Twice in a Day: Channeling Anastasia Steele

July 29, 2012

I.

For reason I am yet to fathom, Peter wanted to go outside. It would be wonderful if it were not constantly raining.  However, I found the idea appealing and nodded my assent though as I look back, I wonder what will be his reaction if I’ll give him a rain check (pardon the pun, LOL).

We didn’t have any umbrella, but I convinced him that we had magic umbrella in the form of our jackets. He then queried if I have watched the Korean movie The Classic (클래식) in which I have replied in affirmative. I then remember the movie with its “classic” portrayal of true love. I admit I cried a river while watching the film because of its tragic yet realistic plot. In one of the scenes of the story, Sang Min (played by 조인성) saw Ji-hye (played by 손예진) taking shelter under a tree while it rains. He watched her while he’s in a store and decided to go relieve her distress. Before leaving the shop, however, he purposely left his umbrella to the clerk so he could join with her. He braved the strong wind and rain to be with her. When he reached her, he convinced her to go out of the comfort of the shady tree. Since both of them have no umbrella, Sang Min offered his magic umbrella – his jacket. Together they had fun running in the rain.

Anyhow, enough of movie review. Thankfully, it’s only drizzling so Pete and I walked (with our own magic umbrella each, haha!) without getting ourselves drenched. I don’t know if it’s only the distance or his preference which made us arrive in front of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I graduated from Starbucks already, and I prefer CBTL so I was glad when we went there.

We both wanted something hot to drink with the weather, and decided to have tea. He got genmaicha tea while I chose English Breakfast. Tada~ Channeling Ana while in CBTL! I feel like anytime Mr. Grey will pop out of nowhere and claim me, ha ha. I forgot to inform the barista regarding my directions though: English breakfast, bag out. I want my tea black and weak. *giggles*

That somehow summarizes part 1 of channeling Ana Steele.

II.

Why didn’t you tell me there was danger? Why didn’t you warn me?

Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks…

While waiting for my friend earlier, I killed my waiting time by doing what I love most – browsing in bookshops. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I am a confessed bookworm who has a perpetual thirst for reading and gaining knowledge. I feel like visiting another life as I travel to different titles, genres, and centuries in a bookstore.

Whenever I visit Book Sale, I am always hit with the inspiration to have my own library packed with tons of books. I picture that room I own to be filled with tall shelves with books not orderly arranged. I have this concept that if books will not be organized by genres or alphabetical listing, it will be more pleasurable. Imagine the delight of stumbling to many interesting books before you find what you are looking for! An excellent treat!

I was having these thoughts as I was scanning the titles when my attention was caught by something I have read in passing. Oh dear, not this book!

Right there at the bottom layer of one of the shelves innocently sit Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, though some may argue on the innocence of the novel per se. I admit that I haven’t heard of this classic until two months ago perhaps because of the mixed reviews it has or the graphic scenes it portrays in some parts, which I may not have been able to stomach two months ago before I went out of my comfort zone of 18th century greatness.

Confession. Actually, the first thought that entered my mind when I saw the Oxford Classics version of the Tess was Fifty Shades. Yeah, I’m still obsessed with the Fifty Shades trilogy and everything connected to it. So shoot me. However, the first was seconded with another more logical idea – I need to expose myself to more classic readings because I somehow feel lacking in this genre.

It didn’t take long to convince myself to purchase the book, what with those two powerful motives I have cited.

This will now be added to my very long priority list of to-reads, which roughly amounts to 100 books. How I wish I will be able to find the time to read all of them within the year!

Please wish me luck. I’ll try to write a review of the book once I have finished reading it. I may not have the leather-bound, 1981 first edition of the novel sent by my own Christian Grey, but I’ll promise to enjoy reading it just the same.

Til next time, folks~

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