My Book Collection as of the end of 2012.

WARNING: This would be a very long post consisting of pictures of all the books I own and have gathered from way back up to the end of the year.

Since the new bookshelf that my mom bought me arrived today, I just thought that it’s fitting to dust all of my books before I re-stack them. It was a very tedious job and that it took me 4 hours to finish them all. And so to start of the new year, I have all my clean books to show you, guys. (maybe, in the future, I’ll sell them or put ass giveaway. MAYBE.)

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  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling Hardbound + Paperback (the missing ones are out, borrowed by my cousins)

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  • Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch

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  • The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (different sizes which mean they’re given as gifts. haha)

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  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

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  • The Mysterious Benedict Society Series by Trenton Lee Stewart

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  • A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin (I have yet to buy the not-movie-tie-in edition of the first book)

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  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

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  • John Green books

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  • David Levithan books and his collab works with Rachel Cohn

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  • Sarah Dessen books

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  • Ned Vizzini books

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  • Jodi Picoult books

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  • Haruki Murakami & Markus Zusak books

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  • The Lorien Legacy Series by Pittacus Lore

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  • The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer (YES, I have them. YES, I have read them all once. And NO, I didn’t buy them. They were GIFTS)

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  • Book series that I have yet to complete

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  • Books from Local (Filipino) authors

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  • Classic books

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  • Zombie books

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  • Books for Preteen/Intermediate readers

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  • Young Adult books

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  • Books about magic

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  • Books with suicide as main theme

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  • Books with peculiar/weird characters or themes

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  • Pocket books

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  • Books for older teens/adults

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  • Compiled Editions + Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

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  • Book sale finds / Secondhand books

And here’s a picture of everything together:

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2012 had been a good year for me bookhoard-wise. And honestly, I am very thankful for these books are the only treasures I am so emotionally attached to. And even if I don’t believe in heaven, if it really does exist, I think this would be pretty much close to that.

So I guess my July book haul wasn’t over yet. 

See, this is why I don’t usually go to book sales, especially of my favorite bookstore. I just cannot stop myself from splurging and buying lots and lots of books. 

Today was the second day of Fully Booked’s 5th-year anniversary sale. Their books are on 20% discount, but only on selected branches. Of course, I just happen to have a friend who lives near one store and he took me there (well, more like I forced him to). So, we went there a while ago and he witnessed my crazed expression as I saw shelves after shelves of book on sale.

On the bad side I got to use up most of my money saved for Maroon 5’s concert. Oh well. But on the good side of things, I got to knock off 7 books from my to-buy list. I have been looking for these books for so long and I was lucky enough to find them. 

Here are the books I got to buy today:

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

Carrie by Stephen King

Total Expenses: Php2495

Discounted Price: Php1995

I saved 500 pesos! Haha. I really took advantage of the sale!

Also, since our prelim exams are over, I get to have the chance to read a book. And I think I’ll be starting with Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. :)

Post-Board Exam and Post-Birthday Massive Book Haul

Since I was not able to celebrate my birthday last 26th of July due to studying for the Physical Therapy Licensure Exam last 2nd and 3rd of August, I was really looking forward to making up for it after the exam. And since I successfully passed the board exam, and is now a licensed PT, I decide to reward myself of something II was deeply deprived of since our review started. I guess I went overboard with this seeing that I have 40 books in my haul. Yes, 40 freaking books which were bought as my mom’s gift to me. What can I say, I missed this.

Here are the titles of the books I got:

1. The Watcher by James Howe
2. Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho 
3. Stotan! by Chris Crutcher
4. The Hero by Ron Woods 
5. P.S. I loathe You by Lisa Harrison 
6. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding 
7. Mister Posterior and the Genius Child by Emily Jenkins 
8. Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler 
9. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler 
10. Special by Bella Bathurst
11. Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
12. Geroge’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
13. Crown of Fire by Kathy Tyers
14. Bone Dry by Bette Golden Lamb
15. Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder
16. Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
17. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
18. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern 
19. The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy
20. Shine by Lauren Myracle 
21. Willow by Julia Hoban
22. Cinder by Marissa Meyer 
23. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 
24. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
25. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
26. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake 
27. The Declaration by Gemma Malley 
28. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim 
29. Please Don’t Kill The Freshman: A Memoir by Zoe Trope
30. See You Down The Road by Kim Ablon Whitney 
31. Swindle by Gordon Korman 
32. Fade by Lisa McMann 
33. Zane’s Trace by Allan Wolf 
34. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 
35. What Happened To Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci
36. Blue Bloods by Melissa Dela Cruz 
37. The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark 
38. The Keeper of Dreams by Peter Shann Ford 
39. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert 
40. Shortbus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney

