August to September Book Haul


Before I start this haul post, let me just say that in my defense – I didn’t buy all of them! Like some are given by publishers, bookish box subscriptions, etc. And let’s also add to my defense that September is a book fair month. I think that’s a valid reason to haul right? 😅 So if you want to know what books I hauled for the past 2 months then just keep reading! 👇


Here are the books I got last August:



Note: This is from the July box of Mybookishcrate. I received it in August though so it was included in this month’s haul.


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Note: From the August box of Illumicrate.



Note: Got this from a second hand bookstore!


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Note: From Penguin; This wasn’t included in my over all haul picture because I gave it to my sister.



Note: From Penguin


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Note: From Penguin



Now, let’s move on to my September haul!

The first five books were all from the September box of Book of the Month Club!

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Note: The book from the House Pride box of Mybookishcrate



Note: 5th book of the Throne of Glass series.


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My next haul a children/middle grade series. I’ve watched the Studio Ghibli movie but haven’t read the books yet:

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The following haul are from the much awaited Manila International Book Fair!



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Next is the Grisha trilogy that I wanted for the longest time!










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And of course the Agatha Christie books that I am sooooooo loving as of the moment…







The rest are from a second hand book sale:

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I received my second copy of The Thousandth Floor from Mybookishcrate:


I un-hauled the paperback and I’m keeping this one ’cause it’s hardback! 🙂

And lastly, a gift from a friend of mine, a copy of Alice in Wonderland:

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And that is it for my 2 months worth of book haul! I may have to impose another book buying ban for the rest of the year… or not 😀

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What do you think of it? Did we have a book or books in common? Let me know below!

Till next haul! Cheers!












July Book Haul


I know, it’s August already. But hey, better late than never post my July haul at all! *winks* You probably know by now that July is my birth month – so you might be expecting a HUGE haul this time of the year. Sorry to break it to you tho, but NO. I did not haul as much. I’m broke and adulting is hard so 💁 LOL. But anyway, let’s get in to the books that I was able to buy and get this month:divider2

I was once again given copies of the gorgeous classics published by Roads Group and here are the titles I go this time:

Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula.

The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by ProfessorAbraham Van Helsing.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.


The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family’s home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?


This ARC I got from an author:

The Cure by Jake Robert Knight

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Welcome to Metravā.
The year is 3433.
Here are some things you need to know:
Run by the governmental body, Peār, Metravā is inhabited by U-mans,
a genetically modified race of humans who do not sleep, who work
fifteen hours a daāy, and who are fused with their U-chip at birth.
Everyone is the same, everyone blends in, and no one stands out.
That is until Knijä Taū is born.


This one is the June book from FairyLoot!

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.


And finally, these are the ones I got for myself:

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

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Something freaky’s going on with Sunshine’s new house . . . there’s the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine’s always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can’t help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.


The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

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Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.


The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Sheperd

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Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.



and of course, July won’t be complete without….

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


I have only read The Cursed Child out of all these but I still haven’t reviewed it. 🙈  Soon though, I promise.

And that is it for my July book haul! Hope you liked my loot this month and until next haul!

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Altogether now ❤


June Book Haul


It’s that time of the month again! Although I didn’t haul so many books this time, I just wanted to share with you what I got this month. So let’s get in to it! I’ll be putting in synopsis  after every book for more info!divider2

Let’s see first these GORGEOUS classics published by Roads Group. They sent me not one, not two – but six utterly beautiful classics to add to my collection of yellow books!

The Day of The Locust by Nathaniel West

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The Day of the Locust is a novel about Hollywood and its corrupting touch, about the American dream turned into a sun-drenched California nightmare. Nathaniel West’s Hollywood is not the glamorous “home of the stars” but a seedy world of little people, some hopeful, some desparing, all twisted by their by their own desires — from the ironically romantic artist narrator to a macho movie cowboy, a middle-aged innocent from America’s heartland, and the hard-as-nails call girl would-be-star whom they all lust after. An unforgettable portrayal of a world that mocks the real and rewards the sham, turns its back on love to plunge into empty sex, and breeds a savage violence that is its own undoing, this novel stands as a classic indictment of all that is most extravagant and uncontrolled in American life.


