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My 35th Manila International Book Fair Haul


The Manila International Book Fair is an annual event that I look forward to every year. It’s an event where bibliophiles can score books for a lower price. I usually save as much money as I can even months before the book fair and ban myself from buying books because it would save me a lot of cash if I would buy books at the fair. And the more money I save means the more books I can buy. 

I was feeling kinda sad this year because I wasn’t able to save as much as I hoped but, after the fair I was happy with what I was able to purchase. Here’s the books I was able to buy:

1. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Original Price: 599 Pesos

Discounted Price: 75 Pesos


I didn’t plan on buying this book, but when I saw the price of it, I couldn’t put it down. I am quite a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s work, so I immediately convinced myself that this book is worth buying.I don’t even know why the price was marked down so low. This book was just published last year and this copy is still in excellent condition. Total steal!

2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Original Price: 399 Pesos

Discounted Price: 320 Pesos


I wanted to buy this book months ago but I just couldn’t save enough money for it. All of my friends have been telling me how great this book is and that it’s totally worth the buy so this was a total must on my to-buy-list. The movie adaptation of this book is already out, but I will not watch it until I finish reading this.

3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Original Price: 215 Pesos

Discounted Price: 172 Pesos


There’s so much controversy surrounding this book that it intrigues me. It may have been published decades ago but it seems like the effect that it has on people hasn’t dwindled a bit. I can’t wait to read this.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Original Price: 215 Pesos

Discounted Price: 172 Pesos


Another classic that intrigues me. It has been mentioned in a lot of movies and books that it makes me wonder what all the hype of this is about. Can’t wait to read this.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Original Price: 99 Pesos

Discounted Price: 79 Pesos


This book wasn’t originally on my wishlist but whenever I would think of the classics, this books pops into my mind. There was actually piles of classic novels in the book fair and all of them was priced just at 79 Pesos!! I wanted to grab as much as I could but sadly I was on a budget so I only could afford to buy one.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Original Price: 425 Pesos

Discounted Price: 340 Pesos


I’ve been eyeing this book ever since it came out last year and I am so happy to finally get my hands on a copy of it! This will be the first book I’ll read once the semester is over which will be in a couple of weeks :)

7. Movie Icons: De Niro

Original Price: 549 Pesos

Discounted Price: 100 Pesos


I am a huge Robert De Niro fan. He’s such a great actor. I found this book while I was scouring the bargain table of the National Bookstore booth. I simply could not let this book go. It’s a collection of all of his movies plus it’s printed in full color. I need to watch all of the movies listed in this book.

8 Tips on Writing the Novel You Want to Read

It’s the last day of 35th Manila International Book Fair today, and if you’re a reader who hasn’t been there yet, I’d suggest dropping by. I went yesterday and attended two seminars, one of which was ”Readers Who Write” discussion presented by Filipino ReaderCon and the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and facilitated by Gabriela Lee with panelists Mina V. Esguerra (romance-writing and indie-publishing guru and the author of the Interim Goddess of Love series, among others), Kate Evangelista (author of Taste and Til Death as well as a few more novels), and Alyssa Urbano AKA AerithSage (author of several Wattpad novels as well as The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract, which is soon to be published by Summit Books, under their new Sizzle imprint). I found the talk fun, productive (from a networking standpoint, for one), informative, and inspiring. And I thought I’d share some of the tips and reminders I came away from this event with.


From left to right: Mina V. Esguerra, Kate Evangelista, and Alyssa Urbano

1. Everyone has at least one novel inside them.

This was something Kate stressed particularly. There are characters, places, and other ideas that hide in your imagination (or ones who don’t hide and pester you until you wonder if you’re schizophrenic), and each one of them clamors to have their story told. Maybe it’s something you devote your time to, maybe not. The difference between an author and a non-author is that an author is willing to go down the rabbit hole and see those stories through ‘til the end.

2. If you want to be a writer, read. Vociferously.
All three panelists found themselves hard-put to stress this strongly enough. They talked about how they were readers since childhood, how they grew to explore the genres the eventually wrote in, and how each story they read made them hungrier to craft their own. Alyssa even mentioned that she read a lot of fan fiction back in the day.

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The 33rd Manila International Book Fair was held at the SMX Convention Center last September 12-16. All the bookworms united and did their thing in this event. I actually planned to go to this fair on the 12th but I don’t know who I’ll go with so I waited until Saturday instead. But then the typhoon became an hindrance to feed my thirst for books. My mom, siblings, and I went to the fair last Sunday, September 16.

