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!

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Author: Julie Murphy
Publication Date: September 15th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

To say that I could totally relate to this book is definitely an understatement. Will and I definitely had things in common and she definitely spoke to my soul.

This wonderful book tells the story of Willowdean- Will, for short- a quirky teenager with a big body and a big heart. She and her bestfriend Ellen has been inseparable, until Will starts to work at a local fastfood and meets Bo, whom she likes. Apparently Bo likes her back and she’s surprised to discover thoughts and feelings she’s never experienced before and starts to doubt herself.

This book was definitely one of the best ones I’ve read this year. Not to mention this was actually my first Julie Murphy novel so I didn’t know what to expect.

“Good friendships are durable. They’re meant to survive the gaps and the growing pains.”

The characters were definitely easy to relate to. They made reading the book more enjoyable. Will is like a soulmate. We have things in common, but mostly we’re both fat. We’re both comfortable with our bodies, until things turn pretty awkward or bad. In my case, I haven’t had someone actually admitting to liking me so I don’t know how that actually goes. Haha! I love Will’s personality and her flaws made me love her even more. She’s really smart, funny and confident. She’s never limited herself with opportunities and expresses herself truly.

Bo was really likeable. He’s pretty adorable and definitely swoonworthy! Although I do admit that sometimes he’s confusing but most of the time he’s very charming. He appeared somewhat mysterious at first which is interesting.

“Sometimes the perfection we perceive in others is made up of a whole bunch of tiny imperfections.”

The other characters were interesting as well. They weren’t written flat which totally rocks! I adored Millie and the others. I love how they weren’t just written for comic relief but they had a vital role for the story.

The writing style was excellent. It was very easy to get into the book. The plot was interesting and all-out exciting. It’s also diverse and it tackles self-esteem issues which was presented in an excellent way. It’s definitely a must read.

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Stacking the Shelves #15

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews which features our newest additions to our shelves.

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Books Bought:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Last Tuesday, I went to UP Diliman and met up with a friend. We went to some thrift shops selling books for a lesser price. Most of them are second hands and are in mint condition. I saw a lot of YA books there but I only bought Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, but I’m definitely planning to go there again soon. The other two books from the pile, Extraordinary Means, I bought from NBS at Mall of Asia for next month’s book signing. The Casual Vacancy I got from Fully Booked because they were on sale!! I only bought it for less than $3!!! It was originally priced at around $15. I’m so fricking lucky!!

I also got some new e-ARCs that I haven’t shared yet. I’m really excited to get into them soon!!

ARCs Received:

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
Future Perfect by Jen Larsen
A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

How about you guys? How many books did you get this week?

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