Saturday, August 29, 2009

NBS book sale, anyone?

Posted by austenfan at 8/29/2009 03:21:00 PM 0 comments
Breaking News! :D

image taken from National Book Store's website

Go on then. Splurge on all that book lusciousness. You know you want to. Gosh, I miss Gossip Girl. Haha.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Things I'm Excited About

Posted by austenfan at 8/22/2009 12:14:00 PM 7 comments
1. Post Grad

No, I'm not setting my hopes too high that it'll be very fun and entertaining (though I hope it is). I just want to see Alexis Bledel do something that's sort of like what she did as Rory in Gilmore Girls (w/c I just loved!).

Rory and Logan, Gilmore Girls

Hmm. Wonder what Matt Czuchry's up to nowadays?

2. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

The 4th book in the Vampire Academy series, which will be out in the US on August 25. Hmm, wonder when local bookstores will be able to release it? Waitaminute, Aug 25?? That's this coming week! *weeeee!*

3. The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz


Another 4th book, this time, from the Blue Bloods series. If I remember it right, it comes out on the first week of October in the US. *Sigh* I miss Jack Force.

4. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Never has any other book intrigued me this much with its title and cover! I've e-mailed Fullybooked twice about it (I can't find it anywhere!) and I've yet to receive a reply saying 'Yes, it's a fantastic book, indeed! We'll get it right away!'... which reminds me, I need to go check my inbox now! :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

No classes this Wednesday for us!

Posted by austenfan at 8/19/2009 11:02:00 PM 11 comments
Since it's Quezon City day and we don't have classes, off we went to the cinemas for The Time Traveler's Wife - and yes, I liked it!



Now, I won't go all, "Aww, the book was SOOOO much better than the movie" (which, of course, is true) cause let's face it. Books are ALWAYS better than their film adaptations. So I'm just gonna skip over that part and say what I really liked about the movie.

First off, I think Rachel McAdams was just the right choice for the role of Clare - looks-wise, acting-wise, you name it. That meeting with Henry at the library was just plain awesome - exactly how I pictured the scene to unfold. I actually think I'm beginning to develop a girl-crush on her! Eric Bana did great as well, I love how he can look young one moment and older the next scene. :)

Though I was looking for maybe just a tinny tiny bit more chemistry (just a really small bit) cause I didn't get that intense, explosive, we-are-so-in-love vibes that I got from Henry and Clare from the book. So I'm not sure if that's to do with chemistry or how the movie was directed.

BTW, I've (obviously) read the book before I watched the movie so I knew how the story went. For those who haven't read yet it but do want to watch it, it can get a bit confusing on some parts and you may miss some key points in the book essential for the build-up of the story's plot. My suggestion? If you have time, read the book first. I'm sure you won't regret it. :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Where do I get my traffic?

Posted by austenfan at 8/16/2009 07:16:00 PM 5 comments
With my blog's recent transfer to its own domain came the loss of PR and Alexa rank. I guess I have to work more on blog hopping and dropping ECs to get back that traffic. As for the PR, I'd appreciate it if you guys (who have my blog on your blogroll) would update your links. :)

Onto the topic of traffic:

(I grabbed this meme from some of the book blogs I've seen recently.)

Google Analytics is actually a great way to track your blog's visitors (where they come from and how they came about your blog).

I went ahead and looked at the keywords people search for that lead them here, and these made the top ten:

1. hot shot jerry yan
- Hmm, I should probably do more blog posts on Jerry Yan. :)

2. jerry yan
- Like I said.

3. avalon.ph
- I think I did mention the site for a contest I joined.

4. "babble.com" too commercial
- Um, what?

5. "let the right one in"
- I think it's a movie that one of my co-bloggers recommended. Hmm, didn't know comments could be searched!

6. adgitize drop page rank
- Okay, I never said this.

7. as uncreative as
- I remember one of my blog entries having this phrase in the title.

8. austenfan
- Oh my gosh, someone's googling me?! LOL.

9. boso sa overpass
- Now, this one really cracked me up! :p

10. captain frederick wentworth as a hero
- It's good to know that a fellow Captain Wentworth fan visited my blog! :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

So that's what PI 100 is for!

Posted by austenfan at 8/14/2009 09:25:00 PM 2 comments
Obviously, I wasn't able to finish my own challenge. I was supposed to post an entry but there was a sudden power outage just five minutes after I logged on to the net. Then, the next day, I found out that internet here in the Philippines was down due to some undersea cable problem (?). Hmm, wonder if that's somehow connected with the blackout.

****

So, I'm currently taking up PI 100 this semester. It's like a mandatory subject for all the universities here in the Philippines which is mainly (or all) about our national hero, Jose Rizal. (Though I'm not sure how the other schools call or refer to the subject).

Althroughout high school up until I began taking PI 100 classes, I was one of those people who believe that Andres Bonifacio should have been the national hero. My reasoning was the same as everyone else's (at least, I'd like to think so): that Bonifacio did greater things and sacrificed a lot more than Rizal by being courageous enough to fight for our country. But after every 90 minutes of class, I can feel myself wavering on what used to be a pretty solid belief of mine. I don't know why, but I'm beginning to appreciate Rizal's brilliance more and more nowadays.

