Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Haul #8: The Book Fair Edition

Hi folks!

As promised, here are the books I bought during the Manila International Book Fair!

MIBF haul 6

I bought 11 books!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Feature & Follow #20: Dream Job


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is where we, book bloggers, can meet new people and gain followers as well!

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This week's question is suggested by Peace Love Books.

If you could have any job, what would you do?

I'll give you folks my top 3 dream jobs, in no particular order:

Forensic Pharmacist

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. -_-

Healthcare Researcher

Research in health policies or drug discovery. I'm in!

Reader

During my stressful moments, I've thought of this. Can I just get paid to read books? Haha!

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That's all folks!
What is/are your dream job/s?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Kiera Cass: Book Signing Event #7

Hi folks! How are you doing?

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.

Kiera Cass signing 1
The interview part was done during her signing event at the Shangri-La Plaza the day before. I wish I just went there.

Kiera Cass signing 2
with Kiera. She's pretty and she's so nice! :)

The One signed
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!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass: Book Review

Title: The Selection (The Selection #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Details: April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen

Title: The Elite (The Selection #2)
Publication Details: April 23rd 2013 by HarperTeen

Title: The One (The Selection #3)
Publication Details: May 6th 2014 by HarperTeen

The Selection trilogy

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!

Plot
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.

Characters
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!

Writing
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!

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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. :)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

36th Manila International Book Fair Part 2: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

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.

MIBF tickets from Adarna House
My tickets, by the way. I got them free from Adarna House, Inc.

Friday, September 18, 2015

36th Manila International Book Fair Part 1: Photo Diary

It's that time of the year! And Filipino book lovers are well aware that this is one book event we should not miss- the Manila International Book Fair, now on its 36th year! :)

Every September, book stores, authors, publishers, students, professionals and book lovers, in general, gather around for the largest book fair in the Philippines.

Booths are in place offering discounts to various titles. There are also book signing events, quiz shows, meet and greet, workshops, story telling and many other activities.

Last September 16 was the first day. And right after work, my office mates/friends and I went there to hoard buy books. :)

Here are some of the pictures I took. (Warning: Loads of pictures, but they're mostly books, so hopefully it'll be okay.)

MIBF Day 1_1

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Series I Need to Finish

Hi folks!

I may become a pariah in the bookish world with this post. But I want to share with you those series I have yet to finish.

It's not that I completely lost interest in the series, I have valid reasons. Okay? And one of them is that there are SO MANY BOOKS needing to be read and so little time. -_-

Anyway, here they are:
I have yet to buy and read Isla and the Happily Ever After. Now that it's available in paperback, I think I'm going to be reading it very soon. :)
I have yet to read the last book, BZRK Apocalypse. I'm just waiting to be in the mood, if you know what I mean. Haha!
I've only read A Great and Terrible Beauty. To be honest, I'm not sure when I will read the next two books.
Okay guys, I know. I know. And I am dying to read the whole series. It will be soon though. Promise. I'm planning to read/reread the whole series and then rewatch the movie. :)
I've only read Legend. I started reading Prodigy but I was not into it, so I'm giving it a rest. :)
I have yet to read The Death Cure. The reason why I put off reading the last book is because I do not like The Scorch Trials as much as I like The Maze Runner. Yeah.
I have yet to read Please Remain Calm. Like BZRK, I'm waiting for the mood, in this case zombie mood, to come. Haha!
I've only read Poison Study. I'm not sure when I'll read the next books, but hopefully soon because Yelena's character seems amazing.
I have yet to read Fuse and Burn. I haven't read them because I want to buy Burn first so I can marathon them.
I just finished reading Reboot last month. I haven't bought Rebel yet, but hopefully this month I will be able to.
I've only read Rush. I remember wanting to read Push ASAP, because Rush ended in a cliffhanger. So yeah, I don't know why I haven't picked it up yet.
I have yet to read The Prisoner of Heaven because I am also waiting for the mood to come. Haha!
I have yet to read P.S. I Still Love You. I'm hoping to read it very soon though, because Peter! :)

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There you go folks. Those were the series I have yet to finish. Can you imagine the series I have yet to start? Oh my! That would be quite a long post, I'm telling you. Haha!

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Have a nice day folks!


Photo source: Goodreads.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Feature & Follow #19: Book Recommendations


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is where we, book bloggers, can meet new people and gain followers as well!

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This week's question is suggested by Becky's Barmy Book Blog

Undiscovered talent - tell us about a book you loved but no one else seems to have heard of. It can be new or old, any genre. Let's spread the love.

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Oh I have a lot of book recommendations! Let me do this by genre.

Young Adult, Contemporary:


How to Love by Katie Cotugno (Goodreads)
I reviewed it here.


Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (Goodreads)
I reviewed it here.

Mystery, Psychological Thriller:


The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Goodreads)
I reviewed it here.

Historical Fiction:


City of Thieves by David Benioff (Goodreads)

And folks! David Benioff is also a screenwriter and executive producer of Game of Thrones. Not to mention his other screenwriting credits in Troy and The Kite Runner. :)

Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction:




Razorland Trilogy: Enclave (Goodreads), Outpost (Goodreads) and Horde (Goodreads)

I enjoyed this trilogy because it's fast-paced and action-packed, with good romance and kick-ass characters. :)

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That's all folks!

Any underrated book recommendations for me?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

News: The 36th Manila International Book Fair

Hi folks!

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. :)

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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. :)

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That's all folks! Have a nice day!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Feature & Follow #18: Movie to Book Adaptation


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is where we, book bloggers, can meet new people and gain followers as well!

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This week's question is suggested by Go Book Yourself

Name a movie you would have loved to read as a book ( That is not a book already obviously).

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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.


I've watched it 2-3 times, I think, and it still gives me the feels. So yeah, Titanic. :)

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How about you folks?