ReaderCon 2012: Filipino Fridays (5) – Celebrating the Best

Filipino Friday

It’s time for another Filipino Fridays post! This is the last one for this meme, but worry not, since it’s the 2nd Annual Filipino ReaderCon tomorrow!! I ¬†am so excited! This is my first time to go, and I’m hoping the 1st ReaderCon will be the only one I will miss ūüėČ Okay, so this week’s prompt, copied from the ReaderCon website, is this:

August 17¬†‚ÄstCelebrating the Best.¬†In honor of the first¬†Filipino Readers‚Äô Choice Awards, let‚Äôs talk about our favorites for this year. What are your favorite books in 2012 so far? Have you read any awesome Filipino books in the year? If yes, make sure to include them in your list!

This year, my initial goal was to read 75 books. However, I passed that mark last July, so now I increased it my goal 125 books. Before I go on, I have to elaborate that most of those books were graphic novels you could finish in one sitting, and I don’t really read that fast, haha! Moving on…

I am so happy that I got to read a lot of good books this year. I have to thank my Goodreads TFG family for many of those, which stemmed from recommendations and also from reading the reviews of the members. Some of them were also group reads! Here are this year’s newest additions to the favorites list (in no particular order):

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern¬†– I love, love, love reading about magic and London and the circus. I am endlessly fascinated by those and seeing them all in one novel – what’s not to love?¬†
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – This is an intense novel, and I loved the use of dual narratives here.
1984 by George Orwell – Took me a while to finish this, but I loved it all the same. I always look for 1984 references in everything I read ever since I finished this book!
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams¬†– Douglas Adams’s dry British humor is something I absolutely adore. I found everything funny and I was just laughing like an idiot with every page. The fact that the movie version (which I haven’t watched yet) has Martin Freeman and Alan Rickman’s voice, among others, doesn’t hurt!
Feed by Mira Grant РOne of my buddy reads for this year! This is the first of the Newsflesh trilogy, which combines blogging, politics, and Рone of my favorite evil creatures so far Рzombies! It left me mindblown, though thankfully not literally, or the zombies would have rejoiced.
Angelfall by Susan Ee¬†– This is an indie book, but this is soooo good. I love that they were really quite accurate with the angel mythology references. It has one of those slow-burning romances that really fits well with the evil angel-infested, dystopian world it is set in, and it’s not cheesy, either.¬†
The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien¬†– I watched the movies repeatedly when I was younger, but it’s only now that I ventured to read the books. Really good stuff, I tell you. It’s easy to see why Tolkien is considered to be the best fantasy writer of all time. Most of the fantasy writers today have been influenced by him somehow!¬†
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card¬†– One of those books that I kept putting off reading just to annoy the legions of people who keep on insisting that I read it. I just wish I read it sooner! I love reading about geniuses, and Ender is definitely one of my faves. I just get so gooey inside seeing all the tactics laid out and – gosh, I should totally write a review for this or else I’ll never stop.

That’s not the final list, though, since the year is far from ending and I definitely see myself reading more books. These are *subtle* nudges for you to read them, if you haven’t, though!¬†

I feel so ashamed for not reading enough local books. I have been buying more this year, though, especially in the graphic novels department (I have¬†Kikomachine Vol. 1-2,¬†and¬†Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsa-Zsa Zaturnnah, but I’m not done with them yet!). The ones I read and liked recently, though, were¬†Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin¬†by Bob Ong, and Mina Esguerra’s books That Kind of Guy¬†¬†and¬†No Strings Attached. I shall try to read more, especially now that it’s August, which is Buwan ng Wika for us Filipinos!

I still can’t believe this is the last one, but hey, at least we’ll have ReaderCon tomorrow! Yay! I’m really so bloody excited, you guys. Hope to see you there!

Oh and by the way, enjoy the looooooooong weekend! ūüėÄ

 

PS

ReaderCon has some reminders for tomorrow’s event. Click here to read it, it’s mighty helpful!

