Blog Hoppin’

I’m doing the Book Blogger Hop this Friday, which is an event hosted over at Crazy-for-Books. You can sign up for this week’s hop over here. This is only the second time that I’ve tried this. I enjoyed browsing through other people’s blogs the last time so I decided to give it a try again.

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and find new book-related blogs that we may be missing out on! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!

This week, we’re supposed to let other bloggers know what book are we dying to get (past, present or future). It’s funny because I actually have a meme here in my blog for this kind of thing, please check my Want Books meme to see books that are in my wishlist. Anyone can participate in that meme by the way, I do a post every week with a roundup at the end. Sorry for that little bit of self-promotion, just wanted to mention it.

In keeping with the spirit of the Book Blogger Hop, one book that I’m eagerly anticipating is the fifth Kate Daniels, Magic Slays by the amazing Ilona Andrews. I love the Kate Daniels books and they are the books that convinced me that I could learn to love the urban fantasy genre as much as I love the epic fantasy genre.

Please leave a comment if you’re here because of the hop and you’d like me to check your post regarding this week’s hop, leave a link as well. 🙂 If anyone is interested in following this blog, check out the follow buttons in my sidebar and this post. Happy Hopping!

Life in Book Titles

I found out about this meme from Holly of Book Harbinger, who found out about it from Michelle of See Michelle Read. It’s actually pretty hard to answer! Try it and you’ll find out.

Using only books you have read this year (2010), cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. It’s a lot harder than you think!

*Describe Yourself: Beastly by Alex Flinn (I hope not but it was too hilarious not to use)

*How do you feel: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

*Describe where you currently live: Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler

*If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

*Your favorite form of transportation: Archangel by Sharon Shinn

*Your best friend is: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

*You and your friends are: A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

*What’s the weather like: Mistwood by Leah Cypess

*Favorite time of day: Charlie All Night by Jennifer Crusie

*What is life like to you: Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

*Your fear: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

*Thought for the Day: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

*How I would like to die: Valiant by Holly Black

*My soul’s present condition: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

What about you, what are your answers to this meme? I think it would be fun to see other people’s life in book titles.

Waiting on Wednesday: Matched

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

Yay, it’s Wednesday again, which marks the middle of the week! I’m really looking forward to the end of the week because a long weekend is coming up. 🙂 We’re celebrating the Independence Day of the Philippines. Also, I signed up for my first ever Bloggiesta and I’m excited for that. I already made a to-do list, which hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish.

Anyway, to get back on topic, my WoW pick for today is Matched by Ally Condie due out on November 30. I know this book has gotten a lot of buzz in the blogosphere and several book bloggers were able to grab ARCs at BEA. You guys are so lucky! Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.

Sounds interesting, right? I think it’s kind of similar to the world of The Giver by Lois Lowry, which was one of my favorites as a kid. What’s your WoW pick for this week? 🙂

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ring of Solomon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on. I know I do my WoW posts ahead of other people because of the time difference. It’s Wednesday morning here in Manila while it’s still Tuesday night for most other bloggers. Anyway, my WoW post for today is The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud, due out November 9 of this year. The Bartimaeus Trilogy is in my list of favorites and I think Bartimaeus is a hilarious narrator so it’s good to know that there’s another book coming out. It’s set in the same world but is more of a companion novel to the trilogy rather than part of the series. I’ve recommended the trilogy to a couple of friends so I know that others will look forward to this too.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Bartimaeus, everyone’s favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match. He’ll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and runs into just a “spot” of trouble with King Solomon’s magic ring…

What’s your WoW pick this week? 🙂

Reading Habits Meme

It’s Monday morning and the start of another week! As usual, I’m feeling lazy. I wasn’t able to read during the weekend so I thought I’d just post a meme instead. I got this meme from The Serpentine Library and thought I should give it a try.

1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snacks:
I don’t usually snack while I read because I find it hard to hold a book on one hand and hold food on the other. What I usually do is take breaks from reading to grab a snack.

2. What is your favourite drink while reading
Again, I don’t usually eat/drink while reading but when I do take a break, I guess I mostly drink cold water since it’s the height of summer and it’s really hot lately. I also like iced tea. My favorite is Pokka Jasmine Green Tea and I just recently discovered that Arizona iced tea is really good.

3. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Marking books, the horror! Even while I was in school, I never liked marking books. My classmates would always highlight their school books and write notes in the margins but I never did that. The only thing I write in books is my name. And a couple of years back, I started writing the date when I bought the book just to give me an idea of when I first discovered it.

4. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Like I said earlier, I don’t like marking books so I also don’t dog-ear or lay the book flat. I’m very careful when handling books and that’s why I’m picky when it comes to lending my books. I use bookmarks when I need to keep my place in a book. I have a couple of bookmarks lying around in my bedside table because people give me those as gifts. Sometimes when I don’t have a bookmark within reach, I use receipts because those are made out of thin paper and they won’t damage the book when you use them.

5. Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
Fiction! 🙂 I rarely read non-fiction.

6. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I always try to read until the end of the chapter just so I don’t feel like I’m right in the middle of the story when I stop. But when I’m reading a good book, I always say “just one more chapter and then I’ll stop” and I end up finishing the book.

7. Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
No, I’ve never done that. When I get to an irritating part, I just stop reading and then think to myself “ARGH! This is so frustrating!” and then I go back and read a couple more pages and if I really can’t stand it, I just stop. Or skim until I reach the end so I have a vague idea of what happens.

8. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
If I’m near a computer, I look it up in an online dictionary. Otherwise, I use context clues to figure out what it means and if I still remember it by the time I’m in front of a computer, I look it up.

9. What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, which is the sequel to Incarceron.

10. What is the last book you bought?
I picked up the following in Fully Booked because they were 80% off: The Haunting by Margaret Mahy, Changing Planes by Ursula Le Guin, Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery and Dragonquest by Anne McCaffery.

11. Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I try to read a book one a time to avoid confusion but I can read more than one if I have to. Like if I forget a book at home or in the office and I have another one on hand, I’m okay with starting that other book.

12. Do you have a favourite time/place to read?
I love reading in my room, in my bed. I started doing that when I was younger and now I’m used to it. I think I read somewhere that it’s not a good idea to read while lying down but I like it.

13. Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
Most fantasy books come in series or trilogies so I read a lot of series books. Although sometimes, I get tired of reading series books and when that happens, I look for stand alones to “give me a break” from series books. It’s also frustrating when I want to buy an entire series and not all of the books are available. When starting a new series and all of the books are already out, I want to get them all in one go so I can read them one right after another.

14. Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
Yes! I keep recommending Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s thief series because I love those books. I also have a list of Favorite Books that I keep recommending.

15. How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)
I really need a better bookshelf that can fit all of my books so I can be more organized. I have one overflowing bookshelf crammed full of books and the rest of the books that can’t fit in there are stuffed in boxes. I try to arrange them by author but they get mixed up when I grab a book and I’m too lazy to return it to its proper place because I have to move books around.
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So those are my reading habits. How about you, what are yours? 🙂 If you’re going to answer this meme, leave a link in the comments so I can check out your answers.

Waiting on Wednesday: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on. My WoW post for today is for Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. I recently read Shiver and I loved it. I did mention that I liked where Shiver ended so I wasn’t really excited to read Linger but after reading good reviews from both Angie and Lenore, I am now looking forward to this sequel.

Here’s the premise from Maggie Stiefvater’s website:

…grace…

This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.

Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn’t cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it’s only me who’s not firmly in my own skin.

Doesn’t it look interesting? I want to find out what happens to Sam and Grace and all the rest of the characters. Linger is due out July 20. Maggie Stiefvater is holding a contest over at her blog. Anyone can join just by posting the lovely book trailer of Linger (made by Maggie) in your blog. Here’s the trailer:

How about you, what books are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: Mistwood and Forget You

It’s a sunny Wednesday morning here and I thought I’d participate in a weekly meme called Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on. I have two books for this week.

The first one is Mistwood by Leah Cypess, which is a debut novel. I’ve seen reviews of this around the blogosphere and I can’t wait to get it because it’s being recommended to fans of Megan Whalen Turner, Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce and I’m a fan of the three authors. Plus the premise is really interesting. I don’t think I’ve read a book with a shapeshifter main character. Mistwood’s release date is April 27 but I don’t know when the bookstores here will get copies. I already have a reservation with Fully Booked.

Here’s the summary from Leah Cypess’ website:

Everyone tells Isabel that she is the Shifter – the ancient shape-shifting creature who has protected the kings of Samorna for centuries. They need her to be the Shifter. Prince Rokan risked everything when he rode into the Mistwood to summon her to his side; Ven, the magician’s apprentice, has devoted his life to studying her legend; and even Princess Clarisse, who fears and hates her, depends on Isabel’s powers to further her own plans.

But Isabel doesn’t feel like the Shifter. She feels like a lonely human girl, beset by flashes of memory that do more to confuse than to help her. If she is the Shifter, why can’t she change her shape? Why doesn’t she remember what made her flee the castle so many years ago? As she is drawn deeper into a web of magic and assassination, Isabel will have no choice but to look for answers. But her search will lead her to the one question the Shifter hasn’t faced in a thousand years: where does she come from, and what does she really want?

Doesn’t that make you want to check out Mistwood? The second book that I’m waiting for is Forget You by Jennifer Echols. I loved Going Too Far and I can’t wait to read Jennifer Echols’ next book! I was reminded of how much I wanted this book by Adele of Persnickety Snark’s recent vlog about her first impressions of the book. Forget You is due out July 20.

Here’s the summary from Jennifer Echols’ website:

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four-year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. With her life about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people—suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

How about you, what are the books that you’re waiting for?