Book Haul #5: How did this happen?

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Remember that I lost control book haul? Well, it’s time to topple that. Because I went full on crazy again and it got really weird. Alright, let’s get to the book haul before I snap or something.

You might think that I got these books for my birthday, right? Haha, nope. I only got one book for my birthday. And that book is I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.

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I got this one from Jasmine at Jasmine Pearl Reads, weeks after my birthday because I was in thesis hell that time. Much love to Jasmine for sending me this. ❤

So now we proceed to November. Oh sweet sweet November. How are you so cool and thoughtful and ridiculous all at the same time.

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I actually only heard of the Scholastic Warehouse Sale when Rafael from The Royal Polar Bear Reads talked about his experience on his blog. And then I saw Hazel from Stay Bookish’s unboxing. When I saw what titles can be bought, I immediately asked a lot of people if they could come with me. In the end, I went with my mom (lol, my mom is very supportive of my bookish endeavors in life, okay?) No hassle really since we went there through a private vehicle. Now I only had a budget for the book buffet, so I need to make the most out of it. The staff present at the sale were really friendly and they helped me with arranging the books for the book buffet.

Here’s how the book buffet works:
There is an area exclusive for the book buffet inside the warehouse. The staff will give you a box where you can go and put all of your books. Most of the titles for available at the book buffet were actually very good. All you have to do is to have a keen eye, and maybe you will find the titles that you like. After all, Scholastic is a main distributor of the a lot of books here in the PH.

Asides from the book buffet, there were a lot of books that were 40% – 70% off, which is a really good deal if you want to book hunt. If I only had more budget, maybe I could have gone crazier. (No, I am not crazy. You are.)


So to give you an idea of what you can get, here are some of the books that I got from the book buffet:

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Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

What We Remember, What We Forget

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Tales of the Trojan War by Kamini Khanduri

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


You can also visit Raffy’s and Hazel’s respective blog posts if you want to know more about the sale. It helped me a lot, and their posts are informative and they gave tips about the sale. ( I linked it up there. ^_^)

Okay, to answer some of your Q’s. I went there early on a rainy weekend, and I think they were fresh from opening. Actually, I was all by myself at one point haha. My advice is that if you are planning to go there on a weekend, be early. But there still exceptions since my friend went there in the afternoon and she still got a ton of great titles. Have fun finding the titles that you want to buy. It will really test your ninja skills.

My day did not stop there. Because of an event, I got to go to Bonifacio Global City at night. And that place is so much more pretty at night. My mom and I had some time to kill, so we went to the Fully Booked branch there. That place is my heaven, because it’s so huge. 4 floors of all of the amazing books. Unknown to my mom, there was also a sale there. But I couldn’t say anything because I just got new books earlier that day. You know that feeling of dread? I was staring at YA books like a hound. (Plus I badly wanted a Ruta Sepetys book. But yeah, shut up self.)

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… Though in the end, I still got one book. I got a paperback of Harry Potter because we have been searching for that book since I lost it way back then. (Like I said my mom is very supportive, especially if it’s HP related. Because we just both love the series so much. Except for Cursed Child //shot)


So how was I in the aftermath of that book excursion? I’m currently saving my allowances for another one, because once you do that… there is no coming back. Kidding aside, I would love to get books for myself even if the next spending spree happens next year. I have no regrets. I know I got some amazing titles, and I cannot wait to dive into them. (I lied. I’m reading on an e-reader right now. #bookwormproblems)

What was your latest haul like? Share your book haul stories below!

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Book Haul #4: I Lost Control + Mini Bookworms Unite 2.0 Recap

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I have this inkling that I may have gone a bit overboard this month. Wait, scratch that. I went crazy. I haven’t been posting any book hauls because since the finals of my second term in uni, I barely got to have my hands on any books. I was making do with the ones that I have and haven’t read yet. It was a good thing that I did, because I had the time to backtrack and lessen the books on my TBR.

Since February, I have only bought 7 books. And then uh… Bookworms Unite 2.0 happened. And I was granted access to some assets… I have no idea if the feeling that I have is a feeling of shame, regret, or ridiculousness. I think… a little bit of the three.