All I can say is that Badz the Bookworm is SO HAPPY. Hahaha.

Fantastic Cheaper Book Finds!

So as I’ve said, I would make it my life goal to own at least a thousand books. And today was a great day to start hoarding. I met two awesome new friends (twins), Brien and Roven, from Bookwars. They are two of the four founders of this online bookshop and they also came from my university. After purchasing 2 books from them, they asked me if I wanted to join them as admin for the said bookshop. I told them that I’d be honored so they said that they would have to consult with the other two first. (I hope they let me join, I love book hunting)

Anyways, Brien invited me to go with him to the secret book haven, where they buy original books for more than half the price. I won’t be telling you where, since it might affect their business. Of course, I couldn’t pass up that chance so I agreed to go. The said place was really a piece of euphoric beauty. Though the place was a bit cramped, the books there was awesome. We spent almost an hour looking for good books and here are what I got (with the price difference):

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (A Compilation of the 5 Volumes) by Douglas Adams 

  • Original Price: Php945 ($18.36)
  • Bought it at: Php250 ($6.50)

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

  • Original Price: Php399 ($9.99)
  • Bought it at: Php200 ($5)

Things Change by Patrick Jones

  • Original Price: Php395 ($7.95)
  • Bought it at: Php100 ($2.50)

Skin & Other Stories by Roald Dahl

  • Original Price: Php300 ($5.99)
  • Bought it at: Php100 ($2.50)

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’engle

  • Original Price: Php330 ($6.50)
  • Bought it at: Php50 ($1.50)

And trust me, the books are in very good condition. They are still inside the original plastic packaging. Oh, I am just so happy to meet the awesome guys who showed me their “secret” happy place.

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November Book Haul Part 2 (Warehouse Sale Mania)

So there was the National Bookstore Warehouse Sale happening at their main branch at Crossings from November 16 to 18. Their merchandise and books were marked up to 80% off, including bestsellers, YA fiction, nonfiction, popular ones, etc.

Of course, as a self-professed book addict, I couldn’t just let something like that pass. That’s why I went with my friend, Jervis, this morning. We arrived there at around 10:30am, half an hour past the opening. I have to say that being shocked was an understatement. The crowd was so huge and we can barely maneuver through the stands and shelves of books. Still, we hunt for good books for about an hour and decided to fall in line for payment. This was the most tiring part of the sale. Due to the large number of customers, we waited for almost 2 hours in line to get to the cashier. Yes. TWO. FREAKING. HOURS. OF. STANDING. But for the sake of my books, I patiently waited, regardless of the ache I felt on my legs and feet.

I have to say that it was so worth it. I got 13 books and 2 writing journals for a total price of Php1195 (roughly $27). And I am telling you, most of the books I bought were hardbound! I was so delighted. Here are the books I got from today’s haul:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia (Complete and Unabridged Edition) by C.S. Lewis —from Php820($18) to Php150($4) 
  • How To Buy A Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson —from Php1089(S24) to Php100($2)
  • The Necromancer by Michael Scott —from Php625($14) to Php100($2)
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold —from Php499($11) to Php75($1.7)
  • The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen —from Php359($8) to Php75($1.7)
  • Cricket Man by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor —from Php575($13) to Php75($1.7)
  • After by Amy Efaw —from Php453($10) to Php75($1.7)
  • Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond —from Php609($16) to Php75($1.7)
  • Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan —from Php615($16) to Php75($1.7)
  • Tweak by Nic Sheff —from Php615($16) to Php75($1.7)
  • The Great Call of China by Cynthea Liu —from Php339($7) to Php50($1)
  • Snakehead by Ann Halam —from Php305($7) to Php30($0.67)
  • Worldweavers by Alma Alexander —from Php 315($7) to Php50($1)

As for the two journals:

  • Plain Green Blank Journal —from Php260($6) to Php90($2)
  • Black with Silver Gothic Borders Ruled Journal —from Php289($6.50) to Php100($2) 

All in all, the sale made me happy and I think all the effort I gave was so worth it.

