Sunday, May 14, 2017

Book Stop Project: A Pop-up Library

Hi folks!

Whew! Long time no post eh?

Today I want to share with you guys an interesting library we have here in the Philippines- The Book Stop Project.

The Book Stop Project is a pop-up library by WTA Architecture and Design Studio, which aims to promote reading and sharing of ideas among people, especially in today's generation where technology competes with the traditional way of interacting and reading.

While a pop-up library is not really a unique concept, it is quite unheard of in the PH. Kudos to WTA for introducing it here! It will surely change the way Filipinos commonly perceive libraries.

For more information, you can visit The Book Stop Philippines page here.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dia Del Libro 2017: Photo Diary

April 23 is World Book Day! To celebrate here in the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, together with other partner organizations, publishers and bookstores, held a one-day book fair. The event was held yesterday, April 22, in Ayala Triangle, Makati.

This was my second World Book Day book fair! And it felt good to see fellow book lovers meet for such an event.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Books That Made Me Cry: Book Recommendations

Hi folks!

I have another book recommendations for you, and this time they are those books that made me cry- from shedding a tear or two to the ugly kind of cry. Haha!

I am only going to list 10 books (because I cannot really remember all of them), and add a little description, keywords/quotes below so as to give you ideas why it made me cry without spoiling the plot. I will also include a rating, with 5 crying emojis being the ugliest cry I ever had.

Let's begin, shall we? In no particular order...

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Friday, April 7, 2017

What Happened: March 2017

Hi folks!

My birthday month was quite rough. I had been busy. Plus, I had some personal (emotional) issues. But with God's help, I know I will make it through. I'll be 100% fine eventually. 😀 I did learn a lot though, and I was reminded of some things. 😀

But this is my book blog, so let's talk about my month in books and blog. 😉

For the month of March, I was able to read 3 books! Yey!

Books Read:
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo


Book Reviews:

Other Posts:

Aside from the two books in my haul post, I actually bought another book: Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann. When I saw this on the shelves, I immediately grabbed it (I may or may not have gasped aloud. Haha!). I've been wanting to re-read this book! And I will very soon! 😀


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That's all folks for my March wrap-up. I know my April will be another busy month, but I'll be okay. 😊 As for my 'personal issue', I know I will be okay in that area too. ☝

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How was your March folks?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Read-a-thon: Holy Week Reads

Hi folks!

Happy April! The Holy Week is on April 10-16. I don't know in your part of the world but here in the Philippines, that week is a declared holiday, usually starting Maundy Thursday.

And since it's the commemoration of the passion of Jesus Christ on the Cross (and I will just be at home), I'm planning to have a reading marathon. 

I'll be reading the following books:


Yep folks, I'll have some serious reading.☺


The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper (I've already started reading this one.)


Now for these two, I've been wanting to reread them for a while now. So I better get on with it.☺
Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

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Hmmm. That's all folks. I'm not really sure if I will be able to finish all of them by Easter Sunday. Haha! But I will do my best.

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What are your to-read this April?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Zero Day by Jan Gangsei: Book Review

Title: Zero Day
Author: Jan Gangsei
Publication Details: January 12th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young adult, mystery, thriller, contemporary



Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the Oval Office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold…but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the administration who find her timely return suspicious.

When a national security advisor approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could the girl he’s missed for all these years be a threat to the United States? Still, at the risk of having his own secrets exposed, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

He soon realizes that his old friend is much more than the traumatized victim of a political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission… but will she choose to complete it?

A short yet thrilling read.

One bookstore-browsing day, I came across Zero Day, read its synopsis and found it really intriguing. I had been wanting a short, thriller, contemporary read so I bought this stand-alone.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #24: Birthday Month Book Haul

For a birthday month book haul, I know mine's quite small. lol But I really am trying to control my book buying habit so I only bought the ones in my priority list. :)

Nonetheless, I am happy with my book haul and I can't wait to read/reread them!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Book Review

Title: Life As We Knew It
Series: Last Survivors #1
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publication Details: October 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers



Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

A story of struggle and hope in an unexpectedly changed world.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Okay, folks. Book lovers are very easy to give gifts to. But just in case you're having a hard time giving gifts to a particular someone who is a book lover, let me help you.

BOOKS
Let me start with the obvious. Books. Because seriously. Haha! I am pretty sure that all book lovers have their own wishlist, so you can just ask for/check their lists. 😊


If you're still having a difficult time choosing what book, we have gift cards folks. Gift cards.

Book lamp
For late night-reading. We like to extend our reading hours, so this is very helpful.

Bookmarks
Believe me folks, there's no such thing as 'too many bookmarks', just as there's no 'too many books'.


Post-its, page-markers
For the quotes, excerpts, scenes that we relate to, like, find sad or whatever, we need more post-its and/or page-markers!

Coffee mug
Books + coffee is a tandem. So it is perfectly reasonable to get them a mug or mugs. 😉


Other book merchandise
This includes tote bag, accessories, post cards, pillow, bookends, or anything book-related really.

Bookcase
If your someone has a limited shelf space, and you have the budget, I am telling you, buy them a bookcase. Or make them one! That would mean so much! Trust me!

Oh, did I mention books?
BOOKS. BOOKS. BOOKS. 😁

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So there folks, your book lover gift guide. I hope I am of help somehow, especially to the really clueless ones. 😁

You're welcome. 😁

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Last Star by Rick Yancey: Book Review

Title: The Last Star
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #3
Publication Details: May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers



The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves… or saving what makes us human.

Plot
Fast-paced and thrilling (quite so 😀).

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What Happened: January 2017

Hi folks!

Whew! What a quick January eh?

It was a good reading month for me. I managed to read 2 books given my busy schedule! Yey! And I am currently reading Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic.



I also bought one book: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth


And I was able to publish blog posts...


Book Reviews

Yep, I can say that I had a pretty productive start of the year. 😊

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For the month of February, I am again setting two books for me to read. I don't know yet what books I will be reading but I think I'm up for some fantasy or dystopian read. We'll see. 😁

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How was your January folks? I hope you had a good month.

Have a nice day!

Book Stop Project: A Pop-up Library