Texas 2018 Bookstagrams

Hey everyone, I wasn’t able to do a blog update prior to leaving but I was in Texas from end of April to the first week of May to attend a friend’s wedding. The last time I traveled to the US was in 2013 which was also to attend a wedding. And my last long haul flight was in 2015 when I visited Prague and Munich! So it’s been a while since I traveled that far. I was updating my bookstagram account while I was there and I wanted to share those posts here too.

These gorgeous hand-painted art prints by @jveruditeartist and delicious single origin chocolates from @aurochocolate were part of my haul from #AprilFeelsDay2018 laat Saturday. If you were able to attend the event, what was your favorite thing that happened? If you weren't there, what was the last book-related event that you enjoyed? . . Arrived in Dallas this afternoon, wasn't able to do much except check in at the hotel and meet with friends. Now about to catch up on much needed sleep. So tired from traveling halfway across the world. Good night, everyone! . . . #Kindlebooks #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #booknerd #bookstagram #bookstagramUSA #bookphotography #artPH #calligraphyPH #AuroChocolate #artisanchocolate #Dallas #Texas

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"the sun rises every morning and i wait, in patience for a new beginning" Happy book birthday to One Day Closer by @laylatanjutco, a poetry collection that is a story in verse. Her debut book Before I Lose My Never is also available as a Kindle freebie right now, go and grab copies! . . Bookstagramming in my hotel room made easier by @aurochocolate and artwork by @jveruditeartist. What do you usually like including in your bookstagram shots? I like to keep mine simple but I also like adding a bit of color into my shots because I usually use my Kindle. Coffee, tea and desserts usually when I'm out and about. And whatever I find lying around the house when I'm at home. . . . #OneDayCloser #LaylaTanjutco #romanceclass #poetry #Filipinopoetry #Filipinobooks #Filipinoauthors #readlocalPH #diversereads #Kindlebooks #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #booknerd #bookstagram #bookstagramUSA #bookphotography #artPH #bookandcoffee #coffee #coffeetime #chocolate #AuroChocolate #Dallas #Texas

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We were running errands today and dropped by a few thrift stores. One of those stores had these massive shelves of books! I took a photo but wasn't able to browse because we didn't have that much time to spend in there. Also, I prefer reading on my Kindle nowadays. I used to buy a lot of used/secondhand/preloved books but not anymore. I can't even remember when was the last time I bought those kinds of books. I rely on Kindle deals these days. What about you, do you like hunting down bargain books? Or do you prefer reading on a "book device" (that's what a friend called my Kindle earlier today) too? . . . #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #booknerd #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookphotography #usedbooks #secondhandbooks #thriftstore #bookstore #Dallas #Texas #bookstagramUSA

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Amazon and Gumroad comics and graphic novels haul

I ordered comic books/graphic novels online that aren't available in the Philippines. My haul includes Smut Puddler's My Monster Boyfriend, Tabula Idem, Princess Princess Ever After, The Tea Dragon Society, and The Prince and the Dressmaker. My friend got I'd Rather Be Reading as a gift for me because she thought I'd love the illustrations inside and I did). I'm so excited to read all of these! I had so much fun browsing and checking out reviews to see which titles are a must have. Let me know what you think if you've read any of these. What book/s have you bought recently? . . . #bookhaul #comics #graphicnovels #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #booknerd #bookstagram #bookphotography #MyMonsterBoyfriend #TabulaIdem #PrincessPrincessEverAfter #ThePrinceandtheDressmaker #IdRatherBeReading #bookstagramUSA

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Indie bookstore: Wild Detectives

Dropped by @thewilddetectives this afternoon, one of Dallas' indie bookstores/cafe/bar. I had a blackberry and rosemary latte which was delicious. What an unusual coffee flavor that you've tried (and hopefully liked)? . . Happy to have visited this bookstore to see it for myself, but I wasn't able to buy anything because there wasn't that many genre fiction titles available, most of their books are literary fiction. And there also wasn't bookish or Dallas-related small merch like bookmarks or postcards. Aside from books, what else do you like seeing in indie bookstores? . . . #TheWildDetectives #Dallas #Texas #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography #bookandcoffee #coffeetime #indiebookstore #bookstore #independentbookstore #Society6 #bookishtotebag #totebag #bookstagramUSA