Let’s get to the books that I got from February to June.

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Thank you Book Sale, National Bookstore, Ate Kate at The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Popular Bookstore SG! Top to bottom: How To Steal the Mona Lisa by Taylor Bayouth, Great Tales from British History by Robert Gambles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

You might be saying, “How in the world did you end up with just 7 books in 5 months?” I blame my thesis. And my finals. And my statistics class. Kidding. It took a lot of self-restraint and the bookstore feels like it’s so far when I’m tired all the time.

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Now this July, I went to a little event (you might have not heard of it #sarcasm) called Bookworms Unite PH. It was a really fun event because I finally got to meet the bloggers that I have been admiring since I started blogging. I finally got to meet Hazel at Stay Bookish, Miel at Bookish and Awesome, Dianne at Oops! I Read A Book Again, Inah and Jem at The Bibliophile Confessions, and JM at Revelations of a Book Freak. Shyness overcame me, so I barely “socialized” during the event. In my head I’m fangirling like fudge, saying things like “OHMYGODS SENPAIs NOTICED ME.” I mainly talked with Ate Czai from The Blacksheep Project and Ate Gellie, so we teamed up during the games. We were called the Ladies of Ares, even though I haven’t read Red Rising yet. I promised them that I will, as soon as I get my own copy of the series.

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Me and my teamates plotting world domination. Photos courtesy of Faye from The Social Potato
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Me and my teamates plotting world domination. Photos courtesy of Faye from The Social Potato

The games were a blur to me, but we did end up winning 3rd place in YA Trivia. (I was like… who knew I knew that I have a lot of trivia knowledge inside the old noggin?) And then the Book Cover game happened… let’s just say that apparently stalking the Goodreads list of 2016 books in search of swoon-worthy male leads has finally done me some justice. (Kids, do not try this at home.) I swear Ate Czai is so good with the covers as well. We won 1st place, hooray! Since we both won in those games, we got some prizes. I also got two books from the book blind date, in which I say I also got kinda lucky because the ones I picked were definitely interesting! I also won one book from the raffle. By the end of it all, I was pretty much exploding with bookish thoughts. I even offered my services to the hosts if they needed someone to make those book covers harder to recognize haha.

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Huge thanks to Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Scholastic for sponsoring Bookworms Unite 2.0! Top to bottom: Sula’s Voyage by Catherine Torres, The Last Thirteen by James Phelan, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Pointe by Brandy Colbert, Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

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And like the book gods were teasing me, Fully Booked (one of our local bookstores) had a sale on the second week of July, so I made plans with my mom. A lot of bookworms on Twitter mentioned that the branch at Fully Booked Eastwood had a lot on sale, so I went there. And by gosh, it was my first time to buy that many books on a single day. I didn’t know that some of the books that I have been wanting for so long finally had paperback editions, so I opted to buy them instead.

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Thanks Fully Booked! Top to bottom: Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts, The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer, When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Yeah, I know. I should have not deprived myself in the first place. Now books are blowing up all over the place hahaha. But still, it’s rather nice if I could do this. I don’t mind not doing book hauls really. I wish I could do this all the time. Hahaha.

7 books in 5 months. 10 books in a month. I’m not even mad. Oh and the recap? Yeah, I know. A bit too late hahaha. I usually let the hype down first lol. So what did you guys haul this month?

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January Wrap-Up + February TBR

 

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Goodbye January, hello February! As much as I hate to say it, but January is already over. I mean come on! Why did you have to come by so fast? I don’t want to take my final exams yet! You were a good month, January. I was so productive, even without a new year’s resolution. But darn, I actually smell a hiatus in February. Even though I am only practically on the verge of my 2nd year, I already have my thesis. And I am already panicking. 😦

Nonetheless, January gave me a lot of books to read during my spare time and it was delightful just to stare at them. But, I am not proud of the things that I have done with a certain books.



Books In The Freezer aka February TBR

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The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

I believe my e-book sickness has been cured thanks to this book. I just cannot put this book down. Literally, my phone needs to be charged 24/7 just for this one. I am too lucky to be granted an ARC by NetGalley! ❤

The Academy: Alignment by David Davis and Andra St. Ivanyi

Definitely one of the books that I hope can satisfy my craving for fantasy.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This is the first read of the Fanboy Book Club! I am so excited to finally discuss it with people!

