Sunday, January 26, 2014

Book Haul #2: NBS Warehouse Sale 2014

Here are my buys during the January National Book Store Warehouse Sale. =)

haul 1
Plague by Michael Grant
Trash by Andy Mulligan
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

haul 2
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Finding Mr. Flood by Ciara Geraghty
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

That's all folks! I just want to share with you my book hauls. =)
Oh and I am currently reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. =)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

National Book Store Warehouse Sale 2014

I went to the Warehouse Sale last January 15! Haha! Here are some pictures:

What's nice about this Warehouse Sale was the additional 50% off. So if the sale price is Php 30, it's actually Php 15. What a deal! I spent Php ~500 and I got 7 books! =)

I'll post the books soon! :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gayle Forman: Book Signing Event #1

Yep folks! I went to Gayle Forman's book signing event yesterday (January 18.) :) Ohmigosh! It was my first book signing event so I was really really excited. By the time I arrived (~10 AM), the line was already long. I was 148th. Haha! While waiting I read Through the Ever Night. :)

The event started at around 4:15 PM.  The fans went crazy when Gayle Forman showed up. And she was full of energy too. Haha! I love her craziness! :) In her interview, she talked about her inspirations in writing her books which include her time being an exchange student in London, her "falling in love" with a Dutch guy (Haha!), her husband Nick (Gayle said that in the draft of If I Stay Adam was first named Nick.. Haha!), their travels together, which inspired Just One Day and Just One Year, and her kids... :)

She also said that the idea of If I Stay just "came" to her. And upon getting that "idea" she just sat down, and typed her story down. (The draft's file name was Why Not. Haha!) She then shared a few tips to the aspiring writers. I just can't remember them. Hihi! I'm sorry. The only tip I remembered is to read and read, even if the material is bad, because those books/ materials will inspire you and teach you what you want and don't want to write about. :)

And of course, she talked about the If I Stay movie showing this August 22, 2014! Weeeeh! :) She will also have another book in 2015, I Was Here. :)

Here are some pictures from the event:

I was actually five rows from the platform. But I was lucky to have a seat. :)

We were all cheering so she cheered with us. Haha!

 The interview proper

 Weeeh! :D

 Excuse my giddy-haggard face! I waited 9 hours for this! Haha!

 She stamped Double Happiness! I think I'll have a good 2014! :) National Book Store also gave a bookmark! Weeeeh! :)

That's all. Haha! Thank you National Book Store for bringing Gayle Forman here in the Philippines. I had a very nice time! And I am so looking forward to the other book signing events this year. :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Currently Reading: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

What's worse than starting a book at 10 PM?... It's not sleeping, and finishing the same book. Haha!

Well, okay. I am only half done with Under the Never Sky. But I was close to finishing it, if only it wasn't already 4:45 AM and I wanted to attend our church service at 10 AM. :)

under the never sky

I forgot what made me buy this book because it's a dystopian YA novel. AGAIN. And upon reading the first few chapters, the same elements are present. But what got me going was the style of writing. I really enjoyed reading Under the Never Sky. And Aria and Perry are currently two of my favorite people.

I'll give more of my thoughts once I'm done. :)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: Book Review

Title: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Author: Robin Sloan
Publication Details: October 2nd 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Contemporary, mystery, adult

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

I loved it! It was an adventure minus the crazy government, vampires, zombies, whatsoever.

Here are the things I love about the book:

  • It has books- And bookstore, of course! Who doesn't love a book about books and bookstore?
  • Puzzles, codes- It got me curious with Manutius codex vitae. (I will not spoil anyone, so I'll stop here.)
  • Characters- I love Clay, Neel, Mr. Penumbra (of course), Daleck, and Mat! I like Kat's enthusiasm about her work but I disagree with some of her "principles".
  • The lesson of the story- which can be found in the Epilogue.
  • Programming- even though I did not understand them, it was an interesting and refreshing element to the plot.
If you haven't read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, ugh guys, then you should pick it up soon!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bookshelf Tour 2014: Photo Diary

Did a little reorganization last Tuesday. :)

book pile 1
The sea of books. I actually do not have a lot of books. I only started collecting in late 2012. Until then, I was content with my e-books. :)

book pile 2

First time I'm going to do this! :) 

shelf 5
First, YA books:
Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Heart-breaking)
Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman (Among my favorites)
Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Of the three, I liked Pandemonium best.)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves (unread), The Dark and Hollow Places (unread) by Carrie Ryan
Strange, Jealousy, Defiance by Lili St. Crow (I am reading Strange Angels now! I still don't have a copy of Betrayals.)
The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game (unread), The Prisoner of Heaven (unread) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

shelf 4
More YAs:
Pure and Fuse (unread) by Julianna Baggott (I only read Pure, but I must say that it has a unique plot.)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (I love this book. I still have to buy the other books in the series.)
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (unread)
Legend by Marie Lu (unread)
The Woman Who Died a Lot and One of our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde (I bought these not knowing that they're part of a series. Haha! Now I have to buy the others.) (unread)
Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Beautiful book! You should read this!)
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Also a favorite)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Paper Towns by John Green
Blink Once by Cylin Busby (Won this from thebooker... :))

shelf 3
Some classics and award-winning pieces:
Sherlock Holmes Volume I and II (unread... I only read the Study in Pink.)
Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell (also favorites)
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (not yet finished)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (very dark read)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (unread)
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Favorite!!)
Po-on by Sionil Jose (First book in the Rosales Saga. I bought this at the Solidaridad Bookshop.) (unread)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (unread) (I watched the movie though.)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (unread)
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones (unread)
The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya (unread)

shelf 2
Ahm. I cannot classify these. Hehe!
No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
Toxicology by Jessica Hagedorn (unread)
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (unread)
The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (unread)
The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella (full of humor but some of the characters were annoying)
An Honorable German by Charles McCain (unread)
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (I enjoyed reading this.)

shelf 1
Christian books, philosophy, politics, and other non-fiction books except for Sugat ng Alaala :)
Light Moments by Fr. Jerry Orbos
Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris
Under Cover by John Bevere (unread)
I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
The Shack by W.M. Paul Young
Conversations with God Books 1-3 by Neale Donald Walsch (I only read Book 1.)
Daily Inspirations for the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Beyond the Da Vinci Code
Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara?
Sugat ng Alaala by Lazaro Francisco
On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz (unread)
Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho
The Great Awakening by Jim Wallis (unread)
The Great Political Theories Volume II
Nelson Mandela Biography by Peter Limb (unread)
The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz (unread)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot (Also enjoyed reading this)

There... My humble collection. =) I'm pretty sure more will be added this year! Haha!

I know I'm missing some books every book lover should have. But patience little grasshopper, books are expensive! Haha!

Bye folks! :)