Stacking the Shelves #30

I’ve been really busy for months that I often forget to post my book hauls here. The last one I did was back in February so this is going to be a massive one.

LOCAL BOOKS HAULED:

Dare To Love by C.P. Santi
Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano
Playing Autumn by Mina V. Esguerra
Sounds Like Summer by Six Delos Reyes
If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
Summer Crush by Six Delos Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria

ARCS HAULED:

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Like Water by Rebecca Podos
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Welcome Home by Eric Smith
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

FROM GIVEAWAYS:

Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman
The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl

BOOKS BOUGHT:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Split Second by Kasie West

I have also received some signed bookmarks from Kara Thomas and Jay Kristoff (Thanks Kate! <3)

Now that I’m finally finishing college (just waiting for graduation this month!!) I can finally have more time to read so I do hope I could squeeze these in before I go on a job hunt haha!

As usual, big thanks to HarperCollins International, Abrams Books, Penguin Random House International, Simon Pulse, Bloomsbury, #romanceclass authors, Katie and Marianna, JM of Book Freak Revelations, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs and Jay Kristoff, Kara Thomas, Nicole Castroman, and Rebecca Podos!

Which books did you get this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Stacking the Shelves #27 || The Cheapskate Edition

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I’m back with a book haul!! For the past few weeks, bookstores were truly busy blessing us with cut-off prices and discounts so, obviously I had to check them out. Not to mention a casual trip to the local book thrift store, Booksale.

These are the titles I got for the past month.

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Books Bought / Received:

Adorkable by Sara Manning
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Consider by Kristy Acevedo
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
All Our Yesterdays by Christine Terrill
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David
The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

For Review:

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
By Your Side by Kasie West
Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Alterations by Stephanie Scott
Infinity by Jus Accardo
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
A Promdi’s Guide to Self-Discovery by Rhea Gonzales

I got Gemina and More Happy Than Not from National Bookstore’s Cut-off price sale last month. Then last weekend, Fully Booked Trinoma was on sale so I got Wherever You Go and All Our Yesterdays for PHP50 (1 dollar) each! I also scored Adorkable from Booksale. I got Consider from Naz of Read Diverse Books‘ giveaway. I also got some e-books that went on sale like How To Hang A Witch and Tell Me Three Things (that I had to reread because it’s sooooo awesome!!

Huge thanks to National Bookstore and Fully Booked for spoiling us with your awesome discounts! Also to Penguin Random House International for Little Monsters, that I read already because I just had to! Thank you also to HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Disney-Hyperion, St. Martin’s Griffin, Entangled Teen, Kids Can Press, and Ms. Rhea Gonzales for the review copies. Also to Kai of Amaterasu Reads and Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs for The Shadow Queen! They’ll be keeping me company as I read my way to Christmas season!

LIFE UPDATES

I AM SEEING COLDPLAY ON APRIL! I’m so lucky to have scored tickets for their first (and probably last) Manila show! I’ve been a huge fan of them since 2004 so imagine how happy I am right now! My friend and I lined up an hour before the mall opened last Thursday just to secure tickets for the show. When the mall opened, everyone was running to the ticket counter (which was on the third floor, so that was a good exercise haha). Good thing, my friend was secretly Barry Allen so he was second in line. It was definitely a nerve-wracking experience because the servers were super slow due to the huge traffic the ticket site was getting but with patience, we were able to buy tickets!

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I also attended the nationwide protest against the late dictator-president Marcos last night. In case you didn’t know, Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines in 1972 basically to stay in power. During that time, there were a lot of cases of human rights violations, some resulting to death. In 1986, Marcos was overthrown from the presidency, the People Power Revolution. Last night was definitely eye-opening, inspiring and fun overall. Martial Law victims were present and some of them shared their stories. Some bands and artists performed too. It was a successful peaceful protest and it was so great to see the youth and the elders gather and unify for a common goal. Hopefully, the government will acknowledge us.

This week was definitely full of events. I can’t wait to hear about yours! Tell me something cool that happened to you this week!

inah

Mini-Reviews: Emery Lord Edition

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Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 by Bloomsbury
Source: Owned
Rating: ★★★★★
Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

Synopsis

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. Her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of healing hearts and break-up ballads.

But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in this growing genre, Emery Lord’s gorgeous debut hits all the right notes of contemporary romance.

During my reading slump months ago, I picked this book on a whim, with hopes that my reading slump would go poof. AND IT DID. I had this book on my kindle app for a really long time and I don’t know why I never got around to reading it, but fortunately, with the hype of Emery Lord’s When We Collided last month,  I decided to immerse myself into Lord’s books.

If there’s one thing I’m sure about, it’s that I love this book. I love this book so much that I never got around to writing a coherent review because I can’t find the right words so here I am stuck in writing which might be a mini-review for this book.

Reagan was like a force to reckon with. We have zero similarities but it wasn’t hard to get into her character, which I quite like. I really love her friendship with Lilah. They’re like two peas in a pod and even though Lilah’s popular, she’s not overshadowing Reagan. However, Reagan’s a little possessive of Lilah. I can’t blame her though, she’s had her since they were little. Lilah was easy to love and adore. I love her passion for music, even if it seems like we don’t share the same music taste.

“I think it’s the bravest thing in the world – to run straight at love, even knowing how badly you could get hurt.”

Oh, and if there’s one thing in common between me and Reagan, it’s our attraction to Matt Finch. He’s a remarkable character. I think I fell in love with him in an instant. He’s super sweet, thoughtful, and caring. I adore the bond he had with Lilah too!

Honestly, the main characters are complex and somehow a great contrast to each other which made the book more enjoyable because it’s balanced out well.

the start of me and youTitle: The Start of Me And You
Author: Emery Lord
Publication Date: March 31st 2015 by Bloomsbury
Source: Gifted
Rating: ★★★★
Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

Synopsis

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Hello, nerdy boy!

Okay so just like Open Road Summer, it wasn’t hard to get into the whole story. Although it took me longer to follow Paige, as compared to Reagan. I really enjoyed this book as well! It was an amazing follow up to Emery Lord’s great debut.

Let’s make a list of reasons why you should read this book or any of Emery Lord’s books.
  1. Emery Lord writes realistically. It’s so easy to relate, not only with the characters, but to the whole story as well. I love realistic YA and I’m so happy I picked up Emery Lord’s books. If you haven’t read any, you’re missing a lot, kid.
  2. FLUFF. She knows how to make a reader melt into a puddle. From Matt Finch to Max Oliver Watson. Max was just straight-up adorable. And did I mention he’s nerdy? I love books with nerdy/dorky guys. AHH MY KRYPTONITE
  3. Friendship portrayals are the best. This book has a darker vibe compared to Open Road Summer but still enjoyable to read. I love Max and Paige’s relationship and how it grew from a simple friendship to romance. I love how they supported each other and I also appreciated how this book emphasized family relationships.

I do encourage you guys to pick up both books! It’s both refreshing, touching, and achingly beautiful! Now, I’m off to find myself a copy of When We Collided!

inah