Because of this event, I became aware of how many people really are addicted to books. It’s heartwarming. I don’t really know a lot of people who lives in the bookworm world as well. I also noticed how a lot of book stores existed aside from the famous NBS, and the like. Although I felt a bit bored because there’s no one to accompany me, I mean, a friend, er, I hope you get my point. Plus, it’s really crowded. Overall, it’s a nice event!

The 34th Manila International Book Fair

You guys have been hearing me blab about the book fair for the past month or so and since it has finally arrived, there was no way I would miss it.

This year I went alone since my friends are kinda busy right now and since I’m stuck with this awful schedule for this semester. I was kinda bummed that I only got to go today. I really wanted to go on the first day so that I could get the best deals first.

Anyway, I was still happy to be there. To be surrounded by so much books and so much bookworms. It’s like a bibliophile’s paradise. There were already a lot of people when I arrived and I have been anticipating this since it’s a weekend. I have to admit I wasn’t able to cross everything out of my list. A lot of books were already out of stock. I really need to go on the first day next year haha! 

I know the place was filled with a lot of different booths but, I was only able to buy books at two booths namely National Bookstore and Fullybooked. Most of the other booths were selling religious or academic books. 

Last year I was able to buy most of my haul from National but this year things took a turn and I purchased more from Fullybooked. One of the reasons being that most of the books I wanted were not sold at National Bookstore. 

After hours of searching this is what I ended up with:


1. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn


This book wasn’t on my initial book fair list but I just finished reading ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ which is by the same authors, a few days ago and I still cannot stop thinking about it(Will post a book review soon).I just need to read another book with a similar concept and what better book to choose than one that is by the same authors. 

2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


A wrote a blog post a few weeks back about being intrigued by this book. This book was definitely on the top of my wishlist. I’m very much into contemporary light-hearted novels now and this looks like a perfect match for me. I’ve read a lot of positive reviews about this and I sure hope that this book won’t disappoint me. I’ve got a good feeling about this book!

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth 


Funny thing about this book, I didn’t exactly buy it at the book fair. I was scouring the shelves of Fullybooked and National but all I could find was Insurgent, which is the sequel of this novel. I spent like an hour looking for this and I felt kinda bad when I couldn’t find a copy but then I remembered that every time the book fair is in town, the Fullybooked branch in MOA would also hold a 20% off sale. So instead of sulking I went straight to Fullybooked and I luckily found the last copy of Divergent. 

I’ve been wanting to read something adventurous and since this book has been compared a lot to the Hunger Games trilogy and is also about to be a film, I decided to give this book a shot. 

4. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


I had no intentions of buying this book. It’s not even on my wishlist but I admit there really is something about this book that intrigues me. I’ve encountered this book a lot at Booksale and I even came close to purchasing it once but there was always something that stopped me from doing so. But what made me purchase this book today was its price. It only costs 99 Bucks! I could not let this go. It costs almost double the price at Booksale.

5. Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan


A book written by two of my favorite authors, John Green and David Levithan. I like how both them write so modernly without sacrificing the content of the book. I’ve read books by both of them before and I have loved them but I haven’t read anything that they collaborated on. It’s like a dream come true. It’s not everyday that two great authors collaborate on something. I’m pretty sure that this book is amazing!

6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini


I have been eyeing this book for more than a year now. Just the title alone intrigues me. I’ve tried looking for this at the book fair last year but they were all out at the time. Every time I would see this book at a book store I would pick it up at tell it that I will buy you someday. Weird eh? Anyway, I’m just so happy to get my hands on this book. I wanted to scream when I saw it today. I’ve already read a few chapters of it and I can say that it is indeed interesting.

The books I bought from the Manila International Book Fair. It was a tiring yet fun day. It was also exciting because it’s been a while since I had the time and money to go to something as big as this. I’m glad I was not alone because it’s more fun to be with someone as hyper as my friend who also loves books a lot. :D


I went to the Manila International Book Fair last wednesday!! GAAAAHHH SO MANY BOOKS. ♥ I was able to purchase a copy of The Lover’s Dictionary (for 20% off) and three other nice YA titles for just 99 pesos. (I would have bought more if only I weren’t broke) The book fair is until tomorrow only so for those who want to go, hurry!!