What Maisie Knew by Henry James

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After her parents’ bitter divorce, young Maisie Farange finds herself turned into a ‘little feathered shuttlecock’ to be swatted back and forth by her selfish mother, Ida, and her vain father, Beale, who value her only as a means of provoking one another. And when both take lovers and remarry, Maisie-solitary, observant and wise beyond her years- is drawn into an entangled adult world of intrigue and sexual betrayal, until she is finally compelled to choose her own future. Published in 1897 when Henry James was becoming increasingly experimental with narrative technique and fascinated by the idea of the child’s-eye view, What Maisie Knew is a subtle, intricate yet devastating portrayal of an innocent adrift in a corrupt society.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.


Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.


Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne

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The intrepid Professor Liedenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth’s very core. In his quest to penetrate the planet’s primordial secrets, the geologist–together with his quaking nephew Axel and their devoted guide, Hans–discovers an astonishing subterranean menagerie of prehistoric proportions. Verne’s imaginative tale is at once the ultimate science fiction adventure and a reflection on the perfectibility of human understanding and the psychology of the questor.


Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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When Emma Rouault marries Charles Bovary she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women’s magazines. But Charles is a dull country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realize her dreams she takes a lover, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair.


Thank you again to Meghan over at Roads Group for sending me these classics! I can’t wait to dive into these classic beauties. divider2

These are the books I (or the bf) bought for myself:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.


Note: I have read this book and instantly became one of my favorite books ever! Check out my review here

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

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The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.


Note: I am currently reading this book and enjoying it so far! Follow my reading updates on my Twitter account here.

The Diviner by Libba Bray

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Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.


And this is the book of Fairyloot’s May box!

Ruined by Amy Tintera

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A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.


That all for my June’s book haul! I hope you liked some if not all of my purchases. What did you get this month? And what books are you planning to get next month? July is my birth month but I am not expecting much books because I am trying to control this book buying thing, lol.

Here they are, altogether now –

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Talk to you soon! Ciao! ❤



Book Haul: March to May



Hi guys! It’s been a while since I last posted a book haul (particularly back in February). I haven’t been hauling as much so I find it a bit irrelevant to post them monthly since I am posting it anyway on my Instagram the moment I bought (or received) a book.

So anyway, I decided to put together today all the books that I have been able to acquire for the past 3 months for you to see! It’s kinda big if I put it this way, but whatever, let’s get in to it:

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I’ll be putting in Goodreads links to blurbs for less hyped or new books so you’ll get to know more about them. 🙂

Starting from the bottom all the way to the top, let’s begin with:

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

I collect AiW book so whenever I spot an edition that I love on bookstores/second hand shops, I immediately grab it. This one is a Robert Frederick edition with gorgeous illustrations inside.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

This beauty I got from the April box of Fairy Loot. Here’s a blurb from Goodreads.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Another one from a Fairy Loot box – this one from the March box. Here’s a blurb.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I got this from my bookish bff, Jes (@jesyshelf). It was fresh from release when she texted me and told me she reserved (and paid for) a copy on our local bookstore. I love her!

I literally have no idea what Lady Midnight is about though since I haven’t read the TMI series. I only read Clockwork Angel from TID but so looking forward to getting to it.

The Crown by Kiera Cass

The fifth and final book from the Selection series. It followed The Heir which was released last year. This book and The Heir follows the story of America’s daughter, Eadlyn into her very own selection process. Fans of Kiera Cass and The Selection series shouldn’t miss these.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Total cover buy. Lol. But no regrets ’cause this book was amazing! You can find the blurb and my rating and review here.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Got this book from Penguin! (Thank you!) They also gave me a bumblebee socks to match 🙂 This story is utterly heartbreaking. I cannot wait to watch the movie so I could break my heart some more. Read the blurb and my review here.

