Reading preferences

It’s time for another link-up courtesy of The Book chewers. This week we’re all about our bookish preferences.

Prompt: How do you like your eggs . . . er, books? Make a list of your usual reading locations, a list of favorite genres (substitute authors if you wish), and a list of reading snacks. When you’re done, try combining items from each list. Which combo sounds best to you, right at this moment? You can take this as far as you like and make multiple combinations for all occasions.

Locations

1. My bed surrounded by pillows and blankets

2. Sitting slumped on my room’s floor

3. Coffee shop near my office

 

Genres

1. Dystopian

2. Historical fiction

3. Fantasy

4. Poetry

5. Memoirs

6. Nonfiction

 

Snacks (this is where I really get picky)

1. almond M&M’s

2. dried mangoes

3. Pringles (the plain one)

4. chocolate chip cookies

 

Right now, some dystopian reading sounds really good to me. I want to be curled up in my blanket while a bowl of dried mangoes wait to be munched on my desk.

34th Manila International Book Fair

It is that time of year again when book lovers of all ages from all over the country unite. It is the Manila International Book Fair,

The 34th MIBF will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City from September 11 to 15.

Check out MIBF‘s site for more information. See you there!

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ABC Book Challenge

THIS POST IS INSPIRED BY THE BOOK CHEWERS’S WEEKLY BLOG LINK-UP 

For someone who’s a self-diagnosed OC sufferer, I am not that neat. I am, after all, leaning more towards the compulsive side of OCD (that’s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, for those of you who don’t know, but I doubt it!)

Going back, I’m not that neat so when I line up my books on my shelf I usually arrange them by the name of their authors. But making an ABC made up of book titles is interesting so I’ll give it a shot. I’ll list down the first title that comes to mind.

Here goes:

A – A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby)

B – Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)

C – Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

D – Divergent (Veronica Roth)

E – Every Day (David Levithan)

F – The Fault in our Stars (John Green)

G – Good Omens (Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett)

H – The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

I – The Iliad (Homer)

J – Just Listen (Sarah Dessen)

K – The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)

L –  The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman)

M – Matched (Ally Condie)

N – Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)

O – On The Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)

P – Prodigy (Marie Lu)

Q – ?!

R – The Realm of Possibility (David Levithan)

S – Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)

T – The Titan’s Curse (Rick Riordan)

U – Unbelievable (Sara Shepard)

V – Veronika Decides to Die (Paulo Coelho)

W – Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Maria Semple)

X – ?!

Y – ?!

Z – The Zahir (Paulo Coelho)

Phew! That was kind of hard. I had to go through the list of books I borrowed from the library to complete this. Three letters missing, I think that’s good enough.

Me, Fangirling and My Current Book Stack

I don’t usually get giddy over talking to or seeing famous people. Note, I said “not usually”, which means that there are some exceptional moments when I actually do get giddy and happy and cheery and whatever one may and should feel when someone you admire actually ACTUALLY replies to you.

I’ve just paid off the month’s bills and it goes to say that money’s a bit tight right now so I had to make some necessary cuts. I usually buy two, three books every pay day but this cut off I can only buy one, and I hate having to choose between books. It feels so much like a betrayal. I swear, if I become rich, I will buy one branch of my favorite bookstore. I will live there and I will turn it into a library of some sorts for those people who don’t have enough to buy new books.

It was a battle between Gayle Forman‘s If I Stay and Libba Bray‘s The Diviners. In the end, Libba Bray’s novel won out because it was the only copy left in the book store.

Then I tweeted this after I got the book:

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I sent out that tweet without expecting any replies back, so I really went all giddy when I received this:

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Talk about fangirling!!! Yes, I am. Gadh! That’s Libba Bray! I’m just so happy and surprised she even saw my tweet. (Please excuse me for fangirling again.)

I still have a few books to read before I can get to The Diviners. Here’s my reading stack right now:

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I have a couple of things coming up within the next two weeks. A couple of reviews for Debra Driza‘s debut Mila 2.0 and Neil Gaiman‘s (gasp) newest release in six years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I may also finish the thing I’m writing about David Levithan‘s Every Day.

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you guys are doing great wherever you are. Happy reading!

XOXO

Rachel

Before anything, a foreword

I have been thinking about putting up a separate blog for all my bookish stuff for weeks now. I’ve been blogging for years. Right now I have my Tumblr blog – The Bright-eyed Wanderer – where I put everything and The Magic Room Project – a site which I share with some very good friends. I thought creating one more blog to add to the ones I already have was just too much. Blogging takes time and effort. You have to maintain it, post regularly – it is like taking care of a pet only minus scooping up poop and daily walks.

Yesterday, I was chatting with my best friend on Facebook. I asked her if making another blog fully dedicated to all my bookish stuff was a good idea. I presented her with the following points: (1) Pros: 1.1 Contents will be more organized, 1.2 Book-related posts won’t be buried under my reblogged stuff, 1.3 (and this weigh heaviest) I won’t be tempted to just reblog other people’s posts; (2) Cons: 2.1 Another log in to memorize and add to my growing number of log infortions, 2.2 Maintenance, obviously, 2.3 Me being naturally negativistic towards starting a new project. It was an equal game.

Guess what, I caved in and thus In Between Book Pages is born. *jazz hands*

I have always loved books and reading, It’s my second love with writing coming at first and somehow this blog will combine both. My first posts following this one would have already been posted on my Tumblr page. But I promise there will be fresh ones coming soon.

So, there you go. This has been my sort of foreword. Whoever you are, wherever you are I hope that you enjoy whatever I post here and, of course, you are welcome to leave comments.

XOXO

Rachel

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