Monday, November 30, 2009

After a long hiatus...

Hey bibliophiles..

For those of you who are still checking back religiously, hoping for a new entry or book to devour.

Thank you for being so patient!

Recent going-ons in life has rendered me too busy to keep this site updated.
However, I'm BACK!!

So stay tuned for more book-ish bargains on this site.

On another note.. all available books on this site has been reduced to RM20 each inclusive of posekspress postage! Drop me an email to check availability!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A recent find.. for chic-lit enthusiasts

Something new I was craving to read
Bernadette Strachan it was I found
One book I read, that's all it took
To fall head over heels to love a book

RM25 each
REDUCED to
RM20
(inclusive of postage)

A wonderfully engaging and romantic comedy about Evie Crump and the residents of 18 Kemp Street...When struggling actress Evie Crump inherits a sprawling Victorian pile from an old family friend in Camden, it would seem to be a dream ticket for Evie and best-friend Bing to escape from the leaky-flat-from-hell. Except it comes with a proviso: she may not evict the existing tenants under any circumstances. There's Bernard, a recluse, who doesn't know how to boil an egg; unforthcoming single-mum Caroline; and the mysterious A P Warne of whom there is no sight. And try as she might to focus on reviving her acting career and her love life (without falling for the charms of her leading man), Evie simply can't resist getting involved in the lives of her new family...


Handbags and Halos
SOLD

Neil Fitzgerald worries that her life is shallow and meaningless. She's right - it is. Stricken by an acute pre-mid-life crisis, she's walked out on her obstreperous boyfriend, moved in with her icy Knightsbridge grandmother and been forced to assume the role of faux girlfriend to closet gay TV presenter, Blair Taylor, by her merciless boss at the Morgan theatrical agency. In a desperate bid to inject a little depth into her existence, Neil enrols at 'Helping Hands' volunteer centre. There the frighteningly grown up coordinator, Phred, looks on in bemusement as a series of mishaps lead her to discover that 'doing good' doesn't offer the immediate rewards she'd bargained for. Can Neil juggle the demands of her two very different worlds as well as her eccentric family, perplexed girlfriends and unexpected feelings for Phred?


Little White Lies
SOLD

Jilted bride Billie Baskerville is summoned by her Aunt Barbara to remotest Sussex Aunt Babs is going to Australia on a OAP-GAP year, and needs Billie to take over running her shop... her wedding dress shop.

Putting a cynical, groom-hating, wedding-loathing, bride-detesting girl in charge of a bridal boutique might seem a little rash, but before long Billie cant help but get swept away by the romance of the whole thing, and by village life. She gives the shop a much-needed makeover, reunites lovers - not to mention longlost relatives - and starts rebuilding her own life.

Its all starting to look up, even if her family are crazy, her gay best friend is the talk of the village, and Billie is still emailing her ex. Enter, stage left, a very handsome firefighter...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

it's that painful

Another gem by Cathy Glass,
Author of the bestselling Damaged and Hidden

CUT
SOLD at RM28
Retails at RM44.90
Condition NEW

My thoughts
I don't know why but I've always been drawn to stories and true accounts of kids - especially those living in a dangerous environment. It makes me ache for them and teaches me to be grateful for what I have.

Synopsis

In her new book, the no.1 bestselling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

Read all about it

ROMANCE
Find a safe place

Sanctuary
Selling at RM25
SOLD
Retails at RM33.95
Condition NEW

Synopsis
Photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she'd escaped the house called Sanctuary long ago. She'd spent her loneliest years there, after the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother. But now someone is sending her pictures; strange, candid close-ups, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all - a photo of her mother, naked, beautiful and dead. Jo decides she must return to face her bitterly estranged family: her father, who has never recovered from the loss of his wife, and her brother and sister. But while her presence stirs up old resentments, Jo finds solace with architect Nathan Delaney - who is also facing his own demons. But while Jo and Nathan look for a way to lay the past to rest, a more sinister presence is watching the Hathaway family with interest. It seems Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all...

FANTASY
Ooh the nutter
Good Omens
REDUCED to
RM20
(inclusive of postage)
Retails at RM35.90

Synopsis
According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea.

CHIC-LIT
Yes, milady..
The Duke & I
Bridgerton series, Book 1
SOLD
Retails at RM34.90
Condition NEW

Synopsis
Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry-though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster.

And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that is seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Crying for Constance
Buy both and have your postage FOC!
Ugly
SOLD
Selling at RM25
Retails at RM38.90
Condition Used (AS NEW)

Beyond Ugly
SOLD
at RM30
Retails at RM62.90
Condition Used (AS NEW)

My thoughts
Ugly and Beyond Ugly follows the story of Constance, who suffered abuse at the hands of someone who was supposed to give unconditional love - her mother.

It's heartbreaking, this story. At the same time, I found myself completely in awe of her determination to succeed in life, despite the many lemons life handed her. Read and be captivated by Constance.. who against all odds, have made herself a lady to be reckoned with.