Unplanned Book Haul (Warehouse Sale Edition)

I passed by the local mall near our house a while ago. I was only supposed to buy groceries and stuff for my dorm when I saw a poster saying that National Bookstore is currently having their annual Warehouse Sale until tomorrow. Since I was not prepared, plus I also had the groceries with me, I was only able to buy 4 books. But it was a great buy! I got all of these for only Php162 (around $4)!! So here are the books I got with their original and discounted prices(1USD = Php45):

I therefore conclude that I am one lucky book hoarder! :D

Currently Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Unabridged Edition)

I have finished K.L. Going’s Fat Kid Rules The World just recently and I’ll be making a review for it by tomorrow. This morning, I started reading the next book up in my reading list is this compiled edition of C.S. Lewis’ classic series, The Chronicles of Narnia. 

What made this edition different is that the seven books are not chronologically arranged according to their publication date. Instead, there are presented according to Sir Lewis’ preferred order of reading. Here is how the books were organized (chronological position in the original series indicated):

  • The Magician’s Nephew (Book 6)
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Book 1)
  • The Horse and His Boy (Book 5)
  • Prince Caspian: The Return To Narnia (Book 2)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Book 3)
  • The Silver Chair (Book 4)
  • The Last Battle (Book 7)

I have to admit that I haven’t read all the books in this series. Back when I was in highschool I only read the first 2 books. So now, I am hoping to finish all of them. It’s great that it is arranged this way so that the timeline does not have to jump back and forth. Right now, I am only at Chapter 5 of The Magician’s Nephew. This will be a long read, but I will make the reviews per book. Wish me luck!

Got some new babies! Well, not actual human children, okay? Haha.

Ever since Norwegian Wood and South of the Border, West of the Sun, I have been on the hunt for other Murakami books. So far, I have 4 which include the 2 books I mentioned plus Kafka on the Shore and Sputnik Sweetheart. And then last week, I finally acquired 2 more, which are the ones found in the photo. I didn’t even need to sweat because a friend of mine who manages an online bookshop reserved these books to me. He would text me when they have new books so that I can choose the ones I like before he post it on their page. Hahaha. Oh the perks. Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant also came from the said bookshop. I got the 3 books for abou 20% their original price, which was a great deal.

As for Andrea Seigel’s Like The Red Panda, it was a very very late Christmas gift from Jervis, a close friend of mine. I haven’t heard of the book before and so I looked it up on Goodreads.  Apparently, it was about a teenage girl who, at first glance, is funny, smart and cheerful. But like almost everyone, she is keeping a dark part of her which if ignored completely, might cause serious consequences. The character was in some sort of a burnout state wherein life seem to be dull and not worth living. This might be just overdramatic to some, but when someone is swallowed by this kinds of thoughts, it’s very difficult to get them out of their own heads.

So yeah, I am pretty much ecstatic because I loved the premise. If only I can read multiple books at the same time, I would. I am also very glad the I am 4 books nearer to my 1000-books-in-my-shelf-before-I-turn-25 goal.

Me: *browsing the shelves for a good book while holding the ones in the photo*

Random Girl: *picks up Fifty Shades Box Set at the adjacent shelf* 

Random Girl: “Hey, you look like a bookworm, too! Don’t you think this is a great series!?”

Me: *contemplating whether to pretend not to hear her or just tell the truth that I find those books sucky*

Random Girl: “I mean, Christian Grey is just so awesome!”

Me: “Sorry, I don’t read that series.”

Random Girl: *surprised* “Oh..  but you should!” *eyes the books I’m holding.*

Me: “Uhh, I tried, but that genre isn’t really my thing.”

