What Up Dawg?: How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business by Randy Jackson

To take a break from novels, I decided to buy a book with a different nature—either a how-to book, or an informative one. Well, I got hold of American Idol judge, Randy Jackson’s What Up Dawg?: How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business at a book sale. I felt like a fool but I still bought it (cautiously, so people wouldn’t see the title.

I have an ambition to become a singing star—a recording artist or a musical theater actor. Music has been one of my constant driving forces to get up and go through life, and if permitted, I would like to pursue it as a career. I thought hey, maybe this book could give me insights on the music business, how to start a career on it, and how to make it progress.

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A Cat Under the Mistletoe by Lydia Adamson

Still with the nagging feeling to read, I reached for a pocketbook that been also in my drawer for some time of eight months (I think…): A Cat Under the Mistletoe.

This mystery fiction novel by Lydia Adamson has Alice Nestleton as the main protagonist; our resident amateur sleuth, cat-lover, cat-sitter and former actress and model. While bringing one of her client’s tabby to a cat psychiatrist, she finds the cat “shrink” sitting on her chair, dead. Apparently, she was murdered—a gunshot below her right ear, with a ridiculous white apron around her waist. It would seem that all the cats that enter her life always bring this woman into a LOT of trouble!

Personally, I did not like Alice’s attitude. At times, she would interrogate her own suspects with just substantial proof. At times, she would come out as a stupid detective-wannabee. She jumps to conclusions without any actual absolute proof, and the only way to catch the culprit is to set up traps. Maybe, she should have just stayed as an actress or model, but since murders couldn’t escape her, she just had to dig into it.


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How to Be A Pirate by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III by Cressida Cowell

After Worlds Collide, I still felt the uncanny urge to read so I decided to abuse it and reached for a book that has already spent a year in my drawer: How to Be A Pirate by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, said to be “translated from the Old Norse by” Cressida Cowell.

This children’s book is about a Viking pirate-in-training named Hiccup, said to be “the famous Viking Hero, Drgaon-Whisperer, and Top Swordfighter.” It’s like the Viking pirate version of Harry Potter, only, it’s suited for a younger readership. Actually, it’s for a more mature youngster, someone in the ages of late grade-school.

This volume is actually the second in the series of who-knows-how-many, the first being How to Train Your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (which I have not yet actually seen or read). In this publication, Hiccup faces the pitfalls of being the heir to their tribe (since his father is the current chief) like being ostracized and ridiculed. These aside, the hero also tries his best to meet the expectations of a father who takes enormous pride in his son. And to top it off, he encounters an adventure not suitable for common kids. But with the help of his best friend and baby dragon, he his able to pull out of his struggles victorious.


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Worlds Collide by Alison Strobel

Let me start by confessing that this would be my first book review ever. After all of the books that I’ve read, it is only now that I would make one. Which means, I don’t know how to do this. Which means, it probably wouldn’t meet your expectations of an ideal book review. Which means, I totally suck.  🙂

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Aptly titled Worlds Collide (probably a play on the words, “worlds apart”) by Alison Strobel (published 2005), it is a story along the big-movie-star-meets-simple-girl genre. Between their story, however, is a journey unlike any other; of discovering purpose, finding yourself and a happy life, and finding GOD.

I’ve always been a firm believer that celebrities are just like the rest of us. I’ve had my fair share of star encounters, and for the most part I was never that impressed.

—Jada Eastman, Worlds Collide, page 1

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“Always, Always, Always the Bridesmaid”

With Katherine Heigl as Jane Nichols, the “always a bridesmaid” character for a whopping 27 times, 27 Dresses delivers lite comedy that never bores and inspires a perspective on how life should be lived.

The theatrical poster.
The theatrical poster.

There have been times when I felt an emotion of uncertainty as to what I should be doing in life–I didn’t know what my purpose is and I am confused as to what career path to take. I am confused because I know what I want, but it would seem that what I want is something so distant and was never meant to be. It’s one of those times where I ask, “Will I get what I want and will I want what I get?” It can be very perplexing looking for your life’s purpose especially if you have decided on what you want to be.

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