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Indie bookstore: Deep Vellum

Deep Vellum is an indie bookstore in Dallas that specializes in indie pubbed books, and even has its own publishing arm. They also have translated editions of books by foreign authors. I loved how cozy this bookstore was, and it had a great selection of books by local authors although most of them were literary fiction and poetry. I mostly read genre fiction and there wasn't a lot of that available there. The bookstore lady Tanya (I hope I got her name right) who helped me out was so nice and friendly and knew their available titles inside out. While I'm not much of a poetry reader, I tried reading bits and pieces of the titles written by authors from Dallas and ended up buying two books. I'm all set in terms of souvenirs for this trip! I love buying books whenever I travel because they make great souvenirs. I'd prefer local titles but if they're not available or I can't find something suited to my tastes then I'd buy copies of books that I'm interested in. I also like getting bookmarks and postcards by local artists from bookstores if they're available. Do you guys buy books as souvenirs? Do you visit local bookstores on your trips abroad? . . . #DeepVellum #LiteraryDallas #independentbookstore #indiebookstore #bookstore #travel #Dallas #Texas #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography #poetry #bookstagramUSA

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Deep Vellum haul

Pictured with strawberry rhubarb pie and coffee are the two poetry collections I bought from @deepvellumbooks: Voices from a Hanging Cliff by Michael Neil (signed and numbered) and Time Travel for Daydreamers Vol. 2 by James Barrezz Rodehaver and Nadia Wolnisty. These were both written by authors from Dallas and as I mentioned in my earlier post, they make great souvenirs. Planning to read these when I'm back home in Manila and maybe let my friends borrow them too. . . What have been memorable book purchases for you while you were traveling? I have fond memories of buying The Little Prince, American Gods (which I still haven't read), bookstore postcards and a tote bag from the Shakespeare and Co. in Paris way back in 2014. . . . #VoicesFromAHangingCliff #TimeTravelforDaydreamers #DeepVellum #LiteraryDallas #SpontaneousAfflatus #CWPCreativePress #independentbookstore #indiebookstore #bookstore #travel #Dallas #Texas #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography #poetry #bookandcoffee #coffeetime #bookstagramUSA

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I apologize for the radio silence the past few days. As mentioned in my previous posts, I was traveling for a wedding and I thought I'd be able to keep up with bookstagramming on the go but I wasn't in the right head space for it leading up to the wedding. Too busy helping out with wedding prep and everything else! I also wasn't able to read at all while I was there. . . Anyway, I wanted to share a shot of the wedding venue. It was held in a bed and breakfast place that was previously a ranch. It has a red barn, cottages and a main house, as well as a pond that you can see from this shot. As I was going around the place, I kept thinking that it had so many reading nooks. A great place where you can relax and read if you have the luxury of time for it. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to go back someday? What have you all been up to lately? . . . #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #booknerd #bookstagram #bookstagramUSA #bookphotography #Kindlebooks #Texas

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Wedding Night Stand book quote

"They ran up to the gazebo, getting there through a winding rocky staircase that very nearly broke her shoe and sprained her ankle. He insisted they press on though, wrapping an arm around her waist when her legs wobbled in her tall shoes. When they got up there she forgave the stairs, and him, because it was far enough from the reception area and no one would bother to go after them. And the view from up there was spectacular." . . An excerpt from the short story Wedding Night Stand by @minavesguerra. I just had to take this shot of this wedding-themed story against a gazebo at the wedding venue I attended. Sometimes bookstagram shots just work out that way. What are bookstagram shots that you've taken against backdrops relevant to the story? . . . #WeddingNightStand #MinaVEsguerra #ChicManila #romanceclass #bookquoteΒ #Filipinoauthor #Filipinobooks #readlocalPH #diverseromance #ownvoices #romancereads #Kindlebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramUSA #RoundTop #Texas

