Wednesday, December 7, 2016

War Historical Fiction: Book Recommendations

Hi folks!

How are you? It's been a while, eh? I hope you are all doing fine. And if you aren't, I am virtually sending you my hug! :)

For this post, I want to give you folks book recommendations. I don't think I have done anything like this before, so here's one. Hopefully, I will be able to do this in other genres. ☺


One of my favorite genres is Historical Fiction. I especially enjoy those set during the war because they are mostly character-driven. I like how the genre reflects the many facets of humanity, and how it shows the dynamics between characters and/or events that may sometimes be complicated but nevertheless, interesting. They are also full of lessons about love, friendship and life, that will surely leave a lasting impression on the reader.

Here are my recommendations (in no particular order): ☺

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas: Book Review

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Publication Details: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Link: Goodreads

Crown of Midnight follows Celaena as she fulfills her duty as the king's Champion. Threatened with the lives of people she learned to care for and love, she must win the approval of the king without compromising her values. Until the truth reveals itself, and Celaena found herself again in the pit of betrayal, making her leave behind the future she is hoping for.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Photo Diary: Bookshelf Tour: November 2016

Hi folks!

It's been a while since my last bookshelf tour. The last one was in August 2015 (click here)! And since we all know, without a doubt, that I've accumulated more books since then, it's about time for a new tour!

PS: The nook where my shelves are has poor lighting, so apologies for the low quality of the photos... :) Also, the titles of the books will be in this page (Cataloging Books!) to avoid a very lengthy post. :)


I re-organized my shelves by separating my TBR books and read books. The following shelves contain my TBR:

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #20: Preloved Edition

Hi folks!

Happy November! As I have said in my previous post, I did not go home empty-handed when I visited Books from Underground. Thus, here's a quick haul post. :)

I bought two books from Books from Underground:
  • Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
  • Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic.
I also dropped by my favorite secondhand bookstore- Book Sale. And I bought:
  • The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper
  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis


I'm planning to visit Solidaridad Book Shop next, and of course, there'll be another book haul! :)

Have a nice day folks!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Books from Underground: Independent Book Shop in the Philippines #1

In this time when everything can be sold online, it's becoming rare to see physical independent book shops where you can overwhelmingly browse books. And fewer still are independent secondhand bookshops where you can without a doubt haggle books.

This is especially true here in the Philippines where majority of readers/book lovers buy from commercial bookstores like National Book Store, Fully Booked, Power Books and Book Sale.

Don't get me wrong! I love those big bookstores. And I, too, buy from them. But there's something about independent book shops that made them extra special. Their vintage-y ambiance, the wide selection of books- new or preloved, their relatively lower prices, and simply the rarity of their existence will surely attract any book lovers.

Thus, I want to start a new blog series where I will try my best to visit independent book shops here in the Philippines, and post photo diaries here on my blog.

I've already posted about one, the Solidaridad Book Shop. (Post is here.) But since it's been a while since my last visit, I will revisit it soon and have an updated photo diary.

But for now, let me take you to Books from Underground, a secondhand bookshop located in Lagusnilad Underpass/Manila City Hall underpass, Padre Burgos Ave., Manila.

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They may be cramped in a small space but Books from Underground carries a wide range of books- both fiction and non-fiction.

I don't think there's a particular system to their arrangement, so you have to patiently browse each stack/line of books. You can also ask the seller/caretaker of the shop if you're looking for a specific title.

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More books across the "main shop"...

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They have new arrivals of preloved books almost everyday but they get sold/reserved fast. (One has to be quick!) They also post some of their items on their Facebook page. You can message them if you want to reserve books. And you can also ask them to look for specific titles, and they will inform you once available. How convenient eh?

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There you go folks! That's all for my short trip to Books from Underground. And of course, I did not go home empty-handed. I bought two books from them, which I will show you in my next haul post.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #26: King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme where we will showcase that one book we can't wait to hit the market!


Title: King's Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #3
Publication Details: February 7th 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: YA, Fantasy

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down. (Goodreads)

I am sooooo excited for this one! Glass Sword kind of ended on a cliffhanger, so I really want to know what will happen next to the characters, especially to Mare. And also, the flow of the story is quite unpredictable, so I want to know how the author will weave the elements together. :)


It's been a while since my last WoW post. Haha!
How about you folks? What are you waiting on?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #19: 37th Manila International Book Fair Book Haul

Hi folks!
Happy October!

September was a blur (I'm not even going to explain anymore). However, I was able to buy books from the Manila International Book Fair! Yey! I exceeded my expense limit, but most of what I bought are those I'm really dying to read. :)

 I bought 10 books! Most of them are YA.

Just a quick, FYI about me- I am a Christian and my ministry is teaching. Thus, I bought these Bible Study Guides as references. :)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman- This chunk is so intriguing! I can't wait to read this!
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Firefight (The Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson
I also got free bookmarks from National Book Store! :)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas- I'm currently reading this one.
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey- which I finished reading last Saturday. :) I was quite apprehensive to buy a copy since the size is smaller, but I really want to read this ASAP so I bought it anyway.
The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey- I'll probably read this after Crown of Midnight. :)


There folks! Those are the newest additions to my shelves!

Have you read any of these? How did you find it? :)

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