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ReaderCon 2012: Filipino Fridays (4) – Books and Friends

Filipino Friday

It’s time for another Filipino Fridays post! I can’t wait for ReaderCon 2012, and it’s only just a week away! Aren’t you excited?! I particularly love the topic for this post: friends! Friends found through a common passion for books are just a whole new level of special, don’t you think? This post is all about them! Here’s the prompt:

Books and Friends. We will have book discussions hosted by several book clubs during the ReaderCon, so to prepare us for that, let’s talk about books and friendships and book clubs. Are you a part of a book club? If yes, what made you join one? What’s your favorite activity that you have with them? If you’re not a part of one, will you consider joining one? Why or why not?

Or if you‚Äôre not (yet) a part of a book club, do you have friends who share the same passion for books as you do? Do you have a ‚Äúbookish‚ÄĚ best friend? If yes, tell us about them! How did you become friends? What‚Äôs your favorite memory with them?

I’m going to try connecting all my answers in chronological order so it will be easy to understand. But first, the obligatory introduction story…

*cue nostalgic music, preferably with an acoustic guitar or a piano* 

Not until fairly recently, I enjoyed books by myself. It was fine at first, since I’ve been reading alone, growing up, but it’s really hard to gush about a book when no one is there to understand.¬†

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I was kind of an oddball in my younger years since everybody else would just play or watch TV (which I also do, just not that much) while I become best buds with the school librarians. Looking back, I was such a geek! Still am, actually. I thought it was normal and that bookish people were rare. Aside from being lonely (which I didn’t know I was), it was really hard to know which books were good! Since I loved buying books with no restraint whatsoever, my parents decided to let me buy books from my own allowance, which made me cut back on book expenses and rely on the library supply. The books there were good, but there were always new ones coming out in bookstores that take years before they get added to the library collection (like the Harry Potter books, which I eagerly awaited the release of). Having limited connections to anything book-related, I was forced to rely on book covers and blurbs when deciding the next book to read.

Okay, let’s quit the drama thing and move on to 2010, when I joined Goodreads! I just lurked around, mainly using Listopia and Recommendations for my reading needs, so nothing much happened and I was basically still just a loner. Then I joined the book club I’m currently active in, GR-TFG. It’s short for Goodreads – The Filipino Group, which is a hub for Filipino readers all over the globe. TFG started having regular monthly meet-ups this year, and I finally got to join one last April, when we were discussing Jane Eyre. Needless to say, this is my favorite book club activity. I got to meet so many people who love books as much as I do, and suddenly a whole new world opened up, and so did a realm of numerous possibilities! This is a photo from the July book discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s¬†The Remains of the Day:

I got the courage to explore new genres, and I actually had an idea of what’s good and what’s not, thanks to my fellow TFG members’ recommendations. Meeting people of all ages and genres is such an awesome experience that I just feel really lucky to be a part of this book club. Furthermore, the friendships I made keep the reading experience somehow more enjoyable. I love having new friends, and I’m thankful to my book club, and books, the root of it all, for providing me with that.¬†

As for “bookish” best friends, I do have a lot. All of my high school best friends love to read, but they don’t blog about it or anything, and it’s not really something we discuss in earnest like in a book club. I have to thank my friend, Jenine, though, for introducing me to the Hunger Games series. She recommended it to me and lent me her books even before it got famous (hipsters, much? haha). I’m going to refrain from putting our group photo here because it’s too embarrassing – oh wait, I found a half-decent photo! Yay.

(L-R) Charelle, Jenine, moi, Oona

Charelle is my soulmate for all things geek (we could ramble about Star Wars, Doctor Who, Misfits, Sherlock, EVERYTHING for hours, and laugh together for even longer). She last read and cried over¬†The Fault in Our Stars. I remember her mother loves books too, and gives me books for Christmas and birthdays! Jenine owns A LOT of these historical romance novels that her mother bequeathed onto her or something, and she also loves reading young adult novels. Her mother reads a lot of those too, which is why she gets to read a lot of them in the first place. I love borrowing books from her because she’s updated with the cool recent ones. Both Jenine and her mum insisted I read Cassandra Clare‘s books (which I haven’t gotten around to doing… yet). Oona reads mystery-thrillers, and she and her siblings read A LOT of them. Deep inside, though, I know she gets all kilig¬†reading romance too. That girl.¬†(The fun thing about your friends not blogging is that they don’t know if you talk about them LOL)

My college best friends read a lot too, but because it’s college, I don’t get to see them doing much of it. I only fully realized that they love books too when Christmas of 2011 came around. We began a tradition of having annual Christmas tea parties (I wasn’t allowed to go home late that time), and we were surprised when we discovered that we all gave each other books! We even asked the waiter to document this event. Kind of embarrassing, in retrospect – what with gift wrapper strewn on the tables and all – but what the heck.

