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Cover Reveal: This Side of Sunny by Agay Llanera

I thoroughly enjoyed the first Agay Llanera book that I ever read, which was her YA novel Choco Chip Hips. It’s on my best of 2015 Filipino reads, and I even nominated it for the Cybils (because yay Filipino books). So when Agay mentioned that she’s working on another book that will be released in December, I was immediately curious. Here’s the cover (designed by Gerry Isaac) and book summary for her next title, This Side of Sunny:

This Side of Sunny

Like her boyfriend back in the States, 18-year-old Mela Connor is spending Spring Break by the beach. But the difference is she’s spending it on an exotic island in the Philippines, where she’ll spend the next six days finding her estranged mother, of whom she has no memory. In the process, Mela meets her self-appointed tour guide, Paolo, who helps Mela make amends with her past while struggling not to fall in love with her.


What a bright and eye-catching cover! It’s definitely the type of cover design that would make you take a second look to check out the details. Based on the summary, it looks like the cover matches the story. It has a vacation/summer vibe going for it, with the suitcase, scooter and halo-halo (a type of Filipino snack). It makes me curious whether these things will play a part in Mela’s journey. Good thing the book will be released soon because I’m looking forward to reading this.

What do you guys think of this cover?


Society6 Bookish Shirts

The only piece of bookish clothing I own (that still fits) is my bookish skirt. I had a thing for literary shirts from Threadless a few years ago, but sadly, the shirts that I bought don’t fit anymore. I look like a sausage/longganisa when I try them on. :( I’ve been seeing a few bookish shirts on Instagram and I checked out one seller’s Society6 page to see her designs. Big mistake! I ended up browsing through all the bookish shirts on the site and now I want ALL THE SHIRTS. Here are some of the designs I loved:


The Library by Bookwormboutique

 Professional bookworm by Bookwormboutique

Professional bookworm by Bookwormboutique

I Like To Party... by Bookwormboutique

I Like To Party… by Bookwormboutique

Read Books and Drink Tea by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Read Books and Drink Tea by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Book is a dream by Risa Rodil

Book is a dream by Risa Rodil

I Cannot Live Without Books - Watercolor by Evie Seo

I Cannot Live Without Books – Watercolor by Evie Seo

Books are my H2O typography design by Evie Seo

Books are my H2O typography design by Evie Seo

Woodland Creatures series: Fox Loves Books by Evie Seo

Woodland Creatures series: Fox Loves Books
by Evie Seo

Aren’t they cute? I haven’t allowed myself to buy any of them yet because it’s so hard to choose only one or two designs. If only I can buy all of them. To be honest, I’m not really into t-shirts because I’m not skinny and cotton shirts like these tend to be unflattering on me. But I’m willing to make exceptions with bookish designs. I’ll probably just go for the unisex shirts so the fit won’t be as tight. Oh and all these designs are also available as tote bags so I’m also tempted to get those.

Have you bought bookish shirts from Society6? Or do you know of other online stores (or physical stores in Singapore or Manila) that sell bookish apparel?


Strangelet Journal: call for submissions

Strangelet is a speculative fiction literary journal that publishes short stories, poetry, and comics. They want to receive submissions from Filipino speculative fiction authors so I volunteered to write a post, in case anyone who reads my blog is interested in this. Here’s the relevant info:


Strangelet is a new journal publishing speculative fiction, poetry, and art by new and emerging writers and artists. We welcome English-language submissions from around the world, and are especially interested in short stories, poems, and short comics. To learn more about our submission guidelines and how to submit your work, visit

I haven’t read any of the issues of this journal but I did receive a review copy of Strangelet Volume 1. Looking forward to diving into it!



Just a quick note to say that it makes me sad that I don’t have as much time to read or blog lately because I’m super swamped with work. Last Thursday and Friday, I was in the office until almost 10pm. We’re supposed to get off work at 6pm but I can’t even remember when was the last time I was able to do that. I even took the team laptop back to the flat and worked for a bit on Saturday night. I haven’t worked hours this long since my first job, when I used to work 16-20 hours a day. But I was much younger then! Haha I feel like I’m too old for work hours like this. Anyway, I’m hoping it will just be for a certain stretch of time and I’ll be back to having more time fore reading and blogging. Oh if only the book genie is real and I could earn money by reading.

