Saturday, October 31, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (36): October Book Haul

This is where I feature the books I received, bought, gifted or won that are recently added to my physical shelf, which means no e-books and the like, and recount epic book hauling stories. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

Oh my gosh. GUESS WHAT? I only spent P80 ($1.7) on books this month and it makes me so freaking happy to think about this accomplishment. The restraint, guys! I can't count the times I had said: I'm gonna stop by the bookstore for a minute. Just to browse. No buying. And eventually be like: Nah. I don't wanna risk it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

[BLOG TOUR] Review + Giveaway: A Faerie's Revenge by Rachel Morgan


Welcome to the blog tour for Rachel Morgan's A FAERIE'S REVENGE, 
the fifth book in her Creepy Hollow series!

A Faerie's Revenge
Creepy Hollow (Book #5)
by Rachel Morgan
Published: October 27, 2015
Format: Ebook & Paperback
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Still reeling from a shocking revelation, Calla Larkenwood finds the threads of her world unraveling further when she's accused of a horrifying crime she didn't commit. In a world where everyone keeps secrets and someone is intent on framing her, how will she figure out who to trust?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 2015 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this October 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School
by Kim Newman
Published: October 6, 2015
The Book Depository

A week after Mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy’s, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the School, and it's up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.

Friday, October 23, 2015

GIVEAWAY: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp ARCs

Sourcebooks Fire is giving away advance copies of This Is Where It Ends along with chalk boards and chalk. We invite you to read This Is Where It Ends and use the chalkboards to express how this book made you feel. Feel free to use words - even a single word - or pictures. Was there a certain character that spoke to you? Were you left speechless and angry? We want to know - and SEE it on your board. Snap a photo and share on the Tumblr site for the book, or any of your social networks. Please tag all posts with #thisiswhereitends #sourcebooksfire.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 2015 New Releases: Part 1

New Book Releases this October 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

This Ordinary Life
by Jennifer Walkup
Published: October 1, 2015
The Book Depository

Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All.

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health--not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

A Madness So Discreet
by Mindy McGinnis
Published: October 6, 2015

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (35): The Too Many Cheap Books Edition

This is where I feature the books I received, bought, gifted or won that are recently added to my physical shelf, which means no e-books and the like, and recount epic book hauling stories. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

September, aka book sale left and right (see my September 2013 book haul post). It was The 36th Manila International Book Fair a few weeks ago which I still haven't been able to attend - why do I live SO FAR from the venue? - and discounted books were everywhere. Lucky me, bookstores (National Book Store in my case) usually have nationwide cut price sales following the event. Naturally, I got me some, too.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge

I only joined two reading challenges this year. I'm already done with one of them so I decided to try another! Rachel @ Fiktshun is currently hosting a Review Pile Reading Challenge which I think is pretty much perfect. I have huge pile of books I need to review and joining this challenge will make me more determined on tackling them.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

It's getting colder so, yes, it's October. Ha! That rhymes.

September was cray-cray as expected. It's what I call the birthday month. My dad, my sister, four of my cousins, my second cousin, my aunts (who are twins, by the way), my teacher, three of my close friends -- they were all born on September. How crazy is that?

Also, I ran a 5K last Sunday. I couldn't move a muscle the next day. Do you have any idea when I last ran a 5K? No, of course you don't. It was 4 YEARS AGO. What was I thinking? Well at least now I can say I got to exercise ONCE this year.

Anyway, it wasn't a great reading month for me. I was only able to read 10 books and majority of it were 2-star and 1-star reads :(

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