I'll give you folks my top 3 dream jobs, in no particular order:
Practicing my profession, while solving crime? Why not? Actually, the National Bureau of Investigation here in the Philippines hires pharmacist. I'm just not sure what the job description is, and the starting salary is quite low. -_-
Research in health policies or drug discovery. I'm in!
During my stressful moments, I've thought of this. Can I just get paid to read books? Haha!
Last Sunday, September 21, I went to the Kiera Cass book signing event at the Manila International Fair, National Book Store booth. And oh goodness folks, this was, by far, my worst book signing event.
Kiera Cass was great and she's really nice, just to be clear. But the people. Goodness! Apparently, people do not know how to queue properly. I almost did not make it to the cut-off. The original cut-off for participants was 200, then they made it to 250, and finally to 500. I was 327th, but during the queue outside the event center, I was less than 200th. How did I become 327th? Ugh!
Anyway, enough of my ranting. :) Here are the few photos I have.
The interview part was done during her signing event at the Shangri-La Plaza the day before. I wish I just went there.
with Kiera. She's pretty and she's so nice! :)
From 251st to 500th, they only allowed one book to be signed. *sigh* I really wish I just attended the one in Shangri-La.
That's all folks! Never will I attend book signing events with limited slots. I learned my lesson. Haha!
One word summary for the first three books of The Selection series: Feels.
I wasn't really planning on reading them but seeing the covers and the hype on Tumblr, I just had to have them. I bought the books last year but they were just sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. I was already spoiled on who America will end up with. I accidentally saw a spoiler on Tumblr. Thus, I was quite unsure if I should still read them. Thankfully though, National Book Store announced Kiera Cass' book signing event. One big reason for me to finally read them. And thank goodness I did!
The Selection is a YA dystopian read. Same elements are in placed (especially in book one) but it was refreshing to read from a different perspective. All of my dystopian reads involved a heroine who can physically put up a fight. And that's good, but it was nice to read about America who can influence other people, who is capable of starting change, and who has a strong character even without using force herself. There were still pieces of action weaved into the story, though. And it added thrill into the story, making me look forward to what will happen next.
The pacing is varied. It got a bit slow for some parts. But nevertheless, my reading never got boring and I enjoyed reading almost all scenes.
I can't really discuss certain plot threads, because I might spoil those who haven't read the 3 books yet. But in general, I liked how most scenes are relevant and connected to each other, and how the events influenced not only America but also the other characters. There were some though that I don't think necessary in any of the characters' development.
Plotwise, The Selection, The Elite and The One are very enjoyable read. I thought they will be very cheesy, quite shallow read, but I was proven wrong.
The characters, especially the main ones, are easily relatable. I liked almost all of the secondary characters. I think they are all well-written. And I was able to feel the "right feelings" for each character. Does that make sense? Haha!
America Singer started as a cliché protagonist, but like what I've mentioned previously, she diverted from the typical heroines who physically fight. I liked that about her, plus she's talented and has sense of humor.
Maxon and Aspen. Aaah! Even though I was already spoiled who America will end up with, and I kind of already set my mind who to like, I still like them both. And any alternative ending would have been okay with me. They can both be stubborn and selfish, but I was able to see their feelings for America, and how also loyal they can be toward their duties.
As for the secondary characters, I especially like May, Queen Amberly, America's dad and yes, Celeste. Haha!
I liked the author's writing style. Written in a first person perspective and in America's POV, the story is easy to understand and follow, and the flow of events is smooth. Of the three books, I like The One the most.
I also liked how I felt torn between Maxon and Aspen. I was anticipating how America will tell the other guy that she chose the other one. Haha!
The 3 books are very enjoyable read. Nothing too deep going on, but the plot, characters and the writing are all more than okay. I definitely recommend them to those who want a dystopian read with a refreshing take to the heroine, and of course, there's the romance bit. :)
My rating is 1 point short because book one did not really offer something unique. As the story progresses though, there came developments. :) Other reasons for the point deduction include unnecessary scenes/events (in my opinion) and some slow parts in the story.
While there are still two books, The Heir and the fifth one (to be released in 2016), they are written in Eadlyn's perspective (America's daughter). I won't be reading them anymore, as I am already okay with America's story. :)
To know about Kiera Cass and her other books and upcoming releases, visit her site. :)
As promised, here are the other photos from the Manila International Book Fair. I was not supposed to go on the second day, but I was persuaded by my office mates. Haha! I also went again earlier this morning but I did not stay for too long because it was very crowded.
My tickets, by the way. I got them free from Adarna House, Inc.
