Birthday Book Haul

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It's past midnight in this side of the world so it's officially my birthday!πŸŽ‚ No big plans for today, just going to have lunch with my mom and my brother. A welcome change from birthdays spent by myself while I was living in Singapore. Back then, I chose to celebrate by myself and it was nice but it's good to change things up. . . If you're feeling generous and want to give me a little birthday gift, it would make me happy to hear about a title of a book/series that you picked up (and hopefully loved) or that you're curious about because of my recommendation.πŸ“šπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ Hope you all have a great Thursday ahead! And for those in the Philippines, have a good long weekend.

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It was my birthday last week! On the 29th of March, and I just wanted to share a quick post about it. Didn’t have any big plans but I did have a nice lunch with my mom and brother at one of my favorite restaurants. I posted real time updates on Twitter, here’s the thread if you want to check it out:

A few days before my birthday, I posted a wish list here on the blog and here’s my haul because of that, swipe to see all of the shots:

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Birthday book haul from generous friends... THANK YOU!πŸŽ‚πŸ“š I have quite a haul this year because I made a wish list, which I think is a great solution to friends not knowing whether to get books for me because they have no idea what I want or what I already have. A wish list solves that problem.πŸ™ŒπŸ» This year's haul includes: . . - UGH from @carlakdeguzman . - Don't Tell My Mother from @minavesguerra . - Project 17 from @itstimeana . - Making It Complicated from @bibliophilesoprano . - The Duke Takes a Bride from @bentchbites . - Captive Prince from @chuchay.d . - Stickers and a bookish postcard from @booksandflourishes . . Thanks again, friends! Maraming salamat! I'm so happy with this haul, and I'm excited to read all of these. A pretty nice mix of comics, romance and fantasy. As an added bonus, all of these books except for Captive Prince are written by Filipino authors.πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ“š . . Do you guys give or receive books as gifts for birthdays? What book do you usually give as a gift? . . . #GGSSG #artPH #BrigitteBautista #ClarisseDavid #SuzettedeBorja #ElizaVictoria #romanceclass #HaliyaPublishing #Hulyen #Filipinoauthors #Filipinobooks #Kindlebooks #Pinoykomiks #readlocalPH #diversebooks #ownvoices #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography

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Thanks again to all my generous friends who gave me book gifts, I’m so touched. Last but not the least, I didn’t have cake on my actual birthday but there was ice cream:

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March Book Haul

In February, I did two book haul posts for the comics I bought at Komiket and other books I purchased. For March, these are the new books that I bought and received:

Beginner’s Luck by Kate Clayborn
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I've had Beginner's Luck by @kateclayborn.author on my wish list for a while, because I keep hearing good things about it from romance Twitter. So I one clicked as fast as I can when I saw that it's a Kindle deal for 0.99usd. Looking forward to reading this book! This bookstagram also applies to @bentchbites' #MarchBookstagram2018 prompt for today: new-to-me author. Beginner's Luck is a debut novel so it will be my intro to Kate Clayborn's writing.πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ“– Have you guys tried any new authors lately? . . . #BeginnersLuck #KateClayborn #LyricalPress #KenstingtonBooks #romancereads #contemporaryromance #Kindledeals #KindlebooksΒ #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #bookstagram #bookphotography #besfluencers

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Hotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy
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I first read the Out of Uniform series by @ellekennedy33 years ago when my friend @treatyoshelf was raving about it. The books in the series have been re-released with new covers and Hotter Than Ever is currently on promo for just 0.99usd. This was such a fun read for me, my fave in the series. I highly recommend it (as @minavesguerra also does in her latest post) but read the book's summary first before deciding if it's for you because Elle herself describes it as "one of the dirtiest books I've ever written..." πŸ‘€πŸ”₯ . . . #HotterThanEver #ElleKennedy #contemporaryromance #romancereads #Kindledeals #KindlebooksΒ #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #bookstagram #bookphotography

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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Good coffee in one hand, a potentially good book in the other. It's how every weekend should look like!πŸ“–β˜• I'm only at chapter 3 but I'm enjoying Children of Blood and Bone by @tadeyemibooks so far. Sometimes when a book gets a lot of hype, I want to wait for the buzz to die down before I read it. But sometimes, I like having that sense of connection with other readers all over the world when an exciting new release has just come out. Like, hey I'm here in Manila and I'm reading the same book that you're reading wherever you may be. Do you ever get that feeling? What was the last book that made you feel that way? . . . πŸ“Έ @chuchay.d #ChildrenofBloodandBone #TomiAdeyemi #fantasyreads #YAlit #youngadultbooks #Kindlebooks #diversebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography #bookandcoffee #coffeetime #coffee #cafehopping

