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I still have an assignment which is due this Friday. I still need to re-read my LI

for tomorrow. I still need to read the skills lab manual for tomorrow. My thesis still doesn’t look like a thesis even though I’m seeing my supervisors this Thursday. And I’m getting crabbier every second because of all those unfinished businesses.

Yet, something I read  on the plane keep bothering me. Frankly speaking, I was not very keen to Cecilia’s book but this book- If you could see me now, has somehow stole my attention out of sudden and out of nowhere. I had no interest in this book when I first read it few years ago.  Maybe being alone on the plane without any company had cause all the sudden change of interest?

“Ivan, in a complicated life,  I try my best to make things as simple as possible. I know what to expect, I know what I’m going to do, where I’m going, who I’m going to meet every single day. In a life that is surrounded by complicated, unpredictable people, I need stability. You. You take the simplicity out of my life. You shake things around and turn them upside down. And sometimes I like it, Ivan, you make me laugh, you make me dance around streets and beaches like a lunatic, and make me feel like someone I’m not. But last night you made me feel like someone I don’t want to be. I need things to be simple, Ivan”

“You know, the more you try to simplify things, Elizabeth, the more you complicate them. You create rules, build walls, push people way, lie to yourself, and ignore true feelings. That is not simplifying things.”

” I have a sister who is missing, a six-year-old nephew to mother, about which I know nothing, a father who has not moved away from a window for weeks because he is waiting for his wife, who disappeared over twenty years ago, to return. I realized last night that I was just like him as I sat on the stairs, staring out the window, waiting for a man with no surname who tells me he’s from a place called Ekam Eveileb, a place that has been Googled and searched on the damn atlas at least once a day and that I now know doesn’t exist. I care for you, Ivan, I really do, but one minute you’re kissing me and the next you’re standing me up. I don’t know what is going on with us. I have enough worries and I have enough pain as it is and I am not volunteering myself for any more.”

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The host.

So thankful that God had made me sick last week, I had finally managed to read another book by Stephenie Meyer, The Host. Unlike her famous vampire romance series of Twilight Saga, this book focuses more on the relationships of the characters and the intriguing dilemma of two lives sharing one body.

It’s a story of aliens, Soul who has invaded and taken over Earth because they believe human is incapable of making the world safe anymore due to fact that war is everywhere. Unlike any other aliens who will try to take over and deny any control of the human to its very own body, when she, Wanderer is placed in a human host, she soon finds herself loving her host, Melanie and let her to exist in her mind.

Wanderer is supposed to get all the information from Melanie about any human left on Earth and delivered it to her species. Yet, she fall in love with Melanie, her only younger brother, Jamie and her boyfriend, Jared and tries to save them from her very own species so that, they will remain safe as a human. Soon, she finally discovers them hiding with a group of humans who have grown to hate Souls and it has becomes a must for her to figure out a way to live peacefully with them because she needs to be in a place where Jamie and Jared live. Later, when she had won most of the human’ hearts, she had to deal with a very complicated love triangle with Melanie’s old flame, Jared and her new love interest, Ian. She loves Ian so much but every inch of her body loves Jared because the body belongs to Melanie not hers.

At the end of the story, Wanderer is so determined to give Melanie back her body but Ian was pleading her not to do so because he was so deeply in love with her. She was confused. She wants to set free Melanie but at the same time she can’t bear to see Ian to suffer like that. Besides, she loves Jared too that she wants to give Melanie back to him because he loves Melanie so much even though this fact does really hurt her.

“She’s trapped in here, Ian. It’s like a prison – worse than that; I can’t even describe it. She’s like a ghost. And I can free her. I can give her herself back.”

“You deserve a life, too, Wanda. You deserve to stay.”

“But I love her, Ian.”

“But I love you. Doesn’t that matter?”

“ Of course it matters. So much. Can’t you see? That only makes it more… necessary.”

“It’s so unbearable to have me love you? Is that it? I can keep my mouth shut, Wanda. I won’t say it again. You can be with Jared, if that’s what you want. Just stay.”

“ No, Ian! No. I – I love you too. Me, the silver worm in the back of her head. But my body doesn’t love you. It can’t love you. I can never love you in this body, Ian. It pulls me in two. It’s unbearable.”

p/s:  I am wondering, could someone be as noble as Ian to shut his feeling up if that is what it takes to make Wanderer stay.  Could someone ignore his/her feeling just to make sure that the girl/boy stay? even though it means that the girl/boy is with someone else? Is this kind of situation really exist in reality? I doubt that.

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Twilight: Book vs Movie

I spent my holiday reading the first book of twilight when I am supposed to be reading Williams Haematology instead. Although feeling quite guilty, I think it’s quite worth it. I don’t actually worship twilight (the movie) that much but someone had sent me a quest to understand the stories that made me to start searching for the book because even though I had watched it for a couple of times, I still couldn’t understand most of it and I want to know why they, of all the people that I know like the movie so much.

In the movie, I hate so much when Robert Pattinson kinda mumbling with his dialogue that I scarcely understand what he’s saying but I started to learn from the book that it is actually the way of Edward supposed to talk. (I firstly thought Robert was trying to actually hide his British accent)

For the book, I don’t actually adore her (Stephenie Meyer) style of writing (limited vocabulary, very light, and it feels like reading kids stories) but it is no doubt that the story line is quite fascinating. Maybe because I usually read books from British author that I haven’t get my self familiar with author from other country. Or maybe it is just because I always adore British dang much; be in the style of writing or the accent. 🙂 But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading this book every now and then. The book itself is rather an easy read and you could even finish it before night because there was a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter that will press you to keep on reading even though if you had already know the story line from watching the movie.

