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Pre-Christmas Book Haul

My original plan was to buy the Throne of Glass series, The Darkest Minds trilogy, Angelfall, and the World After. However, I went to the 3 biggest bookstores in our country, comb through all their shelves and asked the book clerks but all the books I was looking for was either sold-out, reserved for others, or still unavailable in our country.

Thus the ‘pre-christmas’ thing. I went ahead and pre-ordered all the books stated above. They told me I’ll have them after at least 2 weeks, which sucks. Not wanting to go home empty-handed, I just browsed some more to find other books I’ve been meaning to read. And so here are all the books I got today:

Oh and I also got a free planner from Fully Booked, which is awesome! Anyway, I hope I get the other books soon because I really want to marathon TDM and ToG so bad. 

P.S. I want to thank my mom for giving me the Christmas money to buy these books. Thanks for supporting my addiction. :D

Whenever I ask my parents for new bookshelves and they tell me that I don't need it:

I’m like, really?

You don’t think..

I need new ones?

Oh yeah!

It’s not like.. 

I don’t have

any available room

for new books!

Clearly, I can move some books for a little space.

It’s not like they’re double-stacked already, right?

RIGHT?

Oh, what are those? BOOKS THAT CANNOT FIT MY SHELVES!!

Yeah. I think I got a bit of an overreaction. Anyway, you guys just got the full tour of my bookshelf. I really don’t have any space left and organizing them is close to impossible. I just stick books where they fit. Damn, I really need a job so that I can buy my own shelf. Sigh. 

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.

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.

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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.

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

Bow down to me for I am the queen of secondhand-books-shopping!

Hahaha. Passed by Booksale at the Festival Mall branch yesterday before going back home from our cousin’s baptism. I thought to check in for just a bit and voila! Look what I found! I got the first edition of JK Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard Hardcover. And I bought for just, wait for it.. Php60 ($1.50). It was a really good buy. The book is in a very pristine state save for the cover that is a little bent around the edges. And to think that it’s original price is around Php900 ($22.50).It’s funny because it was strewn aside with a bunch of children’s book by another customer. I spotted and it and immediately asked the woman if she was going to buy it. Luckily, she doesn’t have an idea what book it was and said no.  Oh yes, I am in such bliss. 

Okay, that’s it. Just sharing my happiness with you guys. :) 

Independence Day Haul.

First of all, I would want to greet my country, the Philippines, a Happy Independence(?) Day. Question mark denotes my uncertainty of us being a “true” free nation. You know, with the intense dependency we have on other well-developed countries, plus the restrictions we have because of the personal ties and bond we have struck with foreign nations and all that. But who am I to complain? I mean, for one, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy and savour amazing books if other countries wouldn’t export their own published goods.

And so on this day of independence, I practiced my freedom to do what I like best: hunt for good books. Yes, I know this is what I always do, but hey, can you blame me for being such a book addict? Anyways, in my trip I was able to find 4 books (3 books I wanted for so long, and one which caught my attention) with great deals. I got all of these books for a total of Php480 ($12). So here they are:

  • Fat Girl: A True Story by Judith Moore — It’s supposed to be a coming-of-age memoir about the struggles of being in a tight relationship with food. As the back summary says, it’s about the gains and loss of the writer and of her yearning for belonging, family, love and acceptance. As a fat girl myself, who had my fair share of dilemmas and painful experiences due to my personal appearance, I got intrigued and picked up this book since I felt that I would be able to empathize well with the author.
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris — I have been a reader of Sedaris since I first got my eyes on his Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Although not a lot of people like his books, I find them quite good. Maybe it has something to do with his humor. It’s like an acquired taste and not everyone gets it. I bought this book because I know that this creation is partly about human’s natural difficulty in communication. As a bilingual, I know of the certain struggle people have when it comes to expressing themselves using a different language. That, and I want to have a good laugh again, while reading.
  • The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne — Like some other books I love, I was introduced to this one because of the movie. Yes, I know the much used argument that the book is always better than the movie, but you can’t really blame me since I was not familiar with the author or the book itself before watched the movie. I loved the movie and the tragedy and the pains brought about by war and so I want to read about it and get more details from the story.
  • A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon — This is the second book of Mark Haddon that I will be trying. I thoroughly relished his Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and I have been told by fellow bookworm friends that this book is a good catch as well. I loved Haddon’s way of writing since it’s a perfect depiction of the world from a somehow peculiar person’s head. And sometimes, we can see the truth better with these kinds of people.

As usual, I did not really plan to buy books a while ago. I just went out to get some cash for my allowance next week and stop by at the supermarket to get some stuff for my dorm. As I was going to the grocery area of the mall, I passed by Booksale. I tried to ignore the voices in my head telling me to go inside, yet I had no power against them. And so I end up checking out the shelves and after about half an hour, I found these two books.

I have been looking for Jaycee Dugard’s A Stolen Life for so long now. I was intrigued since a friend of mine really wanted to have a copy of this book. Now I dunno if I’d play the “good” friend and give him this copy, or be the “selfish” bookwhore and keep it to myself. Well, I guess I will try to read it and then give it to him after.

As for I ❤ Geeks, I learned about this book from Airiz and since then I have been on the lookout for a copy. And voila! Finally, my lucky day came. Not only did I find these two books, I also got them for a very cheap total of Php110 ($2.75). Ha! Now isn’t that just awesome!

Anyways, I hope I can make time to read all my newly acquired books. My internship is killing me and I cannot even have time to read. When I have free time, I would either just rest or study for our revalida. Ugh.

Just because I could not leave any bookstore without purchasing at least one book.

Well, I actually bought two, plus that cute little magnetic bookmark. Oops. Haha. I finally watched X-Men: Days of the Future Past with a good friend of mine a while ago. It was so awesome (well, I’m a bit biased because I really prefer X-men to any other Marvel movies/comics) and I loved Quicksilver’s scenes so much (also a bit biased there too, because Evan Peters!) because of the smashing cinematography and visuals. I just cannot wait for the X-men: Apocalypse. 

And since the mall we went to has a branch of my favorite bookstore, of course I dragged my friend there after the movie. And this is the outcome. I did not buy a lot of books because I am saving up for the Manila International Book Fair on September so I just got the two books I have been wanting to read and finish.

I already started with Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore in eBook form but I was caught up in the story so much that I need to own a printed copy.As for Ask The Passengers, well, I love A.S. King, so I got it too!

Then I grabbed that cute bookmark because well, isn’t that it says true? I mean, I don’t have a lot of friends who actually spend a lot of their time reading. Anyways, how about you guys? What are you reading right now?