Animus by Tiffany Fitzhenry

This book is given to me by the author herself for review. This is part of the Oldest Soul Trilogy. I actually took the test to find out how old my soul was and I got the Zodiac which is the Oldest of the old souls. Really interesting premise! Here’s a goodreads link.

Also, you can take the Soul age test here:

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The much talked about and hyped book of them all.. The final book in the Raven Cycle series. I pre-ordered a copy from Book Depository but I got a wrong edition. It doesn’t match my existing books in the Raven Cycle series. And not to mention it’s a bit damaged. Emailed them about it and they refunded me on full amount. So this book is basically free. Win-Win 🙂

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Is my latest haul (just yesterday). And I bought it because the cover has dogs! Lol. I have actually been seeing this book all over Instagram but I’m not paying that much attention until I looked closer the other day and learned about the dogs. So yeah.. Here’s a blurb from goodreads.

A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Another uber hyped books that is all over my Instagram and Twitter. I decided to buy it already since a lot of people have recommended it to me. I’m currently reading ACOTAR and I’m liking it so far.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

The third book from the Raven Cycle series. I spent an eternity looking for this book. It wasn’t conveniently available on our local bookstores and I do not know why!

Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno

Given to me by the author as well for review purposes. It was recently awarded as the no. 1 book in its genre and I’ve heard good things about this, so really excited to get in to it. Here’s the blurb.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Are all given by RockPaperBooks! They publish some of our favorite classics and give them a modern art cover which are seriously drop dead gorgeous! Take a look at the other beautiful remade classic covers on their Instagram account!

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

It’s the second book in the author’s Kingkiller Chronicles. I purchased the first book a few months back. Heard nothing but good things about these books as well!

The Wander Society by Keri Smith

Another one (and a surprise) from Penguin! The author of the famous Wreck this Journal is at it again with an interesting work. Find out how the author came across this idea and the act of wandering.


And there goes my haul these past few months. Hope you like them, and if you have any book suggestions that you think I should get next, then hit me in the comment section below!

Until next haul 🙂



February and Leap Day Bookhaul


I say it on my title like I have bought too much. Haha, I don’t have a lot to share on this haul post but I’d have to say I am still happy with this loot. I might not get to post a lot of haul for the next coming months because well, I have to save and my room is (again) literally cluttered with books everywhere – not that I’m complaining. Someday soon even my bed will have books on them.

Anyway, to get to the chase, here are the books that I was able to get this month:

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Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay 

Most of you know where this gem came from ❤ Boyfriend got this for me on Valentine’s. And it’s the perfect gift any bookworm and potterhead girl could ever ask for.

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

– is the book I bought myself after I finally had the strength to get out of bed. It’s kind of like a celebratory gift to myself for finally being well (or just an excuse to buy a book, haha). This book is not a novel, it’s a collection of short stories.

22522808Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In “Adventure Story”–a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane–Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience “A Calendar of Tales” are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year–stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale “The Case of Death and Honey”. And “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.

Towering by Alex Flinn

– is a buy that I could not resists. It was so cheap and it’s a hardcover and did I forget to mention it is an absolute cover buy?! Towering is a stand alone retelling of Rapunzel (which is a character I love), plus Alex Flinn is the author of Beastly which I also loved. Here’s a blurb from goodreads:

15806868High in my tower I sit. I watch the birds fly below, the clouds float above, and the tall green forest stretch to places I might never see.

Mama, who isn’t my mother, has kept me hidden away for many years. My only companions, besides Mama, are my books—great adventures, mysteries, and romances that I long to make my reality. But I know that no one will come to save me—my life is not a fairy tale after all.

Well, at least no one has come so far. Recently, my hair has started to grow rapidly and it’s now long enough to reach the bottom of the tower from my window. I’ve also had the strangest dreams of a beautiful green-eyed man.

When Mama isn’t around, I plan my escape, even if it’s just for a little while. There’s something—maybe someone—waiting for me out there and it won’t find me if I’m trapped here Towering above it all.

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

– bought together with Towering. I am feeling a little “Dangerous Girls” vibe to it so I decided to buy this one too. I’m a sucker for mysterious crime thriller stories so yeah..