Random Girl: “Hmm. But it’s so good. Oh well, what books are those?”

Me: “Uhh.. Running With Scissors, Down The Rabbit Hole, and One Moment, One Morning.”

Random Girl: “Ooohh. I don’t know those. Anyway, try the Fifty Shades series. I think they’re way cooler than that. Trust me.”

Me: *Oh hell no* “Uhhh.. no, thank you” *walks off immediately to the counter*

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Well, that was a weird experience, not to mention, irritating. Like, this is a freaking bookstore and there are a whole bunch of various books, why do you think every single person you meet would like the same one you do? I tried so hard not to be rude, but hell, mind your own business, woman. 

Anyways, this is, my November Book Haul Part 3, I guess? Hahaha. I know I’m not supposed to buy anymore, but the ever tempting shelves, once again, won over my frail will. And so I got three books (well, should have been more if it wasn’t for that girl) from Powerbooks:

  • Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  • Down The Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
  • One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

Jeeeeez. I already spent half of my allowance for this week. That jar over there is my savings jar for books or whatever else. And I guess there won’t be any additional deposit this week. I am so bad at this. Hahaha.

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I have been out of the Tumblr universe for more than a week now and I sincerely apologize for my absence and lack of decent posts. I have been quite busy due to our finals week plus our preparation for our thesis proposal defense tomorrow. All these academic work have taken up much of my time and I barely had enough to update my blog or read leisurely. 

But then since our finals ended yesterday, I was able to spare some of my hours to buy books, which I badly missed doing. Coincidentally, there is a book fair at the UST main library where we also had our meeting with our thesis adviser. Of course, as usual, I cannot over my urge to hunt and the tug books have on me. I guess, I pretty much went overboard and got myself six new books. Hahaha. Yup. My allowance for this week have been reduced to zip. Good thing it’s our last day tomorrow. 

Still, I have no regrets, whatsoever. I am happy with this month’s haul. Here are the books I purchased:

  • The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
  • How To Save A Life by Sarah Zarr
  • Hazards to the Human Heart by Thomas Farber
  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  • The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
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First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for my lack of book review posts recently. I’m just a bit busy since we barely have 2 months left before our internship in April. We really have a lot to do, and so the sparse free time I get is usually allotted to sleep, which I was very much deprived of. My reading has been very slow in progress for I am still more that halfway through Battle Royale. I am enjoying the book, yet I can only read it during stolen minutes or hours, while waiting for professors in between classes. Maybe after our prelims week, my schedule would be a bit free and I can somehow, catch up. I really am sorry, especially to those whom I promised a review!

I also noticed a couple of unfollowers for the past few weeks that I have not post any book review. For that, I was a little sad. But on the other hand, there was also quite a surge of new followers who are also bookworms, so it wasn’t all bad! Hello and thank you so much for finding my blog! Cheers to us! Haha. 

Now, even though I have gazillions of books in my to-read pile, that does not stop me from buying more books. I admit, it really is an addiction of mine. I am a crazy book hoarder. And so a while ago, after class, I decided to roam around Booksale to look for good books. After a good half an hour of searching, I found Melody Carlson’s It’s A Green Thing and Virginia Euwer Wolff’s Make Lemonade. I was actually already okay with the two books I have in hand but then something inside me urged me to continue browsing the shelves.

It was a good thing that I listened since after about 5 minutes, I found Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight obscured behind a row of books at the bottom-most shelf. You see, ever since I’ve heard about this book from John Green’s recommendations last year, I’ve been on an endless hunt. And now my quest finally ends. I have been to numerous bookstores, in Manila, Cavite, and Las Piñas, but my efforts were fruitless. And the funny and ironic thing is, I found it a while ago in Booksale at the mall nearest to my university! Plus, I got it for only Php145 ($3.20), not even half of the original price which was Php365($8.99). Ha! Not bad at all! I am just so utterly happy right now.

And hello new books!

I think I still wasn’t contented of my haul during the 33rd Manila International Book Fair last week. Lori, from Fully Booked Mall of Asia texted me the they have the book I pre-ordered a week ago. And so I went there pick up my copy of A.S. King’s Please Ignore Vera Dietz. I promised myself that I would only buy that book, but as always, I failed to stand with what I said.