She later filed a lawsuit against her mom and won. Read all about it here... http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/article5275784.ece
Synopsis
'I would like some cosmetic surgery.'
'For what reason?'

'Because I'm ugly, ugly, ugly.'

It was Constance's mother who told her she was ugly. Over and over again. And that was just one strand of a childhood blighted by physical and emotional abuse. But the young girl had a strength and resilience beyond her years.

She put herself through university, financing her studies with several jobs-including one caring for the terminally ill in a hospice – and then fulfilled a lifelong ambition by joining a prestigious set of legal chambers. But Constance's troubles were not over...

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

An apology

For all bibliophiles

First of all, thank you very much for your constant support through these months. Sharing my love for books with you all and receiving your mails has been a great experience. As for friends made along the way, thank you for your friendship.

Of late, I've been mostly missing in action (MIA), responding only to emails. A thousand sorry(ies) to those who've received their books late.

The past month or so has been a really busy one. Trips to the post office has therefore been sparse and sporadic. Things are looking up though. And your books are already zooming their way to you.

To make up for my tardiness, all returning buyers (bibliophiles) will be entitled to a RM3 discount.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

To jump on the bandwagon or not

I'm toying with an idea...

Do you think bibliotaphic should have a facebook page?
Yes or No?
Why?

Write in to thebookaffair@gmail.com
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The best suggestion wins a
RM10
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Contest ends 30th June 2009

Run away with my heart

JUNE OFFERS
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Nothing thrills me as much as...
The smell of books - both old and new
The swashbuckling adventures that lay within
Of knights and damsels in days of ole'
Of romance and mysteries that tell the tale
A world to explore
A story to enrapture
Nothing pleases me as much as
A new read

Take care of that hair
Split ends

Selling at RM25
REDUCED to
RM20
(inclusive of postage)
Retails at RM35.50
Condition NEW
Synopsis
Eight years ago, when Hannah was a struggling single mum, Nick Steadman seemed like Mr Right and Prince Charming rolled into one. Kind, strong, reliable - and the perfect step-dad to Lottie - what did it matter if his taste in trousers was more M&S than D&G?

OK, so their relationship's never been based on passion, but it has plenty of respect, friendship and trust. Trouble is, after eight years together they're beginning to realise that friendship isn't enough. The solution? An amicable divorce. Which would be just fine if it wasn't so hard to explain to nine-year-old Lottie.

And if Hannah didn't find herself a teeny bit annoyed at Nick's ability to move on so quickly. Not that she isn't happy for him and his new lover. Of course she is. After all, they agreed they'd be mature, grown-up and rational about their separation. They may be divorced but they can still be friends. Can't they?

Catch that smell!
A Whiff of Scandal
Selling at RM25
REDUCED to
RM20
(inclusive of postage)
Retails at RM35.50
Condition NEW

Synopsis
Rose's nosy neighbours claim that she has men popping in and out of her home all day. Having escaped from London and Hugh, her devastatingly handsome, intelligent - and married - ex-lover, Rose has no idea that her occupation as an aromatherapist will cause such a scandal in her new neighbourhood!

Desperate Housewives?
Bordeaux Housewives
SOLD
Retails at RM42.90
Condition NEW

Synopsis
a new romantic comedy combining a heady mix of sunshine, sex, Sancerre and secrets. When an ordinary English family swap dreary suburbia and the rat race for the glorious countryside of France, they have no idea just how much their lives are going to change. For in addition to the culture shock, they have been selected to appear in a reality TV show about their Good Life lifestyle. But they also have a secret life which they need to hide from the cameras! Meanwhile, at the local bar, another expat is finding that local attractions amount to more than wine, cheese and sunflowers!

Money, money, money!
Free food for Millionaires
Min-Jin Lee
Selling at RM28
SOLD
Retails at RM42.90
Condition NEW

Synopsis
In her noteworthy debut, Lee filters through a lively postfeminist perspective a tale of first-generation immigrants stuck between stodgy parents and the hip new world.

Lee's heroine, 22-year-old Casey Han, graduates magna cum laude in economics from Princeton with a taste for expensive clothes and an "enviable golf handicap," but hasn't found a "real" job yet, so her father kicks her out of his house. She heads to her white boyfriend's apartment only to find him in bed with two sorority girls.

Next stop: running up her credit card at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Casey's luck turns after a chance encounter with Ella Shim, an old acquaintance. Ella gives Casey a place to stay, while Ella's fiancé gets Casey a "low pay, high abuse" job at his investment firm and Ella's cousin Unu becomes Casey's new romance.

Lee creates a large canvas, following Casey as she shifts between jobs, careers, friends, mentors and lovers; Ella and Ted as they hit a blazingly rocky patch; and Casey's mother, Leah, as she belatedly discovers her own talents and desires.

