Birthday Wish List

My birthday is 10 days away, on the 29th. πŸŽ‚ I wanted to create a wish list even though no one has asked me for it, because lists are fun. And who knows, friends may ask me for what I want when my birthday rolls around. I did a similar list for Christmas last year and it’s fun to look back and take note that I already have most of the titles from that list, and I’ve even read and reviewed (on bookstagram) half of the books in that list. Like I said, lists are fun. πŸ˜€ For my birthday, I would love to receive these books:

Captive Prince Prince's Gambit Kings Rising

Other Than Easy Don't Tell My Mother The Duke Takes a Bride Making It Complicated (I Heart Iloilo 2) by Clarisse David Cover Ebook

After Lambana Kabuwanan UGH Zona Cero

The Obelisk Gate The Stone Sky The House of Shattered Wings Red Sister

That’s a mix of M/M fantasy romance, F/F and M/F romanceclass books, Filipino graphic novels and epic fantasy titles. I suspect that I will be buying most (if not all) of these for myself if I don’t receive them as gifts. My justification would be they can be my gifts to myself. πŸ˜€ What about you, what are books that are at the top of your wish list?

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Cover Reveal: The Secrets That We Keep

The book cover for The Secrets That We Keep has been revealed! I’m actually a day late in posting this but better late than never, right? πŸ˜› The Secrets That We Keep is a Filipino crime fiction anthology edited by Georgette Gonzales and Yeyet Soriano. Check out the cover spread for this upcoming title, with details about the book launch shared below:

The Secrets That We Keep

The Secrets That We Keep has five stories from new crime fiction authors. Four short stories from current authors. Nine bonus excerpts from upcoming releases. Cover design and layout by Porcupine Strongwill.

Join the book launch on March 24, 2018, 3-6pm at the Tweedle Book Cafe, Sct. Gandia, Quezon City, Philippines. More information can be found on the Facebook event page http://bit.ly/TSTWK_Launch.

Pre-order your print copies via http://bit.ly/HeistClubAntho_Secrets.

romanceclass origins: Miles Tan

romanceclass origins

romanceclass is a community of authors and readers who gather together to support indie published contemporary romance written by Filipino authors. Whether they’re a reader or an author, all community members have their romanceclass origin story… various stories of how and when they joined the community. romanceclass origins is a blog feature that highlights these origin stories.

Visit the earlier romanceclass origins posts here. Today, I’m delighted to have Miles Tan on the blog. She’s romanceclass’ resident tech support, graphic and cover designer, and the creator of the romanceclass logo! In case you didn’t know, the romanceclass logo is based on her handwriting. I’m also very grateful to her for designing the romanceclass origins logo (because yay, it’s consistent with the original one so that makes my feature legit). In true Miles fashion, this post includes some of her original artwork. Please give Miles a warm welcome as she shares her origin story!

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1) How did you discover romanceclass?

It was 2013 and I was struggling with a job where I thought I could stay and flourish in, but the hours and workload were pushing me to forget to take care of myself and my family. I was looking for any outlet that could help me just relieve the pressures of work.

It was also around this time that I had been playing online with friends on a text-based RPG message board. If you’re not familiar with this system, it’s a little like round-robin writing. A gamemaster would set the scenario and the player – characters would respond, and whole stories would unfold. This sparked my interest to get back into one of my first loves: writing.

Chris Mariano and Chrissie Peria (authors of Cover (Story) Girl and All Fair’s in Blog and War respectively) had introduced Mina V. Esguerra’s works to me and mentioned the class she was setting up. So what the heck, I already had the beginnings of what was going to be Finding X, and the rest is β€” as they say β€” history.

Miles Tan - sketch01

2) What does being part of the romanceclass community mean to you?

β€˜Found family’ is one of my favorite tropes, and I found one with #romanceclass. With the group I found a place that has a lot of heart and full of acceptance.

It is also a place of opportunities for anyone of any capacity. You don’t have to be a writer or a reader. Some of us have become beta readers, subject matter experts, editors, artists, event planners(!) and code monkeys, resources that are all available to the members when they decide to write their own stories. This is the most supportive community I found, and I love them for it.

I may have originally joined the group to write, but I’ve stayed because of the support. And I like supporting back. There’s art, there’s code, there’s showing up. Being given opportunities outside the group that are an offshoot of all these (a wider network, more art and coding jobs) is like extra cheese on an already hearty spaghetti bolognese.

It’s one of the reasons I designed the logo that way. It’s about and for a community that talks, writes, and does everything from the heart.

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3) What are your recommended romanceclass reads?

