Sunday, October 8, 2017

Book Haul #22: 38th Manila International Book Fair

Hi folks!

Why is it October already? 2017 sure wants to rest ASAP! 😁
Anyway, as promised here are the books I bought last 38th Manila International Book Fair!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

38th Manila International Book Fair: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

Last September 13-17, the 38th Manila International Book Fair was held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. I've been anticipating this annual book fair! And I was able to visit three times! Haha! 😁

For this year's book fair, they have extended and utilized the second floor halls of the SMX Convention. The second floor housed children's books and other non-books booths. Hence, the first floor housed adult books (fiction and non-fiction), some YA novels, references, Christian and other spiritual books.

I did not take much photos because I think they just look the same every year. But here's a very short photo diary:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Haul #21: Collective BOOKSALE Haul

Hi folks!

Since my college days, I've been frequenting BOOKSALE to detox myself. Seeing their stacks of books- aaah, it just relaxes me. Whenever I go to one of their branches, I don't really have the intention to buy anything, but sometimes I walk out with one book or two. You just never know when you'll find a treasure there! 😍

BOOKSALE is one of the big bookstores here in the Philippines. They house mostly used books, thus they offer them at very low prices. So you see? It's quite impossible to walk out of the store without buying. 😁

For this post, I want to share with you folks the books I bought in BOOKSALE over the years, and two recent purchases from the store!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Illuminae (Illuminae #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: Illuminae #1
Publication details: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science fiction, young adult


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What Happened: June-August 2017

I know, I know. I was not able to post as much. And you already know my reason right? 😁

Life happened.

But anyway, I did manage to read one book in June, and I was able to read-a-thon four books from end of July to August. How's that? The 'reading hunger' has awakened and I couldn't stop.

Books Read:


Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan - ⭐⭐⭐
Graceling by Kristin Cashore - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blog Posts:

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For September, I'll have bookish events/posts lined up plus two of my pending book reviews. Hopefully, I'll be able to write them soon. Haha!

And also, the biggest book fair in the Philippines, the 38th Manila International Book Fair, will be held on September 13-17 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia! I am so excited! Though I have to limit my budget this year, I am still looking forward to seeing fellow readers and book lovers! 😁

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That's all folks for my wrap-up!
How's life?

Have a nice day!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Book Review

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Pubication details: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
Genre: Fantasy, young adult


Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself (from Goodreads).

A page-turning read about risks, bravery and loyalty.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: Book Review

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Publication Details: September 7th 2009 by Graphia (first published October 1st 2008)
Genre: Fantasy, young adult


A deadly grace. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight- she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace--or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

(from Goodreads)

A gripping, adventurous story about identity and embracing one's strengths and weaknesses.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: Book Review

Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publication Details: July 12th 2016 by Speak (first published May 26th 2015)
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, thriller, mystery


Monday, June 12, 2017

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel: Book Review

Title: The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
Author: Lee Strobel
Publication Details: August 30th 1998 by Zondervan (first published 1988)
Genre: Non-fiction, Christian


Saturday, June 3, 2017

What Happened: April and May 2017

Uhmmm, hi folks! I'm still here! Still alive. 😁

I was not able to post my wrap-up for April because (let's say it together) I've been busy. *applause*

I had a good reading month in April. I read 3 books! However, May was a total bleh. I tried reading a couple of books but I just couldn't get into it. Thus, I was not able to read in May. I did attend a bookish event though- Dia Del Libro 2017.

Here's a quick recap:

Books Read:


The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
By The River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho- a reread, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read this three during my April Holy Week Read-a-thon.

Blog Posts:

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I think that's all for my April and May! Haha! I know, reading-wise, I was not able to accomplish much. But I've had 3 out-of-town trips and did museum-hopping w/ friends in those two months! I will post photo diaries on my personal blog- Protected and Loved.

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Have a nice day folks! 😁

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Book Haul #20: Book Stop Project Haul

Finally folks! Here's another book haul from The Book Stop Project, plus two other books I bought in April.

As per my previous post, The Book Stop Project is a pop-up library where you can borrow or exchange books. I got the following: 😁