Though a first-novel timidity sometimes weakens the narrative, Lee's take on contemporary intergenerational cultural friction is wide-ranging, sympathetic and well worth reading. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Let's go a-shopping...
Late night shopping
Selling at RM28
REDUCED to
RM25
(inclusive of postage)
Retails at RM42.90
Condition NEW

Synopsis
Uber-busy Annie Valentine — mum to two demanding children and personal shopper in a swanky London fashion store — is now intent on setting up a business of her own. She has ambitions for a shoe and handbag empire, and she'll do anything to get there.

But what about her adorable new man? As someone who wants nothing more than a quiet life, Ed is shocked to discover Annie is staking their home on her success. And now their relationship is on the line.

Ed isn't convinced that Annie's surprise remedy — an extravagant friends and family holiday to Italy — is really what they all need. Especially when a dashing Italian businessman promises to fulfill Annie's every dream. . . .

Of vampires and romance
THE CIRCLE TRILOGY
Book 1 - Morrigan's Cross
Book 2 - Dance of the Gods
Book 3 - Valley of Silence

Selling at RM25 each
OR
Purchase all three titles at
RM70

(with free postage)
2 sets SOLD
Retails at RM32.90
Condition NEW

Synopsis
Book 1
As a storm rages, the tale begins...of a powerful vampire's lust for destruction-and of the circle of six charged by the goddess Morrigan to stop her....

A battle is brewing between the forces of good and evil-a war that will be fought across the planes of time-as Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, gathers her dark minions around her.

The goddess Morrigan rises up to stop her-and with her, a circle of six...

Book 2
As the Circle of Six prepares for its final clash with the dark army of the vampire Lilith, the battleground shifts. In Ireland, a stone circle serves as the portal to another land and an ancient time.

It is in Geall that all will meet their fate-the sorcerer, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one who was lost. And as their courage is tested, hearts will bond as never before...

Book 3
Step by step, destiny has brought a sorcerer, a witch, a warrior, a shapeshifter, a scholar, and a lost soul to the land of Geall-and to the Valley of Silence. It is here that their voices will ring out against those of evil.

The fate of every world hangs in the balance, as humanity rallies behind a newly crowned queen in a clash with a vampire who has reigned for centuries...

Prada, Gucci, Dior, Coach
The glamorous (double) life of Isabel Bookbinder
Selling at RM28
SOLD
Condition NEW

Synopsis
Isabel Bookbinder is a twenty-seven-year-old assistant at the Saturday Mercury newspaper in London. She has a disinterested boyfriend, a mother who loves clothes that match, and a father who always expects her to do better.

Although Isabel may spend most of her time measuring newspaper column inches, she's well on her way to becoming a bestselling author. She's already perfected Her Look (cashmere track suit, lots of mascara), is working on her toned size eight figure, and gets up at dawn to work on her novel (well, sort of). She even has a fabulous mentor -- a bestselling but increasingly eccentric author who takes her to glamorous book parties and introduces her to the dreamy literary agent Joe Madison. But when she inadvertently exposes a political sex scandal and her name becomes known for all the wrong reasons, her glamorous double life starts to spin out of control.

With her distinctive voice, penchant for getting in sticky situations, and blind confidence in her dream of becoming a famous novelist, Isabel Bookbinder is a heroine that you can't help but root for.

Boy? Girl? Huh?
Middlesex
Selling at RM25
SOLD
Retails at RM36.90
Condition NEW

Synopsis
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974."

So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of 1967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Point, Michigan.

To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns her into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, MIDDLESEX is an thrilling reinvention of the American epic.


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Monday, June 8, 2009

Run away and hide...

On the Run
Greg and Gina Hill

SOLD
Condition Used - *AS NEW*

My thoughts
A very well-written and intriguing autobiography following the lives of Gregg and Gina Hill, children of the infamous mafia turncoat, Henry Hill. This book tells the tale from their viewpoint... of how they were swept into the witness protection programme and how each time their irresponsible father slips up, they have to start moving - just in case, the mob catches up with them and kills them. Gregg and Gina alternates telling their story. It's interesting to see how they recount and dealt with things differently.


Synopsis
By the son and daughter of Henry Hill - immortalised in the book Wiseguy and the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas - On The Run is the harrowing account of a childhood spent coping with an explosive father whilst dodging Mafia payback. Henry Hill's business partner, Jimmy Burke has whacked every person who could possibly implicate him in the infamous Lufthansa robbery at JFK airport. On his way to prison, lifelong ganster Henry is given two options: sleep with the fishes, or enter the FBI's Witness Protection Program. Gregg and Gina are dragged along for the ride. Like nomads, they're forced to wander from state to state, constantly inventing new names and finding new friends, only to abandon them at a moment's notice. Living under constant fear of being found and killed. But Henry, the rock Gregg and Gina so desperately need, is a heavy cocaine user and knows only the criminal life. He is soon up to his old tricks and consistently putting their identities in jeopardy. And so it continues until the kids, now almost grown, can no longer ignore that the Mob might be less of a threat to them than remaining under the roof of their increasingly unbalanced father.
Source: http://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/772/On_The_Run-Gregg_Hill_and_Gina_Hill.html

