The Best Books I’ve Read this Year

These are the books I’ve read in 2013 that I would recommend to every passing stranger (not necessarily published this year):

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- Suddenly, I’m Steve of Voltes V and I’m looking to get Steve Jobs’ fortune in a contest that can literally cost me my life.
2. The Passage by Justin Cronin – Eating was not necessary whilst I was reading the book. Of course, I had to read The Twelve immediately after.
3. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – I didn’t know it was part of a ten book series and that the other books have not been written yet. I wanted to kill the author for putting his readers through the agony of waiting.
4. Symbols and Signs (Short Story) by Vladimir Nabokov – I’ve just read it three days ago and I’m still brooding about it.
5. The Goldfinch – I just finished it and even though I didn’t want to let go, it was so long that breaks were needed, you know, for eating and sleeping?
6. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – I go round and round thinking about the twist at the end.

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The Never-ending Quest for the Fountain of Youth

A recent article published in the journal Cell made headlines with news that theoretically, aging can now be reversed. In mice, that is. A group of scientists found that as the cell ages, communication between its mitochondria and the nucleus slows down. A chemical produced by the cell called NAD, which is produced abundantly when the cell is young, begins to decline and eventually stop as the cell ages. By injecting a compound that jumpstarts cell production of NAD into mice, the cells repaired itself of any age-related damage and basically behaved like any young cell would.

 

 

What are the implications of this experiment on us humans? It may be years away and subject to a lot of human clinical trials, but it could potentially be the ticket to a non-surgical fountain of youth. Goodbye facelift, botox, and fraxel, hello NAD pills.

 

I’m particularly excited about this as I don’t really want to go under the knife. I prefer “natural” aging. That’s not to say that I won’t fight tooth and nail to stave off the march of mother time. I would slather on La Mer by the bucket if I could have afforded the $150 per oz price. As I can’t afford it, I content myself with slathering SPF 30 on my face and exposed skin everyday even if it makes my face look like a mad oil spill experiment. I think of this ritual as a gift of young looking skin to my 60 year old self. A recent Australian study shows that using sunscreen everyday without fail does delay signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin.

 

I also exfoliate once a week to slough off the dead (and dull) skin layer. This process encourages the skin into producing more collagen. Collagen is like a mesh that holds your skin together. Breaks in the collagen structure of your skin results in wrinkles, and in some cases like with pregnancy and weight gain, stretch marks. Just be careful and judicious in choosing your exfoliant. Some products that contain “beads” tear the skin and do more damage than those with “chemical” peelants. I would suggest buying in small sizes first, use the product exclusively for a month and observe if your skin breaks out or turns sensitive.

 

I also love serums. My face is a bit oily so most moisturizers and creams make my skin break out. Serums allow me to get double the dose of a particular active ingredient without the oily texture of most creams. They are also priced the same as the creams so it’s like you are getting a great bargain.

 

As time goes on, these creams and rituals will no longer be enough. Thankfully, the field of cosmetic surgery has advanced so much that a facelift need not be invasive, that is, surgical. For the youngish, there’s Botox and Restylane. These are recommended for those whose wrinkles and sagging skin are not yet that apparent. For those people whose skin sagging is more noticeable (and whose pockets are deep), doctors would usually recommend laser treatment like Fraxel. Hopefully, before I have to consider these, those NAD pills would have been developed and in mass production.

 

Sources :

http://www.cell.com/abstract/S0092-8674%2813%2901521-3

http://rt.com/news/mice-humans-age-reverse-551/

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/slathering-on-sunscreen-shows-results-researchers-find/

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/sunscreen-100-effective-in-blocking-skin-cancers-study/story-e6frg8y6-1226734655652

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hey, guys, check this out!

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Okeydokey, so I’m not entirely sure how this stuff works yet, but I will feel bad if I don’t acknowledge this wonderful thing and pass it forward! And heck, it’s Xmas!

So, thanks to Heather B Costa for nominating me! I always look forward to her new posts, y’all should check it out if you haven’t already.

I’m totally flushed that someone would pick my mismatched, cobbled together blog over some of the much more polished and shinier blogs out there. So thank you!

I now have to answer the customary questions:

  1. Your favourite colour – I always want to say ‘black’ but apparently it doesn’t count, so I’m going to go with orange.
  2. Your favourite animal – Horse. (yes please, Santa!)
  3. Your favourite non-alcoholic drink – Pepsi Max. I’m addicted!
  4. Facebook or Twitter – Neither. Both are the work of the dev-ill.
  5. Your favourite pattern – Pattern? Like fractals? Lol. Probably…

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Race to the Top

I‘m currently working on a new “Quickies” erotica short story titled Race to the Top. It will be about the hottest Formula One driver and his quest to be on top. What do you think about this photo that will be the basis for the book cover?

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Is he hot, or is he smoldering?

 

Don’t forget that Finding Her Way is still on sale up to December 16, 2013.