(L-R) an alien, Ingrid, Yong, Claude

Ingrid’s also into sci-fi, particularly the classic sci-fi ones written by authors like Ray Bradbury (she made me read any of his works, and I picked this). Yong is sort of a literary-type person, and he made me read Blindness by Jose Saramago. I remember his Christmas wishlist had Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s¬†Shadow of the Wind in it, but I gave him¬†Perks of Being a Wallflower instead, heh. Claude loves fantasy, especially books with fairies and magic in it. She practically forced us to give her¬†Zombies vs. Unicorns! Lol jk. (It was actually Yong’s gift.)

This has been a pretty lengthy (and graphics-heavy!) post, but it just goes to show how reading, though a predominantly solitary activity, can bring people together. Dave Kellett once said, “A book is like a dream you’re borrowing from a friend,” but I’m going to add to that by saying that “A friend is like a dream you’re borrowing from a book.” I’m very thankful for what books and friends have done to me, and my life’s certainly richer, more interesting, and more fulfilling because of that. ūüôā

ReaderCon 2012: Filipino Fridays (1-3)!!!

Filipino Friday

Hello everyone! I know I’ve been pretty M.I.A. lately but I’m participating in this awesome new meme now that ReaderCon 2012‘s so near… Aren’t you excited? This meme started two weeks ago. I am obviously late, but they still welcome late posts, so here I am! You should join.

Okay, lemme start. HI! I’m Blue (but when I’m not trying – and failing – to be a superhero, I’m known as Alexa). Like you most probably are, I am a bookworm. I’m a college student, but I like to think of myself as a frustrated artist. I’m also a shameless fangirl. ¬†

Yep. Like I said. Shameless. (This is Ten from Doctor Who, by the way!) Allons-y!

My favorite books change a lot, but one thing that’s always been constant is my curiosity and constant exploration of genres. I’m in kind of a classic and sci-fi/fantasy fix at the moment, with a dash of old superhero graphic novels. I haven’t been to last year’s ReaderCon, making me doubly stoked for this year’s! I don’t know what to expect, but I¬†know it will be fun!

My mom taught me how to read. I remember the first word she ever made me read was “avocado”. And she was so happy when I got it right the first time! She suspected I must have learned to read somewhere but didn’t know it was called “reading”. My childhood was not spent playing with other kids. I resorted to cartoons and books, and since I was a kid, I’ve had a love affair with books. I really fell in love after getting the first four Harry Potter books when I was six. From Santa! I was so amazed at everything I read that I never stopped, and now here I am, blogging about that love!¬†

This week’s questions were about reading styles. Here’s the thing. I read anytime, anywhere, and I mean it.¬†ANYWHERE. I’ve read in the loo, in the lift, in the mall, while walking in the mall, in class (when I was younger and could get away with such things), in the bus, in the jeepney, in the dark with a candle as light a la Jose Rizal…¬†anywhere!¬†Reading while moving around doesn’t bother me at all. My parents always told me when I was a kid that I would have to wear glasses if I keep abusing my eyes. It never stopped me, and though I want to take care of my 20/20 vision, I would never be able to. Heh. I read any minute I can, but those are usually located at the wee hours of the morning. I am not really picky about the format (print, ebook, audio), and I utilize these formats to my best advantage.

It’s not the wee hours of the morning yet, but since it’s a Friday (almost a Saturday), I am going to read! Yay! Thank God for the weekend!

PS

Yes. I inserted a picture of alpacas for no good reason other than they’re cute. And they look like the lovechild of a llama and a goat.

Stories through Objects: July 2012

Hello world!!!

I know, I know. I’ve been practically MIA for the past several weeks and I can’t just expect a warm welcome. But did you guys miss me? *crickets* right. Okay, let me explain.

June marks the beginning of a regular school year in the Philippines. I just began my sophomore year in college, and to be honest, just when I thought I had broken in, it gets harder. I should have expected that, but because of a handful of things I’m getting involved in lately, I haven’t been able to write reviews. I really miss blogging, though, so I’m going to start this feature, Stories through Objects for when I am unable to write reviews and just want to share a bit of what’s happening at my end of the world.