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Ashwin by Kit Rocha
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Today's prompt for @bentchbites' #MarchBookstagram2018 is latest purchase and I just one clicked this 0.99usd Kindle deal a few minutes ago. Ashwin is the first book in the Gideon Riders series by @authorkitrocha. My original answer to this prompt was supposed to be my current read, Children of Blood and Bone. But I couldn't resist buying this title. I've had it in my wish list ever since it was mentioned in @bookthingo's podcast as a good dystopian romance series. Looking forward to reading it! What about you, what's your most recent book purchase? I'm not the only one who keeps one clicking Kindle deals, right? I used Palaso by Marianie in the background because I love its vibrant colors. Not sure if any of you have noticed but I've been using some of my comics when I take Kindle bookstagram shots to add some color to them.πŸ“ΈπŸ“š . . . #KitRocha #GideonRiders #romancereads #romancenovels #Kindlebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography

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Review copies of Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat, After Eden by Arnold Arre, Private Iris by Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre
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Today, I received book mail from @arnoldarrebooks and it includes three Filipino comics titles: After Eden, Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat and Private Iris. Also with matching postcards and bookmarks. Thank you so much, Chamber Shell Publishing! I read After Eden years ago when it was first released by a different publisher but apparently this newer edition has been revised. Looking forward to reading and rereading all these three titles! Have you read any of these? Let me know what you think if you have.πŸ“šπŸ“¬ . . Do you read comics and graphic novels? Which ones have you loved? . . . #ChamberShellPublishing #ArnoldArre #AfterEden #AngMundoniAndongAgimat #PrivateIris #Pinoykomiks #diversecomics #comics #graphicnovels #artPH #readlocalPH #Filipinoauthors #Filipinobooks #diversebooksΒ #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookphotography #bookhaul #bookmail

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The Tetethered Mage by Melissa Caruso
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New book in my Kindle, and new cake discovery earlier today! I've had The Tethered Mage on my wish list ever since Kristen (fantasycafe) rec'd it on Twitter and I one clicked it the other day while it's still a Kindle deal.πŸ“š Looking forward to reading this epic fantasy soon. Have you read this title? If you have, what did you think of it? Included in this shot is a slice of ube crepe cake from @papermooncafeph and IT'S SO GOOD. I've had crepe cakes in Singapore before and wasn't a fan of them so I've mostly been ignoring PaperMoon whenever I've seen it here in Manila but apparently I should have paid attention to it earlier. Definitely planning to have more of this cake in the future.🍰 What's a new title that you just purchased? Or a new cake/dessert that you've just tried? . . . #TheTetheredMage #MelissaCaruso #OrbitBooks #fantasyreads #Kindlebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography #bookandcoffee #coffeetime #coffee #cafehopping #PaperMoonCafePH #ubecake

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Jade City by Fonda Lee
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"...Shae was struck by a sense of nostalgia so profound she found it difficult to breathe. The humid air through the open window, the sound of her native language being spoken on the radio, even the terrible traffic... She swallowed, close to tears; she had only the vaguest idea of what she was going to do in Janloon now, but she was undeniably home." - Jade City by Fonda Lee . THIS. SO MUCH THIS. A passage that reminded me of what it felt like to move back home to the Philippines after years of living abroad in Singapore. Actually even just coming home for a visit felt like this. Jade City is a fantasy novel that has been at the top of my wish list after it's been rec'd several times on book Twitter, and by @anovelescape here. I jumped at the chance to read it when it became a Kindle deal. . It's an Asian-inspired mafia fantasy where jade is able to enhance certain people's fighting skills. I read some author interviews and discovered that this was inspired by Fonda Lee's own martial arts experience and her love for kung fu movies. The setting is fictional but based on Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Okinawa. I'm only at 17%, and just at the stage where the multiple POVs are being introduced but the worldbuilding is incredible so far. . Have you read Jade City? Feel free to share what you thought of it. What are other Asian-inspired fantasy that you've loved? . . . #JadeCity #FondaLee #OrbitBooks #fantasyreads #bookquote #diversefantasy #diversebooks #ownvoices #KindlebooksΒ #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography

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Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass
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Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass is an urban fantasy title that I heard about on book Twitter. The premise looked interesting so I tried a Kindle sample and I liked it well enough to buy it for 0.99usd (not sure if this is a Kindle deal or the usual price). The heroine has dangerous magical powers: she draws off energy from animate objects, absorbing thoughts and emotions, but draining the person in the process. It sounds really intriguing and I'm keeping it mind while I'm still in my fantasy binge. I'm always on the lookout for good urban fantasy titles, hoping that I'd find something that I love as much as I love Ilona Andrews' books. Haven't managed it yet but hope springs eternal. Have you read this book? Do you read urban fantasy? If you do, what are your favorite UF titles or series? . . . #ShadowBlade #SeressiaGlass #SimonandSchuster #urbanfantasy #fantasyreads #Kindlebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography

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Out of all of these, I’ve read and reviewed Children of Blood and Bone, which I’ll include in my round up of bookstagram reviews at the end of the month. I’m currently in the middle of Jade City and I’m enjoying it so far.

I went to an art/zine/book fair last Saturday called Gandang Ganda sa Sariling Gawa but I’ll do a separate post for that since this one already has so many titles! And I also received a few gifts because of the birthday wish list I made last week so I’ll work on another post for that. What about you, what books have you acquired recently?

Book Haul: Komiket February 2018

In my last book haul post, I mentioned that I’ve mostly been buying ebooks since the year started. The exception to my rule of buying just ebooks is comics or graphic novels, and I bought a lot of them when I dropped by Komiket last weekend. Komiket is a weekend market where Filipino creators sell their comics and artwork like posters and stickers. Some of the comics are trad pubbed by local publishers while some are self-pubbed. Some are written in English, while others are in Filipino, or a mix of both. Some are printed in black and white while others are in full color. In general, it’s a great way to support Filipino artists so they can keep creating more of their work.

Sharing my Twitter thread, where I uploaded some photos while I was at the event:

I went with some friends although we did separate at one point so we could browse on our own. I was so tempted to buy stickers and artwork but I wanted to focus on comics as a priority, because there are so many good titles that I was interested in.

Tabi Po #1-3 by Mervin Malonzo
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Tabi Po by @mervinmalonzoart is a series that my friend @fantaghiro23 was raving about when we got to talk about Filipino comics one time. She said something like, if I had to read ONE comics series by a local author, it had to be this. Recommendation was happily seconded by @komikninja. I later "met" @pryngols through bookstagram and buying this series at #Komiket2018 became a foregone conclusion. I had heard of it before but was wary of starting what I thought was a horror story. But I've been reassured that scaredy-cats like me will be able to handle this. Let's see how it goes.🀞🏼 I'm looking forward to seeing how the third volume will compare to the first two, because it's indie pubbed and is a lot longer/denser than the earlier volumes.

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Dead Balagtas by Emiliana Kampilan
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I can't even remember where I first heard of Dead Balagtas by Emiliana Kampilan, maybe through @komikninja or @milestan.author, but this seems like a title that everyone who has read it has been raving about. Apparently a must-buy at #Komiket2018. Even @mervinmalonzoart while he was signing my copies of Tabi Po said that I should read his books first before Dead Balagtas to manage expectations.πŸ˜‚ Definitely a comics title that I'm excited to read! From the back: "Ang Dead Balagtas ang una at pinakamalikhaing komiks tungkol sa mahaba at makulay na kasaysayan ng Filipinas. Sa unang tomong ito, isasalaysay ng isang maalam na babaylan ang pagsilang ng santinakpan mula sa mainit na pagmamahalan ni Tungkung Langit at Laon Sina. Saksihan ang pagbangon ng mga kontinente, ang banggaan ng mga karagatan, ang pag-iibigan ng dagat at lupa - mga puwersang bumuo at patuloy na humuhulma sa ating tahanan at bayan, ang Filipinas." . . JSK sana kayanin ng Filipino powers ko ang pagbasa nito.