It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I’m actually halfway through this baby already. I have been wanting read it before I got into book blogging but it was only available at Fully Booked so I never got the chance to request for it. And now I have it, I’m just gobbling it up. I am in love with Craig and all of his imperfections.



Books I Read

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I know a lot of you guys love this series so much. But I don’t think my reading experience with this book was healthy and very… primeval in the sense. It’s not that I didn’t like it because I was infatuated with the writing style. It’s just that the characters were really frustrating me. Except for Kenji and James. Because they make the sense happen.

Slippery Things by Lane Baker

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Read my full review here

It was a refreshing read, but it lacked certain qualities that did not hook me up that much. I loved the family aspect and genuity of the heroine though.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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Okay, I’ll just let it out. This book deals with certain that I cannot fathom with. The book made me realize some things, but it also hooked me up so bad that Jeff started to go to my head and let me be. I don’t regret knowing about the book for so long and but never reading the blurb properly. Jeff had a really nice voice for a character, which proves my point on why I’ve always loved male leads. Also, sneak peek. This book deals with LGBT topics. Although, I don’t really advise younger readers to read it. While I was reading, I had to double-check if I was 18. Luckily, I am. 😀



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Book Reviews

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Slippery Things by Lane Baker


 Well that’s a wrap everyone! I’m just here crossing my fingers and I am praying so hard because I really want to read and ace my finals all at the same time. Hope you had a lovely January 😀

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Book Haul #3: The One With All the Books

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Sometimes, there are months where you just want to read. Where the book you DNF is your textbook. Then there are times that you become a good bookworm. And there are times when the New Year hits you and you realize that you have not posted a book haul for the past few months.

No, it was not because I was lazy. Okay, maybe partly. So I guess this how it goes. I finally got to have my bookstore trip, and it was amazing. One can never go wrong with Fully Booked BGC, because it is the most amazing bookstore.

But I did not stop buying during the months where I was idle. And I also received books as presents last Christmas. I’ll just get to the point. I know you guys want to see the books already.

November

I started the 2nd semester of my 2nd year in college and I had to adjust pretty bad. It was not until the wrap-up that I got to adjust with my new schedule and it really bugged me out. Of course, since it was still practically a month after my birthday ended, I got these books as presents.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

December

It really was ridiculous last December. You know that feeling where you’re ridiculously stressed and barely getting your s- together. Then that stress causing s- moved itself to the next year? I think that explains my blog inactivity in the latter part of January. Because I was being a good student. Hahaha. Anyways, here’s what I got.

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Elite by Kiera Cass (present)

Legend by Marie Lu (present)

January

Drum rolls, please. Because behold! I finally got my birthday presents! Hahaha.

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The papercraft is so cute. I had to include it.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

… then just fresh from hauling those books, I went to the bookstore near my school again and bought:

Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino by Bob Ong

So now for NetGalley ARCS!

I actually don’t know when I received these babies but I am so amazed by the content of every one of these.

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Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson

Believarexic by J.J. Johnson

The Academy: Alignment by David Davis and Andra St. Ivanyi

Raphael by Henry Strachey

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul

The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Cutter Boy by Cristy Watson


So there you have it! That was a bit exhausting but I’ve always loved making book haul posts.

What books did you purchase this month and what do you want to read the most out of those purchases?

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Book Haul #2 : A Semi-Birthday Book Haul

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October has been really good to me. It is so amazing because even though it practically sucked out all of my energy and willpower to keep my head in the game (finals, ugh), I was showered with books! Plus it’s my birthmonth. Normally, I get 1-2 books whenever it’s my birthday but surprisingly, I felt like a superhero summoning all of the amazing books. This book haul will sound crazy because I swear, I only spent a little bit around $5, and most of it are not even presents. I have a total of 9 books for October. It sounds crazy because in my first haul, it took me 3 months to even haul 10. It would have been more but my birthday bookstore trip was postphoned to November. On the bright side, I’m officially legal, which means I can go get a job to buy more books. Yay? Hahaha. Anyways, here is my book haul. (Linked to their Goodread’s page)

Starting off with some historical books I got:

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Assassinations and Conspiracies by Manuel F. Martinez

It’s a book about famous assassinations here in the Philippines. I found it alone in the corner of the nearby bookstore at school. I still had that Heneral Luna movie hangover so I decided to buy it. Surely enough, the general has one chapter dedicated for his assassination.