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Always ready to Kindle! This lovely calligraphy and watercolor artwork by @jveruditeartist went so well with the flowers used for the wedding. My favorites were these amnesia roses that had a dusty or smokey lavender color to them. I think this is the first time I've seen roses that are this color, I'm not even sure if they're available only in the US or if I can find them in Manila. . . What's your favorite kind of flower? I used to say I love carnations but really, I like all kinds of flowers. I'd probably be happiest with a mix of different types. . . . #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #booknerd #bookstagram #bookstagramUSA #bookphotography #bookishart #artPH #calligraphy #artwork #weddingflowers #roses #Texas

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Better at Weddings Than You book quote

"You watch weddings all the time," he said. "What do you think about all of it? You think they're just kidding themselves?" . . "Some of them are. The others - I don't think they're kidding themselves. They really want this. And you have to want it, I think, because that's the only way it can work for that long. You guys know this. YOU would know, because you don't do relationships. You don't do it because you don't need it, and you never wanted it badly enough." . . So much yes to this book quote from Better at Weddings Than You by @minavesguerra! Daphne is a heroine after my own heart: such a strong, independent type of woman. She's in her 30s, still single and plans weddings as a career but she doesn't care that's she's not married or that she doesn't have a boyfriend. She doesn't let it bother her. I loved so many things about her character, and also her insights about relationshipsnas shown by the passage above. What was the last book that you read where a passage or something a character said resonated with you? . . . #BetterAtWeddingsThanYou #BAWTY #MinaVEsguerra #ChicManila #romanceclass #bookquoteΒ #Filipinoauthor #Filipinobooks #readlocalPH #diverseromance #ownvoices #romancereads #Kindlebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramUSA #RoundTop #Texas #weddingflowers

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I wasn’t able to do that many touristy things but I’m glad I was able to go to two indie bookstores, thank goodness for Uber for letting me go around Dallas. I wouldn’t have been able to visit those stores otherwise! And I also need to pat past Chachic on the back for ordering ahead and taking care of my comics/graphic novels and bookish tote bags haul. Back in Manila now and back to regular programming. I’m still catching up on sleep and errands so I haven’t really been able to read but hopefully that will change soon. What have you all been up to lately? Read any amazing books that you’d like to talk about?

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Birthday Book Haul

It was my birthday last week! On the 29th of March, and I just wanted to share a quick post about it. Didn’t have any big plans but I did have a nice lunch with my mom and brother at one of my favorite restaurants. I posted real time updates on Twitter, here’s the thread if you want to check it out:

A few days before my birthday, I posted a wish list here on the blog and here’s my haul because of that, swipe to see all of the shots:

Birthday book haul from generous friends... THANK YOU!πŸŽ‚πŸ“š I have quite a haul this year because I made a wish list, which I think is a great solution to friends not knowing whether to get books for me because they have no idea what I want or what I already have. A wish list solves that problem.πŸ™ŒπŸ» This year's haul includes: . . - UGH from @carlakdeguzman . - Don't Tell My Mother from @minavesguerra . - Project 17 from @itstimeana . - Making It Complicated from @bibliophilesoprano . - The Duke Takes a Bride from @bentchbites . - Captive Prince from @chuchay.d . - Stickers and a bookish postcard from @booksandflourishes . . Thanks again, friends! Maraming salamat! I'm so happy with this haul, and I'm excited to read all of these. A pretty nice mix of comics, romance and fantasy. As an added bonus, all of these books except for Captive Prince are written by Filipino authors.πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ“š . . Do you guys give or receive books as gifts for birthdays? What book do you usually give as a gift? . . . #GGSSG #artPH #BrigitteBautista #ClarisseDavid #SuzettedeBorja #ElizaVictoria #romanceclass #HaliyaPublishing #Hulyen #Filipinoauthors #Filipinobooks #Kindlebooks #Pinoykomiks #readlocalPH #diversebooks #ownvoices #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography

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Thanks again to all my generous friends who gave me book gifts, I’m so touched. Last but not the least, I didn’t have cake on my actual birthday but there was ice cream:

March Book Haul

In February, I did two book haul posts for the comics I bought at Komiket and other books I purchased. For March, these are the new books that I bought and received:

