Book Haul: Contemporary Stash from the Library

I apologize that the blog has been neglected the past few days, real life has been getting in the way of things. I know that my most recent post was also about a library stash but I just can’t help myself from borrowing books even if I have to return them unread. Sunday library visits are becoming a weekly habit, there’s something about going to the library that I find therapeutic. The same thing happens when I visit a bookstore but since I don’t end up buying anything because books are expensive here, I’d rather go to the library. Here’s my stash for this week, contemporary novels which should be pretty easy to get into:

Contemporary stash from the library

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
Chocolate Wishes by Trisha Ashley
The One that I Want by Jennifer Echols
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

I’m already reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater on my Kindle but I couldn’t resist when I saw it in the library yesterday:

The Raven Boys from the library

I found a beautiful quote from The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen to explain why I like having books around me even if I don’t get to read all of them:

“Books can be possessive, can’t they? You’re walking around in a bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on its own, just to get your attention. Sometimes what’s inside will change your life, but sometimes you don’t even have to read it. Sometimes it’s a comfort just to have a book around. Many of these books haven’t even had their spines cracked. ‘Why do you buy books you don’t even read?’ our daughter asks us. That’s like asking someone who lives alone why they bought a cat. For company, of course.”

What about you, have you gotten any books lately to keep you company?

Book Haul: November 18 Library Stash

Chores kept me busy this Sunday afternoon but I managed to drop by the library when I had to go to the mall for some errands. It’s not obvious in this picture but I like how the library is full during weekends, lots of kids running around, carrying books.

Library November 18

I managed to borrow three books even though I’m still not done reading the ones that I previously borrowed. Here’s hoping that I will manage to read these before the due date rolls around. Like I keep saying, I still find it fun to borrow library books even if I don’t get to read them. Kind of like a bookish security blanket.

Library Stash November 18

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Firebird by Mercedes Lackey
House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier

One musically themed contemporary YA and two fantasy novels, all of which are on my wishlist. I will probably end up renewing these because I’ve been a pretty slow reader lately (Goodreads keeps reminding me that I’m behind on my reading challenge).

I also bought these sets of postcards – they’re based on pictures taken by a Singapore photographer. Since I liked it so much, I bought a set that I’d keep for myself and another one that I could send to friends:

6 Beauties of Singapore postcard set

Speaking of postcards, I got this from a friend in Manila. Check out the girl reading on the steps of an old building:

Polaroid Postcard from Evert

Pretty good weekend in terms of what I was able to borrow and buy. What about you, any good books or postcards in your stash? Hope you all had a lovely weekend. 🙂

Book Haul: A Package and Some Library Books

I got a lovely little package in the mail the other day. I’m so glad it finally arrived because I’ve been watching out for it for weeks:

That, my friends, is Elizabeth Fama’s Monstrous Beauty in its re-designed hardcover glory. I think it’s looks beautiful but I may be biased. It’s bound to make me happy because this is the first bookish package that I’ve received here in Singapore (went straight to our mailbox, didn’t have to pick it up from the post office like I used to do back in Manila). Plus, there’s a beautiful message inside:

I can’t wait to read it! I went out to have lunch with friends today and yesterday and since both malls that I visited had bookstores inside, I checked them out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to buy anything because I found the books to be pricey. I should probably sign up so I could get a 10% discount. So I headed over to the library to see if anything catches my fancy (something always does):

I would have borrowed more if I haven’t maxed out the borrow limit of 8 books. Here’s what I grabbed:

Fury by Shirley Marr
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Yay Aussie YA books available in Singapore libraries! Looking forward to finally reading Fury, I’ve had that in my wishlist for a while. Crazy Beautiful is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I’m always curious about those. Pretty good weekend in terms of books. What about you, what books did you get this week?

In My Mailbox: Filipino ReaderCon Edition

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. This meme is about books that you received or bought during the week.

Hey, look at that, my last IMM post was in July! That makes me happy because that means I’m kind of successful in limiting my book purchases. I got a couple of books from the Filipino ReaderCon last Wednesday so I decided to make an IMM post this weekend. I was able to receive, buy and borrow books from several people and I listed them all below. Thank you to everyone mentioned here!

Books Received a.k.a. free books YAY:
Huntress by Malinda Lo thanks to the Filipino ReaderCon
Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones thanks to Chris of Ficsation
Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan thanks to Celina of The Bookkeeper

Books Bought from Celina’s Books and Magazines:
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
Bad to the Bone by Jeri-Smith Ready

Books Borrowed:
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart borrowed from Tina of One More Page
Reader and Raelynx and Fortune and Fate by Sharon Shinn both borrowed from Celina of The Bookkeeper

What about the rest of you, what books did you get in your mailbox this week? Have you read any of the books in my pile? Let me know in the comments section!