I went to MIBF yesterday and it was so stressful Fully's booth was so crammed

well who’s to blame they got 20% off on all titles and that’s like winning the fucking lottery for fuck’s sake for the first time (I think) their prices are lower than NBS’s and NBS’s booth was so lame and boring there weren’t much discounts except for lameass books well who the fuck would ever want a self-help book about getting successful with your religion I think the only thing that’s cool about their booth is that they got rare finds like Fight Club and it was only 400 something there (!!!!!!) that’s a fucking upper right there because the last time I checked Fight CLub was priced around 700 and it was in GLorietta and I was having a hard time because Fully was being such a darling and NBS was so horrendous and I don’t want to add profit to the latter so I ended up warring with the fucking crowds of Fully BOoked’s booth they got Palahniuks and Kerouacs in fact they’re complete except there were so many people that they ran out of fucking stocks I didn’t even get to pick Fight Club also I saw On tHE Road (!!!!!!) but it was the Penguin edition the cover looked so lame so I didn’t buy it and instead I picked up several books like We Were Liars and The Book Thief and Lullaby (I can’t find the Fight Club because apparently they ran out) I even tried to find Aristotle and Dan FYI Aristotle and Dan takes the topspot on the endagered books hierarchy I’ve been to every bookstore in Metro Manila (almost) but every bookstore says they’re out of fucking stock EVERY FUCKING BOOK STORE that’s right well anyway I had my hopes up thinking OH FINALLY IM GONNA HAVE ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE RIGHT ON TOP OF MY FUCKING PALMS so I tried my luck and searched for it until I got tired and finally had the sense to ask a staff or something and he said that tHEYRE OUT OF STOCK TOOO !!!!! SINCE DAY ONE!!!!!! AND I WAS IN DAY 3 !!!!!! and so there goes another depressing day of false hopes and broken hearts and so I got more books on my hands like Slaughterhouse Five and more Palahniuks and I thought to myself no I can’t buy all these I have concerts to attend to so I ended up paying for Invisible Monsters and Invisible Monsters only. One. Fucking. Book.

The end

Manila International Book Fair.

I just got home from the MIBF, and I’m really tired but it was all worth it! There were lots of great stalls from different publishing houses and book stores showcasing their wide selection of books. A few of those who participated were National Bookstore, Goodwill bookstore, OMF, CSM, Elsevier, etc.

I have to admit that I am REALLY a book worm. Ever since I discovered our home library when I was 5, I never stopped reading different books of all titles. Now that I’ve become a christian I found the gravity of constantly being instructed and guided by christian books. The dilemma of the absentee leader(also called the busy leader) is rampant in our world today. But thankfully, I can have spiritual leaders that constantly teach me practical faith and leadership, through the books that they write. :)

So, here is my goodie loot! 



Assaulted by Joy - Stephen Simpson, original price P650. I bought it for only P95 pesos!! Great deal! It’s all about joy, and how it can work miracles in the lives of people.


Who you Are When No One’s Looking -Bill Hybels, original price is P672 (online), but I bought it for only P100!! Super great deal too! This book is all about character and deals with one of the greatest questions in life—who we really are when people don’t see us. 


This one is a bible study material that I bought to help me in discussing and knowing the heart of Peter. Also, I actually really wanted to buy this as a small group material for me. Original price is P150, bought it only for P50 pesos. HihiBRRR :)


This book slapped me. Seriously. I am in this season of developing and growing my leadership skills and it’s so hard to do it on a ‘trial-and-error’ basis. I am handling lives here, potential leaders and beloved people! Like an answered prayer, this book came to me when I needed it the most. Originally priced P400-600 online but bought it for only P100 pesos! yihee!


and.. a new bible! YEY! I’ve been wishing for a new bible ever since forever because my original bible is so heavy and burdensome to carry around on an everyday basis. Original price is P700, bought it for only P300 pesos. :)


Other stuff that’s free and pinabili lang sakin. Attributes of god is not mine, the other one was free. :)

So here’s my little sistor, Trishia, with me after a super exciting day!


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Here’s trishia’s loot:


SOSYAL NI TRISH!! Puro Maxwell titles binili, ano? haha.

Anyways, super fun day! I really had to discipline myself with this book sale craze. Thank God for the Holy spirit who reminds me to be self-controlled! Wuhooo! 

Anyways, if you have any thoughts and questions, message me here.