Friday 5

Welcome to this week’s Friday 5, Hoops.

  1. When did you last feel you were required to jump through meaningless hoops to get something you wanted? Working at the spa.
  2. What kinds of hula hoop memories do you have? Good ones. But I was never very good at it.
  3. How do you feel about basketball? Hate it.
  4. What do you think of hoop earrings? They’re cute.
  5. What’s your favorite Whoopi Goldberg movie? That one where she pretends to be a white buisness man. I can’t for the life of me remember the name.

Thanks for participating, and have a nice weekend!

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Twilight Tuesday

Twilight is amazing, right? The sparkling vampires, the venom, the “vegetarianism”. It’s what makes Twilight, Twilight. I thought why not expand my horizons and try reading the True Blood series as well. So I did. Sort of.

I started the first book, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, and got about half way through. It was actually good, and I kind of got into it, when I realised it was skewing my view on Vampires as a whole. I didn’t like that. These vampires didn’t sparkle, they had blood in their veins, and were burned by silver. Yes they drank synthetic blood, but they were “out of the coffin” so to speak, people knew about their existence. They slept during the day, and couldn’t go in the sunlight. Everything just seemed wrong.

It was funny also because I’d heard before that Stephenie Meyer had ripped off the series, and after reading half of the first book I can see why. I’m sure other people have talked about this to death (pun intended), so I won’t say much. The whole reversal of mind reading is completely obvious, and the drinking of synthetic blood and “vegetarianism”? Come on! What I found really strange though, although subtle, was the use of the name Hale. It’s the grandmother’s maiden name in the True Blood series, and Rosalie’s last name in Twilight. Coincidence? I think not.

So while I may have enjoyed the series before Twilight came into my life, I’ve decided to hold off. Not just on this one but on Vampires as a whole*. Because really, nothing beats a perfect brooding, sparkling Vampire like Edward, or Jasper, or Emmett for that matter.

*Unless of course it’s the Vampire Diaries, cause that show is all kinds of delicious.

Friday 5

Oh hai there! Welcome to this week’s Friday 5, Personal Adds.

  1. What’s your favorite “just add water!” food? Mr. Noodles.
  2. What’s your favorite thing to add vinegar to? Chocolate cake! It’s an ingredient right?
  3. What’s something weird you’ve added to normal food? People think it’s weird that I put cheese and cream sauce on waffles.
  4. What’s your favorite thing to add whipped cream to? Anything!
  5. What’s something you refuse to add anything to, even though most people add something? Scalloped potatoes.

Thanks for participating, and may days be added to your weekend!

Book Review

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn’t be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.

As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brave Communist witch hunts, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown’s old ways and rules.

At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most. Along the way they face terrible sacrifices, make impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are-Shanghai girls.

Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See, like all her books, had me enthralled from the first page. I became entranced with the visions in my head of Shanghai before the Japanese invasions, and horrified by what happened after. All through the book Pearl paints a picture of what life was like for Chinese immigrants to America, and her life as a wife, mother, daughter-in-law and loving sister. The ending, for me however, was a big disappointment and somewhat anticlimactic. I realise it ultimately is about two sisters, and in that respect it ended right for that story, but I feel like it was lacking the finality I so badly needed. Above all it was a fantastic book, but because of the ending I’m not sure if I would recommend it to many people.