Sunday as a Book Godmother

I’ve been sick since Friday because of the haze in Singapore. Haze is pollution caused by forest fires in the region. These fires are deliberately done to clear the forests for commercial use. And the haze spreads out to nearby countries. The haze has reached hazardous levels and was bad enough that schools cancelled their classes last Friday. I’ve tried my best to get as much rest as I can over the weekend, but sadly, I still feel like crap. I only ventured out of the flat to grab dinner and tonight, I also dropped by the bookstore to pick up some books for my friend’s baby shower next weekend. Books were in their gift registry so being the self-proclaimed Book Godmother that I am, that’s what I decided to get for them.

Kinokuniya - book haul - Sept 27 2015
These were the titles I grabbed:
Kinokuniya - book haul gift wrapped - Sept 27 2015
Kinokuniya - book haul baby books  - Sept 27 2015

I actually got four books but I wasn’t able to take a shot of all the titles because the bookstore was about to close. So here’s a list:
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! by Tish Rabe, Dr. Seuss
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram

I think this is the first time I’ve seen and read All the World and was pleasantly surprised by how lovely it was. I might consider getting another one for my toddler godson back in Manila. Dr. Seuss books and Guess How Much I Love You are staple titles for me, and I’ve gifted these to my other godsons before. Aside from these, I also got some Filipino kiddie books during my last trip home:
NBS - book haul - Sept 27, 2015
Ang Palasyo ng mga Duwende / The Palace of the Dwarves by Christine S. Bellen, Albert Gamos
Ang Pitong Tanga /The Seven Idiots by Christine S. Belen, Ruben de Jesus
Ang Prinsipeng Unggoy / The Monkey Prince by Christine S. Belen, Hubert B. Fucio

While my friends IRL rarely check my book blog unless I send them a specific link, I still need to keep my fingers crossed that my friend won’t see that titles that I got for her baby prior to next weekend!

I didn’t get any books for myself during this bookstore visit, but I was tempted to join the adult coloring book bandwagon. I just didn’t have enough time to browse and choose a good one:
Kinokuniya - Sept 27, 2015 - adult coloring books

Well, I hope you all had a much nicer weekend that I did! I’m going to go to bed soon and I’m hoping I’ll feel better tomorrow because this upcoming week will be super busy at work. If you have any recommendations for kiddie board books or adult coloring books, feel free to let me know.

Book Haul: December 2014 in Manila

I haven’t done a book haul post in ages! Probably because I usually just post on Instagram if I receive books because it’s easier to keep that account updated. Also, I’ve been trying to read more ebooks instead of physical books because I keep moving in Singapore whenever the lease ends and it’s such a pain to pack and unpack paperbacks and hardcovers. I did acquire some books since I landed in Manila for the holidays so I felt that an update was in order.

I have two godsons at the moment, a toddler and an eight-year-old. I try to live up to my title as Book Godmother and I give both of them books for their birthdays and for Christmas. For this year, I grabbed some kiddie books written by Filipino authors for them to enjoy:

Christmas 2014 - gifts for godsons

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
EDSA by Russell Molina
Isang Harding Papel by Augie Rivera

While shopping for books for my godsons, I also bought some Filipino titles for myself:

Christmas 2014 - books for myself

Mythspace, Volume 1 edited by Paolo Chikiamco
Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology edited by Paolo Chikiamco
High Tide at Midnight (Trese, # 6) by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
Shine by Candy Gourlay

Last but certainly not the least, I received a surprise gift from fellow Filipino book blogger Tin of Rabbitin! It was such a thoughtful gift because I’ve wanted a copy of The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams for ages. Also, I usually only receive books at Christmastime from my Secret Santa because friends in real life are pretty clueless on what titles to get for me. They’re worried that they might buy a book that I already have a copy of. So thank you, Tin! 🙂

Christmas 2014 - gift from Tin of Rabbitin

What about the rest of you, did you give or receive any books as Christmas gifts?

Book Haul: MNL to SIN Stash Part 4

Happy Labor Day, everyone! May 1 is a holiday both in Manila and Singapore. I took advantage of that fact, claimed two vacation days and flew to Manila for the weekend. I got back in Singapore this morning. I had a great time in Manila and I always feel like the time I spend there is never enough – I guess that’s usually the case when you only get to see friends and family once in a while. Anyway, I wanted to share with all of you the books that I’ve acquired the past few days.