If I find time, I would like to review the following books that I enjoyed reading:
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

Let’s see if I’m able to squeeze these in! It’s almost midnight and again, I’m at that stage where I’m in denial that the weekend has ended.


The endless TBR pile

In yesterday’s book haul post, I mentioned that I haven’t even read other books that I’ve recently acquired and I’m still buying even more books. Over the years, I’ve tried to make some rules for myself such as:

– TRY to buy books just as I’m in the mood to read them (which is entirely possible now that most books are available in ebook format)
– try a sample of the book before buying if it’s by an author I’ve never read before
– buy only the first book instead of the whole series to see if it’s something I would enjoy
– just buy books that I REALLY, REALLY want to read

But these rules get forgotten the moment there’s a bookstore sale or I get caught up in the excitement of getting a copy of a highly anticipated book (even if I don’t have time to read it). I also have these moods which I’ve labeled as book-hungry and book-full. Book-hungry is when I’m itching to buy a new book because I feel like I don’t have the RIGHT kind of books that I’m in the mood for in my TBR pile, or when I feel like I just need to buy a book for no obvious reason. Book-full is when I’m bemoaning the fact that my TBR pile keeps expanding and I really don’t have enough time to read all of the books that I want to. Even though I’ve given up some things like watching TV or trying a new hobby or getting enough sleep or even blogging as much as I would want to, I still don’t have enough time to read. This reminds of a recent blog post by Rachel Neumeier where she says “You will never read all the things, and that’s okay. And that’s true, there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed or anxious just because as book addicts, we have huge TBR piles. We just need to accept that we will never get to read ALL THE BOOKS that we want to.

Archivist Wasp and postcard

My current read Archivist Wasp, and a postcard from the Strand in New York. So appropriate for this post!

Way back in 2012 (wow, that’s a long time ago), I wrote a blog post about why we keep buying books based on a quote that I saw floating around. I’m sharing it again because I think it’s still applicable, and is a positive reminder of why it’s so much fun to collect books:

“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” – David Quammen

Yep, one lifetime isn’t enough time to read everything we want. But having intellectual wallpaper really is comforting. Also, I agree that unread books have all this potential – one of them could change your life and become an absolute favorite. And with that thought, I need to accept the fact that the weekend is over and go to bed.


Fiction Friday Outfit

Friday has ended in this part of the world but I wanted to do a quick post and share a rare OOTD picture:

Chachic - ootd - book skirt 2

I wore my bookish skirt that I received a few weeks ago. I ordered the skirt from Interrobangart, and I believe the fabric was designed by Peacoquette. I love this skirt, it’s perfect for a book lover like me! And you know you’re a total book nerd when you ask your friend to take your picture in the library. Good thing there was one right inside the mall where we grabbed dinner. :)

It’s not so obvious in the pic above but I also wore my bookworm necklace:

Bookworm Accessorize necklace

That shot includes a quote from Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra, a new adult romance featuring a book blogger and a rugby player. The necklace was from Accessorize, it came with a set of random letters which I then tried to form words with. I didn’t have the right number of letters to form “bibliophile” but I’m happy enough with “bookworm”.

I don’t have a bookish pair of earrings so I wore these instead:

Hope earrings - Lovisa

I wish I had more bookish clothes or accessories. I think it would be more fun to get dressed in the morning if that was the case.


Cover Reveal: Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra

I previously posted the covers for the first two books in the Addison Hill new adult series by Mina V. Esguerra, and today, we are presented with the cover for the third book: Learning to Fall. I’m very excited for this book to be released in the wild (release date is sometime next week) because it has one thing that I’ve always wanted to seen in the books that I read: a book blogger main character! One day, I asked Mina if she would ever consider writing a book with a book blogger for an MC and *BOOM*, here we are today.

Learning to Fall

About Learning to Fall

“Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.”

Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep up playing their roles, before reality steps in?

This title was previously published as Someone Else’s Fantasy.


I read an early copy of this, and I’m planning to review this with the rest of the series. I just need to find time to sit down and write those reviews! So what do you guys think of this cover? I really like the consistency in the designs of all the Addison Hill books – mint and white color scheme, couples kissing, pictures edited in the same style (high contrast, high brightness, low saturation). I hope the relaunch of these titles will encourage more readers to pick up the books. :D


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