Actually, I think they should put that on the course objectives! (i.e. To convince students that Rizal really is worthy of being a national hero) :p


BTW, if you want to know more about our very own Jose Rizal, go watch this film! I will! (Since we're required to do so anyway. :p) Already watched the movie? (I did when way back then, but I can't remember most of it now.) Drop me a comment and let me know how you liked it! :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Some Blog Awards!

Posted by austenfan at 8/11/2009 07:20:00 PM 4 comments
I'll make this quick since I still have to study for an exam. :)

Lizzie of cH@zL!ZoN3 gave me two awards, thank you Lizzie!


The Lovely Blog Award

and


The 2009 Best Blogger and Friendship Award

Now, I'm supposed to give The Lovely Blog Award to only 15 blogs but I really need to hurry so I'll just going to pass on these two awards to everyone on my blogroll! (You all deserve it!) :)


Monday, August 10, 2009

It might be short but...

Posted by austenfan at 8/10/2009 10:04:00 PM 6 comments
So this is day 2 of my self-imposed blogging for one week. And since I'm too tired and I really want to sleep already (my eyes are fluttering as I type this), I'll just share a little something from a book I read months ago and which I really liked. :)

We take such pains to be polite. We never say what we mean.

- The Sweet Far Thing (Book 3 of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy) by Libba Bray

So true, don't you think? But of course I'm not saying it's a universal truth or that it applies to everyone and everything we do, but... I know you get my point. :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

This Has Got To Change

Posted by austenfan at 8/09/2009 11:43:00 PM 3 comments
I looked over to my sidebar and saw my blog archive. And yes, it's depressing to see the decreasing pattern on the frequency of my posts. Imagine, I only had 4 entries for the month of July. One per week?! It's really saddening. :(

I started this blog with so much excitement and joy over pouring out my thoughts for the whole world (at least, the blogging world) to see. I remember, I used to log on to the net and check how many visits it had for the day and if someone bothered to comment on one of my entries. But now, I can feel that passion slowly (or maybe even, rapidly) dwindling away. And that's just unacceptable! Though I do have a perfectly valid excuse - that being my overly demanding academic requirements. But still!

Now, I hope that with my new domain comes my renewed love for blogging. Not that it was ever lost, just there hiding somewhere. LOL. With that, I'm challenging myself to blog everyday for one week. Yes, seven straight days. But of course, there will be exceptions, like if our dorm internet connection suddenly went all berserk (which it has a tendency to do). Anyway, the point is I will try to post an entry for one week. Hmm. Hope I do get to do that. Wish me luck! :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

OME. I Think I Just Got My Blog Its Own Domain.

Posted by austenfan at 8/08/2009 04:40:00 PM 16 comments
You heard (read) it right. I'm still not sure what came over me but there it is. Wow. It still feels unreal. LOL. Anyway, to those who have my blog on their blogroll, please do change your links to

www.quintessentialbabble.com


THANKS!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Hot Ones Are Always Fictional

Posted by austenfan at 8/04/2009 12:40:00 PM 4 comments
Don't you agree?

This blog post was inspired by a group that I joined on Facebook. The first time that I stumbled upon the group, all I could think of was, EXACTLY! Visit the group and you'll find a list of those hothothot fictional characters that the fans are raving about (from books, movies, TV shows, though the list is dominated by anime characters. :p)

Now, I'm making my own list! Okay then! This will be in random order since picking out who's on top would be just too difficult (and will probably take me ages). :)

CAPTAIN FREDERICK WENTWORTH

The hero to protagonist of one of my favorite books, Persuasion. A man of insignificant fortune who came back as a respected and successful naval officer worthy of reclaiming Anne Elliott's love. (I know, it sounds so lame and cheesy when I say it, you'd have to read the book!) :)

The image is actually from the book cover of Captain Wentworth's Diary (which I have yet to read), a spin-off of Austen's novel from Captain Wentworth's perspective.




FITZWILLIAM DARCY or more commonly known as MR. DARCY

from Pride and Prejudice, again by Jane Austen.

He's rich, good-looking, seemingly aloof and arrogant yet totally romantic on the inside! What's not to like? :D





Fang

FANG

Maximum Ride by James Patterson. If you haven't read this, you are missing A LOT. Quiet, cool, and really cute - Fang is every teen's romantic fantasy! Come to think of it, someone very similar comes to mind...

KILLUA ZOLDICK (not sure about the surname. :p)
Hunter X Hunter. My favorite assassin. Okay, he's the only assassin I like. LOL.

Let's not forget MICHAEL SCOFIELD who's outrageously smart, sexy (thanks to Wentworth Miller!), and just plain unbelievable.

And while we're on the TV world,

CHUCK BASS. Bad-boy extraordinaire. And everyone's favorite GG character, it seems.

And of course, my vampire loves (I have three! Haha.)

EDWARD CULLEN - Twilight
JACK FORCE - Blue Bloods
CHRISTIAN OZERA - Vampire Academy

I can't think of who to cast as Jack and Christian so I'll let RPattz do the honors. :)


How 'bout you? Who's on your list? :)
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