You ready?

Since my last entry, I’ve still been getting a lot of stuff in the mail! I looooove getting snail mail, especially if they are gifts from people!

Exhibit A:

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I’m still getting postcards from Postcrossing! I am pretty sure this is a mistake, since I only sent five postcards and instead of the five I am supposed to receive, I got eight. Still, it feels pretty nice to get such beautiful cards!
The top left with the blonde children sitting on hay (I think they’re brother and sister – so cute!) is from Jutta of Finland. The vintage looking photo of the couple in the sea is from Sanne of the Netherlands. It has a lomo feel to it (I’m secretly into photography – more on that later), and I love it! The top right is from an anonymous friend from Taiwan. According to her (I think the sender is female, and I’ve never gotten a postcard from a guy yet), the postcard is about “three children missing their beautiful and kind mother in heaven.” Every postcard has a story, but she’s the only one who told me one directly! I wish it had her name on it so I could thank her properly. The last one, at the bottom, is from Isa of Brazil! It shows a beach in Rio Grande do Sul. I find the colors so enchanting, even though I’m not too fond of the sun. Thank you, postcard-friends! I’m adding this to my tiny but growing collection, heh.

Exhibit B:

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This came as a surprise. Well, I knew about it months ago, but I completely forgot that I was going to receive it when the time finally came! I forget about a lot of things, but this makes way for such a pleasant surprise! I joined a contest held by the publishers of The Night Circus (review here), wherein I try to encapsulate the book in just a sentence or two. And I won! So they sent me a UK TPB version of it with my name and my quote printed at the last page. Check it out:

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That was one of the proudest moments of my life! Good vibes.

Exhibit C:

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I got my first lomo camera! My dad brought it here in Manila last weekend from Sprockets Coffee + Milk Tea Cafe in Cebu! It’s a Suoerheadz Ultra Wide and Slim toy camera, a clone of the cult classic Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim series. I love that I got it in blue!! There are also other colors, like the White Slim Angel and Black Slim Devil, among others. I have already consumed two rolls of film, the CD of which will be delivered sometime this week. I can’t wait! The last camera I had was a film camera when I was eight. Since in my household I have to use my allowance for non-academic needs, and I didn’t have money to develop photos, I eventually stopped. Now I’m reviving my photography frustration once again! Heh.

Exhibit D:

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I did not get this in the mail, but I added this anyway because it means so much to me. I got this during a book discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s award-winning novel (turned into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson), The Remains of the Day. This is a mini book that contains all the personal stories shared by the members of my book club. It’s not mass produced, and I have one of a few hard copies, so it’s really special. I’ve only been to three book discussions, but the people I’ve met have been really friendly and I feel like I know them more because of these stories, despite their anonymity. I felt that, more than a bunch of people brought together by a passion for books (which is already amazing in itself), we were a family. *happy tears*

Wow. Amazing how many stories you could tell just from these things. I could get used to this.

OH. WAIT. Let me share what I’m currently reading!

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(L-R) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bront√ę, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (thank you, Kuya Doni, for lending it to me!), and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I’m very slow in my reading progress because life keeps getting in the way, but as the saying goes, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, so long as you don’t stop.” For people with Tumblr accounts, this is the famous default quote when you test out Tumblr themes! It’s really hard to squeeze in reading time, but as long as you keep going, you’ll eventually reach the last page… and grab another book. Ooh, life of a bibliophile.

Whew. This was a pretty lengthy post! I missed writing so badly, and this is the result. Feels pretty good to let it all out.

But hey, how about you? Do you have any stories to share? ūüėÄ

In My Mailbox (3): June 2

I was so surprised when my family and I came back from Hong Kong and, lo and behold, discovered so much mail!

First of all, I have to thank my Auntie Karen for giving me gift certificates for books! Thank you so much, Auntie! Now I have an opportunity to buy another pile of books, even though I’m barely halfway through the first pile a few months ago. Thank you!!

Furthermore, I also received two postcards from Postcrossing!!! I love postcards. Thank you to mystery Japanese friend from Singapore – too bad there’s no name! ūüė¶

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and to Anastasia from Germany! She even included cherry tea that I don’t want to waste on drinking because it smells soooooo good! It scented up my room really nicely, and it’s smells better than potpourri! She also added Latvian money since she came from Latvia. Thank you!