Heneral Luna: The History Behind The Movie by Vivencio Jose, Ruby Rosa A. Jimenez

Well duh. Movie hangover + increasing hunger for history = Heneral Luna book. If the people who saw the movie don’t like books, I still suggest they read it. Heneral Luna craving all around.

Next are the books that I (apparently) got from my grandmother who lives in the States. She sent some books and I was given the freedom to choose what I wanted to keep for myself. The rest goes to my cousins. I picked:

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Because I needed more books other than Romeo and Juliet to sustain the classic-ness of my shelf. But then, who am I kidding? That cover is gorgeous.

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

The dog was calling me.

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

My inner history nerd was calling me. So I picked it up and I will never look at our species the same way again. It was so sweet because my uncle actually left sticky notes and underlines on some of the pages.

Now for the YA part of this haul.

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I received my very first ARC which was Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul. I had to pick it up from the post office because I apparently needed to? Our customs kind off sucks though. But it was worth it! It was signed and everything. It was so beautiful, I cried.

Next up, the loot I won from Czai, the awesome person behind The Blacksheep Project . (Her blog is amazing and I would definitely be clicking that link to her blog now. You can continue with my haul later, hahaha) As if a present sent by the book gods, the package arrived exactly on my birthday. I got:

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The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

My classmates immediately called dibs on who gets to read it first. As soon as I told them the premise, being programmers and everything, they got curious as to how the authors incorporated details about the internet in 1996.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Best book of 2014, I was told. I really want to gnaw it. Ahhh so many books.

And finally, my mom agreed to let me buy at least one book since she postphoned the bookstore trip. The book I got was:

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The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne.

Oh the crown jewel of this haul. Ever since I saw it on the bookstore, it has wondered off a lot. And then we finally met, when I put it on my priority list. Best decision ever.

So that’s my October Book Haul everyone. 🙂

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It feels so good to even get that many books. I can’t for November. I am still crossing my finger because I hope to get a scholarship so that my mom would finally buy me that set of John Green’s books. Ayeeee. Plus, there’s that birthday haul still. EUREKA.

I just solved the mystery of book hauls.

BrbUPDATE: I did get my scholarship. I am now deemed worthy to buy John Green’s books. Huzzah! I am also extending my giveaway until Nov. 8 🙂 Good luck!

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Book Haul #1

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I finally did a book haul post everyone. After 3 months of figuring out how to budget for books, I guess I still failed. Hahaha. But the place where my books stand now looks so cool that I just cannot stop staring at it. I got most of these books from our local bookstores, mainly National Bookstore and Fully Booked. I also won a giveaway so the book I asked for will also be featured here.

These are all the books that I got in July-September.

July books:

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Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Both bought at National Bookstore

I did not get that many books last July because I just started then. And these are all bought on a whim.


August books:

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Bought at National Bookstore

I know. Some people are probably thinking why I bought Breaking Dawn. It’s because it is the only book that I don’t have in my Twilight collection. I actually bought both hardbacks because the National Bookstore near my place was selling books for practically $2. I could not resist it. Plus note: Breaking Dawn is signed.

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September books:

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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Every Day by David Levithan

I still don’t know if this will be the total books for September because as soon as I get my allowance, I’m saving some of it to buy books on the ongoing sale here. Well, I think this means that being a book blogger and buyer means that you’re somewhat a mathematician. My pile gets bigger every month. ❤

I would also like to Reyna for hosting a giveaway. The book I asked for was Dr. Bird’s because I don’t think they sell it here in the Philippines.


A total of 10 books? Woe are the days that I only get one book a year. Hooray. That’s a wrap everyone. So glad I did this now or else my October haul would have been a mess. Kidding.

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