I decided to roam around the bookstore to see if there are some books that might catch my interest and I was very much successful for I found the sequel to Jonathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin, and the third book to Pseudonymous Bosch’s Secret series. After purchasing, I also pre-ordered JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy with a 30% discount. The book is due to be released this Wednesday and I am so excited. It’s been so long, and I really want to know if my favorite author would still be able to engross me of her writing outside of the fantasy genre.

Price Tag:
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry - Php 360 ($8.00)

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King - Php 399 ($8.90)

This Book Is Not Good For You by Pseudonymous Bosch - Php 280 ($6.25)

Total: Php 1039 ($23.15)

5 books all for the price of 2!

Yup, you’ve read that right! I got all of these books for only Php580 (around $13). And despite the marked down price, these books are in very pristine conditions. I really am quite impressed with my book shopping.

Although I know that I am already drowning in my huge to-read pile at home, that had never hindered me from buying more books. And since I only have one more day of exams, I recon it’s best to have a little pre-semestral break haul. After tomorrow, I can finally have around 3 weeks to read and knock-off books from my ever growing to-read heap. Finally, some quality time with my print-on-paper friends. It’s a temporary farewell to my academic books and a wonderful hello to my fiction books. Here are what’s in the loot:

  • The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare - It’s the 5th installment of The Mortal Instrument series. I know that it has been out in the market for quite a while now, but for some reasons, I wasn’t able to buy my own copy. “Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan - I fell in love with the movie adaptation of this book, which was tragic and heart-wrecking. I have this feeling that the story would be even better when read. “On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’ s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives.
  • An Accident Waiting To Happen by Adrian White  - I only came across this book today and I was intrigued of its story as I’ve read the summary at the back. So I decided to buy it, too. “A young woman disappears. Her partner Gregory, under suspicion from the police of having done her harm, is left to care for her son Tomas from a previous relationship. The race is on for Gregory to find the woman he loves before the authorities take Tomas away. How far would you go to protect the ones you love?
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult - I have been a fan of Jodi Picoult ever since I’ve read My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes. I’ve been told by a few of my bookworm friends that this book is at par with My Sister’s Keeper in terms of the story line so, needless to say, I grabbed it at once. “And the Hartes and Golds must face every parent’s worst nightmare and question: do we really know our children at all?
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen - I know for a fact that this is a children’s book, but who says I cannot indulge in its good content? As I’ve said before, regardless of our age, we will always find that one children’s book that would strike us in a unique way. “Behind it’s lighthearted and often joking facade the book is a window into the rapid destruction of Florida wildlife in order to make room for civilization and pancake houses. This book is just a reminder that as Paper Towns spring up the animals are forced to flee or die.

Unplanned Book-Buying

I went to the mall this afternoon to have my 2x2 picture taken for completion of my NMAT form. I was told that I would have to wait for 30 minutes to get the pictures. And so I decided to kill time by roaming around the mall. I haven’t take around 10 steps yet when I passed by the secondhand book shop I frequent, and of course, my feet automatically walked to that direction.

Like always, I was determined to check all the shelves for books I might want. After all, I don’t have any other shops in my mind that I wanted to go to. I was in luck for after less than 30 minutes inside Booksale, I found the two books I have been looking for for months now, which are out of stock and unavailable at Fully Booked, Powerbooks, and NBS:

Ooooh the perks of patience and perseverance in scanning all the shelves. I got them all for a total of Php230 ($4), less than the original price of just one book. Such bliss! :D

Embarrassing as it may, I admit that I haven’t yet finished reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I know, that I’ve said a lot of times before that it is one of my favorite series and you might wonder if what I said is true. I assure you, I was not lying. I only reached up to the third book and I really enjoyed the storyline and the adventures. 

Part of the reason why I haven’t finished them is because I still don’t have a copy of the last book. And I really hate reading a book series and end up with a cliff-hanger just because I don’t have the next book. But now, I was able to buy The Last Olympian, and the series is complete. I think I’ll be reading the last two books soon so I can start with the Heroes of the Olympus series after. But of course, I still have a week to go for my exams and then, I’m gonna be free to read as much as I want since it’s our college week. HOOORAAAAY!!!