There’s so much! Here are good starting points though

Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra (not technically #romanceclass, but definitely paved the way for me)
Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano
All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria
Blast from the Two Pasts by Kristel S. Villar
Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes
Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas

Fairy Tale Fail 2017 Cover Story Girl All's Fair in Blog and War

Blast From Two Pasts_ Beginner's Guide - Love and Other Chemical Reactions Waiting in the Wings

While I’m in between the stories in my own head, I also live vicariously through the books I’ve done covers of. Keep the Faith, Midnights in Bali, Summer Crush, Young Love, Summer Feels, and Ghost of Feeling are just some of those!

Keep the Faith Fall Like Rain Midnights in Bali Summer Crush Summer Feels

Young Love Ghost of a Feeling Waiting in the Wings Like Nobody's Watching FLAIR You Out of Nowhere

Seriously though, I suggest browsing romanceclassbooks.com and you might just find a book you’ll love.

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miles-tanMiles Tan is a #romanceclass author, creative and tech support. And now also a pasta cravings instigator #StarchHere. She likes inhabiting imaginary worlds, from fantasy books to sci-fi shows to cheeky mysteries to role-playing games.

Finding X is her first published novella. Her short story, Something Real, is included in the YA Luna East anthology, Kids These Days.

Website: milestanbooks.com
Twitter: maedinn
Instagram: milestan.author

romanceclass YA-themed events

romanceclass-logoromanceclass is a community of authors and readers who gather together to support indie published contemporary romance in English written by Filipino authors.

romanceclass hosts regular Feels events (examples: Feels So Prom and Feels Fest) but aside from these, the group has also hosted several young adult-themed events. Last year I was able to join two romanceclass school events. The first one was held in November at St. Theresa’s College in Quezon City. Author Carla de Guzman graduated from this school and she kicked off the event by talking about her own experience as a writer. Mina V. Esguerra then shared some information about romanceclass as a community. She talked about the kind of books that authors write, and gave some examples of reviews and reactions from readers and bloggers. Then actors Migs Almendras and Salve Villarosa did what has become a signature romanceclass event staple: live readings. They read excerpts from the following romanceclass titles:

Freshman Girl and Junior Guy by Mina V. Esgurra
Settle the Score by Tara Frejas
The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman
Holiday Crush by Suzette de Borja.

romanceclass STC - Carla

romanceclass STC Mina

romanceclass STC - Salve and Migs

It was so much fun seeing the students reacting to the live readings! There was a Q and A portion but I think most of them were too shy to ask questions.

romanceclass STC

romanceclass STC - with Mina and Carla

The next school event I was able to join was held in December at Mandaluyong Science High School. This was a fun event for me because I graduated from a science high school (ages ago, no need to share what year haha). Mina gave an introduction about romanceclass and then there were live readings by Migs Almendras and Sam Aquino. This time, all romanceclass titles featured were written by authors from science high schools namely:

Monito, Monita by Celestine Trinidad
Songs to Make You Stay by Jay E. Tria
Sounds Like Summer by Six de los Reyes
Before I Lose My Nerve by Layla Tanjutco

romanceclass Mandaluyong - Mina

romanceclass Mandaluyong - students

romanceclass Mandaluyong - Migs and Sam

The students loved that the program included authors from science high schools! They asked questions about the writing process, bought books, and asked the authors and live readers (and even me) to sign stuff. We also discovered that poetry books are a big hit with them, all the copies that Layla brought with her were sold out.

romanceclass Mandaluyong - group pic

romanceclass Mandaluyong squad

Aside from these school events, romanceclass was also able to host a writing workshop last month. This event was sponsored by patrons of the group from Patreon. More details in these Instagram write-up posts (swipe to see all the photos):

Some of the photos from this post are from Carla, Jay, and Ines. I hope these YA-themed events have encouraged teen readers to pick up and read romanceclass titles. Hopefully reading romanceclass books will encourage some of them to write and maybe publish their own stories later on. Watch out for more school events and YA titles from romanceclass in the near future!

romanceclass origins: Six de los Reyes

romanceclass origins

romanceclass is a community of authors and readers who gather together to support indie published contemporary romance written by Filipino authors. Whether they’re a reader or an author, all community members have their romanceclass origin story… various stories of how and when they joined the community. romanceclass origins is a blog feature that highlights these origin stories.

Visit the earlier romanceclass origins posts here. Today, we have romanceclass’ resident mermaid on the blog where she shares her SUPER SLOW BURN introduction to the group. I’m going to admit that what she had to say made me tear up. Please give Six de los Reyes a warm welcome!

