Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella



Title: The Undomestic Goddess
Author: Sophie Kinsella
First Published: October 2007
Publisher: Bantam Dell
My rating: 4/5


Synopsis:

High powered lawyer Samantha Sweeting had never made a mistake, and then she made a big one. Her one mistake cost her firm one million pounds. Unable face her mistake, Samantha runs away. In a trance, she gets on a train and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. One lie after another and she is hired as a housekeeper for a family who has no idea who she really is. She’s an absolute disaster in the kitchen, has never ironed in her life, but manages to pick up domestic skills while learning about life, love, and friendship.

My thoughts:

Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors from the very first time I've read synopsis of her novels. I have always thought of her as a writer who never fails to add humor to her stories. And when after reading The Undomestic Goddess, I was proven right.

I received the book as a gift from my friend who is a psychometrician/book blogger/writer/composer/singer/photographer (I look up to her as someone who can do anything and has tons of talent) Mary Ruth Baloy for my 20th birthday. And when I had time to read a book I didn't waste my time. I was able to finish the book in 2 days. This book was so good I couldn't hardly put it down.

I liked the protagonist of the story Samantha Sweeting. She had her mind set on the things she want and works really hard for it. What I don't like about her is that she couldn't find some "me" time. She is always so busy that all she ever do was work! So even before I started reading (having read the summary), I was really waiting for the part where she would be a housekeeper. It piqued my interest how a high-paid lawyer would end up working as a housekeeper.

Humor was of course present. Just reading about Samantha's misadventures on housekeeping gave me a good laugh. Imagine a well-educated and sophisticated woman facing the challenges of knowing how to turn on the microwave or even finding out what an iron was.

Ah, Romance. I find their gardener as attractive as Samantha did. Hihihi. Anyway, I wouldn't go through the details but I gotta say, I so love the romantic feel of the story being set in a romantic place. Although I think the ending was a bit of a cliff hanger, I was very much satisfied that it was a happy ending. :)

Do try reading this book. No regrets, I promise. ;)


Your friendly neighborhood elyen,
Melody Elrise

P.S. This is my first time to write a book review so please bear with me ._.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Wishlist

It's a new year but I wasn't able to have all of the things in my wishlist the previous year but I'm still very thankful since I now have some stuff from the list. And because it's 2015, I want to show you my wishlist for this year. (List may change, according to my mood. LOL)



1. Nerdy Frames
I've always wanted to have a pair to use for self shoots and stuff. I just can't find a pair with just frames without the glass.



2. Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella
I'm always a fan of Sophie Kinsella books, And this one, I just can't get my hands on. Gimme one please~!!!


3. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Could you guess why I want this one from all the Paulo Coelho books? Yup, because of the title! After reading 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, I've become interested with the topic of suicide. I don't actually know the whole plot of the story and I have no intention of searching google for it. I want it to be a surprise if ever someone is gonna give this to me as a gift. Teehee.



4. Wig
Still on my wishlist this year. Still not giving up on that Luka Megurine Love Philosophia cosplan. *fingers crossed*


5. Lower Lashes
To complete that kawaii dolly look <3


6. Contact Lenses
All of my contact lenses have already expired and I don't have a pair to use anymore. *sobs* A green or gray pair would be lovely~!


7. Glow in the Dark Universe
I just love the glow-in-the-dark galaxy stickers le dearest gave me and I plan to add more on my ceiling. Don't judge me, I'm an alien, remember?


8. Statement Shirts
I don't know but I have the knack for statement shirts this year. So if you're planning to give me something as a present besides a book, a statement shirt would be perfect!




9. Head Gears
I have a collection of weird/cool/kawaii/otaku head gears and they will never be enough so keep 'em coming~!


10. Shoes
I am not a shoe person as you all know but I think I really need new pairs this year. I'm having a really hard time picking shoes that would fit the clothes I wear since I only have a few shoes to chose from.

I'm hoping this list would be completed by the end of the year. <3


Your friendly neighborhood elyen,
Melody Elrise 

(P.S. pictures not mine)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

UPDATED: 2015 Reading Challenge List



I have added 7 new books to my list. The added books are highlighted in pink. So here is the updated list:

1.A book with more than 500 pages. -Buffy The Vampire Slayer by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson
2. A classic romance. -Love is a Gentle Stranger by June Masters Bacher
3. A book that became a movie. -The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisbergan
4. A book published this year. -(Since I have a lot of pending to-read books, I haven't check on the latest published books yet.)
5. A book with a number on the title. -A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
6. A book written by someone under 30. -Divergent by Veronica Roth
7. A book with nonhuman characters. -The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
8.A funny book.-Stupid is Forever by Mrriam Defensor-Santiago
9. A book by a female author. -The Fall o Shane Mackade by Nora Roberts
10. A mystery or thriller. -Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
11.A book with one-word title. -Man-hater by Penny Jordan
12. A book of short stories. -Perstaym by Tipolo Publication
13. A book set in a different country. -Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
14. A non-fiction book. -(Not really a fan of non-fiction books.)
15. A popular authors first book. -Kissing Ms, Wrong by Sonia Francesca
16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet. -The First Phone Call From eaven by Mitch Albom
17. A book a friend recommended. -Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Foer Jonathan Safran
18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book. -The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
19. A book based on a true story. -Teusdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list. -The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
21. A book your mom loves. -
22. A book that scares you. -
23. A book more that 100 years old. -The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
24. A book based entirely on its cover.
25. A book you're supposed to read at school but didn't. -Sophie's World by Gaarder C. Jostien
26. A memoir. -Good Morning, Mr. Mandela by Zelda La Grange
27. A book you can finish in a day. -Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Sonia Francesca
28. A book with antonyms on the title.
29. A book set somewhere you always wanted to visit. -Animal Farm by George Orwell
30. A book that came out the year you were born.
31. A book with bad reviews. -Inferno by Dan Brown (Here in the Philippines, I guess.)
32. A trilogy. Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard
33. A book from your childhood. -Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
34. A book with a love triangle. -The Vampire Diaries the Awakening by L.J. Smith
35. A book set in the future.
36. A book set in High School.
37. A book with a color on the title. -The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
38. A book that made you cry. -The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
39. A book with magic. -A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
40. A graphic novel. -Blue Nights by Sonia Francesca
41. A book by an author you have never read. -Have Baby, Will Date by Andrea Passion
42. A book you owned but never read. -No Second Parting by Lilian Peake
43. A book that takes place at your hometown.
44. A book that was originally written in a different language. -Autofiction by Hitomi Kanehara
45. A book set during Christmas. -
46. A book written by an author with your same initials.
47. A play. -Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
48. A banned book. -The Black Bible
49. A book based or turned into a TV Show. -Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
50. A book you started but never finished. -What Matters Most For Teens

