Stacking the Shelves #4: The MIBF 2017 Edition

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews in which book bloggers share their latest bookish acquisition.

Hello! It’s been a while since I last shared my book purchases, but the 38th Manila International Book Fair recently happened and of course a post is in order.

For a person who constantly has lists for practically anything and everything, I have never made one for MIBF. Not on my first year, not this year. But that being said, I was actively on the look out for three specific titles last week. And while two of them I failed to snag a copy of, I’m still very happy with what I did get to take home. Let’s do the run down:

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Because DUH.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
I mean. It’s David Levithan and it’s Rainbow Rowell-approved. (Side note: I would’ve been afraid, ashamed even, to own this novel once.)

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
I am not I think I am ready for another Zentner.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
About damn time.

Colliding with Fate by Kim Villanueva
#localauthorlove! Plus Kim is one of my best friends, so. Am I cool yet?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
You can’t tell from the photo but THIS COVER YOU GUYS. I had to own it.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Because I want to make Tam-Tam proud (hey buddy!). But also? It costs less than $4. Score!

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Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Gimme all the gay YA! Please and thank you.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
One of the books I’m definitely thrilled to pick up and the only title I didn’t buy. It was gifted to me by my infinitely generous and lovely Tita Suzette.

Let’s talk! Have you read any of these? Is there a particular novel you think I should pick up ASAP? And fellow Filipino bookworms! How was your #MIBF2017 experience? I want to hear about your hauls!

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Stacking the Shelves #3

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews in which book bloggers share their latest bookish acquisition.

If there’s one thing to be said of today’s corporeal spoils, it has to be look at those covers!

Physical Copies

The League of Unexceptional Children 01The League of Unexceptional Children (ARC) by Gitty Daneshvari

In the tradition of my copies of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Fans of the Impossible Life, The League of Unexceptional Children, too, is gifted by the author herself. Thank you so much Gitty! Isn’t this one the prettiest?

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Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

I don’t know if it’s the cover or the title—wait, what? No. I do not suggest I’m contemplating about offing myself—but when I saw this on display during a visit on my favorite book store, I felt like I had to have it. Call me a romantic or whatever. And no, I had zero knowledge of this title prior to that chance encounter, but hey, it’s from HarperTeen. So.

The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden 01The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden (ARC) by Emma Trevayne

What is it with middle grade books being all attractive like that? I mean. Yeah, I got this from last week’s #BookwormsUnite, which was super awesome.

E-galleys

Li Jun and the Iron Road 01Li Jun and the Iron Road by Anne Tait with Paulette Bourgeois

I’m one of those Asians whom, now that I actually love reading, have consumed more, say, John Green books than literature that is reflective of my own continent. That needs to change, obviously, and this one promises a strong female lead.

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Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff

Suicide and heartache. Uh, welcome to the fluffiness of my wolrd!

What about you? What did you pick up this week?

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Stacking the Shelves #2

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews in which book bloggers share their latest bookish acquisition.

Notice how I bought new books even though I haven’t started on last week’s spoils. Hush now. I did start a new book. And, I guess, I’m lucky I don’t buy in bulks. Otherwise, I’ll have a ginormous pile sitting in the corner. But I digress!

Physical Copies

Vanishing Girls 02Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Sometime last year, I saw a Paper Lantern Lit video featuring Lauren Oliver. And since then, I wanted to try this author. I decided Vanishing Girls will be my introduction. Side note: until I have this in my hands, I didn’t realize how chic its cover is!

Grasshopper Jungle 02Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

I LOOOOOOOOOVE WINGER! Naturally, I’ll go for another Andrew Smith book.

E-galley

Ferals 01Ferals by Jacob Grey

A youngster hero? Crows? A combination of Neil Gaiman and Batman? Yes please!

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What are your recent bookish acquisition? Have you read any of these titles? Which do you suggest I read first? AND are you a hoarder? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews in which book bloggers share their latest bookish acquisition.

Hey wonderful bloggers! So I know Bookish and Awesome has been quiet for two weeks. This is due to my recently concluded Basic Training, which took most of my daytime (the rest of the night, I read). Yes, I’m living a “somehow” double life. My professional life—if I ever have one—is spent with spatulas and mixers and eggs and cream and olive oil and salt; the other half of my waking hours, I don my Fanboy clothes (what, Fanboying consumes a hefty amount of time!). The somehow is in air quotes because it’s not like it’s unbeknownst to the people around me. And oh. By Fanboying I mean blogging and staying on Twitter.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand. Since I’m not a hauler person, I’ve decided to do Stacking the Shelves instead. In here, I’d still be able to share my book purchases, which are often by two’s, and e-ARC/DRC approvals without the pressure of arranging a collection. Here goes the first one.

Physical Copies

Half Bad 01Half Bad by Sally Green

I read Virginia Boecker’s The Witch Hunter earlier this week and it’s fantastic you guys! Now feeling in the mood for more witchcraft in YA, I picked up Half Bad. Plus it goes strongly recommended by Cait of Paper Fury and Cristian of The Bookish God.

Noggin 01Noggin by John Corey Whaley

I’m not even one hundred percent certain why I bought this one besides the fact that it’s weird. I mean, preserving one’s head for five years and then reattaching it into another body? W-E-I-R-D.

E-galleys

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Boo by Neil Smith

Because TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD REFERENCE. And I’m growing fond of thirteen-year-old-school stories as of late. (Thank you Joey of Thoughts and Afterthoughts for putting this on my radar!)

Uprooted 01Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Fairy tales, sacrifices and The Darkling-esque figure? Count me in! And that cover!

Also, can you give me a minute to rant? For SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA STILL HASN’T HIT THE SHELVES HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES AND THIS IS TOO MUCH!!!

What are your recent bookish acquisition? Have you read any of these titles (The Witch Hunter included)? Which do you suggest I read first? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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