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Palaso by Marianie and The Outer Garden and Its Manifold Blossoms
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Palaso by @marianieart is a comics rec from @komikninja so I was definitely curious about this title. What sealed the deal was the full color artwork! Also interested in Nagmamahal, Maria Clara but I thought I'd wait for all installments before buying the whole set. I asked if Palaso could be signed by the author and apparently she's wasn't at #Komiket2018 because she's graduating today. Congrats, Marianie!πŸŽ‰ . . The Outer Garden and Its Manifold Blossoms was an impulse buy because I was informed that there are limited copies and this may be the last print run for this title. (Madali naman po akong kausap, binili ko na.) It has a gorgeous cover and I liked what I saw when I browsed through it.

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Strange Natives by Paolo Herras and Jerico Marte
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Last but not the least in my #Komiket2018 haul is Strange Natives: The Forgotten Memories of a Forgetful Old Woman. Strange Natives were recommended by @komikninja, which she described as awesome fantasy standalone titles. I like that each book can be read on its own, with no need to wait for the next issue. From the back: "How much of our native land can you remember? Our past has been rewritten, reimagined, and forgotten by invaders, colonizers, and fellow natives. How much of our past are you certain to be true? Nobody knows. Strange, isn't it? Our past is lost forever as we embrace a more worldly future. Leaving us all strangers in this native land, just like Grasya, a forgetful old lady and her forgotten memories."

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My entire haul!
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I accidentally deleted yesterday's #Komiket2018 haul so here, have another bookstagram shot!πŸ“šπŸ˜‚ Good thing I did individual posts about these per series/title. You can still drop by Komiket on their last day today. If you're not able to go, some of these are available in bookstores or online stores or you can probably contact the creators directly (tagged in the image). I missed out on reading Filipino comics while I was based in Singapore so I'm making up for lost time. So happy to discover that there are a wealth of options in the local comics scene. I actually still have a lot of titles in my wishlist. Shout out to @komikninja, you should definitely follow EK for awesome recs. Wouldn't have known what to get if not for her reviews and recs.πŸ™ŒπŸ» . . Do you guys read comics or graphic novels? What are the ones that you've loved? If you've been to Komiket, let me know what you ended up getting.😊 Hope you're all having a good weekend.

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I had so much fun going around Komiket, browsing and choosing which titles to get. I would have loved to get more! While checking other people’s haul posts, I kept seeing titles that I want to try too. BUT! I still have a couple more comics in my TBR pile aside from the ones shown here, so I really should read the owns I one before I buy even more.

Do you guys read graphic novels or comics? What are some of your favorites?

Ten Series I Could Reread Forever

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature previously hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and have now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books we can reread forever, but I’m twisting it a bit to show book series instead. Here are my picks:

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
thick-as-thieves

The Lion Hunters series by Elizabeth Wein
The Winter Prince ebook A Coalition of Lions ebook The Sunbird ebook The Lion Hunter ebook The Empty Kingdom ebook

The Damar books by Robin McKinley
The Hero and the Crown Blue Sword

The Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
Daughter of the Forest Son of the Shadows

The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites Magic Burns Magic Strikes Magic Bleeds Magic Slays

Magic Rises Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Magic Shifts magic-binds

The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me White Hot Wildfire

The London Celebrities books by Lucy Parker
Act Like It pretty face

Amour et Chocolat series by Laura Florand
The Chocolate Thief The Chocolate Kiss The Chocolate Touch

The Chocolate Heart The Chocolate Temptation The Chocolate Rose - new cover

La vie en Roses series by Laura Florand
Once Upon a Rose redesign A Wish Upon Jasmine redesign A Crown of Bitter Orange A Kiss in Lavender

Chic Manila series by Mina V. Esguerra
My Imaginary Ex - 2017 Fairy Tale Fail 2017 No Strings Attached_New Cover Love Your Frenemies - 2018 edition That Kind of Guy 2017

Welcome to Envy Park What You Wanted 2018 Iris After the IncidentBetter At Weddings Than You cover

Have you read any of these books? What about you, what are books or series that you can keep rereading over and over again?