Right before I left for my flight to Manila, I saw a package waiting for me in our mailbox. It contained a signed copy of Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork. My blogging buddy Holly is good friends with Francisco and through that connection, I’ve started exchanging emails with him some time ago. He is such a kind and amazing person that it comes as no surprise that I’ve enjoyed talking to him about random things, not just about books and writing. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read any of his books. That’s going to change soon! I’ve heard nothing but good things about Marcelo in the Real World so I’m pretty excited to read it. I’d like to thank Francisco for being generous enough to send me a copy of it.

Marcelo_signed copy

During the weekend, I had dinner with a good friend and she mentioned that she hasn’t given me a gift for my birthday yet and that we should drop by Fully Booked so I can pick something. No arguments from my end!

Fully Booked Fort

My favorite branch of Fully Booked – several floors of bookish goodness.

She ended up getting How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a washi tape roll featuring sea creatures and plain old scotch tape for me. She couldn’t resist adding the scotch tape to the mix, saying that “it’s a classic” compared to washi tape.

Belated birthday gift_how to save a life

Now this isn’t book-related but most of you seem to enjoy seeing my washi tape rolls so I wanted to show these as well. I asked some of my friends to order washi tape rolls from Hey Kessy and Bee Happy Crafts and we had a washi swap (my friend made the washi-covered clips):

May 2013 Manila washi tape haul

More rolls to add to my collection! Which one is your favorite?

Pretty cute, aren’t they? When I have some free time, I’m going to try and make washi postcards. Moving back to books, I’ve noticed that lately, I’ve been reading more contemporary than fantasy novels so I grabbed these three titles from my own bookshelf to bring back with me to Singapore:

MNL to SIN May 2013

Rebel by R.J. Anderson
Arrow by R.J. Anderson
Elfland by Freda Warrington

I now have way too many unread books in my bookshelf here in the flat. Which is why I only grabbed three books from my bookshelf even though I could have fit more in my luggage. I found it a bit surprising that I didn’t end up buying books even though I visited several bookstores. But then again, I haven’t even read all of the books that I brought from my last trip home.

I got a book in Yosemite for my six-year-old godson and he liked it so much that he gave me a card to thank me:

Allen's card May 2013

When I got back to the flat, I also had a Hawaii postcard waiting for me:

Hawaii postcard - May 2013

What about you, got any interesting books, postcards or washi tape lately? 🙂 Hope you’re having a good week so far. The great thing about this week is I only have to go to the office for two days. By the way, I’m planning to change my blog header soon so watch out for that.

Shoot That Book: Book Godmother Part 2

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

My godson’s birthday is coming up so it’s time for another Book Godmother post. I only have one inaanak (godchild) so far, and I’m thankful that he enjoys reading because that makes it a lot easier for me to choose birthday and Christmas gifts. Here’s a little surprise text message a few months ago:

Isn’t he adorable? I heard from his mom that he’s a fan of Dr. Seuss’ books so I’ve picked up these two to add to his growing collection:

I remember having my own collection of Dr. Seuss books while growing up, which I shared with my brother. Wonder where those books are? I think my mom is setting them aside for her future grandkids (yeah, like that’s going to happen anytime soon :P). What were some of your favorite children’s books when you were younger?

Shoot That Book: Book Godmother

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

I’ve posted pictures of my godson Allen before and I thought I’d feature him in this week’s Shoot That Book post. Here he is with the latest stash of children’s books from Ninang Chachic:

Doesn’t he look excited because he got books as (belated) birthday gifts? And here he is, holding up the green bag that I got from the Scholastic dinner:

I’m so glad he enjoys reading so much. I hope he doesn’t lose his excitement for books as he grows older because I would love to recommend some of my young adult, or even middle grade, favorites when the time comes.

My Godson, Allen

Meet my one and only godson, four-year-old Allen:

I always give him books for birthdays and Christmases because he loves them. He already has The Enormous Turnip memorized. When he entered my room, he saw my bookshelf and exclaimed, “Wow, so many books!” So I asked him if he wanted me to take his picture with the books. He said yes and asked, “Do you have any children’s books in there?” Unfortunately, I said no. But I did find some of my old children’s books in another shelf and gave him a couple of those.

Here he is reading The Three Little Pigs, surrounded by his mom and other ninangs (godmothers):

He’s actually a very animated reader. I hope he keeps his love for reading as he grows older. He can expect to get more books from his Ninang Chachic in the future.