20909906A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

Before Wings by Beth Goobie

– is on freaking sale on a Leap Day! It costs so little and the cover is soooo beautiful it reminded me of The Shock of the Fall. I also saw it has a fairly good reviews on Goodreads so I bought it as well.

before-wings-FFifteen-year-old Adrien barely survived a brain aneurysm two years earlier, and is haunted by the fact that she could die from another one at any time. In fact, issues of life and death completely fill her world at Camp Lakeshore, owned and operated by her Aunt Erin, a woman with a haunted past of her own. Adrien bonds with Paul, a teen who is convinced that he has dreamt of his own death and that it will happen on his next birthday. She also seems to be experiencing events in the lives of five girls, a group of campers who died long ago in a tragic accident. Anyone who ever spent time at a summer camp will recognize Camp Lakeshore, with its bad T-shirts, cliques, bullies, and time-honored rituals. Adrien is a sympathetic and believable character: intelligent, stubborn, funny, filled with confusion and doubt, but ultimately open to the possibility that she just might have a future after all. This could have been a terribly bleak and depressing book, but it isn’t. Its engaging characters, realistic setting, and upbeat ending will satisfy teen readers.

And lastly, a leap-day buy as well..

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

– I saw a fellow Filipino bookstagrammer post a picture this one so I asked her where she bought it because I’ve been looking for this book everywhere. And angels bless her, she told me she has an extra copy reserved for her and she could transfer it to my name. Gaaaah! Thank God for good people. So yeah I got this and there’s no one stopping me. Lol.

20983362In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

There you have it, my not so much haul on this year’s February. Have you been on a book buying splurge this month? Or on a book buying ban? Let me know what books you got or wanting to get in the comments! I’d love to hear some recos. 🙂

Till next time!



3 months (or more?) worth of BOOK HAUL!


It’s been a few months since I last did a book haul post and it’s because I don’t haul as much anymore. Yeah I know, it’s probably hard to believe right after my 30+ bought books stunt in a month but I’ve been really sticking to my self-imposed book buying ban, and I think I did a pretty good job. 😉

So presenting… my 3 months worth of bookhaul!!!


1 – So starting from the top is the ONLY book these past few months that I actually bought with my own money. Yep. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve heard so many great reviews on this one so I broke my ban a bit and went ahead and buy this gem. It doesn’t cost that much either.

2 – 5 The next four books which are looking all worn out is from a second hand bookstore in Abu Dhabi. 3 of them are Agatha Christie’s books and my sister got them from me. I have The Mysterious Affairs at Styles, Miss Marple Complete Short Stories, and The Mousetrap all by Christie, and It’s the Little Things by Erica James.

6 – 7 Next in pile is of course the Stars Above by Marissa Meyer which my bf bought for me just a few days ago. I also had Winter by Meyer as well and again thanks to my boyfriend. Both these books are unexpected buys, but ironically, the most anticipated. Does that makes sense?

8 – 9 The next two books are from author friends – I have Storm Front by Diana Robinson who sent me her books along with a couple of items. So sweet! And I also received the next book in Lauren Salem’s Eternal Feud series which is the Revenge of Rivals. 

10 – 11 Next two books are again from my boyfriend – I think i’m rather spoiled. He bought me After Alice  by  Gregory Maguire.  And just a few weeks ago, he surprised me with Pride, Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith adapted from Jane Austen’s original novel of course. I actually posted a heartfelt gratitude posts about these on Instagram. Haha.

12 – 14 The next three hardbacks are from subscription box/bags that requested for my unboxing reviews – I got The House by Christina Lauren and The August 5 by Jenna Helland along with A LOT of awesome goodies from The Lovingly Bookish subscription bag. These two books are part of their November and December bags.  Then I got Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliot also with a lot of cool stuffs which is the December box of OwlCrate’s subscription box.

15 – 16 The last two gorgeous books are again, for the nth time – from my boyfriend. I am such a LUCKY girl :)) He got me Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass and Illuminae by Kaufmann and Kristoff.