Recent Book Haul

I haven’t done a book haul post in ages! I’ve done some bookstagrams for some of my newly acquired books so I thought it would be a good idea to put them all together in one page. One of my bookish resolutions this year is to buy more ebooks than physical books because I find it easier to read on my Kindle. I’ve been able to follow this resolution, so far! I attended the Book Binge Bazaar hosted by National Bookstore, and only bought one book for the signing we went there for:

And here are some Kindle editions that I either bought or received as gifts:

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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It's rare for me to receive books as gifts so getting one is a cause for celebration. I was delighted to receive The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli as a surprise Valentine's/Galentine's gift from my romanceclass roommate, bookstagram partner-in-crime and sister in smut @readbyher! THANK YOU SO MUCH, BES!πŸ™Œ As soon as I got my copy of the book, I knew I had to take a pic of it with this hibiscus hot chocolate because we both love this drink.β€β˜• I've had this book in my wishlist since @bookthingo recommended it and I look forward to reading it. PS: Most friends IRL don't give me books as gifts because they say they never know what to get for me. Hi friends, just so you know... I'm always willing to accept Amazon gift cards or I can send you a wishlist if you ask for one.πŸ˜‰

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The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman
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From one royal romance to another!πŸ‘‘πŸ“š The last book I finished was A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole set in the fictional African kingdom of Thesolo (which I'm now confusing with Wakanda, having just seen The Black Panther movie). I jumped straight into The Queen's Game by @carlakdeguzman, a contemporary romance set in the kingdom of Cincamarre which I believe is modeled after Batanes. This is a #romanceclass title I've been really curious about because of the live readings that have been performed for it. THANK YOU FOR MY COPY, CARLA!πŸ™ŒπŸ‹ So far I've been able to follow my self-imposed romance theme for February, where I alternate between Filipino romance and romance written by foreigners. What about you, what's your current read? If you're not in the middle of a book, what was the last title you finished?

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Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George
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Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George is a YA retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing set during the roaring 20s. It's one of those titles that I wouldn't have picked up (even though it was recently a Kindle deal for 1.99usd) if it hadn't been recommended by a person I trust: good friend and book pusher extraordinaire, @angiegirl. I've been relying on Angie's book recs for years! She's the one who introduced me to authors who have now become favorites of mine, like Ilona Andrews, Juliet Marillier, Lucy Parker, and Sarina Bowen. For me, meeting friends like Angie is one of the highlights of being active in the online book community. I get to discuss with people who share my taste in books, plus I get excellent book recs.β€πŸ“– What about you, who are some of your trusted book pushers and recommenders?πŸ“šπŸ™ŒπŸ»

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I’m planning to go to Komiket, a local indie comic book convention and I have a few titles on my wishlist so I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding more to this pile! Comics and graphic novels are the exception to my rule of buying physical copies of books.

What about the rest of you, have you guys bought or received any books lately?

Top Ten Tuesday: romanceclass Recommendations

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature previously hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and have now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a love-themed freebie. Since I’m always happy to spread the word about romance written by Filipino authors, I’m choosing to focus on my recommended romanceclass titles this week. For those who don’t know, romanceclass is a community of authors and readers who gather together to support indie published contemporary romance written by Filipino authors. If you’re new to romanceclass, here are ten titles that you can start with:

Ghost of a Feeling Submission Moves - ebook Beginner's Guide - Love and Other Chemical Reactions Feels Like Summer FLAIR You Out of Nowhere

Fairy Tale Fail 2017 Better At Weddings Than You cover One Night at the Palace Hotel Cover Story Girl Loveless Childless Clueless

Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad
Submission Moves by Camilla Sisco
Beginner’s Guide by Six de los Reyes
Feels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes
You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria
Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra
Better at Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra
One Night at the Palace Hotel by Bianca Mori
Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano
Loveless. Childless. Clueless. by Miren B. Flores

Special mention to these romanceclass YA titles that I don’t really consider romance but more of coming-of-age stories:

Another Word for Happy Choco Chip Hips
Another Word for Happy by Agay Llanera
Choco Chip Hips by Agay Llanera

This month, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read a few more romanceclass titles from my TBR pile, these ones are high on my list:

Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas
If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David
Tame the Kitten by Bianca Mori
Swept Off My Feet by Ines Bautista Yao
The Princess Finds Her Match by Suzette de Borja

All of these books are available in Amazon, I believe most are available for free if you’re on Kindle Unlimited. Some are on sale and I’m linking to a Twitter thread I created which lists titles currently available for just 0.99usd:

What about you, how did you choose to spin this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Are you rereading and recommending some of your favorite romances this month? πŸ™‚

Ten Books I Liked But Can’t Remember Much About

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature previously hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and have now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books I enjoyed reading but can’t remember much about. It sucks when I remember enjoying a book but can’t remember most of what happened in it! This usually happens when I don’t write a review for a book, I tend to forget what the story is about. Here are ten books that I really liked (rated 4 stars on Goodreads) but unfortunately, can’t recall most of the contents of the book:

Radiance Masque Warprize Cruel Beauty For Darkness Shows the Stars

Rise Carolina Dreaming His Road Home A Bollywood Affair Pairing Off

That’s five specfic romance (or specfic with romantic elements) and five contemporary romance titles. What about you, do you have problems remembering books that you enjoyed reading too? If you were to make a list like this, what titles would you include?

