fast even as I’m typing this. I feel like my heart’s going to burst out of my chest and that I’m supposed to break into song or something that would sum up the brilliance of this poetic of a story.

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ATP Cincinnati Masters 2013

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To be honest, it’s been a long time since I’ve been this hooked to tennis. The most ironic thing is now that I’m being a fangirl again, I’m rooting for the player who beat my one true love Andy Roddick into retirement at last year’s US Open.

Juan Martin del Potro sort of reminds me of Marat Safin. He’s quite the tall guy and that I love a lot.

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Book Review: Her Soundtrack (Masquerade #1) by R. Matthews

PPFF Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Love at first sight does exist.

goodreads blurb:

“Fairy tales don’t exist. There are no knights in shining armor and for all I know there is no such thing as real, honest-to-God, Earth-shattering romance. There is only comfort and ease when it comes to real love. I should consider myself lucky to have found someone who I’m comfortable with. There are no waves, there are no bumps in the road… so why do I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin?”

Life for Gabriella had always been straightforward, albeit a bit boring, but a passionate, almost magical, encounter with an enigmatic stranger catapults her into evolving into stronger version of herself. Her evolution does not come without consequence, though. Gabriella learns the hard way that turning on the lights can reveal just as much ugly as it can beauty. She discovers that the comfortable relationship she’d been idling in for too long is, in fact, far more dangerous than she ever imagined and finds herself desperate for the inexplicable comfort she finds in the arms of a stranger.

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This started out to be an awfully familiar story to me. You know, that feeling of being in a relationship which felt safe and comfortable and yet, you can’t help but wonder if those are enough to make you stay. But then it also makes you ask yourself: am I willing to leave my comfort zone for the unknown? Does true love – one that’s so powerful and Earth-shattering – even exist?

Well, this was the dilemma that Gabriella (the heroine) was going through. She was in a long-term relationship with David, someone she’s known for years and whom she felt comfortable with. But she felt restless, like there was something missing in her life. So when she met Jonathan (a hot, young billionaire) at a masquerade ball in Italy during a family trip, she was almost in disbelief when she felt such strong feelings for someone whom she just briefly met. To think that she was with David for almost 4 years and never did she feel that much passion.

Passion or security? Jonathan or David?

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Book Review: Frontline by Alexandra Richland

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
A hot and possessive, dirty-talking, James Bond-ish guy who drives a Bugatti.

goodreads blurb:

When nurse Sara Peters treats celebrity billionaire Trenton Merrick for a mysterious injury to his forehead, she is blindsided by what follows: a passionate exchange in the examination room, followed by an invitation to Trenton’s mansion the next night.

Trenton spins a web of deceit and seduction around Sara that both repels and attracts her. One part humanitarian, the other international financial mogul, his professional and public life are a curious contradiction. As Sara journeys deeper into her feelings for Trenton and begins unraveling the mystery behind his injury, she finds herself embroiled in a game of trust and betrayal, where the odds are stacked in Trenton’s favor, and the outcome for the loser is too terrifying to conceive.

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Trenton emerges from the middle car, a Ferrari. Add in some slow motion, a gust of wind, and an emo rock tune, and it’s like a scene out of a show on the CW.

After being in a huge reading funk, this was exactly what I needed. It had all the elements that I love in a book – a hot, rich and domineering guy, a stubborn heroine, interesting secondary characters, witty lines, a little bit of action and best of all: NO CLIFFHANGER! *happy

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Girlfriend by Icona Pop

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All week long, I’ve had this song stuck in my head. My iPod’s probably already complaining about the number of times I’ve had this on repeat. So I think it’s only fitting that I post it here – the perfect song for the weekend.

Here’s the official video of Girlfriend by Icona Pop:

All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend
Down to ride till the happy end, is me and my girlfriend.

I wanna feel the sun, the waves, the wind in my face
The speed, the chase, na na na
I wanna feel the sun, the waves, just wanna cross the states, making up as we go
That’s how’s gon’ be, young wild and free

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