Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Reading Challenge: Recap

So here are the books I read this year:
(Cropped from my Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge)

1. I Kissed Dating Goodbye- Joshua Harris 
2. Looking for Alaska- John Green
3. 1984- George Orwell
4. The Shack- W.M. Paul Young
5. In the Bad Boy's Bed- Sophia Ryan
6. City of Thieves- David Benioff
7. Pandemonium- Lauren Oliver
8. Requiem- Lauren Oliver
9. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
10. Just One Day- Gayle Forman
11. To Kill a Mocking Bird- Harper Lee
12. Blink Once- Cylin Busby
13. Epic Fail- Claire LaZebnik
14. Uglies- Scott Westerfeld
15. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld
16. Save the Date- Jenny B. Jones
17. Specials- Scott Westerfeld
18. Animal Farm- George Orwell
19. Screwed- Laurie Plissner
20. The Time Keeper- Mitch Albom
21. Paper Towns- John Green
22. The Sea of Tranquility- Katja Millay
23. Dug Down Deep- Joshua Harris
24. The Time of My Life- Cecelia Ahern
25. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
26. Insurgent- Veronica Roth
27. Allegiant- Veronica Roth
28. Horde- Ann Aguirre
29. Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell
30. The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
31. The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan
32. Just One Year- Gayle Forman
(Goodreads included Sherlock, but I am not yet done with it.)
33. If I Stay- Gayle Forman
34. Pure- Julianna Baggott
35. Conversations with God Book 1- Neal Donald Walsch
36. The Age of Miracles- Karen Thompson Walker
37. The Maze Runner- James Dashner

I beat my list by 2 books! Hah! I'm planning to read 40 books for my 2014 challenge. Hmmm. We'll see about that. I'll post my 2014 Reading List soon! =)

Bye folks!
Happy New Year! :)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker: Book Review

Title: The Age of Miracles
Author: Karen Thompson Walker
Publication Details: June 26th 2012 by Random House (first published June 21st 2012)
Genre: Young adult, science fiction

Age of Miracles

Currently Reading: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I think this will be my last read for 2013. =)

the maze runner

What's yours? =)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Currently Reading: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Age of Miracles

On the back cover:

The Age of Miracles is an unforgettable story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever- shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with normal disasters of everyday life- the fissures in her family, the loss of friends, the hopeful anguish of love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather, who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Friday, December 20, 2013

NBS Book Signing Events

Wah! I want to attend these two book signing events by National Bookstore! 

On January 18, it will be Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day and Just One Year. =) I read all of them except Where She Went (but I will, soon!).

Just One Day and Just One Year are among my favorite books. The story of Willem and "Lulu" is not just a love story. It is also a story of rediscovering themselves- finding out who they really are, what they want to do, and where they belong. And of course, the two books involved a lot of travelling (Paris!), thus while reading I was also transported to other places. =)

If I Stay... I started this book two or three times (X years ago!) but I only finished it last month. Haha! For me the book is about making decisions- for others and for oneself. For oneself: When Mia almost gave up, I understood that her soul was ready to go, that she was happy to go. She made a decision for herself, not thinking about others. 

For others: Mia did not give up. After her revival, she was able to find reason(s) to keep on living. No matter how painful and lonely life is going to be, she still chose to stay. =)

Okay, on February 22, it will be Mitch Albom. Among his works, I already read Tuesdays with Morrie, Have A Little Faith, For One More Day, and The Time Keeper. There is only one word to describe his works: Inspiring. =)

I still do not have a copy of The First Phone Call from Heaven (Huhu! No money!). But hopefully by January makabili na 'ko.

I really really want to attend these events. No exams on those dates please! =)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko Part 1: Photo Diary

December 8: The first part of our library project, Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko. =)

"Before" pictures:

 The volunteers (L-R): Kuya Basil, Jaybie, Elaine, Trisha, Trina, Joyce, Cha, Angeli =)

 Nakaka-overwhelm sa dami ang mga libro. Pero hindi lahat ay nagagamit. 'Wag ka meron silang Physiology books, Medical-Surgical Nursing books, Physics books at iba pang college books.

 One of the teachers said that we can remove the books na hindi naman magagamit ng mga bata. =)  Obsolete na rin ang ibang books so kailangan na talagang mapalitan, especially now na may K-12 na.

 Lord of the Flies! Haha!

 Volunteers sorting out books.


We're not yet done though. Haha! Next Sunday (December 15) namin ipagpapatuloy. =)

Again thanks to Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., Adarna House, and C&E Publishing House for making this project possible! =)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko

Good day folks!