Book Haul: Signed and Personalized Copies

In yesterday’s blog post about resolutions, I mentioned that I need to incorporate more of my bookstagrams here on the blog. If you have an Instagram account and you’re interested in following me, I’m chachickenpie over there. I’ve been lucky enough to receive a few signed and personalized copies of my favorite books in the past month or so, and I wanted to share them here.

First is a lovely package sent by one of my favorite authors, Lucy Parker. Swipe left to see all of the photos:

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@lucyparkerauthor is one of my all-time favorite romance authors. She writes witty contemporary romances set in West End, and I have so much love for her books.πŸ’™πŸ’š She's not just an awesome writer, she's super generous as well! Not only did she send me personalized copies of her books (together with fancy Whittaker's dark chocolates), she also sent a whole stack of signed copies to @minavesguerra, which were distributed to the #romanceclass community.πŸ“šπŸ« Everyone who got physical copies already have her books in ebook format, which goes to show how much we love them. Maraming salamat, Lucy! THANK YOU SO MUCH.πŸ’œπŸ’› Please visit us in Manila, promise we'll do something fun that's romance/theater-related.πŸ˜‰

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Next, my good friend Michelle of See Michelle Read had Megan Whalen Turner personalize The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia for me! Again, swipe left to see all of the photos:

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So, so, so. In my last post, I talked about Thick as Thieves as part of my Best of 2017 list. Lo and behold, I get a notice to pick up a package from the post office and it's a Queen's Thief-themed one! THANK YOU SO MUCH to my generous friend @seemichelleread for thinking of me when she saw Megan Whalen Turner at Y'ALLWEST earlier this year!β€πŸ™Œ . . Now I have signed and personalized copies of two of my all-time favorite books: The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. Perfect for all the times I'll be rereading these in the future (These are my fourth copies, I think? I have paperbacks of the old editions, ebooks, and my lending copies are with a friend). I love that Michelle wrapped them up nicely for Christmas.πŸŽ„πŸ˜Š So glad they arrived just before Christmas. Thanks also to MWT for including a message and bookplates for additional books! . . If you haven't read this brilliant YA fantasy series, you really should start on it ASAP. No one writes like MWT does. I will forever be in awe of how beautifully she pulls off plot twists and turns, and also how she delivers clever dialogue. Reading order: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, Thick as Thieves. . . If you've read this series and have book recs for MWT fans, feel free to share them!

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Last but not the least, new-to-me author Alyssa Cole sent me a signed copy of her upcoming book A Princess in Theory:

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A Princess in Theory by @alyssacolelit is one of my 2018 anticipated titles. So imagine my delight when Alyssa offered to send an early copy all the way to the Philippines, yay!πŸ™Œ THANK YOU so much, Alyssa. I've been interested in this book since I heard Alyssa talking about the cover design on the @smartbitches podcast. I loved all the little details that went into the book cover - from the African print dress the heroine is wearing to the hero's matching bow tie. And of course, cover models who represent the characters well. Looking forward to reading this royal romance featuring a heroine in the STEM industry! What about you, what are 2018 titles that you're excited for?

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Thank you so much for all of these, Lucy, Michelle (and Megan), and Alyssa! πŸ™‚ I actually have more books acquired in my Kindle, maybe I should do a book haul post for those sometime. What about you, what books have you acquired lately?

Ten Bookish Resolutions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/feature previously hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and have now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is bookish resolutions or goals. I wanted to participate because this is something I’ve been thinking about lately. Here are my book-related resolutions for 2018:

Keep blogging without pressure. I’ve been blogging since 2010 and not putting pressure on myself is something I’ve always been conscious of. In order to keep blogging fun, I need to blog without pressure. No pressure to write posts or review books if I don’t have the time or if I’d rather do something else, like read or rest.

