My MNL to SIN Stash

Hello from Singapore! I wanted to write a post because I’m so happy I didn’t go beyond my luggage limit. Initially, I had some books inside my check-in suitcase but I had to remove them so the weight won’t go past 25kg. Good thing I still had room in my hand carry. Here’s what I managed to include:

SG Haul

Kindle Touch (of course! I’m in the middle of Rosemary and Rue)
Across the Blue by Chris Mariano
The King Must Die by Mary Renault
The Bull From the Sea by Mary Renault
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cat Valente
Among Others by Jo Walton

I had such a hard time trying to decide what books to bring with me! In the end, I just went with books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while (maybe it would have been smarter to bring all paperbacks instead of throwing in hardcovers). I also made sure that the books are from different genres. If you had to move and you had limited luggage space – what books from your TBR pile will you bring with you?


Book Haul: Send Off

Hello there, blogosphere! How’s everyone doing? I’ve been super busy the past couple of days but I wanted to squeeze in a book haul post before leaving (this will probably be my last blog post from Manila). First, I got this lovely little book from my good friend Chris:

Across the Blue

Thanks for the surprise, Chris! Looking forward to reading it. Next, I got a package from another good friend, Celina:

Among Others_Winter Prince

Thanks for sending these right before I left, Celina! I already have a copy of EWein’s The Winter Prince but it’s a really old paperback and I wanted a better edition. I’ve heard good things about Among Others by Jo Walton so I’m excited to read it. Last but not the least is a copy of Tibak Rising: Activism in the Days of Martial Law edited by Ferdinand C. Llanes:

A collection of essays written about those who fought against Martial Law in the Philippines. I have a contribution in this book, something that I wrote back when I was in school about my dad. If this seems like the kind of book you’d enjoy reading, I hope you pick up a copy in local bookstores.

Tibak Rising signatures

That’s it for me. Will try to post another update when I have some free time! Maybe I can talk about books I’ve managed to include in my luggage. What about you, what books have you received recently?

Want Books: Among Others

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

I think it was my good friend Aaron of Guy Gone Geek who first mentioned Jo Walton’s Among Others. I’ve seen other Goodreads friends recommend it after that. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything written by Jo Walton but this one seems like something a genre reader like me would be able to appreciate. From the reviews that I’ve seen, it looks like Among Others is a book about books – the main character is a big reader of sci-fi and fantasy. I haven’t seen it in local bookstores but I heard that it’s available but is a little expensive. I’ll try to find a copy some other way because this is something that I’m really interested in.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Among Others book coverRaised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled – and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England – a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

What about you, what book is in your wishlist? Care to recommend other books that are also about books?