Beginner’s Luck by Kate Clayborn

I've had Beginner's Luck by @kateclayborn.author on my wish list for a while, because I keep hearing good things about it from romance Twitter. So I one clicked as fast as I can when I saw that it's a Kindle deal for 0.99usd. Looking forward to reading this book! This bookstagram also applies to @bentchbites' #MarchBookstagram2018 prompt for today: new-to-me author. Beginner's Luck is a debut novel so it will be my intro to Kate Clayborn's writing.πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ“– Have you guys tried any new authors lately? . . . #BeginnersLuck #KateClayborn #LyricalPress #KenstingtonBooks #romancereads #contemporaryromance #Kindledeals #KindlebooksΒ #IGreads #instabooks #readersofIG #bookstagram #bookphotography #besfluencers

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Hotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Good coffee in one hand, a potentially good book in the other. It's how every weekend should look like!πŸ“–β˜• I'm only at chapter 3 but I'm enjoying Children of Blood and Bone by @tadeyemibooks so far. Sometimes when a book gets a lot of hype, I want to wait for the buzz to die down before I read it. But sometimes, I like having that sense of connection with other readers all over the world when an exciting new release has just come out. Like, hey I'm here in Manila and I'm reading the same book that you're reading wherever you may be. Do you ever get that feeling? What was the last book that made you feel that way? . . . πŸ“Έ @chuchay.d #ChildrenofBloodandBone #TomiAdeyemi #fantasyreads #YAlit #youngadultbooks #Kindlebooks #diversebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography #bookandcoffee #coffeetime #coffee #cafehopping

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Ashwin by Kit Rocha

Today's prompt for @bentchbites' #MarchBookstagram2018 is latest purchase and I just one clicked this 0.99usd Kindle deal a few minutes ago. Ashwin is the first book in the Gideon Riders series by @authorkitrocha. My original answer to this prompt was supposed to be my current read, Children of Blood and Bone. But I couldn't resist buying this title. I've had it in my wish list ever since it was mentioned in @bookthingo's podcast as a good dystopian romance series. Looking forward to reading it! What about you, what's your most recent book purchase? I'm not the only one who keeps one clicking Kindle deals, right? I used Palaso by Marianie in the background because I love its vibrant colors. Not sure if any of you have noticed but I've been using some of my comics when I take Kindle bookstagram shots to add some color to them.πŸ“ΈπŸ“š . . . #KitRocha #GideonRiders #romancereads #romancenovels #Kindlebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography

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Review copies of Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat, After Eden by Arnold Arre, Private Iris by Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre

Today, I received book mail from @arnoldarrebooks and it includes three Filipino comics titles: After Eden, Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat and Private Iris. Also with matching postcards and bookmarks. Thank you so much, Chamber Shell Publishing! I read After Eden years ago when it was first released by a different publisher but apparently this newer edition has been revised. Looking forward to reading and rereading all these three titles! Have you read any of these? Let me know what you think if you have.πŸ“šπŸ“¬ . . Do you read comics and graphic novels? Which ones have you loved? . . . #ChamberShellPublishing #ArnoldArre #AfterEden #AngMundoniAndongAgimat #PrivateIris #Pinoykomiks #diversecomics #comics #graphicnovels #artPH #readlocalPH #Filipinoauthors #Filipinobooks #diversebooksΒ #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookphotography #bookhaul #bookmail

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The Tetethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

New book in my Kindle, and new cake discovery earlier today! I've had The Tethered Mage on my wish list ever since Kristen (fantasycafe) rec'd it on Twitter and I one clicked it the other day while it's still a Kindle deal.πŸ“š Looking forward to reading this epic fantasy soon. Have you read this title? If you have, what did you think of it? Included in this shot is a slice of ube crepe cake from @papermooncafeph and IT'S SO GOOD. I've had crepe cakes in Singapore before and wasn't a fan of them so I've mostly been ignoring PaperMoon whenever I've seen it here in Manila but apparently I should have paid attention to it earlier. Definitely planning to have more of this cake in the future.🍰 What's a new title that you just purchased? Or a new cake/dessert that you've just tried? . . . #TheTetheredMage #MelissaCaruso #OrbitBooks #fantasyreads #Kindlebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography #bookandcoffee #coffeetime #coffee #cafehopping #PaperMoonCafePH #ubecake