Read more books from my TBR pile. I have so many books that I still haven’t read and I need to make more of a conscious effort to prioritize them, instead of buying new ones. This is actually easier said than done because I’m a mood reader and sometimes, I’m in the mood for new books.

Continue to actively participate in the romanceclass community. romanceclass is a community of readers and authors of indie pubbed Filipino romance in English. The community organizes several events to promote and market books, and to encourage more readers and authors to join the group. It’s been so much fun to have a sense of belonging in a local book community because I love books and I love interacting with people who love the same thing.

Don’t hesitate to DNF books. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, life is too short to read books we don’t like. But even so, I have a hard time DNF-ing books.

Read more speculative fiction. My two most favorite genres are romance and fantasy, but I noticed that last year I read a lot more of the former than the latter. I think it’s because romance is easier to get into than fantasy. But I really want to discover more books and new-to-me authors in fantasy.

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My first read in 2018 was The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, which came highly recommended by my friend Kristen (fantasycafe on Twitter). So glad this fantasy debut novel was a Kindle deal a few days ago, and I was able to buy it for just 2.99usd. It started off real slow, I feel like the first half could have been edited better. But the pace picked up and I enjoyed it overall. An atmospheric read that has a fairytale feel, set in medieval Russia, steeped in folklore of that era. I've been itching to read a good fantasy book and this hit the spot. The sequel is already out so I'm going to try a sample before deciding if I want to shell out 13.99usd for it or wait for another Kindle deal. Why are fantasy ebooks so expensive compared to romance ebooks?😭 . . . How about you, have you finished your first book this year? If not, what are you currently reading? Also, what was the last fantasy title that wowed you?

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Declutter by giving away and passing on some of my physical books. I feel bad when it’s been years and certain books are just sitting on my bookshelves without being read or reread. So I think it’s better to find new homes for them, where they could possibly make a new reader happy. An exception to this resolution would be signed and personalized editions, because of course, I want to keep those.

Buy ebook editions instead of physical copies. Again, this is related to decluttering but I’ve also noticed that I’m more likely to read a book in my TBR pile if I can read it on my Kindle. I find it more convenient to read on my Kindle nowadays because I can adjust the font size and style, and also adjust the Paperwhite’s light function.

Be more conscious about integrating the content I create on other social media platforms into my blog here on WordPress. I’m very active on both Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy (username: Chachic), because it’s easier to update apps on my phone than open up my laptop to blog. So there are some conversations that happen on those other sites that I don’t share here on the blog. I want to change that in the coming year, and try to update WordPress more. As an example, I’ve included some of my bookstagrams to make this blog post more fun. I should do more of that moving forward.

Do more guest posts and host more guest posts. This is something I used to do more of, write guest posts for other people’s blogs and host fellow readers or authors on my blog. It’s a nice way of interacting with the book blogosphere and something I want to do more of in 2018.

Try something new. It can be a new blog feature, or doing something different like recording a video review. I’m clueless about video editing though so maybe I can try it on Instagram live or maybe I can ask friends to join me on Google Hangouts to discuss a book. An example of doing something new: last year I took part in two podcasts with my friend Kat from Book Thingo (click here and here to check them out).

Those are my bookish resolutions and goals for 2018, I hope I’m able to stick to them! What about you, what are your resolutions for this year?

Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Hello from Manila! Where the weather is rainy but pleasantly cool for a tropical country. The Christmas-related gatherings have already started in this part of the world, and I can’t wait to catch up with more family and friends. A preference that would surprise no one is that I would love to received books as gifts – even ebooks! πŸ™‚ Actually, Kindle editions are better for me nowadays. I rarely receive books though, because I think most friends are not sure what are the titles that I have and don’t have yet. So it’s fun to make a Christmas wishlist so I can just share it on the off-chance that someone asks. Without further ado, here are the books that I would be delighted to receive for Christmas:

Queen's Game Submission Moves - ebook Don't Tell My Mother Sounds Like Summer Take the Lead

Hate to Want You Beginner's Luck An Enchantment of Ravens The Last Namsara Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Four romanceclass titles, three contemporary romance books, and three fantasy new releases. These are basically the books that are at the top of my wishlist. I should also mention that I’d be happy to accept Amazon gift cards if that makes things easier for the gift giver LOL. What about you, what books would you like to receive this Christmas? πŸ™‚