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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


Bookish Skirts

On Monday, I received a package that I’ve been waiting for from the UK. I knew right away what it was: the skirts I ordered from Interrobangart.

Interrobangart - package

Interrobangart - skirts

Aren’t they pretty? I think I was browsing on Instagram when I came across the bookish/library skirt. I think every book blogger would agree with me when I say that I like having book-related items of clothing. I really, really wanted that skirt because I’ve always wanted a bookish skirt or dress that I can wear to work. I even considered ordering bookish fabric from Spoonflower but then I realized that it would be a pain to find someone to sew it into a nice dress or skirt. I eventually gave in to ordering from Interrobangart, even though I initially hesitated because the price was more than I would usually spend on a skirt. And since I was going to pay for shipping, I thought why not order another one? The fairy design caught my eye because it is somewhat related to fairy tales. :P Plus blue is my favorite color.

I think the last time I ordered bookish clothes was when I had my Threadless phase, back when their shirts were just around USD 9 each and shipping wasn’t too expensive either. I haven’t worn those shirts in ages! Mostly because I’ve gained weight and I look like a sausage in them. :( I’m going to think positively and say that I hope I can fit in them again soon.

Do you have bookish items of clothing too? Any tips on where else I can buy them that wouldn’t cost too much? My usual worry is that shipping to Singapore will be expensive.


Cover Reveal: The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

Ahem, ladies and gentlemen, we have a book cover for The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen! This is the next installment in the Ivy Years series which I glommed through late last year. Sarina made me realize how much I enjoy sports romance novels, and I can’t wait to read her one. Boy, does she write fast! I’m thrilled that we’re getting another Ivy Years book before the year is out, considering that The Shameless Hour was just released a few months ago.


Announcing: Ivy Years #5
The Fifteenth Minute
by Sarina Bowen

The Fifteenth Minute

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.


Pre-order on Amazon

LINKS for Sarina Bowen:

Gorgeous cover, right? I like the scruffy look that this hot guy is sporting. And I’m a fan of aviator sunglasses (I have two RayBans myself). I always appreciate series covers that have consistent matching designs – The Fifteenth Minute definitely has the same look and feel as the rest of the covers in the series. Partially hidden faces, sky background, and a color scheme that’s easy on the eyes. I’m not sure how to describe it but I also like the type of filters and faded effect used on the photos. Funny, but I just realized that all of the Ivy Years cover designs have nekkid people on them! How could I have missed that? Here, I’ll make it easy for the rest of you to check them out:

The Year We Fell Down The Year We Hid Away The Understatement of the Year ShamelessHour

So, so, so, what do you guys think of this shiny, new cover? And if you haven’t read Sarina Bowen’s Ivy Years, you still have time to catch up before the release of The Fifteenth Minute. :)


MT Masking Tape Store for SG50

What’s in my shopping bag? Usually the answer would be books but this weekend, I have washi tapes instead!

MT Store SG 50 - shopping bag

There’s an ongoing MT Store event in Raffles City, organized in honor of SG50. I discovered the wonder that is a washi tape expo back in 2013 when I visited the MT Expo Singapore. I think that was when I started to become a washi tape addict (my current stash can be viewed here). How can I resist when there are so many cute designs out there? So it’s not surprising that I’ve dropped by the MT store several times since it opened the other day. Some pics of the event:

MT Store SG 50

MT Store SG 50 - floor

MT Store SG 50 - badges

And something that all book loves will like, a washi tape that has books on it:
MT Store SG 50 - books washi

For every event or expo that MT organizes, they created limited edition designs that are only available during those events. They’re usually inspired by the country where the event is held and these tapes are the first to go because of course, washi collectors love these special designs. For this event, there were the Singapore limited edition designs:
MT Store SG 50 - limited edition

MT Store SG 50 - limited edition

MT Store SG 50 - birds

Aaaand now we move on to my haul. I tried to be a good girl and only grabbed the designs that I REALLY, REALLY wanted. My final stash:
MT Store SG 50 - shopping bag

Four Singapore limited edition designs, my favorite is the one at the bottom of the flyer, which is called “multiculturalism”. Plus four tapes inspired by M. Sasek’s kiddie travel books: This Is London, This Is Rome, This Is Paris and This Is New York. How can I resist tapes based on books? And I did mention a few months back that I wanted to collect M. Sasek’s books. Aside from these eight tapes, I also grabbed a few more to send/give to friends who also love washi.

Just for fun, I took a pic of the flyers and the limited edition tapes that I bought from the two MT Singapore events that I’ve had the pleasure of attending:
MT Store SG 50 - 2015 vs 2013

Also, my current collection of limited edition designs:
MT Store SG 50 - my limited edition collection
Tapes from expos held in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Christmas designs.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little break from book-related posts! :D Feel free to let me know which design is the cutest for you. Also, if you have an Instagram account, please like my posts about this event (my Instagram username is chachickenpie) because the ones that have the most likes will get a prize. I’m not feeling very hopeful because some accounts have thousands of followers but let’s see how it goes!


Cover Reveal: Cover Story Girl by Chris Mariano

Cover Story Girl written by my friend Chris Mariano for Mina V. Esguerra’s romance class, was previously published independently. It’s a romance novella set in Boracay Island, one of the most popular beaches in the Philippines and features a Filipino guy who works as an assistant museum curator and a Korean tourist who visits the beach. It will be re-published by Visprint as part of their romance class series. Yay Visprint for publishing more Filipino romances!

The cover was illustrated by Jamie Bauza . I think it’s a good fit for the story and I like the summery vibe of the design. I also noticed that the design includes items that are significant to the story such as calamansi muffins.

New cover and blurb:


About the Author:
Cover (Story) Girl is Chris Mariano’s first published romance work, but her speculative fiction and poetry have appeared in Fully Booked’s Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards Prose Anthology, Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 7, TAYO Literary Magazine, and Ideomancer. When she’s not writing,she supports Eskritoryo Pilipinas, an organization that encourages kids to appreciate Filipino literature and culture. Chris divides her time between Manila and Aklan. Boracay is a two-hour trip from their home in Kalibo. She’s also a fan of Korean telenovelas, which is why common K-drama plot devices are referenced in the story. She’s already working on her next novella, also set in Aklan.

Follow Chris through Twitter or her blog. Chris will be at the Manila International Book Fair 2015 on September 17 to sign books from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, in case you’re planning to attend the event.


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