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Jade City by Fonda Lee

"...Shae was struck by a sense of nostalgia so profound she found it difficult to breathe. The humid air through the open window, the sound of her native language being spoken on the radio, even the terrible traffic... She swallowed, close to tears; she had only the vaguest idea of what she was going to do in Janloon now, but she was undeniably home." - Jade City by Fonda Lee . THIS. SO MUCH THIS. A passage that reminded me of what it felt like to move back home to the Philippines after years of living abroad in Singapore. Actually even just coming home for a visit felt like this. Jade City is a fantasy novel that has been at the top of my wish list after it's been rec'd several times on book Twitter, and by @anovelescape here. I jumped at the chance to read it when it became a Kindle deal. . It's an Asian-inspired mafia fantasy where jade is able to enhance certain people's fighting skills. I read some author interviews and discovered that this was inspired by Fonda Lee's own martial arts experience and her love for kung fu movies. The setting is fictional but based on Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Okinawa. I'm only at 17%, and just at the stage where the multiple POVs are being introduced but the worldbuilding is incredible so far. . Have you read Jade City? Feel free to share what you thought of it. What are other Asian-inspired fantasy that you've loved? . . . #JadeCity #FondaLee #OrbitBooks #fantasyreads #bookquote #diversefantasy #diversebooks #ownvoices #KindlebooksΒ #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography

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Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass

Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass is an urban fantasy title that I heard about on book Twitter. The premise looked interesting so I tried a Kindle sample and I liked it well enough to buy it for 0.99usd (not sure if this is a Kindle deal or the usual price). The heroine has dangerous magical powers: she draws off energy from animate objects, absorbing thoughts and emotions, but draining the person in the process. It sounds really intriguing and I'm keeping it mind while I'm still in my fantasy binge. I'm always on the lookout for good urban fantasy titles, hoping that I'd find something that I love as much as I love Ilona Andrews' books. Haven't managed it yet but hope springs eternal. Have you read this book? Do you read urban fantasy? If you do, what are your favorite UF titles or series? . . . #ShadowBlade #SeressiaGlass #SimonandSchuster #urbanfantasy #fantasyreads #Kindlebooks #IGreads #readersofIG #instabooks #bookstagram #bookstagramPH #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #bookphotography

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Out of all of these, I’ve read and reviewed Children of Blood and Bone, which I’ll include in my round up of bookstagram reviews at the end of the month. I’m currently in the middle of Jade City and I’m enjoying it so far.

I went to an art/zine/book fair last Saturday called Gandang Ganda sa Sariling Gawa but I’ll do a separate post for that since this one already has so many titles! And I also received a few gifts because of the birthday wish list I made last week so I’ll work on another post for that. What about you, what books have you acquired recently?

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?

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?

Book Haul: Signed and Personalized Copies

In yesterday’s blog post about resolutions, I mentioned that I need to incorporate more of my bookstagrams here on the blog. If you have an Instagram account and you’re interested in following me, I’m chachickenpie over there. I’ve been lucky enough to receive a few signed and personalized copies of my favorite books in the past month or so, and I wanted to share them here.

First is a lovely package sent by one of my favorite authors, Lucy Parker. Swipe left to see all of the photos:

@lucyparkerauthor is one of my all-time favorite romance authors. She writes witty contemporary romances set in West End, and I have so much love for her books.πŸ’™πŸ’š She's not just an awesome writer, she's super generous as well! Not only did she send me personalized copies of her books (together with fancy Whittaker's dark chocolates), she also sent a whole stack of signed copies to @minavesguerra, which were distributed to the #romanceclass community.πŸ“šπŸ« Everyone who got physical copies already have her books in ebook format, which goes to show how much we love them. Maraming salamat, Lucy! THANK YOU SO MUCH.πŸ’œπŸ’› Please visit us in Manila, promise we'll do something fun that's romance/theater-related.πŸ˜‰

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Next, my good friend Michelle of See Michelle Read had Megan Whalen Turner personalize The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia for me! Again, swipe left to see all of the photos:

