Yep,I decided to change my blog template to a much simpler one..the former was getting old for me and feel so cluttered!
Come on,just admit it..I’m sure everyone of us at some point of our lives have watched reality tv shows right?I admit that back in the past when I had lots of free time on my hands,I watched a heck load of reality tv from Survivor,Amazing Race,The Apprentice,Laguna Beach,The Hills,The Mole,ANTM,and many many more.
Which brings me to the topic of someone who become famous because of it—Lauren Conrad.She has come a long way from being featured on MTV in high school through Laguna Beach and then The Hills.Now she has her own fashion line,2 books under her name,and many endorsements and magazine covers.
The 2 books that she has supposedly written(because I think she had a collaborator working with her to write it) has become quite the best seller.Although it’s not exactly on the same stage as Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy(which by the way although really long,is a great great read although the name of the characters can be very confusing & a mouthful being they’re RUSSIANS), is actually quite enjoyable.
The 2 books that Conrad wrote are titled L.A Candy & Sweet Little Lies.I read both books in just 2 days.It doesn’t require much brain power because it’s basically like you’re in a reality show.I’ve explained about the book L.A Candy in one of my posts so I’ll touch a bit on Sweet Little Lies here.
After I finished reading Sweet Little Lies I came up with the conclusion on why Lauren Conrad decided to dropped out from The Hills for it’s 5th season.It’s not really a ‘reality’.Read this book to get all the inside scoop on what a ‘reality show’ truly is.
As I’m reading the book,I can’t help but feel that some of the characters are actually based on people that’s in Lauren’s real life.For example,the character Jesse is so her ex,Jason Wahler in real life!He has a horrible drinking problem and has been in and out of rehab many times and is such a player.Jane is also like,duh,totally Lauren Conrad(pardon the bimbo slang in this particular sentence..:P).
Madison reminds me of Heidi Montag.Hannah is soo Whitney Port.Caleb is probably Stephen Coletti.Fiona Chen soo reminds me of that West Coast Editor of Teen Vogue that Lauren worked with.ahaha.So,although Lauren’s book won’t win a Pulitzer prize anytime soon,it’s a great light read for you to take your mind off from the ‘real’ world..pardon the pun!:P
1. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
This is a new genre by Sophie Kinsella since it involves a girl being able to see a talking ghost.Truthfully,compared to her other books,I didn’t enjoy this book as much.I much much prefer her shopaholic series and even her other non-shopaholic books.Basically the book is about Lara who is able to see her dead great aunt but in a much younger form.She has to help her great aunt Sadie find her lost necklace.
There are some plus points in the book like the great big reveal on Aunt Sadie’s love.The relationship between Ed & Lara.But I so don’t like the idea that a ghost can make you do things that you don’t want to..That’s just scary!Although Kinsella put it in a funny way.If I have to rate this book it’ll be 3 out of 5.
2. The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham
This book is also written by Sophie Kinsella albeit in a different name.I love this book because of the simple yet complicated plot.It’s about Milly who’s about to marry Simon,the son of Harry Pinnacle,a millionaire, when something about her past is about to resurface and ruin the wedding of the year.
The characters in the book-- like Milly’s family which consists of -James & Olivia her parents and her sister,Isobel, Simon’s father Harry,Milly’s godmother-Esme Omerod & Rupert,tied the whole story together and was essential in making this book a very enjoyable read.The book also touch a bit on gay relationship,something that you never thought Madeleine Wickham/Sophie Kinsella can do.
There are many twist and turns in this book and I like the theme of this book which is essentially about relationships and family.The relationship between Milly and Simon;Olivia and James;Harry and Isobel(spoiler!),Rupert and Allan. I’d give this book 4 out of 5.
3. L.A Candy by Lauren Conrad
Ever since I watched MTV’s reality show Laguna Beach when I was a teen(I have all 3 seasons on dvd!) I became a big fan of Lauren Conrad.What not to love about her anyway?She’s nice,fashionable,beautiful and real,not at all flaky.
I read this book in 1 day.It was like The Hills only much much juicier.The main character is Jane who along with her best friend Scarlett,is on a reality tv-show called L.A Candy along with 2 other girls,Madison and Gaby.
Although this can’t be compared as a literary gem,I thought that for a first attempt by Lauren,this was pretty good.Can’t wait to read the sequel to this book Sweet Little Lies!
Currently I am reading 2 books-The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell & Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes.Hopefully I'll finish reading both books by the end of this week!:)
During the fasting month,I love waking up for sahur and never miss it.I think it’s one of the great things about fasting.Besides,I don’t usually wake up that early on a normal day,although I do so back during UiTM in order to complete last minute assignments(man I miss those times).Heck,I don’t even eat breakfast on most days.Below are pictures of what I ate during sahur this week.
And yes,I love yakult nowadays.The murtabak in one of the pics(which my mum bought all the way from Puncak Alam on Thursday & send to me in Shah Alam,along with my fave puasa dessert,dadih!) below was utterly inedible that I had to throw them away.bleargh.Why oh why the murtabak seller near my parents house doesn’t open his stall this year?I miss it!!*Durian(hehe),wild mushroom soup,garlic bread,murtabak(which I didn't eat cos it taste awful!),yakult & mango flavored dadih*
*Ori glaze krispy kreme,kfc coleslaw + whipped potato,hot & spicy popcorn chicken,garlic bread & yakult*
Only 2 more episodes to go before I finish watching this show.I have to say that I actually love the concept of PLL.It has gorgeous babes/dudes,beautiful clothes,an intriguing plot and a sense of mystery.