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

Stacking the Shelves #26 + August-September 2016 Recap

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Welcome to another episode of me buying books that I won’t get to read anytime soon. I also got a bunch of ARCs that I’m excited to read and I hope I like it. For the past two months, I have been hauling books from sales. Powerbooks had it’s sale last August, then came MIBF, which was amazing and you can read my recap here, and Jem’s. And then just yesterday, I went to Fully Booked Katipunan because they were on sale.

Books Bought/Received:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby
The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West
Vicious by Victoria Schwab
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Wake by Lisa McMann
Til Death by Kate Evangelista
Come Back To Me by Mila Gray
Geek Girl Picture Perfect by Holly Smale
A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon
For the Record by Charlotte Huang
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

For Review:

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsea Philpot
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan
When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

As always, I got these from National Book Store, Powerbooks, Fully Booked and Booksale. Thanks to HarperCollins International, Penguin Random House, Xpresso Tours, and YA Books Central for the ARCs! And to Jem for giving me her extra copy of Since You’ve Been Gone.

August-September Recap

I posted sporadically during August. I believe I only had a couple of posts, but I did a lot of reading and well, I already finished my Goodreads Challenge but I’m thinking of adding more books and probably expand it to 90 or 100 books.

September was more eventful than August. I met up with friends for Manila International Book Fair , a small coffee hangout with the people from Ethos Books and Morgan Matson’s signing! MIBF week was the very highlight of my month!

I read a total of 12 books plus 24 comic books for the past two months. (OH LORD I HAVEN’T REALLY PAID ATTENTION TO THE NUMBER OF COMIC BOOKS I’VE READ HAHAHAHA THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I ACTUALLY COUNTED THEM LET ME FREAK OUT FOR A SECOND) Well in my defense, I binge read the Avengers Standoff storyline to get more backstory for Thunderbolts, which I’m currently reading.

Books Read:

What Things Mean by Sophia Lee
Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
Even If The Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
For This Life Only by Stacey Kade
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway (Reread)

Other Posts:

Twenty One Pilots Book Tag
Discovering Stranger Things
Top Ten TV OTPs

AUG-SEP STATS

Pages Read: 5,130
Average Rating: 3.72

CHALLENGE UPDATES:

Goodreads Challenge: 80/70
NG/EW Challenge: 23/25
Debut Challenge: 13/12
Contemporary Challenge: 27/20
Mini-Challenges: 9/12

I’m not sure how October will be but I know I’ll be busy and I’m going to be really sneaky with squeezing some reading time but I know I can do it. Also October = Halloween!!!

inah

Stacking the Shelves #25 + July Recap

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

Hello! Welcome to another edition of me trying to bury myself with books! Hahaha! But luckily though, the last time I bought a book was around three weeks ago for my birthday. This week, I received three book mails and my mum was cool enough to hand them to me when I met up with her earlier this week. And yes, basically almost all of these books are for review.

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Books Received / For Review:

What Things Mean by Sophia Lee
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Crush by Eve Ainsworth
Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
For This Life Only by Stacey Kade
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Thank you to Sophia Lee, Penguin Random House International, Eve Ainsworth, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, Simon and Schuster, Sourcebooks Fire, and Sky Pony Press for the books!

July Recap

July is my birthmonth! I turned 21 last July 6th and it was such a blast for me because I got to spend time with my family. Of course, I bought books for my birthday!

This month, we also had Bookworms Unite PH! I’m sure you’ve heard of this, and it’s basically the highlight of my month!

I also spent almost the whole month binge-reading Ed Brubaker’s run of Captain America, aka where Bucky Barnes was introduced as The Winter Soldier, and later as Captain America. In case you still haven’t noticed, Bucky is one of my favorite characters also *cough* Sebastian Stan *cough*, so I really enjoyed reading the series! It’s also the closest basis of the MCU for the Cap movies and there were lots of parallels from the comics and the movie, especially for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Books Read

A World Without You by Beth Revis
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Because I Love You by Tori Rigby
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Vol. 1-2
Captain America: The Red Menace Vol. 1-2
Civil War
Captain America: The Death of Captain America Vol. 1-3
Captain America: The Man with No Face
Captain America: The Road to Reborn

Other Posts:

Bookworms Unite PH Recap
2016 Reading Challenge Update
Stacking the Shelves #24
#PotterheadJuly: 5 Harry Potter Treats I want to try

JULY STATS

Pages Read: 5,824
Average Rating: 4.27

CHALLENGE UPDATES:

Goodreads Challenge: 47/50
NG/EW Challenge: 19/25
Debut Challenge: 11/12
Contemporary Challenge: 22/20
Mini-Challenges: 9/12

I’m glad I’m kicking ass with my reading challenges and it’s only halfway through the year. I’m planning on extending it to maybe 60-65 books!

I’m also participating for ARC August and here’s a list of ARCs that I’m most probably be reading:

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
For This Life Only by Stacey Kade
Gemini by Stacey Mukherjee
Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt
Change Places with Me by Lori Meltzger
What The Dead Want by Norah Olson
We Own The Night by Ashley Poston
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle

THIRTEEN BOOKS. It seems farfetched for me and I’m a mood reader and I know I won’t be able to read all of these in thirty-one days but I need to read at least seven from these pile. And yes, I’m restricting my tbr list with these books.

inah