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Book Haul: World Book Day

Argh, I’m such a book addict. I already went book shopping last month and I haven’t even read the books from that stash and yet I ended up buying more books this weekend. I blame Kinokuniya for having another sale to celebrate World Book Day. It’s so hard to resist buying books when there’s a 20% discount. Here was yesterday’s book haul:

World Book Day 2016 haul

How cute is that latte art with the lion and peacock? Anyway, since the picture may not show the titles clearly, these were the three that I got:

Alex + Ada Amulet The Stonekeeper Seconds

Seconds was a belated birthday gift for my friend. She asked me what I wanted and of course I said books! We went to the bookstore and she let me choose a title that I wanted to read. I’ve been eyeing Seconds for the past few months so I thought it would be a good choice.

Have you read any of these? If yes, what did you think of them? How did you guys celebrate World Book Day?:)


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Ten Books That Made Me Laugh

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I love books that are witty or funny or just generally so much fun to read that they either make me laugh or smile while I’m reading. I may not end up loving the whole book but I think it’s a special thing when an author is able to get a laugh or smile out of a reader. These are some books that have some scenes that I’ve found hilarious:

Something About You Once Upon a Rose The Deal The Rosie Project Bet Me

Magic Strikes Burn for Me The Amulet of Samarkand Howl's Moving Castle Uprooted

Five contemporaries and five fantasy novels. Have you read any of these titles? Did you find them funny too? What are books that you’ve found hilarious?


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Real life update

Things have been pretty quiet here on the blog because I’ve made some big decisions over the past week. While I usually only mention real life stuff in passing over here, my blog does get effected by major changes. The big announcement is that I’ve resigned from my current job. I like to keep my blogging and my professional life separate so I still won’t go into details about my job here. But I’ve had the same job for a little over three and a half years, ever since I moved to Singapore in August 2012. This is not a sudden decision on my part, it has taken me months and endless conversations with family and friends to get to this point. I’ve thought about it long and hard, weighed the pros and cons and everything. It’s not even an entirely happy decision because there’s more than a little bit of sadness mixed in. But I think it’s a good decision, and will hopefully lead to good things for me. The main reason why I chose to go is that I’m no longer happy where I was, for various reasons. I didn’t want to let inertia settle in and just keep doing the same thing because I was comfortable. I’ve decided that I’m ready for a fresh start!

I will be staying in Singapore until I finish serving my notice period, and I can stay another month as a tourist after that. I’ve already started the job hunt here in Singapore, but haven’t found anything yet. I’ve been having a few conversations but nothing concrete has materialized. If I can’t find anything here then I’m fine with going back home to Manila. I can take a bit of a break before starting the job hunt over there. I’m waiting to see how things will unfold, and of course, I’ll share any major announcements if there are any!

Interestingly, I had a job interview this week and I mentioned my blog when asked about what I like to do during my free time. I don’t think I’ve ever done that in an interview before because like I said earlier, I tend to keep my professional life separate from my blog. Maybe I’d say I’m passionate about reading and I enjoy having discussions about books, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned having a blog. That I post book reviews, participate in online events and reach out to authors and fellow readers all over the world. I decided to bring it up because a good friend said that it’s a great idea to talk about my interests and the things that I do outside of work because those activities also show that I have drive outside of the workplace. Because I’m not being paid to do all these things and yet I put in so much effort because I enjoy doing it. So I should keep doing that in future interviews.

The past week has been very tiring so I’m just trying to have a quiet weekend to recharge. Just catch up on chores and read something good. I’m also hoping I can squeeze in a review but let’s just see how it goes. Hope you’re all having a good weekend so far!


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My Favorite Bookish Instagrammers

I missed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday because work has been tiring me out the past few days and I just don’t have the energy to blog whenever the work day ends. But I love Angie’s take on it, so I’m taking a page out of her book (pun intended) to talk about bookish Instagrammers I follow. Next to Twitter, Instagram is my second favorite social media platform. It’s kind of embarrassing how much stuff I post there. I don’t even care that I have way more shots than followers.😛 I also like how the site lets me share non-bookish aspects of my life like all the coffee, tea and desserts that I have. Of course, I still share book pictures and whenever I do, I check out the hashtags for those titles and authors to see what other bookstagrammers have said about them. And they’re so many bookstagrammers out there and they come up with such creative shots that look amazing. If you’re not on Instagram and you like taking and sharing pics, you should definitely check it out.