But, there are some differences about the sequence of the event in the book compared to the movie. For example, in the movie, Bella knew about Edward being a vampire from Jacob and confronted him in the wood near their school but if you read the book, Edward revealed himself to Bella on their way back from Port Angeles (after he saved her from the bandits) but like the movie, Bella had already had some clues about Edward from Jacob. But most of the dialogues in the movie are taken exactly from the book even though they did change, cut and add some new scenes into the movie that I somehow still barely find any reason to like it apart from the mere presence of Robert I guess. ( but I don’t think I’m falling deep into him though it’s quite fun having him in my mind while I read the book. 🙂 )

If you haven’t read the book, I suggest you to read the book and you will understand the stories even more. For example in the book, she ( Stephenie Meyer ) explained why Edward didn’t appear at school after the first day he met Bella and where did he actually go during that time. And for those who really like Bella and Edward being together, you could find more of their romantic scene in the book than you could in the movie. ( Edward is quite a jealous person in the book 🙂 ) Ergo, I suggest you to grab the book and let your self floats into the story as if you are watching some strangely intoxicating reality show about a clumsy teenage girl and a thoroughly confused vampire.

“You were very deeply asleep; I didn’t miss anything.” His eyes gleamed. “The talking came earlier.”

I groaned. “What did you hear?”

His gold eyes grew very soft. “You said you loved me.”

“You knew that already,” I reminded him, ducking my head.

“It was nice to hear, just the same.”

I hid my face against his shoulder.

“I love you,” I whispered.

“You are my life now,” he answered simply.

There was nothing more to say for the moment. He rocked us back and forth as the room grew lighter.

If I’m not mistaken, they had already started shooting for the second book, New Moon.

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I am currently reading Once and Always by Judith McNaught. I hope I have more spare time to finish it as fast as I could but with a lot of things to catch up and study to do these pass few weeks, I have to be patient to know what will happen to Jason and Victoria in the story. This is my first time reading a piece from Judith McNaught but what can I say is I love her works so much. Jason is a jerk but I can’t help myself from falling in love with him… 😛 I think this novel has sent me on a quest to find all of her novels and made me a fan.

Some quotes I adore..

…… “Love can’t be forced to existence,” Patrick Seaton said, confirming the awful truth as he stared bitterly into his glass. “It won’t come simply because you will it to happen. If it did, your mother would love me. She believed she would learn to love me when we were wed. I believed it, too. We wanted to believe it. Later, I tried to convince myself that it didn’t matter whether she loved me or not. I told myself that marriage could still be good without it.”

The next words ripped from his chest with an anguish that seared Victoria’s heart: “I was a fool! Loving someone who doesn’t love you is a hell! Don’t ever let anyone convince you that you can be happy with someone who doesn’t love you.”

“I-I won’t,” Victoria whispered, blinking back her tears.

” And don’t ever love anyone more than he loves you, Tory. Don’t let yourself do it.” ….

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remember me….

Recently, I’m into this latest book of Sophie Kinsella ; remember me.

Quite expensive. I bought it for RM 74.90.

Should just wait for the Black Swan publication because it usually is much cheaper than the Bantam press…

But, I couldn’t wait anymore.

So, I spent almost half of the money mom gave me to buy a pair of shoes on this book ( actually, mom asked me to buy 2 pairs but because I wanted this book so much, I just bought one pair.. haha~ )

When mom asked me why I just bought one, I told her that I couldn’t find something that I like.. ( which is quite true. Just to buy this one pair, I had to go to several malls before I could really make up my mind..)

Ok back to the book.

It was not as I expected it to be.

I always love Sophie Kinsella’s book because in every of her book normally there’ll be a girl with such a bad attitude and crappy life and there’ll be a guy which is so determine and patient enough to deal and be with this type of girl.

But you can’t find that type of guy in this book.

It’s a little bit of disappointment for me though.

But, it’s not that bad.

It’s still a good piece of work.

The whole story is about a girl who owned a crappy life and got into an accident and suddenly her life changed to become so perfect.

If you’ve seen the movie “13 Going 30” you will recognize the plot of this book.

The first few chapters were some kind of boring, when Lexi ( the character ) trying to figure out how on earth her life was so perfect.

It was like reading the few chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows’ where Harry and his friends just keep on migrating from one place to another, came adrift and not having any clue where should they go to find the Horcruxes.

But, towards the end, the story is starting to become interesting… ( the time when Jon starts to appear I guess.. =P )

I love Jack Harper.. ahaks! =P

Trying not to become a spoiler, this is the synopsis which you’ll find it at the back of the book;

“Lexi wakes up in a hospital bed after a car accident, thinking it’s 2004 and she’s a twenty-five-year-old with crooked teeth and disastrous love life. But, to her disbelief, she learns it’s actually 2007 – she’s 28, her teeth are straight, she’s the boss of her department and she’s married to a good-looking millionaire!

But as she learns more about her new self, chinks start to appear in the perfect life. All her old friends hate her. A rival is after her job. Then a disheveled, sexy guy turns up…. and lands a new bombshell.”

After all, my best Sophie Kinsella’s book is still ‘ Can You Keep a Secret?”

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