Lo, and behold! The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart! 

I know it’s our prelims week and I have to study this long weekend, but I just couldn’t focus when I finally have all three books in the trilogy. I have this unyielding urge to start reading the first book and if I do, I probably won’t be able to stop until I finish the last book. I’ve been wanting to read them since a good friend of mine recommended it to me. I know these are intended for younger readers, but I just can’t help but be attracted to the storyline. I would very much prefer these kinds of adventure/witty books over the usual young adult paranormal romance found at the very entrance of every single bookstore in this country.

And since I really can’t afford to have my grades plunge down the drain, what I would do is leave them at home when I go back to my dorm tomorrow. I think it will be the best for my academic life. After all, I only have one week of hell and after that, it’s going to be our college week! So, I think that’s the time I can finally get on with these books. Ugh, why can’t time go on fast mode whenever it’s the exam week?

It has been quite a while since I last posted about book-related stuff here. Like I’ve said before, being a senior BS Physical Therapy student got me stuck with huge amounts of research and paper works. I don’t have the time to read leisurely, more so blog about books.

This week is a bit more stressful compared to normal since it’s our prelims week. Everyday, I have to read chapter after chapters of medical books and prepare for practical exams. It’s like my head is bursting with information and my body just want to stop for a moment and relax.

And so I did the only sane thing that I believe would help me alleviate this hell week’s heaviness: I went book-shopping! Well, more like book-hoarding, if you ask me. I went to the nearest mall and entered a bookstore. The minute I got it, I was already half elated. And yes, since I brought my whole wallet with me, I kinda went overboard with the book-buying. I got a total of 8 books including Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, and George Orwell’s classic: 1984. I was also able to complete my ASoIaF set by getting the last 3 books(Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings in the photo were bought last week). And I also bought the first two books in The Chronicles of Narnia series. I’ve read the already but I don’t have my own copy. So now, I started to buy them.

All in all, I had so much fun looking for these books. Although I still have two days for our prelims, I think I can manage now that I got my fix. What I am not certain about is the time I would be able to read all these books. With all the school work going on, I’d probably be able to open them on our sembreak, which won’t be until October. That sucks, but at least I know that I have my shelves stocked. :)

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NOVEMBER BOOK HAUL

I know that November is hardly over, actually it’s just the second week, but I just can’t help myself. Maybe it’s because I finally have my allowance and I can splurge on books. Or maybe, I think that my book addiction is getting worse. Anyways, here are the books I got from Fully Booked a while ago:

  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling - When our queen writes a book, you buy and read it. That’s an unspoken rule. Well, for me. Of course, as someone who grew up following the Harry Potter series, I was excited of the prospect of a new book, by my favorite author, with a different genre. I know that this was released way back this September, but I was not able to reserve a copy. But as they always say, better late than never right? So yeah, I am really thrilled but a bit nervous to know how this book pars with her previous masterpiece.
  • The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch - It is often said that judging a book by its cover is a sin that should never be committed by bookworms, but my goodness! When I caught a glance on this book’s cover, I immediately fell for it. And so I read the summary and got more curious as to what the story is all about. Apparently, the book’s central theme is witchcraft as part of human history. It focuses on the medieval era when sorcery and magic was deemed as work of the devil. It was a time when people are persecuted for alleged use of dark arts. I have to admit, I was hooked. I love witch lit and this one is based from the actual dark ages.
  • Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes - Much like with The Hangman’s Daughter, what first attracted me to this book was its colorful and creative cover. But it wasn’t just the cover that convinced me to buy it. It was the subheading that caught me. “The Evolution of Indie Culture”. If you have been following me for a long time now, you would know that I am a huge fan of contemporary indie music and movies. I’m not even big on reading nonfiction but I really wanted to know more about this genre so I bought it.
  • Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman - This is a book I have known way before when I was still in my freshman year in college. I have read some of the stories found in this book when I borrowed my friend’s copy. I particularly loved Babycakes and Troll Bridge. I am not new to Gaiman’s writing since I have read Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Fragile Things. But his short stories are just weirdly interesting, like there are deeper meanings beneath each of them. And that’s why I think that’s it’s time I get my own copy and read them all.
  • Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? by Ramon Bautista - This is a book written by one of my favorite local personalities in the industry of show business. I have been idolizing Ramon Bautista for his unusual wit and humor. It’s just different since his sarcastic approach on different issues have a realistic way of informing people about it. Since I’ve heard that he was publishing a book, I really wanted to get my hands on it as soon as possible. But, alas, during the book fair I attended last , the book was already sold out. So imagine my happiness when I spotted this at one corner of the bookstore. This book is a hilarious take on the Hierarchy of Need and how people get too caught up with their desires.
  • You Have To Stop This by Pseudonymous Bosch - I know that I had only been done with the first book in this series, but I wanted to complete my copies so badly. I haven’t bought this last book before because it was out of stock, but then I got my opportunity at last, a while ago, so obviously, it goes to my checkout basket.
  • The Magician by Michael Scott - Like the previous book mentioned, this is a book I bought because I wanted to acquire the whole series before even starting with one. I was supposed to buy the next two books, but unfortunately, the third one wasn’t available so I only purchased this, the second book in the Nicholas Flamel series. 