The bane of existence

Derik's Bane
Mary Janice Davidson
Selling at RM20
SOLD
Condition Used - *AS NEW*

My thoughts
She has done it again! Great sense of humour, witty dialogue, fearless heroine and hunky hero. Best loved for her Betsey series, MJD delves into her latest paranormal (AGAIN) romance.... this time with a powerful sorceress and an uber good-looking werewolf! I just love LOVE love MJD and wished that more of her books can be bought in Malaysia!


Synopsis
Davidson's comedic werewolf-meets-sorceress romance will elicit delighted howls of laughter. Derik, a werewolf with a supergorgeous body to match his superpowered strength, wakes up alpha one morning; then, after the seer of the Wyndham werewolves has a vision of the end of the world, he is sent off to California to "take care" of Morgan Le Fay before she brings on the apocalypse. But Dr. Sara Gunn has no idea that she is an incarnation of the evil sorceress. And besides, she researched the legend of the enchantress in college and knows that her vilification was caused by patriarchal distortions of the historical record. When Derik discovers that he is unable to kill her as instructed, they set off to stop a cult that may destroy the world while trying to instigate King Arthur's return. Davidson's use of coarse language is perfect for Derik's canid personality. He, wolfishly enough, really does only have two major concerns in life: sex and food. This riotous romp is the first full-length novel in Davidson's Wyndham Werewolves series.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

undead......

Undead and Unwed
Mary Janice Davidson

Selling at RM20
SOLD
Condition Used - good condition

My thoughts
Prepare yourself to be totally taken in by Betsey, the shoe-loving average girl who suddenly finds herself dead and made-over to become Betsey, Queen of Vampires. Get ready to be entertained as she comes to terms with the fact that she is now dead (or rather 'undead') and also made Queen. This is first in Mary Janice Davidson's Betsey series.

For those of you who don't know MJD, she is by far, one of my favourite authors - quick-witted, sharp-tongued and very very entertaining. I secretly think Betsey is emulated after her. :)


Synopsis
Betsy Taylor--former model, newly unemployed secretary, 30, and still single--wakes up after being flattened by a small SUV in a tacky coffin wearing cheap knock-off shoes. Her mother is glad she is back, albeit as a vampire, but her stepmother is enraged that Betsy has reclaimed her designer-shoe collection. With a wealthy best friend and a newly acquired doctor pal who is not susceptible to her formidable allure, she sets out to right wrongs but is abducted by Nostro, a tacky 500-year-old vampire who rules the undead roost. It seems that Betsy is an anomaly: a vampire who doesn't burn in sunlight, can fight the urge to feed, and is not repulsed by religious articles, all of which may make her the prophesied Queen of the Vampires. Teaming up with gorgeous vampire Eric Sinclair, who is in her opinion a major pervert, she takes on Nostro and his minions. Sexy, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny, Davidson's chick-lit foray into the paranormal is delightful.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

life's better over there?

The other side of the story
Marian Keyes
SOLD at RM20
Condition Used - good condition

My thoughts
In the engaging way of Marian, the story comes alive almost immediately for readers to relate to her three characters. Humorous and with razor-sharp witticism, it's a book which will keep you glued to your seat, and hungering for more of Keyes' gems.


Synopsis
Jojo Harvey is a literary agent whose star is on the rise. In love with both her married boss and her burgeoning career, not much distracts her. Until she finds herself representing two women who used to be best friends. One of them, Gemma, has suddenly found herself from a broken home - at the age of thirty-two. Meanwhile, Lily - the woman Gemma has always blamed for stealing her one chance of happiness - is enjoying the overnight success of her debut novel. Set in the world of publishing, 'The Other Side of the Story' is about love, loyalty, glass ceilings and survival tactics - and what to do when you get your chance for revenge.

If you could see me now
Cecelia Ahern

SOLD at RM25
Retails at RM36.90
Condition NEW

My thoughts
Author of PS I love you, Ahern is easily one of the most popular writer of chick-lit. Set in Ireland, this story is magic, full of heart and elements of romance.

Synopsis
Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son, Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count. But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luke and Elizabeth are desperately in need of some magic. Enter Ivan. Wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure, in no time at all Ivan has changed Elizabeth in ways she could never have imagined. But is Ivan too good to be true? Has Elizabeth opened her heart only to risk it being broken again? As for Ivan, he thought he was there to help Luke not Elizabeth - or himself!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Back by popular demand.... Cathy Glass

Damaged
Cathy Glass
Selling at RM35
Hardcover edition
SOLD
BRAND NEW!