I just want to advertise PROPharm's library project, Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko. This project is in partnership with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. and to be implemented this December! =)

On December 8, we will improve the library of Haven for Children. And on the 15th, we will have an outreach program. =)

Thank you to our other sponsors! Adarna House and C&E Publishing House! =D

Monday, November 25, 2013

Book Haul #1: NBS Warehouse Sale 2013

So as promised, here are my buys during the Warehouse Sale. =)


I bought these during the Preview Sale, together with children's books for PROPharm's library project. =)


I went back the following day (Haha!) and bought these. I looked for Betrayals (Strange Angels Book 2) but had no luck. I was supposed to buy The Eyre Affair but did not find it. =/


That's it! Haha!

Good day folks!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

National Bookstore Warehouse Sale 2013

Last November 13, I went to National Bookstore Q. Avenue branch to, once again, hoard buy books. The official opening of the event was on November 14, but because I am a Laking National Card holder I got to do my not-so-little shopping a day earlier.

NBS Warehouse sale 2013

Warehouse sale overview
See how beautifully chaotic the place is?

Shopping a day before the official opening was very convenient. The place was not too crowded and with less people, I had less competition with the books. Haha!

Warehouse sale books1

Warehouse sale books2

Warehouse sale books3

As much as I wanted to take pictures of every station, I also wanted sooo much to get on with my shopping. Haha!

I'll post pictures of the books I bought sooooon! =)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko: Adarna House

Mama and I went to Adarna House this morning. 

This is for Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko, a library project of PROPharm in partnership with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.

Well last month, PROPharm won the Coca-Cola Barkadahan Grant Program. Basically, you will propose a project that must be focused on one of the three areas Coke is working on:
  • environmental stewardship
  • education
  • active healthy living
Two of our project proposals won, and one of them is the library project, Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko. =)

I don't intend to head this project, because I know that it'll be stressful given that I also have a regular load in school. But then, books are special to me. I love books so much, and I love reading.

In Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko, we will be improving the library of one of the DSWD centers, Haven for Children. We haven't visited the center yet, but our target will be next week, during our enrollment. =)

So, in a library project, you have to have books, of course! While Coke will provide us with money, we intend to use most of it in the actual improvement of the library and also in our outreach program in December. Therefore I contacted sponsors for books. My first priorities are the publishing houses. A few replied, thankfully! And one of them is Adarna House.

Adarna House responded promptly! I was so happy they agreed to give us 5 small books and 5 big books. =)

Thus, the reason why Mama and I went there earlier, to pick up the book donations. =)

Adarna books were introduced to me when I was still in elementary school. I was one of their sukis at the time. =)

 Childhood! That's what I thought when I saw these small books. =)

 I guess they also conduct story telling here?

Cute right? =)

And here are the donated books...

Can't help it. I browsed through them. Haha!

I'm excited for our library project! Oh, and thank you Adarna House! =)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

34th Manila International Book Fair: Photo Diary

I was introduced to the Manila International Book Fair when I was in second year college. My Comm 1 teacher asked us to go to the fair, take some photos and report it to the class. That was the 31st, I think. Since then, it has been my habit to go every year. =)

34th MIBF

The first exhibit I went to was National Bookstore. My first buys were from there too. =)

I wasn't able to buy anything from Philippine Christian Bookstore. =( Always crowded.

matched, crossed, reached

Now this series has always been in my to-buy list. There's already a boxed set but they're hard covers. I'm waiting for the paper back boxed set. =)

And these... I eyed, I considered... but my budget won't allow me! Haha! Perhaps next time. =)


That's all folks!

Solidaridad Book Shop: Independent Book Shop in the Philippines #1

I found out about this book store when my friends and I were on our way to watch Cinemalaya. We were in Padre Faura, and the book display got my attention. At the sight of it, I knew I have to visit this little store soon!

Solidaridad Bookshop is owned by one of the great Filipino authors, F. Sionil Jose. His works include the Rosales Saga novels, Sin, The Feet of Juan Bacnang, Puppy Love, Why We are Poor, Why we are Hungry, and many more.

Aside from F. Sionil Jose’s works, the store also houses literary works of other Filipino authors (Jose Rizal, A.C. Fabian, Nick Joaquin, Lualhati Bautista, Paz Marquez, etc.) 

From love, family, relationship, war, history to politics, Solidaridad bookshop showcases the richness of the Philippine literature and culture. It also carries international classics, and books about philosophy, religion, politics, and Asian culture.

Indeed, this little place is a heaven for book lovers!


Of course, I did not go home empty-handed. Haha! I bought the first book of the Rosales Saga. [EDIT: Here is my review of Po-on: Click here.]


To all Filipino book lovers, I encourage you to visit Solidaridad Bookshop, and explore our country’s story through the eyes of these great Filipino authors.

Good day!