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1) How did you discover romanceclass?

My first encounter with #romanceclass was at Aklatan 2013 where I very awkwardly (after circling the table too many times) met Mina V. Esguerra and Chris Mariano at their booth. They gave me the intro to the community, to Author at Once, and to the Facebook group. Naturally, I came in a skeptic. Still, I exchanged emails with Chris and thought to myself, maybe this could work? Then in November that same year I joined the #buqosteamyreads workshop. I didn’t expect much, didn’t want much, didn’t think I’d stick around long enough for anything to happen. I just thought to myself, at least I’m doing something about this writing thing? I had a book after all, and I had all these stories begging to be written.

Anyway, through the first two years I lurked about the community and went to whatever event without interacting with anybody – not online or IRL. I remember sitting at the very back of the room at the Luna East launch, just watching these people who seemed to know each other very well enjoy their success. I remember meeting “Camilla Sisco” at our #romanceclass2014 Intro batch. I remember making online friends at the #SparkNA hashtag. I remember thinking, just one more workshop, just one more book launch, just one more and maybe I’d get something out of it? I ended up joining every workshop that came up for the next two years. At the time, it didn’t occur to me what it was I had already found there with these people. That I already did get something out of it, just not in the way I’d thought.

Hello, I'm a mermaid.

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2) What does being part of the romanceclass community mean to you?

#romanceclass is my safe space, my happy space. I say it all the time, #romanceclass saved my life. You hear this a lot because it’s true for so many of us. For so long I’ve felt unwanted and invisible – turns out I was loitering at the wrong end of the visible spectrum. Since joining the community, I’ve met people who see me as I am, socially inept, anxious, your resident 100% introvert hooman and all that applies and yet somehow I belong. After all these years, I finally found somewhere I belong. #romanceclass taught me it’s okay to have feelings, to feel the feelings however you feel your feelings. They’ve taught me how to acknowledge self-care is necessary because I need to show up either online or IRL otherwise there will be summons in ALL CAPS on Twitter or Instagram (and once at my doorstep). They’ve taught me that all the validation I need should come from me. They’ve taught me all this through the kindness (and patience) they show me, in the way they believe in me, and in the way they lovingly strong-arm me to just write the damn thing because later we can fix it. In this community, we have books, we have cute boys and girls, we have feelings, and most of all we have each other.

I came in thinking “What do I get out of this?” and now here I am thinking “What more can I do? What else can I give?”

#romanceclass, how dare you give me water and sunlight and room to grow?

3) What are your recommended romanceclass reads?

Iris After the Incident by Mina V. Esguerra
You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria
If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas
Don’t Tell My Mother by Brij Bautista
Another Word for Happy by Agay Llanera
Finding X by Miles Tan

Iris After the Incident FLAIR You Out of Nowhere If the Dress Fits Waiting in the Wings

Don't Tell My Mother Another Word for Happy Finding X

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Six de los ReyesSix de los Reyes has been reading and making up stories for as far as she can remember. In fifth grade, she learned to write about the stories she wanted to read. As a pretend grownup, she writes contemporary romance novels. Her day job doing science has something to do with being a part-time mermaid and a part-time labrat. She currently lives next to the sea.

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February Bookstagram Reviews

Oh wow, February passed by so quickly! Maybe because it’s a shorter month? I didn’t even get to do this round-up of bookstagram reviews on the last day of the month. So here I am catching up on them today. You can check out my January bookstagram reviews here.

Submission Moves by Camilla Sisco

My first #romanceclass read this year is Submission Moves by Camilla Sisco, brought upon by leftover lemony feels from #FeelsSoProm. I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpt presented as a live reading during the event, and it made me want to read the book as soon as I can.πŸ‹ I chose a good one to kick off my romanceclass reading year because this was so much fun to read. Smooth writing that's easy to get into, featuring a professional MMA fighter as a hero and a feminist heroine who works in a women's crisis center. They hook up in Vegas but part ways soon after, only to see each other again in Chicago four years later. I have to admit that it's the hero who makes this story shine. He's cocky and arrogant but tempered with enough self-awareness for it to not be overbearing. It just seems like he's comfortable in his own skin, and he knows his own weaknesses and strengths (and plays it to his advantage). One minor quibble was that I wanted to like the heroine as much as the hero, but I needed to see her let her hair down a bit more for that to happen. That didn't keep me from enjoying the book overall. There were scenes that sparkled with wit and humor, and the sexytimes were smoking hot.πŸ”₯ It's such a strong debut novel and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the author will keep writing more. I'm probably going to read and reread a lot of romance this month. LOL who am I kidding, I read a lot of romance regardless of the time of the year. But for the rest of you, are you planning to read romance this February? What are some of the romance titles that you highly recommend?

