Book Haul

⚡ Manila International Book Fair 2016 + September Book Haul – (PART I of II)

Okay, HOLD UP! Before you say anything about WHY I’m only posting about my September book haul NOW even though it’s Oc-freaking-tober, I just want to clarify that this post has been on queue even before the end of September. But because I’ve been undeniably lazy updating my blog, (more like, opening my laptop. Jeez!) this post, was, of course, left unfinished.
And second, I want to apologize. I know that is a very vain featured image and all, but seriously. This is one of my biggest haul of the year. I couldn’t not take advantage to take a photo of myself with one of my biggest haul.

So anyways, as the title says, this is a post showing off my September Book Haul from one of the hottest bookish events here in Manila, Philippines, called Manila International Book Fair. It is a book fair where various collections of different types and genres of literature are gathered in one place for every bookish pinoys (Filipinos) to enjoy. That’s not even the best part of this book fair. Every single book in this event is on SALE. I’m not sure about the bookstores present there, but to the shops I’ve been are on 20% off sale. And in case you were wondering, YES. New titles are, of course, included in that sale.

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With that said, I’ve had a pretty big haul. Not the biggest of my life, but nevertheless t’was still a big book “Empty-My-Savings-Up-To-Zero” haul.

I’ve only really bought 8 books. But yes, my savings still dropped to zero because unfortunately, I did not prepare myself for this. In fact, I already swore to myself I would not attend the book fair. I promised I would not give into temptation.

But PROMISES WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN.

I did NOT want to miss that sale. Nope. I couldn’t bat an eye and avoid the unavoidable. So I went and I bought and I spent my weekends asking myself the constant list of WHYs, but  got a series of mental responses of WHY NOTs.

I mean, if you were me, would you have resisted? Probably you could have. A person in their right mind would have been reasonable enough not to spend the last of her savings for something petty like books. Guess I’ve gone mental. I can live with that if it means I get to swim with a pool of pages and stories. Yup. Definitely mental. 

Whatever. I’m still going to talk about THIS book haul, and no one can tell me not to.

 ⚡   PART I of II  ⚡

Okay. So first, let me talk about Manila International Book Fair 2016. The event was scheduled to happen in September 14-18, 2016. I went on 2 out of 5 days of the book fair, so I’ll discuss my book haul on the first day. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared a photo of the book haul as soon as I got home that day.

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So on the first day, the first thing that caught my attention was a copy of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It’s been a while since the book was released, but I haven’t had the chance to pick up a physical copy of the book. I’ve been planning to get a copy of the UK version since it was released in May, but seriously. Wherever I went, the book was either out of stock, or the book was seriously damaged. Like whichever person attempted to read the book but was not planning to buy it decided that it would be so much fun to just tear or leave a crease on the book and still believe some book-loving nerd, such as I, will tolerate such damages on such a beautiful book that probably costs more than my weekly expenses.

Such cruelty! Where are your hearts, people?

The second book I got that day was Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman. There are three reasons about why I would pick up this book out of all the new titles released this year: 1) I’ve been into short stories lately, especially mysterious and horrifying ones; 2) I mean, look at that cover! It was practically made to snatch some attention!; 3) Oh my God, this is Neil Gaiman we’re talking about. Any book reader in their right mind would know WHY Neil Gaiman books are a must-read.

The third book I picked up was The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’ve heard so much of this book. People kept saying it reminds them so much of Marley and Me, but with the story based on a dog’s perspective. Now I don’t know about you, but I think any dog lover would not miss the chance to see the way dogs see us. I’ve actually started a few pages, just to see if it would really get my interest. And it did! It was actually good. I couldn’t wait to start it, but I had priorities. I needed to read something else first before I start this book. I have a long list ahead, so I guess I won’t be picking up this book for a while.

Next and the last book, which I did NOT plan on buying at all, was Empire of Storms by, again, Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t even know at that time why I would buy this book. Seriously. I’ve barely touched Crown of Midnight, so why in the world would I waste my savings on a book/series I barely have the feels to continue reading due to constant and never-ending deception brought on by spoilers?

Well, I got the answer to that question on that weekend.

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Just looking at these books together? I AM OBSESSED. Bless this UK cover edition.


That pretty much was my book haul on Day 1. There’s still a second part (which would probably be posted a little later as planned because I’m lazy, remember?),  and I have four more books to share. 3 out of 4 of these books are my favorite haul from this month because they were lucky finds! Anyways, no worries! Even though I’ll be posting the second part a little later, I promise to post it before October ends. HAHA!

(Saints. I’m terrible.)

Also, I’m posting more book reviews this month. I’ve been neglecting leaving a review, I’ve probably forgotten what I’ve read that I’d need to skim through the books. /sighs/

But anyways, don’t let my laziness and piled up reviews and TBRs bring your day down.

Read a book and share your thoughts!

Like for example…

What was the last book you read and how many stars did/would you rate it?

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