How is your September so far? Mine's pretty slow, and very busy. But I'll get through and all will be well. Haha!
Last Tuesday, September 15, my friends and I went to Hole in the Wall, located in Century Mall, to have our "monthly lunch-out." We were supposed to go last Monday, but due to some circumstances (which included me being busy), we had to reschedule it. Well, I still have quite a lot to do. But you know, I need to unwind from time to time, and enjoy the fruits of my labor, yeah? Haha! Anyway, here are the few pictures I took.
Century Mall is just a few blocks away from where I'm working. :)
Where we bought our lunch. If I remember it correctly, I ordered their Dirty Rice Plate. :)
I am no food blogger. I don't know how to review food. Haha! But this meal here was very good. It's good for two, actually, we just ordered an additional cup of rice. :)
After our lunch, just before heading back to the office, we bought some cookies from Scout's Honor also located in Hole in the Wall. :)
I ordered the one in the left. It's cranberry something. Haha! I forgot the name.
Just this cute paper bag. :)
That's all folks!
Hole in the Wall offers a good dining experience. Apart from the wide selection of foods, it also has good, warm ambiance. I hope to visit the place again very soon, and try the other foods. :)
Wow! It's already September! Time flies so fast, eh? How are you folks? I hope you are all doing fine. And I hope you've been doing a lot of reading and/or writing (if you're a writer or an author). Unlike me, whose productivity is nowhere to be found. Haha!
Anyway, last month I set a TBR but surprise, surprise, I was not able to read them all. -_- This month, I will try to be realistic. Haha! I will only set two books! The Elite and The One both by Kiera Cass. These were on my August TBR but I was not able to read them. *sigh*
This month though, I have to read them because Kiera Cass will be having her book signing event on September 20! Yey! The event will be sponsored and hosted by National Book Store. :)
Currently, I'm reading Frostfire by Amanda Hocking and The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya. :)
I'm not sure when I will finish reading them. They're both good reads, folks. It's just that I don't get to have much reading time. *sigh* Haha!
Manila International Book Fair, the largest book fair in the Philippines, will be on the 16th to 20th of September! My first Manila International Book Fair (or MIBF) experience was in 2010, I think. And since then, I've been a regular of this event.
In MIBF, local publishers and authors, as well as bookstores, gather up to offer readers and book lovers a great bookish experience. Plus, there will be discounts and sales, so it'll be a nice time to buy the books one has been eyeing for a while. :)
Photo from MIBF Facebook page.
There will also be book signing events, quizzes, workshops, seminars and talks for readers, students and professionals to attend to. For more information, visit the Manila International Book Fair website. List of exhibitors is also posted there. :)
I have yet to finalize my to-buy list for the MIBF. I need to stick to my most wanted books and budget. And folks, the struggle is real in culling. Haha!
Currently, I'm thinking of buying Throne of Glass, Cinder, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Knife of Never Letting Go. But I don't know. It might change. Haha!
I hope I can document the event properly, so I can show non-Philippine residents what MIBF is like. :)
Name a movie you would have loved to read as a book ( That is not a book already obviously).
I'm not really a movie person, and most of those I watch are book/comic book adaptations. I was about to answer Life is Beautiful which is a movie about World War II, but then after researching, I found out that there's already a book based on the film. So, my answer is going to be Titanic.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme where we will showcase that one book we can't wait to hit the market!
Title: Eve Author: William Paul Young Publication Details: September 15, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Genre: Fiction, Christian
The Shack shattered our limited perceptions about God. Eve will destroy harmful misconceptions about ourselves.
From the author of the 25-million copy bestseller The Shack comes a captivating new novel destined to be one of the most important and talked-about books of the decade.
When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside—broken, frozen, and barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers her genetic code connects her to every known human race. She is a girl of prophecy and no one can guess what her survival will mean...
No one but Eve, Mother of the Living, who calls her “daughter,” and invites her to witness the truth about her story—indeed, the truth about us all.
Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship—yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional misconceptions about who we are and how we’re made. As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.
Eve opens a refreshing conversation about the equality of men and women within the context of our beginnings, helping us see each other as our Creator does—complete, unique, and not constrained to cultural rules or limitations.
Thoroughly researched and exquisitely written, Eve is a masterpiece that will inspire readers for generations to come (Source: Simon & Schuster).
I have read The Shack and really liked it. It was heartwarming, thought-provoking, and really inspiring. Thus, I want to read more of Young's works.
Eve's synopsis sounds interesting, and I feel like it will be an eye-opening read. Plus, I think the cover is pretty. :)