My thoughts

An engaging and heartbreaking read.
Cry, be inspired, be caught up by the masterful way Cathy Glass tells a story so close to her heart. This book really made me stop and thank God for my family.

Synopsis
At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to accept Jodie to protect her from being put in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Exploring her roots...


Throwaway Daughter
Ting Xing Ye

SOLD

Condition: Pre-loved - almost new condition

Buyer backed out
I give up waiting
So I'm releasing it for sale again

My thoughts
A girl's journey of discovery. It took me one sitting to finish the book. I was just curled up in my favourite reading comfy chair - reading from cover to cover, until I was all done.
Synopsis
Throwaway Daughter tells the dramatic and moving story of Grace Dong-mei Parker, a typical Canadian teenager until the day she witnesses the Tiananmen massacre on television. Horrified, she sets out to explore her Chinese ancestry, only to discover that she was one of the thousands of infant girls abandoned in China since the introduction of the one-child policy, strictly enforced by the Communist government. But Grace was one of the lucky ones, adopted as a baby by a loving Canadian couple.

With the encouragement of her adoptive parents, she studies Chinese and travels back to China in search of her birth mother. She manages to locate the village where she was born, but at first no one is willing to help her. However, Grace never gives up and, finally, she is reunited with her birth mother, discovering through this emotional bond the truth of what happened to her almost twenty years before.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

If I were a princess.... I'll snort

Princess Diaries Vol 1
SOLD

Princess Diaries Vol 2

Princess Diaries Vol 3 - Princess in Love
SOLD

Princess Diaries Vol 4 - Princess in Waiting

SOLD

Princess Diaries Vol 5 - Princess in Pink
SOLD

BRAND NEW
Selling at RM15 each

My thoughts
If you have not heard/watched/read about the Princess Diaries, you must be living in a cave in some long-forgotten island. Sorry, don't mind me - I am a complete Princess Mia addict! She's zany, hilarious and completely un-princessy like which makes her absolutely adorable. An absolute good read! And if I may add, at an unbeatable price too! This is the series which made Meg Cabot a household name.

Bless your niece, your younger sister, and if you haven't already got the entire series (up to boook 10!) like I do, why not start your collection now?

Synopsis
She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo always meets her at the airport!)
Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)
Shock of the century: Like it or not, Mia is prime princess material.
The worst part: Princess lessons from her dreaded grandmere, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty no— way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Light reads, laugh a lot

A grand night in...

Trading Up
Candace Bushnell
Selling at RM15
SOLD
Retails at RM32.95

My thoughts
If you liked Sex and the City. You'll love this too.
Synopsis
In Trading Up, Janey Wilcox (first introduced in 4 Blondes) is a beautiful underwear model who wants everything she can get from life. She drives a Porsche Boxter, snags a rich husband, and parties in the Hamptons with the rich and powerful set. Yet it's never enough for Janey, who uses her beauty and sex appeal to move her way up through high society. Candace Bushnell (author of Sex and the City) skewers the society she knows so well.


Learning Curves
Gemma Townley
Selling at RM15
REDUCED to
RM13
(inclusive of postage)
Retails at RM32.95

My thoughts
Chick-lit. All's well, ends well. A very light read with the potential to make you laugh.

Synopsis

Jennifer Bell used to travel the planet with her boyfriend, fighting the good fight for mother Earth. But after the breakup (not a good fight), Jen moved back to London to work for another mother: her own. Harriet Bell founded Green Futures, a consulting firm, after splitting up with Jen’s big-shot father, who runs a rival (and Harriet thinks corrupt) company. But Harriet can’t expose his crimes without proof. And she wants Jen to find some.

Since Jen hasn’t seen her dad in more than fifteen years, it’s a snap to infiltrate his company . . . under an assumed name, of course. Soon she’s worming her way into the good graces of the company’s managers to find evidence of wrongdoing. What she discovers is that her father’s world is a whole lot different from her own–filled with Palm Pilots, MBAs, martini lunches, designer suits, and Daniel Peterson, a guy who puts the gorge in gorgeous.

Teen Reads

Do Over
Niki Burnham

Love Lottery
Cathy Hopkins

SOLD at RM10 each
OR
2 for RM15
Postage included

When it comes to love, how many chances do you get?

Synopsis for Do Over
Girl meets prince. Girl looses prince. Girl gets prince back -- right? Well, that''s what Valerie is hoping. She''s back in Schwerinborg after spending some time with her mother in the good ol'' US of A, and hopes that sparks are still flying between her and Georg. At first it looks like things are going great, until a ski trip to the Alps has Val and Georg''s romance hitting some moguls. Could Val''s love life be heading for a face-plant?

Synopsis for Love Lottery
Becca's on a losing streak with boys and she's willing to resort to anything to have a little fun. So on a dare, she kisses the next guy she sees: Lal Lovering, who's on holiday in Cornwall and totally cute.

