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Reading list 2017

I came across an old article in Bookbub blog about Tess Gerritsen’s 9 book recommendations. As she is my literary heroine, I decided to check her list to which ones I have already read and if any has caught my interest to include in my reading list for 2017.

I know we are halfway to the year already however, as I have been terribly busy with this new move to the UK and of completing my examinations, I believe I will only be starting my book list now. But any other bibliophile will always say there’s no perfect time to start on a good book.

These are Gerritsen’s picks. Which ones have you read?

https://media.bookbub.com/blog/2016/09/02/books-recommended-by-tess-gerritsen-rizzoli-and-isles/?popupdelay=0

From her list, I’ve only read two; The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

I’ve read the synopsis of the books she recommended and is enchanted to start reading them. One in particular that I am most looking forward to is Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger. There are mixed reviews on the book in Goodreads but majority are good ones that has convinced me to start off with it.

Prelude

His kisses were different tonight. 

 It felt deep; his tongue probing. I could barely come up for air. It wasn’t how we usually kissed.

 I could feel his hands on me… all over me. In the past, whenever we kissed, he’d hold me at my nape to press me close or play with my hair ever so subtly. His kisses were slow; calculated. It always felt like he was taking his time…

…reining the lust in.

 But tonight, there was an urgency. I could feel his need. There was heat generating off of him. It made me afraid. But it also made me feel wanted…

Beautiful…

Sexy.

I could feel his hand slip beneath my blouse and cup the side of my breast. I couldn’t help it.

I cringed.

After-all, his moves are all new to me.

He pulled away slightly and rested his head against mine. “I’m sorry.” He panted. “I know you’re not ready.”

 I’ve heard him say that line so many times. And every time, I felt respected…

Understood…

Loved.

But tonight, that line made me think.

Why haven’t I been ready?

When will I be ready?

I have breathed and loved this man for 3 years now. Why was I holding back?

I love him.

I pulled back and he looked at me startled as I slowly pulled my blouse up. I could feel the cold against my skin and the goosebumps start to rise although, I didn’t think it was entirely because of the chill.

 “What are you doing?” He whispered.

I took his hand and held it to my heart so he can feel it hammering inside of me. But I felt no fear.

Just anticipation.

 “Celebrating our love.” I replied.

 Then I leaned and kissed him unlike any kiss I’ve done before.

SOTD: Coming Down – Halsey

inxs: Thanks to my friend, Sab for the writing prompt. Challenge accepted.

 

 

 

 

Surgery Day!

I had my surgery last Tuesday, September 22, 2015. I was due at the clinic at 8 a.m. and I headed there early as it was a weekday and traffic would be terrible. The night before they called me up to say if it would be alright with me to be reschedule at 8:30 a.m. instead of at 12 noon. As I wanted to get his over with, I said yes.

I got there at exactly 8 a.m.. There were two interns waiting for me when I arrived. They were assigned on my case and they would take me inside. As it turns out, I was the only person scheduled for a surgery that day. It made me feel a bit relieved because that way, they wouldn’t need to rush to assist another patient and I would have their full attention.

They escorted me inside and took their initial assessments. After they gave me time to say goodbye to my Mom, I was the brought into another room where I changed into an OR gown. Then I entered the OR suite where they asked me to wash my face with Betadine. Boy, it’s one thing to have that solution on your hands but to scrub it to your face makes the scent much more strong.

After making sure that I was ready, (they were kind enough to let me use the lavatory and to have a drink of water), they brought me into the OR suite.

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Book nerd got pranked!

I’m usually not one of those people who lose their temper or one of those that can’t get a joke but sometimes, it depends on the prank really.

Last night, a staff mate, who I recently lent a book from my Gerritsen collection, gave me a book with note that said: I’m sorry I lost The Apprentice. Here’s a new book to cheer you up.

As that was the second book from Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series, I was devastated. So devastated that I was unable to say anything for a minute. The book she gave me wasn’t even the same book she lost; wasn’t even from the same genre. I was saddened too because the way she broke the news to me was so nonchalant. She knew that it was part of a collection and that Gerritsen is one of my literary heroes.

I know I might be overreacting a bit but anyone who’s a bibliophile and who has a library of her own will sympathize that losing a beloved book is heartbreaking.

I guess my staff mate noticed how sad I was that she came up to me and handed The Apprentice back. Turns out, she pulled the prank just to see how freaked out I would be.

I felt so relieved! I don’t even care how geeky I might have seem being all teary-eyed over a book.

Single Girl Problems

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I’ve been single for a while and now that I’m in my 30’s, people are more vocal in wondering why that is. I know I share the same sentiments with my fellow single ladies because it is always awkward when people say the darnest things.

Here are some of the things I’ve heard so far.

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Unsolved mystery. When I’ll figure it out, I’ll let you know. Hang in there.

“You’re so picky, that’s why.”

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Why wouldn’t I be? Seriously, my happiness depends on it. Besides, the criteria is not irrational or unreasonable.

“It’ll come when you stop trying.”

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Sure it will. Let’s hope it’s in this lifetime.

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Take 2!

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If you have been scheduled for an elective surgery, I tell you, the days leading to that day is pure torture. No matter what the procedure may be, you can’t help but be apprehensive as the date nears. I had two days before my scheduled operation and I was a nervous wreck.

I surprisingly have a lot of energy when I’m nervous. When I was still in school, I usually have the urge to do general cleaning on exam days. So before I crack the books to study, I spend at least two hours cleaning to release the tension. That’s how I cope and its still how I cope until now.

The day before my surgery, I was on day shift at the hospital and I spent the best part of the morning cleaning and arranging the nurse’s station. That sure surprised my staff mates as they haven’t seen me like that before.

The day of the surgery, I woke up at 4 am. That early and I couldn’t go back to sleep afterwards. And even after venting all that energy yesterday, I still made time to do my laundry a few hours before preparing for my appointment.

Oh yes! I was definitely nervous.

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Sam Asks: What Does It Mean to “become” a Reader?

There is a joy in reading and an unexplainable joy of sharing this with people who in turn find love and joy with books!

Yay to all readers!!!

Reflections of a Book Addict

rnfk“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have read that opening a thousand times and thought long about that second part, the no judgement part. Less frequently I think about the first part, the idea of someone older and wiser giving you a tidbit of information that is lasting and meaningful. I have had this experience a few times, mostly from my parents and other mentors.

A few weeks ago someone said something to me that I’ve…

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Does true love exist for all?

So much truth in this. Love is a great mystery. We may think we know it but we don’t. In Rumi’s words, All we want is love’s confusing joy!

Person Behind The Screen

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

-William Shakespeare.

Dear person behind the screen,

what is true love? I think it has become a theme of mine to say that there is no one answer to this. As perhaps there is no answer to love at all, I mean can you tell me what love truly is in one simple sentence? To say honestly, if you can fit all those extraordinary feelings into one 5 word sentence, I don’t think you actually know what love is. Because I suppose love is everything and it would take a book longer than War and Peace to describe it.

But one thing I did wonder this morning is what does it take to love truly? Because I will be very honest with you I do not think that every single person out there is capable of true love. In fact I…

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Being A Deaf Writer

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