It’s overwhelming (and funny) that I still have such an amazing haul even if I am dutifully fulfilling my book buying ban. Thank you people of the earth for not letting me down! XD I will probably share my tips on how to stick to your own book buying ban – soonish!

Hope you like my haul!

Till next time!


SEPTEMBER BOOK HAUL! (feat: August bookhaul too)


Okay guys, my blog is up and running again, and to kinda prove that to you, I had to post this no chill (again) bookhaul this month (and last month….)

There’d been far too many bookstore sales and book fairs that I cannot resist the urge to splurge and get myself these many beautiful babies. So without further adieu, here’s the wonderful books I got myself this month (and a little feature of last month’s haul as well…)

sept haul

1-6 :The TMI (The Mortal Instruments) box set was from Powerbooks Megamall when they were at 20% off on all books.  I just can’t let them go. The spines killed me.

7-9: The TID (The Infernal Devices) box set was from Fullybooked Trinoma. I actually bought those before the TMI set. I haven’t read any book from this series and seeing the glorious spines made me realize this is the best time to finally start reading them. Haha.

10: Peter Pan (JG kids Edition) was from SM Valenzuela’s Book Sale. Yep. The wonderful illustrated edition was for only a little over 200 pesos. Talk about great finds.

11: Queen of Shadows hardbound was from the Fullybooked’s booth at MIBF (Manila International Book Fair). At 20%!

12: An Ember in the Ashes hardbound also from FB – MIBF, also at 20%!

13: Snow Like Ashes hardbound, from FB – MIBF (i guess I just have to say that all books I got from MIBF is 20% off. Thank the Gods!

14: Heir of Fire paperback (so excited about this, I literally shoved the man blocking it from my reach) Haha. Also from FB –  MIBF.

15: Memories from Powerbooks Trinoma. The precious last copy! This was really meant for me. Also at 20%!

16-17: The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves paperback from FB – MIBF. Don’t have yet the third book.

18: Library of Souls in paperback. This is from the boyfriend. And it think he got this from Bibliarch in Glorietta 3.

19: Never, Never Part Two! OMG. Finally. Haha, this is unbelievably pricey for its size but who cares. I love it. I’m dying for the third one to come out. This is the only book I got from National Bookstore’s booth at MIBF. Thankfully at 20% off too!

20-21: Peter Pan; and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Puffin Chalk edition) are my fave buys last MIBF! They are just so cute and so tiny and so adorable. I can’t help myself. Plus I’m collecting Alice’s books so why not add this to my collection. 🙂

There you go guys, my September bookhaul is far from chill. LOL. This is also one of the best hauls this year in terms of the books I got (because most of it are books that I’ve been wanting for so loooong and now they are finally in my hands).

And just to  prove to you that I have gone berserk (in book hauling) this past few months, I must show you what I got last month, I have gone a “little” overboard too:

aug haul

Got majority of these from the National Bookstore Warehouse Sale in Quezon City last month which was traumatic at every level! But I’m glad I fought for my books. Prices are almost at 90% off! Haha. I got there Little Star, Casual Vacancy, Moondog, Halo Graphic Novel, Shadow of Blackbirds, Wondla Series, Zom-B Underground, Kenny and the Dragon, Marvelous Land of Oz; and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

Went also to Books for Less Warehouse Sale in Pasig – where books are only P20. Got few there though: Bogmail, Love’s Fragile Flames, and a Broken Vessel to name a few.

Dead Girls Don’t Lie I got from Fullybooked BGC! Where the staff recognized me and told me he has seen me a lot of times in SM North FB. Ugh. Am I that addict? :DD

Splintered trilogy was from SM North Fullybooked which was purchased using my boyfriends gift certificates!

I’ve also bought 3 Alice in Wonderland books to add to my collection 😀

The Little Black Classics I got from Fullybooked SM North and Trinoma.

And that’s about it. I don’t even want to compute how much is my overall damage for this. GAAAHHD. I am onto a strict book buying ban for the rest of the year! (I hope).