Book Review: The Best of Archie Comics

Take a trip down memory lane through 70 years of pure Americana culture!

For its 70th year anniversary, the creators of the well-loved comics strip came out with a compilation of the best stories of our favorite Riverdale resident Archie Andrews.

Done in chronological order, the book features the first time Archie ever appeared in paper, in Pep Comics 70 years ago up to the latest stories in the new millennium. Editors and fans all contributed to into suggesting which stories came in and they gave a brief background on how the world of Archie revolved as each year came by.

You can see how the artwork, fashion and stories all revolved with the times and everyone took a look back on how each character was introduced. The book also included some other favorite comic book characters apart from the series but became famous in their own right as well like Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussy Cats, That Wilkin Boy and Lil Jinx.

Its definitely a trip down memory lane and I thoroughly enjoyed the stories. I was surprised to see some stories I’ve read before make it to the cut. Its a nice easy read that makes you go back to your childhood and see slices of American life through the Riverdale gang

Project 365: I <3 Mr Grey! (Day 179)

Be still my heart! Yes, Sir Mr Grey!

Project 365: I <3 Archie Comics! (Day 173)

Some new purchases from the bookstore! One very wholesome, and one so not wholesome! I miss reading Archie comics and it was so nostalgic seeing these well-loved characters. Book reviews soon!

Project 365: I <3 my book collection (Day 128)

Temporarily packed up my precious book collection (some of them including books I’ve had since I was 7) in a box while repainting will begin in my room the next day. I miss reading them!

Project 365: I <3 Bedtime Stories! (Day 90)

Cold rainy nights are perfect times to curl up with a book 🙂 On to the 2nd book of the Hunger Games trilogy 🙂

Book Review: The Hunger Games

I finally have a real book to review! Not that the Chico and Delamar book is not real, but this one isn’t a compilation or light read. 🙂

After watching the movie, I knew I just had to start with book already. I just bought it a few days prior hoping I get to read it before the movie came out but to no avail. I would just have to stick the movie out first and hopefully doesn’t make not want to read the book.

But surprisingly, it does the opposite and I was itching to open my book as soon as came home from the movie. It took me just three nights (one part a night) to read.

The book is written by Suzanne Collins, children’s television writer in 2008, and is the first of a three part series.

The Hunger Games is set in the future North America called Panem, where it is ruled by President Snow residing in the Capitol, and with it twelve surrounding districts all with its distinct responsibilities for the Capitol.

Every year, the Capitol holds the country-wide event called the Hunger Games. A boy and girl between the age 12 to 18 are selected at random to compete against each other in an enclosed arena where only living victor can emerge.

In the farthest district, District 12, who’s main responsibility is to provide coal for Panem, lives a sixteen year old girl named Katniss Everdeen. Her father died when she was 11, and her mother has since battled with depression after that, leaving Katniss to provide for her family and take care of her younger sister, Prim. In the beginning of the book, she is out hunting for food and is joined by her best friend Gale Hawthorne, a young man of 18, and they plot to runaway together.

It’s reaping day and the town gathers at the square to witness the selection of their Tributes, the town’s representatives to the Hunger Games. To everyone’s surprise, Prim’s name is called, despite only her name written down only once in the thousands of names. Katniss bravely stands up to volunteer to take her sister place. She is joined by Peeta Mellark, the son of the baker, as the boy tribute, and together they journey to the Capitol for the event.

During the two week training, they are mentored by Haymitch Abernathy, the only living winner of the Hunger Games from District 12, and dressed by Cinna and Portia, their stylists who later on also became their advisors. They came up with strategies to win over the Gamemakers and sponsors, with Katniss being marketed as “the girl on fire” and Peeta gets admirers for his unrequited love for Katniss. These gives them high marks from the Gamemakers.

The games begin and the 24 are entrapped in bloody arena, where their sole goal is to remain alive and outlive all others. Majority are killed early on, while the smarter and stronger stay within the game. Katniss develops an unlikely alliance from Rue, the youngest Tribute, while Peeta convinces the stronger Tributes he could get Katniss for them.

In time, the game changes and if both Tributes from one districts are alive, both can win. Katniss, seeing that Peeta is still alive, looks for him, finding him badly wounded. She nurses him and plays the part of star crossed lovers, earning the two of them favor from the sponsors.

The two of them battle it all versus the stronger Tributes until the two of the emerge as victors of the Games.

The Hunger Games, if you’d be reiterating the synopsis to someone else, seems to be like a romantic adventure between two young people trapped in a harsh world where only their love can survive, when in fact deep with in the story lies underlying themes of control, power, communism, poverty and rebellion.

The book shows the power of the Capitol and President Snow and whatever it takes for them to stay in power and gain control over the country. The Hunger Games itself is a stage to show and threaten the districts of any sign of rebellion will go deeply punished.

The book also depicts the severe contrast of the two worlds of the Capitol and further districts of Eleven and Twelve. One is lavished in luxury, while the others are sunk in poverty and depression.

The book was an enjoyable read from the beginning to end and times I couldn’t put it down. I especially hold a soft spot for it due to my nature of work being in the broadcasting scene where I market and sell to sponsors a spectacular show even at the expense of our artists.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two books 🙂

Project 365: I <3 new books! (Day 73)

My summer reading 🙂 I was happy to find out about the Citibank Promo for the Sophie Kinsella book (20% off when you purchase using Citibank card) so I picked up another book, The Hunger Games, which I’ve been wanting to read.

Book Review: The Best of Chico & Delamar’s The Morning Rush Top 10

As an avid music fan, its only natural that I listen to the radio. I usually listen in the car as I drive to and from places whether its for work, doing errands or simply taking a road trip to places.

One of my weekday habits is listening to the Morning Rush, the morning show on Monster Radio RX 93.1. This program run’s from 6-10am from Mondays to Fridays and is currently hosted by Chico Garcia, Delamar Arias and Gino Quillamor.

Originally hosted by Chico and Delamar, the Morning Rush is one of the most popular radio programs on the FM band. This is mostly due to the witty banter between the two hosts (and now 3) and their funny band of followers called the Rushers.

One of the most popular segments is the Top 10, where in a topic for the day is selected by the hosts (either they come up with in themselves or listener-generated) depending on the mood of the day, and listeners text in, message or tweet their responses. The top 10 responses are selected every hour and read on air. The answers are usually very funny and sends the hosts giggling into their microphones.

After years of doing the segment, they finally came out with a book called The Best of Chico and Delamar’s The Morning Rush Top 10, a compilation of their most popular top 10 topics and responses over the years.

I got my copy as shortly after getting together with my college friends one night and we read off entries to one another while hanging out in our friend’s condo unit. We were just laughing and laughing and I knew I had to get my own copy.

The book is a very light read and you can finish it in a few hours, but since you keep on laughing, it takes longer than the usual to finish. I had to put the put down several times because I just kept on laughing at the entries. Its a great gift to give out and great to share it with friends while you are just hanging out somewhere as the entries just crack me up. A lot of the entries are contributed by the regular listeners and these are just some of the wittiest and funniest people!

The book has been such as a success that it has made National Bookstore’s Top 10 Best Sellers for many weeks now, and has actually been known to be out of stock in some branches. The book is currently being reprinted by its publisher Summit Media. Its that popular.

Chico and Del have finished their book tour this month, with fans coming in droves to have their books signed. I have yet to have mine signed (paging DJ Jolly Estaris).

I hope there’ll be a book two coming out!

The books are available primarily at National Bookstore branches.