Tuesday, January 6, 2015



We were walking around town when he suddenly stopped when it started raining.

Me: Bakit, Bhie?
Le Boyfriend: Ang bastos ng langit.
Me: Huh? Bakit?
Le Boyfriend: Nandudura.
Me: *palmface*


I want to blog about stuff but I got so many school work to do. I'll try to find time this weekend. So for now, let me drown in my misery. 












Your friendly neighborhood elyen,
Melody Elrise

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge!


A friend of mine, Mary Ruth Baloy, who is a book blogger and a bookworm herself, posted this 2015 Reading Challenge on Facebook and I got really interested in it since I really love reading. This is the Reading Challenge by PopSugar. I made a reading plan for me to be able to finish the Reading Challenge but it isn't completed yet since I am still looking for the other books for the challenge.

As of now, this is the partial list of my reading plan:

1.A book with more than 500 pages. -Buffy The Vampire Slayer by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson
2. A classic romance. -Love is a Gentle Stranger by June Masters Bacher
3. A book that became a movie. -The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisbergan
4. A book published this year. -(Since I have a lot of pending to-read books, I haven't check on the latest published books yet.)
5. A book with a number on the title. -A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
6. A book written by someone under 30. -Divergent by Veronica Roth
7. A book with nonhuman characters. -The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
8.A funny book.-Stupid is Forever by Mrriam Defensor-Santiago
9. A book by a female author. -The Fall o Shane Mackade by Nora Roberts
10. A mystery or thriller. -Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
11.A book with one-word title. -Man-hater by Penny Jordan
12. A book of short stories. -Perstaym by Tipolo Publication
13. A book set in a different country. -Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
14. A non-fiction book. -(Not really a fan of non-fiction books.)
15. A popular authors first book. -Kissing Ms, Wrong by Sonia Francesca
16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet. -The First Phone Call From eaven by Mitch Albom
17. A book a friend recommended. -Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Foer Jonathan Safran
18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book. -The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
19. A book based on a true story. -Teusdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list. -The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
21. A book your mom loves. -
22. A book that scares you. -
23. A book more that 100 years old. -The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
24. A book based entirely on its cover.
25. A book you're supposed to read at school but didn't. -Sophie's World by Gaarder C. Jostien
26. A memoir. -Good Morning, Mr. Mandela by Zelda La Grange
27. A book you can finish in a day. -Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Sonia Francesca
28. A book with antonyms on the title.
29. A book set somewhere you always wanted to visit.
30. A book that came out the year you were born.
31. A book with bad reviews.
32. A trilogy. Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard
33. A book from your childhood. -Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
34. A book with a love triangle.
35. A book set in the future.
36. A book set in High School.
37. A book with a color on the title.
38. A book that made you cry. -The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
39. A book with magic. -
40. A graphic novel. -Blue Nights by Sonia Francesca
41. A book by an author you have never read. -Have Baby, Will Date by Andrea Passion
42. A book you owned but never read. -No Second Parting by Lilian Peake
43. A book that takes place at your hometown.
44. A book that was originally written in a different language. -Autofiction by Hitomi Kanehara
45. A book set during Christmas. -
46. A book written by an author with your same initials.
47. A play.
48. A banned book.
49. A book based or turned into a TV Show. -Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
50. A book you started but never finished. -What Matters Most For Teens

I've joined a group on Goodreads of people who have also taken the 2015 Reading Challenge. It is a big help since it's kinda hard to find some of the books in the reading challenge. So if you also want to take on the challenge, you can join here: 2015 Reading Challenge!

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/152301-2015-reading-challenge


I hope this helps in any way. I'll keep you guys updated with my progress on the challenge. For now, I have my book and my coffee, so leave me alone! (Kidding XD)



Your friendly neighborhood elyen,
Melody Elrise

Thursday, January 1, 2015


My boyfriend says so many random crazy things when we're together, let me share some of the crazy crap he says. I actually got this idea from Ms.Helga's Blog.

It's new year and well, that doesn't stop him from being his crazy self XD

New year's eve:

Me: Baby, gawa tayo ng New Year's Resolution. (Baby, let's make a New Year's Resolution.)
Le Bofriend: New Year's Resolution: 1080x720
Me: *facepalm*



HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))


Your friendly neighborhood elyen,
Melody Elrise