So that’s it. Seven new books to add in my shelf. I know that my to-read pile has grown a lot and yet, I haven’t been able to knock off at least half of the books in it. Oh well, my problem now would be finding the time to finally read these babies. 

Two words that should never go together if you are me: STRESS & SALE.

As I’ve said in some of my previous posts, this week is going to be half of our hell week since our exams would be from Wednesday this week up to Wednesday, the next. So far, we’ve had 6 written exams and two practical test. I think I did good in some since I got 60/70 in one exam. But then I feel like I completely made trash of the exam I had this morning for Clinical Education. It was so difficult that even if I studied until the wee hours of dawn, it still didn’t work.

So yes, I am cranky and irritated. What with the barely two hours of sleep I had last night. Also the most I got this whole week is 4 hours due to the very long coverage of the exams. And that is why when our exams ended at 10:30 am, I decided to do a little something to lift my mood. I did what I knew to be the most effective way to cheer me up: go book shopping. And guess what, my timing was perfect since Powerbooks is having their sale, up to 70% off! HA! Of course, during sales like this, I can never limit myself into buying just one book. So I ended up buying not two, not three, but six awesome new books! My wallet kinda suffered but it was worth it. Here’s what I got:

  • The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (FINALLY!! The third book in the Lorien Legacies!)
  • The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (I decided to start reading the series since a lot of my friends are recommending it to me)
  • White Cat by Holly Black (new series I also want to try)
  • Red Glove by Holly Black (sequel for White Cat)
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (I’ve been wanting to read this for so long!)
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (I have read this before but I want my own copy)

All in all, I spend about Php1800 (about $40). I swear to you guys, I do not regret spending that kind of money. My mood is at its peak, and all I want to do now is read them all. But of course, I can’t since we still have exams next week and I am still in the middle of reading The Mysterious Benedict Society series. Nevertheless, my spirit is in total bliss. 

Since classes won’t resume ‘til Monday, I think its only fitting to knock off at least two books from my to-read list.

So I decided to start with the book I wanted to read for so long: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Somehow, the thought of a future where books are banned and burned got me curious and terrified at the same time. Imagine a world of mindless TV chatters without the freedom of fiction and literature. I started reading it this Wednesday and I am halfway done. My reading’s kinda slow compared to usual since I am alternating it with movie breaks. I have to maximize this free time. After all, how many times can we have a week-long suspension of class?

When I’m done with Fahrenheit 451, I am also hoping to start and finish Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I’ve read the summary of the book and it instantly got my attention hooked. As I’ve said before, I have this thing for weird, intelligent, loner-types of protagonist. And since Christopher John Francis Boone is described as a 15-year old math genius who relates well to animals but not to human emotions, I did what I thought was right: grabbed the book and bought the copy. I am really looking forward to reading this since the main character is also a Sherlock fan (yay, me too!) and is set to investigate the death of their neighboring dog. So, wish me luck guys! :)

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