Going back to my favorite bookish folk on Instagram, here are screenshots of their profiles:

Instagram - Angie     Instagram - Maggie     Instagram - Kimee

Instagram - Mina     Instagram - Pip     Instagram - Mands

Instagram - Alexa     Instagram - Wendy     Instagram - Jamie

As a bonus, I think most female readers will be able to appreciate this account:
Instagram - Hot Dudes Reading

Do you guys have Instagram? If you do, what are your favorite bookstagram accounts?:)


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Belated Birthday Book Haul

Last March 29 was my birthday and I bought a few books leading up to it. Birthdays are always the perfect excuse to buy books for myself.:) There was a Kinokuniya members’ sale in March so I took advantage of the 20% discount and bought these:

Lazarus and Shortcomings

Because I was able to buy books during the sale, I wasn’t planning to purchase anything else on my birthday. But I ended up dropping by the bookstore to buy some watercolors for my coloring books. I saw my friend try them out and it looked a lot more fun than using colored pencils. Aaand it wasn’t just watercolors that caught my fancy, I saw this newly released graphic novel with watercolor artwork so I decided to grab it too. Seemed like a fitting choice:

5,000km per second

My graphic novel haul:
Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, Santiago Arcas
Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, Santiago Arcas
Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine
5,000 km Per Second by Manuele Fior

Next, three generous friends pooled their money to give me an Amazon gift card worth USD100. Woohoo! Let’s see how long it will last.😛 So far, I’ve already bought and read these:

Bryony and Roses

In the Middle of Somewhere

Kindle purchases:
Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish (currently reading but not included in the pictures)

Those two last shots just show how much I love tea and desserts. And that last pic is a little bit funny because of the contrast of the smexy book cover versus the dainty tea cup and cake.

It’s Sunday night in this part of the world and as usual, I’m in denial that the weekend is over. I’ll try to squeeze in a little reading time before going to bed. Hope you all had a good weekend! If you’ve made any recent book purchases, feel free to mention them in the comments.


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Graphic Novel / Manga Challenge: Giant Days

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Image designed by my friend Kim of Dreaming of Espresso. Thanks for letting me use it!

Giant DaysThe only book challenge that I signed up for this year is the 2016 Graphic Novel / Manga Challenge, and I went for the Modern Age level. This challenge is kicking my ass! I thought it would be totally manageable, and I was half-right because it hasn’t been difficult to read at least one graphic novel a month. I just haven’t been able to keep up with the reviewing part. But hey, last month’s review was a 3 volumes in 1 review type of thing so I think I’m still good.😛 Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman was supposedly my March graphic novel but I’m posting my review late, because this work week has been tiring and I wasn’t able to find time to sit down and work on a post.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

Giant Days, Vol. 1 was the book that I read during my birthday. I bought a copy of it earlier this year based on the recommendation of my good friend Maggie. I don’t think I’ve ever read a graphic novel with a college setting so I was curious when I found out about Giant Days. I was also drawn to the bright yellow cover and the illustration on it, showing a girl concentrating hard while she’s typing away on her phone. The art style seemed fitting for the storyline, and it reminded me a bit of some cartoons that I watched growing up. It had a young and fun vibe to it. Right off the bat, readers are introduced to Susan, Esther and Daisy. Three college girls who have totally different personalities but have become close friends in a short span of time. It was easy to sink my teeth into Giant Days and I found it an enjoyable read, but I couldn’t really say that I loved it. It was fun to get to know the girls and to see them supporting each other through their college-related adventures, but I wasn’t as invested in them as I would have liked to be. The length felt too short for me to get to know them enough. It would have been a stronger read for me if it had more character development. As it was, I felt that the storylines were spread a bit thinly to shine the spotlight on each of the girls. While it’s an interesting graphic novel, I’m a little undecided on whether I’d pick up the second volume due to be released sometime in April. I should probably read the rest of the graphic novels on my TBR pile before deciding to buy more.


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Ten Contemporary Romance Books I’ve Recently Enjoyed

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today is a special Tuesday because it’s MY BIRTHDAY. Woohoo! *throws confetti* *shares cake with everyone* And because I’m such a book nerd, talking about books on my birthday is always a good idea. This week’s TTT topic is supposed to be 5 star reads, but I rarely give a 5 star rating so I thought I’d share books that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed since the beginning of the year. I’m going to go for a contemporary romance theme on this post, because I’m always up for a good romance. They’re so easy to get into and I can usually finish a book in one sitting. Writing a review is a different matter, however. Which is why I want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the titles I’ve really liked.

Summer Skin Act Like It Artistic License Pairing Off Us

His Road Home Night Wish MidnightClear Carolina Dreaming Soppy by Philippa Rice

Have you read any of these titles? If yes, what did you think of them? If you read contemporary romance, I would love to get some good recommendations! If you’re not into this genre, please feel free to talk about books that you’ve recently loved because I’d be interested in hearing them. I have pretty eclectic tastes when it comes to the books I read and I can never predict what I’ll be in the mood for.

And now I’m off to enjoy the day! I took time off from work and my goals are simple: have some good food and read a great book.

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