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As for books, well, I also got a book in Chinese!! I’m going to show it in my next post though.

In My Mailbox (2): May 27

My loot!

In My Mailbox is a feature hosted by Kristi of¬†The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of¬†Pop Culture Junkie. In line with my recently-ended three-week hiatus, I haven’t updated this feature for almost two months! I have this nasty habit of letting my recently acquired books go unnoticed until they literally make a pile. Tsk. Oh well. I got a lot of interesting mail these past few weeks too, including two postcards and a parcel from Aussie author Shirley Marr! But more on the latter later ūüėČ

(clockwise from top, leftmost)

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (I already published a review here)

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by¬†Anne Bront√ę

Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter (review here)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra

That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra

All of them were bought except for The Art of War, which my father gave to me (after he unearthed it from his own pile of books) so, THANK YOU DAD!

I also received my first two postcards through Postcrossing! Yay!

And finally, I present the package I got from Shirley Marr! Yay! I got it after joining her birthday giveaway over at The Midnight Garden, but I never expected to win since I have the worst luck at raffles. Not this time though!

See that tiny signature at the bottom left? ūüėÄ

Dear Alexa,
Love Shirley Marr

I also got a locket with a secret message inside! ūüėÄ

Thank you, Ms. Shirley Marr! And to Wendy Darling for hosting the giveaway at The Midnight Garden as well! Thank you so so much! ‚̧

Aaaaand that’s it. That’s all for this week’s In My Mailbox feature! Sharing the books I want to read to you all has been fun! I now wish I have a bona fide mailbox here (mailboxes aren’t used quite often in the Philippines) but it’s been really awesome receiving all kinds of mail while shopping for books as well!

How about you? Do you have any books you’ve acquired recently that you want to talk about? Feel free to share anything you’ve bought or gotten as well! ūüôā

{Author Interview} Shannon Greenland

 

I may have mentioned this awesome new summer book called¬†The Summer My Life Began. Earlier, author Shannon Greenland shared with us her favorite recipes, which I’m sure some of you have tried, filling up your bellies with scrumptious goodness! Now, we have here Shannon again as we ask her questions about her book. Are you ready? Let us all welcome, once again, Shannon Greenland!

1. How long did it take you to write The Summer My Life Began?
From plotting to rough draft to final edits, it took roughly a year.
2. Have you ever had problems like Elizabeth Margaret? Like fighting for something you love?
Sure, I think everybody does. That’s what makes life interesting.
3. Describe your ideal guy. Is he more of a Cade or a Jeremy?
A great combination of both.
4. Elizabeth Margaret spends a summer she will never forget in a magnificent island. Where did you spendyour most memorable summer?
In a RV on the beach in Florida tops the list!
5. Some of the characters in your book have hidden talents, like cooking. Do you have a hobby, skill, or talentaside from writing?
I’m very athletic. I love trying new things. I’m really into hiking right now.

The Summer My Life BeganThank you very much for the interview, Ms. Greenland! And to Samantha Lien of JKS Communications for helping us get an interview as well!

The Summer My Life Began is already out! Check bookstores near you for a copy.


Check out Shannon’s website here.

This is part of a virtual blog tour hosted by JKS Communications. To visit the other participants’ blogs, click here.

{Guest Post} Author Shannon Greenland’s Top Recipes

 

Psst. There’s an awesome summer book out called¬†The Summer My Life Began.¬†Nothing beats summer with a dash of romance to spice it up, but the main character, Elizabeth Margaret, is cool enough to even add two part cooking into the mix, making for one interesting read. Because of all the cooking done in the book, I wondered what kind of cooking author¬†Shannon Greenland does – thank goodness, she’s here to tell us herself! Let us all welcome Shannon!

My Top Recipes

Easy, healthy, and yum‚ÄĒthree words that must apply to anything I make.

 

Frittata: For a weekend breakfast I love a nice frittata. Start by putting your favorite things in a big skillet. For me that would be fresh spinach, feta cheese, crumbled cooked bacon, and sun dried tomatoes. In a separate bowl whisk together three eggs with a bit of milk, minced garlic, and dill. Pour the egg mixture down over everything in the skillet, ground it liberally with fresh pepper, cover, and cook on low for 30 minutes. It serves two, but I have a healthy appetite and tend to eat the whole thing myself.

