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: MNL to SIN Stash Part 3

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.

Suitcase December 2012

Aside from the books from my recent shopping spree, I was able to include a couple more in my luggage back to Singapore. I was actually a bit surprised that I was able to squeeze in so many. Once I realized that I hadn’t reached the luggage limit, I just kept adding books to increase my suitcase’s weight. Here’s the final pile:

MNL to SIN stash January 2013

Deerskin by Robin McKinley (my last unread McKinley novel)
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer
The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart
Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart
Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant
Green Jasper by K.M. Grant
Blaze of Silver by K.M. Grant
Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend by Sarra Manning
Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (yep, haven’t read this yet)
Eon by Alison Goodman
Eona by Alison Goodman

Now, I just need to re-arrange stuff in my room to find space for these books. I wonder when I’ll have time to read these? Next time I go home, I probably won’t get a big luggage limit (also because I had a hard time lugging my suitcase around) so I can prioritize reading these. Any particular titles that you think I should bump up?

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?