But when Becca realizes she's interested in more than just a holiday fling, she wonders if Lal can ever see through her rather overwhelming first impression. Between her own changing feelings and her parents' disintegrating marriage, Becca starts to see what sort of support a boyfriend can give...and just how important her friends can be.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Teaser...

For the child in you...

Harry Potter: The final book
RM40
SOLD
Condition: NEW

Brisingr
SOLD
Book 3 in the Eragon series
RM25

Condition: NEW

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Many more authors flying your way
  • James Patterson
  • Danielle Steel
  • Haruki Murakami
  • John Grisham
  • Dan Brown
  • Chris Manby
  • Stephen King
  • Tash Aw
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Tracy Chavelier
  • Wendy Holden
  • Helen Fielding
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Feast on books

It takes a true bookworm to understand another
The mad rush for books
The smell of new books
The new adventures within the pages
You've come to the right place
Dig in

Selling at RM20
REDUCED to
RM18
(inclusive of postage)
Condition: Pre-loved MINT CONDITION

My thoughts
This is solely for the lovers of historical fiction... Chevalier, author of the Girl with the Pearl Earring, weaves her magic yet again.

Synopsis
Burning Bright
follows the Kellaway family as they leave behind tragedy in rural Dorset and come to late 18th-century London. As they move in next door to the radical painter/poet William Blake, and take up work for a near-by circus impresario, the youngest family member gets to know a girl his age. Embodying opposite characteristics – Maggie Butterfield is a dark-haired, streetwise extrovert, Jem Kellaway a quiet blond introvert – the children form a strong bond while getting to know their unusual neighbor and his wife.

Set against the backdrop of a city nervous of the revolution gone sour across the Channel in France, Burning Bright explores the states of innocence and experience just as Blake takes on similar themes in his best-known poems, Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

Set your taste buds a-tingling with these awesome reads...
from
JOANNE HARRIS
Selling at RM25
REDUCED to
RM20
(inclusive of postage)
Retails at RM36.90 each
Condition BRAND NEW

My thoughts
The enjoyment of chocolates and lollipop... need I say more?

Synopsis for Chocolat
Try me... Test Me... Taste Me...

When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud identifies her as a serious danger to his flock - especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer's wares as the ultimate sin.

Suddenly Vianne's shop-cum-cafe means that there is somewhere for secrets to be whispered, grievances to be aired, dreams to be tested. But Vianne's plan for Easter Chocolate Festival divide the whole community in a conflict that escalates into a 'Church not Chocolate' battle. As mouths water in anticipation, can the solemnity of the Church compare with the pagan passion of a chocolate éclair?

For the first time here is a novel which chocolate enjoys its true importance, emerging as a moral issue, as an agent of transformation - as well as pleasure bordering an obsession. Rich, clever and mischievous, this is a triumphant read.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Nothing above RM30

Reads to suit everyone
All books are BRAND NEW
See which one piques your interest
Write in to thebookaffair@gmail.com

TRUE STORIES

A Child Called 'It'
Dave Pelzer
Selling at RM25
REDUCED to
RM20
(inclusive of postage)
2 SOLD, 1 AVAILABLE
Retails at RM34.90

An inspirational story of resilience!
Unforgettable.

Synopsis
Dave Pelzer shares his unforgettable story of the many abuses he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother and the averted eyes of his neglectful father. Someone with no one to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive. Through each of his struggles, readers will find themselves enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive.

The Lost Boy
Selling at RM25
REDUCED to
RM20
(inclusive of postage)
1 SOLD, 1 AVAILABLE
Retails at RM34.90

The sequel to the previous book, this is a sad, heart-wrenching but amazing book
.

Synopsis

Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just beginning -- he has no place to call home.

This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It". In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family.

Hidden
Cathy Glass
Selling at RM28
2 SOLD
Retails at RM44.90

A page-turner. Get ready to get so absorbed in the story, that you'd rather forfeit go without food and sleep, than put it down. That happened to me! :)


Synopsis

From the author of Number One bestseller 'Damaged' comes the poignant and shocking memoir of Cathy's recent relationship with Tayo, a young boy she fosters whose good behaviour and polite manners hide a terrible past.

Tayo arrives at Cathy's with only the clothes he stands up in. He has been brought to her by the police, but he is calm, polite, and very well spoken, and not at all like the children she normally fosters. The social worker gives Cathy the forms which should contain Tayo's history, but apart from his name and age, it is blank. Tayo has no past. Tayo is an 'invisible' child, kidnapped from his loving father in Nigeria and brought illegally to the UK by his drink and drugs dependent prostitute mother, where he is put to work in a sweat shop in Central London. When he sustains an injury and is no longer earning, he is cast out. When Cathy takes Tayo to school he points out a dozen different addresses where he has stayed in the last six months, often being left alone. Tayo lies, and manipulates situations to his own advantage and Cathy has to be continually on guard.Tayo's social worker searches all computer databases but there is no record of Tayo -- he has only attended school for 3 terms and has never seen a doctor. He and his mother have been evading the authorities by living 'underground'. With his mother recently released from prison, Tayo is desperate to live with his father in Nigeria, but no one can track him down or even prove that he exists.