 

 

 

Coke Roast: After a busy day, there’s nothing like coming home to dinner already made. In a crock pot, place a large beef roast (whatever cut you like most). In a separate bowl combine one can of coke, one cup of vegetable stock, and one package of Lipton dried onion soup mix. Pour the coke mixture down over the roast and let the crock do its magic all day long. Serve with favorite veggies and potatoes.

 

 

Cranberry Chicken: This recipe gets requested a lot by my friends. Take 2 pounds of chicken, cube it up, and spread it out in a baking dish. In a separate bowl combine one can of whole berry cranberry sauce, one cup of French dressing, and one package of Lipton dried onion soup mix. Pour the cranberry mixture over the chicken and bake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. Serve over brown rice with steamed broccoli on the side.

 

 

PB & N: I know, right? N? On your favorite bread (for me that would be flax wheat or Ezekiel¬†sprouted) spread 1 tablespoon extra chunky peanut butter and 1 tablespoon Nutella. With each¬†bite it’s equal parts lunch, dessert, and pure yum.

 

 

Wow. Those look mouth-watering indeed – I’m particularly craving the PB & N! Thank you, Shannon, for sharing your recipes with us! And to Samantha Lien to for helping us contact Shannon!

PS: We’re going to have an interview as well with Shannon later on, so stay tuned!¬†

The Summer My Life Began The Summer My Life Began is already out! check bookstores near you for a copy.


Check out Shannon’s website here.

This is part of a virtual blog tour hosted by JKS Communications. To visit the other participants’ blogs, click here.

In My Mailbox (1): March 18

In My Mailbox is a feature hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Now, I am aware that this feature mainly shows books acquired by the blogger recently, but since it’s my first, I’m going to show all the books I got since my birthday (which was in February), and probably a few from Christmas (I got gift certificates for books on both occasions and I tried to hold out as long as I could so they’re still fairly recent). Anyway, here they are!

Awesome possum books!

The pile on the left side pertains to brand-new books I bought with the gift certificates and some gifts from friends. The pile on the right shows books from the secondhand book shop in my school which shows up about every two weeks.

Left-side pile (clockwise from top left):

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Angel Time by Anne Rice

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Godfather by Mario Puzo


Right-side pile (clockwise from top left):

The Evolution of Useful Things РHenry Petroski

The SFWA Grand Masters 2 Рedited by Frederik Pohl

Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories Рedited by James Thomas and Robert Shapard

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Boy Next Door/Boy Meets Girl (2 books in 1)  by Meg Cabot

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Twenties GirlSophie Kinsella

To be honest, I haven’t started reading any of them yet. I just managed to add into my already tottering TBR pile, but I don’t mind – I’m just happy I have them.

There’s this book I got a couple of days ago in school. It was the last academic day before finals next week, and I had my last ever English/Literature class (my college course is the kind where the sciences are more emphasized than the humanities, since it’s premed after all), so I had a lot of mixed feelings about it. Anyway, my professor, Mr. DM Reyes, was my teacher for that class, and he wrote a collection of poetry which of course I had to have. I managed to get the last copy available and I got him to sign it too!

There it is!! But it looks much better without my name stuck on it.

Mr. Reyes told me that he would sign it after class and I would have to get it back from the English department secretary later on, so I didn’t see him. I wish I did though, after I read his dedication:

And for Alexa Sienes, whose heart for music brings her deep into the heartland of poetry. In admiration, DM 16. III. 2012

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but in school I play the keyboard for musicals and stuff and this dedication sort of made me feel like what I’m doing makes people happy. I mean, I don’t randomly burst out in song in the hallways (not that I remember anyway) and not many people know I love music, so it’s very touching to see my passion in print. It’s like most of my interests colliding – music and literature! And it’s my first signed book!

Aaaaand that’s it. That’s all for this week’s In My Mailbox feature! Sharing the books I want to read to you all has been fun! I think In My Mailbox will be a regular feature from now on, so watch out for that too! How about you? Do you have any books you’ve acquired recently that you want to talk about? Feel free to share anything you’ve bought or gotten as well! ūüôā