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Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria is a contemporary romance that has gotten a lot of buzz on #romancelandia Twitter. I jumped at the chance to read it when the title went on sale for 1.99usd. Partially set in Alaska, New York and California, this is a romance between a professional dancer and a celebrity on a survival TV show, as they're paired together on a dance competition. The heroine has to teach the hero to dance as they compete with other couples on the reality TV show. I thought it started off strong, I really enjoyed the way the hero and heroine met. They obviously had chemistry and I was looking forward to seeing how that would play out. Unfortunately, there was way too much dramarama in this book for me. I felt like the characters kept on harping on the same issues, and they were being stubborn and petulant instead of trying to find a compromise. I think I also enjoyed this less than other readers did because I'm not a fan of reality TV, and I've never even seen a single episode of Dancing With the Stars, which this book is based on. The pace was so slow that I found myself skimming some parts. I really wanted to enjoy this but sadly, I have to say that Take the Lead wasn't my cup of tea. Still planning to read more romance this month, and keeping my fingers crossed that I'll come across some titles that will stand out for me. Have you recently read any romance titles that you've loved?

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Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad

Ghost of a Feeling by @luckychanmd is a strong #romanceclass debut novel. It starts off with a meet cute of sorts (meet sad?): the heroine is a medical student who loses a patient during her junior internship. She's subsequently humiliated by the resident in charge, and becomes overwhelmed with everything. She hits rock bottom and decides to end it all, she's stopped by what she thinks is her building's resident ghost but is actually the hero in costume for Halloween. Thus begins an unlikely friendship that blossoms into something more. A slow burn romance that was handled with the sensitivity needed for the heavy themes depicted in this book. . . I was equally curious and worried about how this story will unfold, given its unusual premise. But there was no need to worry because Cris and Nathan were in good hands, and I gladly let myself be swept away by their story. For such a short book, the characters had real depth with both of them learning to deal with their own baggage, and trying their best to move on. It was interesting to get a closer look at the difficulties of becoming a doctor in the Philippines. I've heard stories from friends who eventually became doctors, but I guess it's different when you get to experience it through the eyes of a fictional character. Brings it somewhat closer to home. One thing I enjoyed was how present Cris and Nathan's family and friends are in their lives, it wasn't just their budding romance that was a significant relationship for each of them. . Heartfelt and hopeful, this is one Filipino romance title that I will happily keep recommending, and I will definitely be watching out for more books from this author. Here for your upcoming Pisay romance, Leslie.πŸ˜‚ . . . πŸ“Έ @bentchbites (Good job bes, kita na yung book cover this time)

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A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

A Princess in Theory was my introduction to @alyssacolelit's writing and I have no idea why I waited so long to read a book from her. This was such a good read! A royal romance between an epidemiology grad student and a prince from the fictional African country of Thesolo. Naledi's parents passed away when she was young so she has no idea that she was born in Thesolo. She grew up in the US foster care system and has learned to take care of herself at a very young age. . . I loved how fully fleshed out the hero and heroine are: smart, independent and hardworking individuals who also have their own hang-ups and issues about letting someone get close to them. They're very competent in their professional lives, but have never really had a successful romantic relationship. They feel a connection with each other but had their reasons for trying to keep the other person at a distance. It was so much fun waiting to see them to break down each other's walls. And their interactions were hilarious! I kept laughing and smiling while reading. I enjoyed their banter right from the moment they meet. Their conversations with their friends (Naledi with her best friend Portia, and Thabiso with his assistant Likotsi) were also funny and provided even more depth to their characters. There were emojis used in their convos and that's such an accurate portrayal of how people converse these days.πŸ™ŒπŸ˜‚πŸ‘ . So glad to have discovered a new romance author to love. A Princess in Theory will be released in February 27 and it's a romance title that you should take note of. Go forth and pre-order! The cover and blurb for the next book has been released and I'm excited to reading Portia's story. And I will also be diving into Alyssa's backlist. . . πŸ“Έ @readbyher