CHICK-LIT

Did the Earth Move?
Carmen Reid
Selling at RM25
2 SOLD
Retails at RM35.90

For a night in, chick-lit is my guilty pleasure. Laugh, cry, sympathise, empathise ... there's just something about the light, hysterical and often stupid things the heroine does that keeps me so entertained. I guess I'm just a girl!

Synopsis
Eve Gardiner is a rather cool urban single mum who lives in a small North London flat with her four kids, Denny (22), Tom (20), Anna (9) and Robbie (2). She gardens and does yoga every day to keep herself sane, while holding down a stressful job as a probation officer. She is pretty content and her life is filled with her children, friends, work and occasional casual sex. Then suddenly Tom announces that his 20-year-old girlfriend Deepa is pregnant and that they want to get married, (her family deeply disapprove of the match). And things start to get really complicated when Tom decides to track down his father Dennis (who walked out of their lives when his business collapsed leaving them penniless) and invite him to the wedding. And if that's not enough to put the cat among the pigeons, Eve's alarmingly attrative, much-younger ex-boyfriend Joseph (and father of Anna and Robbie) appears on the scene again and they both begin to wonder whether they did the right thing when they split up...


ROMANCE

Blood Brothers
Selling at RM25
REDUCED to
RM20
(inclusive of postage)
Retails at RM33.95

I must admit. I'm not one for romance novels. I outgrew that when I turned 20. I remember reading Roberts and loving her books though. This is not her usual style... she has forayed into the supernatural realm. And it's actually quite interesting :)

Synopsis
In the small village of Hawkins Hollow, three best friends who share the same birthday sneak off into the woods for a sleepover the evening before turning 10. But a night of pre-pubescent celebration turns into a night of horror as their blood brother oath unleashes a three-hundred year curse. Twenty-one years later, Cal Hawkins and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events two more times - every seven years. With the clock winding down on the third set of seven years, someone else has taken an interest in the town's folklore. Quinn is a well known scholar of local legends, and despite Cal's protests, insists on delving in the mystery. But when the first signs of evil appear months early, it's not only the town Cal tries to protect, but also his heart.

Flying your way soon


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Friday, April 17, 2009

Frivolous reads are sometimes good...

Selling at RM15 each
or
Buy both at RM20
SOLD
My thoughts on both books
A very light and fun read. A chick-lit that will keep you laughing and entertained


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Butterfly tattoo

Papillon by Henri Charriere
Selling at RM25
SOLD
Retails at RM49.90
Condition: Pre-loved MINT CONDITION

My thoughts

I don't belong here, I'm only visiting - Papillon's reply to whoever asking him why he has always been trying to escape prison. An intriguing read.

Synopsis

Henri Charrière, called Papillon, for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 for a murder he did not commit. When he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, one thought obsessed him: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, Papillon was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped -- that was, until Papillon. His escape, described in breathless detail, was one of the most incredible tests of human cunning, will, and endurance.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shhh...


Selling at RM25
Author autographed copy
Condition: Pre-loved (MINT condition)

My thoughts
I absolutely love..love..love Mary Janice Davidson. Similarly, this is a must read for all her fans. This book contains three short stories (interwoven) - sweet strangers, lovely lies and delightful deception.

In sweet strangers...
Renee Jardin never meant to become the world's most sought-after thief. But the minute she walks out of her biotech firm accidentally carrying "The Cure" -- the most important scientific discovery of the century -- she's on the run from ruthless bioengineers, cops, and the U.S. government.

In lovely lies...
Peter Random lost everything when he was outwitted by that goody-goody Renee Jardin. Late in his rent, his job gone, Peter vows he'll never let anyone get close enough to burn him again. So why can't he seem to tell Lori Jamieson and her troubles to hit the road?

In delightful deception...
At the biotech firm, they call her Thea "I.Q." Foster -- "I.Q." for either Intelligence Quotient or Ice Queen, depending. Slipping the Cure into Renee's tote bag was satisfying revenge, but now that the fun's over, Thea sets her sights on a new challenge: sarcastic, secretive Jimmy Scrye.

Delicious cakes - not all bad girls



Selling at RM20
Condition: Pre-loved (MINT condition)

My thoughts
Sit back, relax and enjoy the gastronomical delight which makes up this book. Smell the cakes baking and join in the laughter. This is one book which is filled with passion, love. loyalty and secrets. Hey, they are girls, after all.


Synopsis

Rachel, Alex, Billy and Jemima: four women whose lives are changed for ever by the Haven, a home for unmarried mothers. Theirs are tales of sadness and heartbreaking loss, but also of discovery: of intense and magical friendships, chocolate sponges, unexpected kisses and the secret world of the Memory Lane cafe. When Erica, a young woman just out of prison, begins to stir up the past, she discovers that the Haven's story is far from over.

