That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra

I won a copy of Mina V. Esguerra’s latest, That Kind of Guy, when I joined the contest that she hosted. You can read all about it here. I enjoy reading her novels because I can relate to her characters and of course, the local setting.

signed copy of That Kind of Guy

Thanks again for my copy, Mina! Here’s the summary from Mina’s website:

Good girl Julie never expected her hot former-player boyfriend to propose marriage. But when he did, she turned him down for reasons even she couldn’t figure out. Will she settle for a nice, safe guy instead? Or will she let him find his way back into her carefully guarded heart?

Manang is a Filipino word that is roughly translated as “older sister” and is usually used as a term of respect. It’s hard to define but manang is also used to describe conservative girls. My friends and I say we’re manangs when we’d rather stay home on weekends (and in my case, read or blog) instead of go out and party. A girl can be a manang in so many different ways – from the way she dresses (no sleeveless tops or short skirts or dresses) to the way she dates (not willing to be set up on a blind date). Julie is a manang in the sense that she’s a good girl. She doesn’t do wild parties and she doesn’t date random guys. In fact, she’s never been in a serious relationship. When a friend suggests that she should loosen up by dating a fun guy, Julie agrees to try things out with Anton. She’s just as surprised as everyone else when it becomes apparent that Anton wants to start a serious relationship with her. I was curious about Anton when I first met him as Tonio in No Strings Attached. I wanted to see how Mina would write about a playboy settling down. I wasn’t disappointed, Anton turned out to be a really sweet guy in spite of how he was initially portrayed as a wild party boy. Here’s a quote from the book that I really liked:

β€œBefore I met him, I wondered how I could possibly fit a relationship into my life. My days felt full, of people, things, and concerns, and I wondered what I’d give up to accommodate someone new. Anton made it seem easy. He didn’t take me out of my life; instead, he sort of slid into the empty spaces and made himself comfortable.”

It’s funny because even though the book is written from Julie’s point of view and I have manang tendencies, I liked Anton’s character more than his girlfriend’s. His actions and his lifestyle made sense when he explained them. I guess I just couldn’t understand why Julie wasn’t invested in their relationship but then again, that’s something that Julie herself is trying to figure out. What I like about Mina’s books is that I still enjoy reading them even if I can’t fully relate to her characters. Why? Because I feel like her books are stories that can actually happen to some of my friends. I guess a huge part of that is because of the local setting. I liked watching Julie and Anton’s love story unfold. I also think it’s nice that they have such different personalities and yet they go well together. I’m already planning to recommend this (andmaybe even buy copies to give as gifts) to my girlfriends. That Kind of Guy is available in local bookstores all over the metro and will be available as an ebook soon. Mina, when will your next book be released? πŸ˜›

Other reviews:
One More Page
Perfect Nostalgia
Girl Next Cubicle

Book Haul: Guys, Girls and Postcards

Remember my post about Mina V. Esguerra’s latest book? I won a copy of it! Got the package from Mina last Friday:

Mina V. Esguerra's books

That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra
Lucas ♥ shirt (Lucas is the swoon-worthy main character in Fairy Tale Fail)

signed copy of That Kind of Guy

Thank you so much for this, Mina! I already finished reading That Kind of Guy this weekend and I hope to review it soon. I had lunch and dinner with friends in Fort last Saturday so I was able to squeeze in a visit to Fully Booked’s branch there:

Fully Booked bookstore purchases

I used the last of the gift certificates (GCs) that I received for my birthday and I’m kind of sad that I don’t have bookstore GCs anymore but yay, new books:

Fully Booked purchases

Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairly in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cat Valente
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Will Barnet book of postcards

All three of these books were the last pieces left so I felt like I was meant to get them! I’m sure I’m not the only one who rationalizes book purchases that way. I’ve been wanting a copy of Girl in the Arena for a while now so I decided to grab it while it’s still available. I’ve also heard good things about Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland and I love that it has chapter illustrations:

Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland illustration

So I’m not even familiar with Will Barnet’s work but I decided to buy the postcard book because I went through the artwork and I liked what I saw. It contains 30 postcards but I don’t think I’ll be sending them out anytime soon.

Will Barnet postcards

It was a pretty good weekend, book-wise. Also went out for dinner last night with the family – our Mother’s Day treat for my mom. Belated Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! πŸ™‚ How was your weekend? Were you able to buy any books?

Mina V. Esguerra’s Latest Novel: That Kind of Guy

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you probably know that Mina V. Esguerra is my favorite Filipino chick lit author. I’ve featured her books several times and even managed to convince other readers to read her novellas. Her latest Summit Book, That Kind of Guy, now has a cover! I believe this is a companion novel to No Strings Attached and will be released sometime this April. I like the title – I think it has a romantic comedy feel to it. And I love that the girl on the cover is holding a book. πŸ˜›

The summary from the back cover:

Good girl Julie never expected her hot former-player boyfriend to propose marriage. But when he did, she turned him down for reasons even she couldn’t figure out. Will she settle for a nice, safe guy instead? Or will she let him find his way back into her carefully guarded heart?

Can’t wait to meet Julie and find out if she’s a bookworm. Mina is hosting a giveaway and these are the mechanics for it: Post something cute/interesting/revealing/scandalous (maybe not scandalous) on your blog about the topic “My Kind of Guy.”

So I don’t really think I have a type but I’d love to date a guy who shares some of my interests – someone who likes to read, travel and try different restaurants around the Metro. Having things in common would definitely make it easier for us to connect. He doesn’t have to read the same kind of books that I do, I think it would just be nice if he’s a reader as well. Or if he’s not a reader, he understands how crazy excited I can be about books, would patiently listen if I want to rant or rave about a book and would be okay with the idea that there are times when I’d rather stay at home and read than go out. Also, it would be nice to receive bookish presents. Or he can do what some of my friends do – either they ask for a wishlist before my birthday or they go with me to a bookstore, let me pick a book that I want and then just pay for it. There are so many other characteristics that I can enumerate about my kind of guy but these are the ones that I choose to highlight because I’m posting it here, in my book blog. I also wouldn’t mind dating some of these fictional crushes:

Lucas from Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra
Gen from the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Vidanric from Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
Bran from Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
Brigan from Fire by Kristin Cashore
Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

Care to share some tidbits of information about your kind of guy? Or what about some of your literary crushes? Are you as excited as I am for Mina’s latest book?