So, so, so. In my last post, I talked about Thick as Thieves as part of my Best of 2017 list. Lo and behold, I get a notice to pick up a package from the post office and it's a Queen's Thief-themed one! THANK YOU SO MUCH to my generous friend @seemichelleread for thinking of me when she saw Megan Whalen Turner at Y'ALLWEST earlier this year!β€πŸ™Œ . . Now I have signed and personalized copies of two of my all-time favorite books: The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. Perfect for all the times I'll be rereading these in the future (These are my fourth copies, I think? I have paperbacks of the old editions, ebooks, and my lending copies are with a friend). I love that Michelle wrapped them up nicely for Christmas.πŸŽ„πŸ˜Š So glad they arrived just before Christmas. Thanks also to MWT for including a message and bookplates for additional books! . . If you haven't read this brilliant YA fantasy series, you really should start on it ASAP. No one writes like MWT does. I will forever be in awe of how beautifully she pulls off plot twists and turns, and also how she delivers clever dialogue. Reading order: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, Thick as Thieves. . . If you've read this series and have book recs for MWT fans, feel free to share them!

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Last but not the least, new-to-me author Alyssa Cole sent me a signed copy of her upcoming book A Princess in Theory:

Thank you so much for all of these, Lucy, Michelle (and Megan), and Alyssa! πŸ™‚ I actually have more books acquired in my Kindle, maybe I should do a book haul post for those sometime. What about you, what books have you acquired lately?

Recent Haul: Graphic Novel, Lipstick and Bookish Shirts

Quick post to share some of the book-related stuff I’ve acquired. I actually only bought one book: Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, which I’m been waiting to become available here in the Philippines. I loved Vol. 1 and I can’t wait to dive into Vol. 2. On the same day, I also bought a sort of bookish lipstick because it has a Beauty and the Beast theme. Check it out:

Swipe right to see more pics. πŸ™‚ Next is my haul of bookish shirts! I found a local seller here in the Philippines who does custom prints and I ordered the designs below. Honestly, it was so hard to narrow down the choices to just five designs. I wanted to many more. But then I can always order more later on, right? πŸ˜› The last time I had bookish shirts was when I ordered them from Threadless, and sadly those shirts don’t fit anymore. These new shirts of mine will be perfect with my bookish skirts.

Swipe right to see more pics of the shirts, and a pic of me wearing one of them. πŸ™‚ I shared the pic on Twitter and Ilona shared it, yay:

I’m traveling for a few days, so I wouldn’t be online here on WordPress that much but I will be updating all other social media apps that I have on my phone.:D What books or other bookish stuff have you acquired lately?

Holiday Book Haul

I think I may be allergic to the office. I went back to work on Tuesday and then I got a fever and a sore throat that evening. I kept going to the office and just slept as early as I can at night but I lost my voice yesterday evening so today, I gave in and went to the doctor to get a medical certificate so I could take the rest of the day off to rest.

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While I was able to take a nap this afternoon, I wasn’t able to get any reading done. In fact, I should be getting ready for bed now but I wanted to squeeze in a quick post about my book haul during the holiday season. The order is kind of a mess but these were the books I acquired:

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Last Friday's brunch meet up with Filipino readers and authors: Celina, Chris, Mina, Honey and Kim

Brunch meet up with Filipino readers and authors: Celina, Chris, Mina, Honey and Kim

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Some other books I bought/downloaded for free, but were only posted on Litsy and not Instagram so I can’t embed them here:
Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
The Future Chosen by Mina V. Esguerra
Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
The Art of Deception by Stephanie Burgis
Alex + Ada Volume 3 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

I was also very excited to receive these review copies of my anticipated books:

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A new Laura Florand is always something to be happy about. She's one of my favorite romance authors. I've loved all of the other titles in her La vie en Roses series set in Grasse, France, featuring a family in the perfume business. I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy this one too. I couldn't resist taking a pic of A Crown of Bitter Orange with this bottle of orange blossom EDT (I bought the cologne version). Maybe I should have done this for Once Upon a Rose and A Wish Upon Jasmine too? πŸ“–πŸŒΉ FYI, Once Upon a Rose is on sale for just 0.99usd now. Such a good bargain! . . . #LauraFlorand #ACrownofBitterOrange #LavieenRoses #romance #bookblogger #reviewcopy #bookstagram #instabooks #bibliophile #IGreads #IGbooks #booksPH #Litsy #ChristineLhuillierParfumerie #fragrance #perfume