High School Never Ends




RM8 each (postage included)

Titles
Prom Trilogy
Also sold in bundle - RM15
Prom Trilogy - Max and Jane
Prom Trilogy - Jake and Christy

Brothers Trilogy
Sold in bundle - RM20

Brothers Trilogy - Jonny
Brothers Trilogy - Kevin
Brothers Trilogy - Danny

Let's face it, as teenagers, we all receive guilty reading pleasures from books bearing the titles - 'Love Stories' or 'Sweet Valley' in our shelves. I'm one of them too. Obviously, I've outgrown them now and have moved on to more intellectual (I hope) reading pleasures.

So, I've decided to let them go at RM8 each. Or you can choose to buy it in a bundle. The price is inclusive of postage. They may be just a little older than the rest of my books, but they are still in really good condition. They are also wrapped nicely in clear plastic and have no dog eared pages.

So relive your childhood, anyone? Or maybe bless your niece, daughter, younger sister with these reads at a cheaper price? :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

What's on the shelves...

For a rainy day in
With a hot cuppa
For the bus ride
To keep entertained
Books are my best friend
Are they yours?

My shelves are still full
Update I shall
This list will tell
What I've got to sell
See something you like
Just give me a yell


  1. Rococo - Adriana Trigiani
  2. Mr Darcy's Daughters - Elizabeth Aston
  3. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver (SOLD)
  4. Middlesex - Jeffery Eugenides (SOLD)
  5. Bite - Lauren K. Hamilton, Mary Janice Davidson, Angela Knight, Vickie Taylor
  6. Mysteria - Mary Janice Davidson, Susan Grant
  7. Over the Moon - Mary Janice Davidson and Angela Knight
  8. Valentine's Day is Killing me - Mary Janice Davidson
  9. Demon's Delight - Mary Janice Davidson
  10. Mercy - Jodi Picoult
  11. The Royal Treatment - Mary Janice Davidson (SOLD)
  12. The Royal Pain - Mary Janice Davidson (SOLD)
  13. Sleeping with the Fishes - Mary Janice Davidson (SOLD)
  14. Swimming without a Net - Mary Janice Davidson (SOLD)
  15. On the Run - Greg and Gina Hill
  16. Really, Unusual Bad Boys - Mary Janice Davidson
  17. Wicked Women Whodunit - Mary Janice Davidson
  18. Ten Big Ones - Janet Evanovich (SOLD)
  19. The Personal Shopper - Carmen Reid (SOLD)
  20. Mamasan - Khoo Kheng-Hor
  21. Keeping the Love you Find - Harville Hendrix
  22. Derik's Bane - Mary Janice Davidson
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Cabot goes detective...


Size 12 is not Fat
Meg Cabot
SOLD
Retails at RM55.90
Condition: Pre-loved (not for fussy buyers)

Synopsis
Former teen pop sensation Heather Wells has hit rock bottom: tired of singing other people's lyrics, she hasn't exactly been bombarded with recording contracts for he own songs. Worse, Dad's in jail, Mum's bolted for Buenos Aires, and Heather can't seem to stop drowning her sorrows in KitKat bars. To top it all, Heather's fiance Jordan Cartwright has replaced her-on the charts as well as in his bed-with America's newest number one pop sensation, Tania Trace.

Align Center

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The meaning of family


Digging to America
Anne Tyler

Selling at RM20
SOLD
Retails at RM35.90
Condition: Pre-loved *almost BRAND NEW*

My thoughts
Anne Tyler has crafted yet another amazing novel of human relationships. You'll find yourself incredibly drawn to the characters within the book. Humorous, quirky and full of personality, this novel provides an insight into a mish-mash of cultures - American, Iranian and Korean. It's a well-crafted tale of family and friendship.

Synopsis

Full of wonderfully hilarious moments, Digging to America is a novel about belonging and otherness pride and prejudice, young love and unexpected old love, and about families and the impossibility of ever getting it right...

Reality bites!

Bachelorette #1
Jennifer O' Connell
Selling at RM20
SOLD
Condition: Pre-loved

My thoughts
A very light. lively and funny read. Perfect for a rainy day in with a mug of hot coffee or milo. That's the way to enjoy life. yumMm!

Synopsis
Sarah Holmes is one of the glamorous young hopefuls competing for the heart of "The Stag"—the sexy, charming bachelor on America's hottest reality TV show. But she isn't just another bachelorette. She's an undercover reporter for Femme magazine, writing a juicy expose about the women desperate enough to go on TV to vie for a man and the bachelor shallow enough to view dating as a ratings game. But what she discovers is an alternate reality far more seductive than she ever expected. Caught up in a whirlwind of moonlight swims, limo rides, and champagne toasts, Sarah stops working on her article...and starts wanting to win.