Chachic's Book Nook



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.


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.


#BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy Round Up

At the start of August, I talked about the #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy campaign. I tried to read and feature as many Filipino books as I could but sadly, I wasn’t able to read all of the ones that I have on my TBR pile. Anyway, I posted these shots either on Instagram or Twitter and wanted to consolidate everything in one place so here we go…

Books I read:

Una & Miguel

Una and Miguel by Lilledeshan Bose, a Filipino YA novel. The bright yellow and purple cover went well with the table setting at PS Cafe.

Shine by Candy Gourlay

Yes, I’m in Singapore but I still read (and promote) Filipino books! Shine by Candy Gourlay at Cocoa Colony. This Filipino MG novel was also published in the UK so it’s available all over the world if you’re interested in reading Filipino lit.

Shine by Candy Gourlay - chapter heading

Sneak peek inside Shine by Candy Gourlay

Someone Else's Fantasy by Mina V. Esguerra

I know it’s not obvious but this is an early copy of Someone Else’s Fantasy by Mina V. Esguerra with my matcha latte. I believe this will be released with a different title and cover soon.

Still reading:

Banana Heart Summer

Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis

Books I’ve read but wanted to encourage other readers to pick up:

Cover Story Girl with mocha

Cover Story Girl by Chris Mariano, Set in sunny and gorgeous Boracay, one of the most famous beaches in the Philippines, this is a sweet romance between a Filipino guy and a Korean girl.

Interim Goddess of Love paperbacks

Signed copies of the first two books in the Interim Goddess of Love trilogy, with cucumber mint tea and blueberry chocolate lavender tart.

Looking back on these pictures, I think it becomes obvious that I have a thing for coffee and tea. :P As always, I hope more readers will be encouraged to read these Filipino titles!


New Release: Sasharia en Garde by Sherwood Smith

Sasharia en Garde is a duology that was previously published as two books: Once a Princess and Twice a Prince. I read these two books before I started the blog and loved them. Naturally, I want to spread the word about them. I have a review that I posted way back in 2010. The duology has been redesigned and released as one book, the way it was meant to be. Sherwood Smith talks about her writing process for these books in this Goodreads post. I have fond memories of reading Sasharia en Garde so maybe I should revisit these characters. I remember that the writing had a similar feel to Crown Duel (one of my all time favorite novels) so be sure to check these out if you enjoyed reading that book.

Sasharia en Garde

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

First published as two books— Once a Princess, and Twice a Prince — this romantic fantasy has been published as one book, as first intended. It is set in the same world as Crown Duel, to which Sasha’s mother, Sun, was once swept away by a real prince.

But not to happily ever after. Her prince vanished, and a wicked king took the throne. Since then, Sasha and Sun have been hiding on Earth, both training in martial arts until Sasha is tricked into going back to Khanerenth.

She’s more than ready to kick some bad-guy butt, but is the stylish pirate Zathdar the bad guy? Or artistic, dreamy Prince Jehan, son of the wicked king?

Meanwhile Sun is determined to cross worlds to save her daughter. She might not have been a very good princess, but nobody messes with Mom!


#BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy – let’s read more Filipino books!


August is Buwan ng Wika in the Philippines, which is the month dedicated to celebrating the Filipino language. To coincide with this, a campaign has been launched by Edgar Calabia Samar, author of the Janus Silang series, to encourage people to read Filipino books. #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy can be roughly translated as “Month of Filipino Authors”. Anyone can participate by using this hashtag on various social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I’m going to take this chance to read more books written by Filipino authors. I actually have quite a few of them in my TBR pile, I just haven’t found time to read them yet. So far, I’ve made two posts on Instagram for this campaign: Una and Miguel by Lilledeshan Bose and Shine by Candy Gourlay. I plan to do a round-up towards the end of this month.

Of course it feels like the target market for this campaign is Filipino readers but I’m hoping that this will also encourage non-Filipino readers to pick up books by Filipino authors. I wrote a list of some of my recommended titles for TTT last month. Or feel free to ask me for recommendations if this is something you’re interested in!


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