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When I woke up this morning, I saw the notification that @berkleyromance approved my NetGalley request for Julie James' latest novel. Thank you!!πŸ“–πŸŽ‰ One of my most anticipated titles in 2017 because she writes the best romantic banter.πŸ’– I'm always surprised (in a good way) whenever I'm approved for a review copy because as an international reader/blogger, my default expectation is to be rejected.πŸ˜‚ @fantaghiro23, we were just talking about this book yesterday! . . . #JulieJames #TheThingAboutLove #BerkleyRomance #romance #bookblogger #reviewcopy #bookstagram #instabooks #bibliophile #IGreads #IGbooks #booksPH #Litsy #NetGalley #Kindle #bookandlunch #CafeBreton #cafehopping #foodstagram #Manilafoodie #foodieManila

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I feel like this moment of my book blogging experience should be highlighted because I have review copies by my favorite authors: Ilona Andrews, Andrea K. Host, Julie James, Laura Florand and Lucy Parker! πŸ™‚ I’ve already read White Hot and In Arcadia (short review on Litsy) but I’m having a difficult time choosing which one to prioritize among the remaining three. Now I just need Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner and The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein and I’ll be all set. πŸ˜€

I was also able to pass on some of the physical books that I have in my Manila bookshelf to friends when we had a get together. I really feel bad that my books have just been sitting neglected on my shelf and they’re aging fast because of heat and humidity. I feel better that they’re now with people who would potentially enjoy reading them. I think I’ve culled like half of my bookshelf back home, I’ve mostly kept signed books and the ones that I plan to reread.

I hope this post wasn’t too confusing with its mix of Instagram and Litsy links. As you can see, I’ve tried to be active on other social media sites but I know it’s also a good idea to consolidate all of those posts here on WordPress. I’m off to rest! What about you, have you received or bought any books recently? πŸ™‚

Book Haul: Secret Santa Edition

Every year, my online book club (YAckers) has a Secret Santa gift exchange. And because we all love books, we tend to focus on those as gifts. I’ve previously posted my haul from past Secret Santas (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) so I thought it would be nice to keep up with the tradition. These are the books I received:

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And I also took a picture of books I received from past Secret Santa exchanges that I still haven’t found time to read:

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Sigh, so many books, so little time! I find it interesting that most of the books I received from my fellow YAckers are fantasy titles. I guess we know what’s our favorite genre. I also have a box of Ferrero chocolates from the office Secret Santa (which I think isn’t that interesting haha) but that’s it for this year. Are you guys participating in any form of Secret Santa this year?

Book Haul: Kindle Edition

bookWork has been consuming my life in the last few days but I wanted to do a quick book haul post before the weekend is completely over. I noticed that I’ve acquired quite a few ebooks in my Kindle after my last book haul post, so an update is in order. Some of these are freebies while some were bought at a promo price. In no particular order, here are the newest additions to my Kindle:

the-archived its-a-match beauty-and-the-blacksmith the-bollywood-bride the-courage-of-eli-jackson seven-days-of-friday a-fashionable-indulgence level-up prom-queen-perfect wyvern viking-warrior-rising underneath-it-all the-fifth-season

The Archived by Victoria Schwab
It’s a Match by Ana Tejano
Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev
The Courage of Eli Jackson by Kelly Hunter
Seven Days of Friday by Alex A. King
A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles
Level Up by Cathy Yardley
Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David
Wyvern by Grace Draven
Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley
Underneath It All by Ysa Arcangel
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

See, this is why I don’t think I will ever finish the books in my TBR pile. I just keep getting more and more of them! And there will be more releases this month that I’ll be buying copies of. Have you read any of the books in this list, is there a title that I should bump up? πŸ™‚

In case anyone is wondering what I’m currently reading, it’s The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin which is the second book in the Inheritance Trilogy.