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Sagala #3 by Tori Tadiar

Sagala 3 is an excellent continuation of what has fast become one of my favorite Filipino comics. This is a Filipiniana fantasy series focusing on siblings Riel and her protective older brother Constantino. Set in a fictional land called Hiraya, an independent nation with tenuous ties to a larger and stronger continental neighbor. Elegent storytelling, strong character development, solid worldbuilding with a light dose of magic, peppered with political intrigue. Mix all of these together and I'm one happy reader. I'm not an expert but the art style reminds me of anime, very easy to follow with expressive characters. It had an even pacing that flowed really well. I continue to be in awe of how much depth is packed into just 40 pages. There are certain scenes that I would have loved to see a few panels dedicated to, but hopefully more clarity will be provided as the story develops. Happy to report that Sagala is written mostly in English, and @haitori.art is working on making it digitally available for purchase so readers abroad can buy it too. I'd be very, very curious about what non-Filipino readers would think of this. Bought my copies at Komiket but you can reach out to the author directly should you be interested in giving this a try. Definitely looking forward to the fourth and final installment in this series, which will probably be released with the earlier three as one volume, hopefully in color.🀞🏻 I mean, just imagine kuya in full color! My #KuyaUmayosKa campaign continues, but I do understand him better now. Just give me the link and I will pre-order as fast as my fingers can type.

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It was a pretty good reading month, I enjoyed reading four out of the five books I finished. I planned to read only romance titles in February but couldn’t help but read the latest issue of Sagala when I got a copy of it at Komiket. I’m planning to read whatever I want in March. I’m really a mood reader and I mostly stuck to a theme in January because I wanted to read more fantasy and February seemed like the perfect month for romance. Maybe I’ll read some of the comics I just bought, let’s see how it goes.

What about you, what were the books you read in February?

romanceclass origins: Abbie from romanceclasstrash

romanceclass origins

romanceclass is a community of authors and readers who gather together to support indie published contemporary romance written by Filipino authors. Whether they’re a reader or an author, all community members have their romanceclass origin story… various stories of how and when they joined the community. romanceclass origins is a blog feature that highlights these origin stories.

Visit the earlier romanceclass origins posts here. Today, I’m happy to have a fellow reader as a guest on the blog. Abbie (Twitter, Instagram) is here to talk about how she first discovered romanceclass. Abbie is one of the girls behind romanceclasstrash (Twitter, Instagram) which is a group of dedicated readers of romanceclass books who tirelessly promote the community’s titles and events. Thank you for being here, Abbie!

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1) How did you discover romanceclass?

It all started when a friend of mine posted about Mina’s books that were published then under Summit Media. I got curious and looked for those books everywhere and when I finally got a copy and read That Kind of Guy, I instantly became a fan of hers. At September of 2013, I finally met her in person at Aklatan. I think she was with Chris Mariano that time selling romance class ebooks. I bought those ebooks, of course, and they were officially the first romance class ebooks in my collection. The rest, as they say, is history.

Abbie and Mina

2) What does being part of the romanceclass community mean to you?

Being a part of the romanceclass community is really a big thing for me.

β€’ If not for this community, I would still be the aloof, awkward girl that I was years ago. I’m still an awkward potato every now and then but at least I managed to improve my social skills.

β€’ I met a lot of awesome people (authors, readers and live readers) who share my passion for reading romance books

β€’ romanceclass taught me to be more open, understanding and accepting of the LGBT community and other things. It’s not that I despise or don’t like them, but if I was the person I was before being part of the community, I will not comment on anything and just look on the other side when issues regarding LGBT arise. But now, I’ll stand and fight for those people because they deserve to be recognized and accepted.

β€’ I feel like people from the community are not only my friends but are already my family.

Abbie - romanceclasstrash

3) What are your recommended romanceclass reads?

Oh. There are too many to mention! But whenever I want to enable people to read romanceclass books, these are the titles that I recommend:

All of Mina V. Esguerra’s books
If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Feels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes
Prep and Prejudice by Miren B. Flores
Playlist Series by Jay E. Tria
Choco Chip Hips by Agay Llanera
Another Word for Happy by Agay Llanera
Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas
The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza
Before I Lose My Nerve by Layla Tanjutco
Dare to Love by C.P. Santi
Promdi Heart by Georgette Gonzales, Agay Llanera, Chris Mariano, Jay E. Tria, Ines B. Yao
Summer Crush by Jay E. Tria, Six de los Reyes and Tara Frejas

My Imaginary Ex - 2017 Fairy Tale Fail 2017 Love Your Frenemies - 2018 edition That Kind of Guy 2017 What You Wanted 2018

If the Dress Fits Feels Like Summer Prep and Prejudice Songs of Our Breakup Waiting in the Wings

The Last Time I'll Write About You Before I Lose My Nerve Dare to Love Promdi Heart Summer Crush

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

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

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

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

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!

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

Top Ten Tuesday - That Artsy Reader Girl

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 Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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

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

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?