Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween :)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ready for the Movie

So I have finally finished the Shopaholic Series, and can't wait for the movie to come out in February!!

From Random House:

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn’t be more overjoyed–especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery . . . to the latest, coolest pram . . . to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician.But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke’s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble. She’s shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Almost done!

One more Shopaholic Book to go!

Just finished #4

Review from Sophie Kinsella's website:

What’s a round-the-world honeymoon if you can’t buy the odd souvenir to ship back home? Like the twenty silk dressing gowns Becky found in Hong Kong…the hand-carved dining table (and ten chairs) from Sri Lanka…the, um, huge wooden giraffes from Malawi (that her husband Luke expressly forbade her to buy)… Only now Becky and Luke have returned home to London and Luke is furious. Two truckloads of those souvenirs have cluttered up their loft, and the bills for them are outrageous. Luke insists Becky go on a budget. And worse: her beloved best friend Suze has found a new best friend while Becky was away. Becky’s feeling rather blue—when her parents deliver some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister! Becky is thrilled! She’s convinced her sister will be a true soulmate. They’ll go shopping together, have manicures together.…Until she meets Jessica for the first time and gets the shock of her life. Surely Becky Bloomwood’s sister can’t…hate shopping?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Amazin' Rays!!

We're going to the World Series baby!! From being up 3-1 against the Boston Red Sox, and then losing 2 in a row, forcing Game 7, the Tampa Bay Rays did it!

Phillies, here we come!

Monday, October 13, 2008

3 down 2 to go...

...of the Shopaholic series

From Random House:
Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She's become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan's West Village, and her new next door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she's been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything...

Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky's head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky's overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum's frilly old gown. While Luke's high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can't seem to turn down either one. Can everyone's favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

...and another

Yup, another book. How did I become such a fast reader? Seriously? 4 days?

Review from Random House:
With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to “pack light.” But packing takes on a whole new meaning when Luke announces he’s moving to New York for business–and he asks Becky to go with him!

Before you can say “Prada sample sale,” Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury department stores.

Surely it’s only a matter of time until she becomes an American TV celebrity, and she and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky’s bills miles away in London.

But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan–but will she have to return it?

Monday, October 6, 2008

"Rays the Roof"

Woohooo! They did it! A team that finished dead last, last season is in the AL Championship Series! With a 6-2 win today over the Chicago White Sox, they won the ALDS 3-2!

Looks like Boston won their series too, so it will be a Rays-BoSox matchup.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Tampa Bay Rays

From Wikipedia:
The Tampa Bay Rays are a professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Since their inception in 1998, the Rays have played in Tropicana Field.
From their inception in 1998 through November 2007
, the organization was named the "Devil Rays", a common nickname for the manta ray. They were nicknamed
"The D-Rays", a shortened version of the Devil Rays name. The new name "Rays" is described by principal owner Stuart Sternberg as the team representing, "A beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida."
An expansion franchise, the club was founded in St. Petersburg in 1998. They are one of four active teams never to have played in a World Series. From their inaugural season until 2007, the team finished out of last place only once: in 2004, when they finished fourth in their division. Then, on September 20, 2008, the Rays secured their first-ever postseason berth with a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. With the New York Yankees win over the Boston Red Sox on September 26 that same year, the Rays also clinched their first American League East title in franchise history.

As I write this, the Rays just won their FIRST EVER post season game, against the Chicago White Sox, 6-4!

Go Rays!

I think the problem is I read too fast...


It seems that everytime I put a book up in "What I am currently reading" I finish the book, and start a new one, and then don't update! Bad Vanessa!

So I just finished 2 books. I have been looking for more (chick lit) books that have an "ongoing" story. So a friend told me about the Shopaholic series, and figured, enh, what the hell.

So I started with:

Review from Random House:
Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better....

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is that she can't actually afford it—not any of it.

Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. And lately Becky's been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank—letters with large red sums she can't bear to read—and they're getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky's only consolation is to buy herself something ... just a little something....

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times—and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood's hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her "confessions" are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

I look forward to reading the next one: Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

The other one I just finished was:

Review from
The New York Times bestselling author of The Other Woman returns with a wry tale of two women who discover the grass is not always greener on the other side of the Atlantic
Vicky Townsley is single, solvent, and seriously successful. Features director of the hugely successful Poise! magazine, she has an amazing flat, good friends, a fantastic wardrobe . . . in short, everything — except the life she wants: marriage, children, and a house in the country.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Amber Winslow has a stone mansion in Connecticut, two kids (and a full-time nanny), the requisite golden retriever, and a busy charitable commitment for the local Women’s League. But she hasn’t quite found the fulfillment she had expected from being a wife and mother. When she spots an intriguing contest in Poise!, Amber never expects to be picked.

Swapping Lives is a riotous and poignant look at what happens when two women, both of whom think their bliss lies elsewhere, walk in each other’s shoes for a month only to discover that happiness is closer than they’d ever thought. A rich, clever, and sharply observed chronicle of the true lives of women, Swapping Lives is a must read for the modern mademoiselle that will again squarely position Jane Green in a preeminent place in women’s fiction.

Happy reading :)