Last Sept. 17, me and some of my friends went to Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) 2015 where all the bookworms and book lovers unite (sort of 🙂 ) because all the books are 20% off, some are even 50% and some are like 70% or 80% off! And of course, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
We were there even before SMX opened because we were so excited! And I really was thankful that I came as early as I could because some of the books that I bought were sold out after about an hour or so. Also, it feels like heaven, though my wallet until now is crying, because wherever you look at, all you got to see are BOOKS! There’s no place like home. 🙂
I was expecting a slower payment and longer queue but NO! Everything seems organized and the payment was fast enough though there are really a lot of people. I think the secret is to really come as early as you could so you can find books without too much hassle and can visit more booths!
I promised myself that next year, I’d save up more money to buy more books! I’d like to thank the people behind #MIBF2015 for making this event possible and for giving every book enthusiast the opportunity to buy more books with lesser price. YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST.
Here are the new members of my book family and I am so delighted that I finally have them!
Let me tell you the reasons why these ten books won my heart and why I chose to buy them above the million of books in the #MIBF2015.
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom- I bought it because one fact about me is that I love all of Albom’s books (well, aside from Paulo Coelho :)) and this is one of his books I haven’t read yet. Also, Ace, my friend who’s with me, said that this is one of his favorite so of course, I JUST HAVE TO BUY AND READ THIS.
Khaled Hosseini’s Box Set- Aside from the huge discount that I acquired in buying this book, I’ve heard lots of positive reviews about these books and I think it’s the perfect time for me to buy these. A literary winners like these should be really on my top-to-be-read list. 🙂
Cinder by Marissa Meyer- Okay. I don’t know but I want to read this Lunar Chronicles soooo bad. Aside from the book covers that are very catchy, I think I don’t have any reason why I want this so bad. But, I’ve heard some good reviews about this series, so I hope I wouldn’t be disappointed! 🙂
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling- I don’t have to explain this. I JUST NEED TO BUY THESE TWO BOOKS SO I CAN START AND BE A WIZARD RIGHT AWAY.
Confess by Colleen Hoover- Because I loved Maybe Someday and Ugly Love, I think I’d want to try to read this book too! (Colleen is really competing to be one of my fave authors too!)
Winger by Andrew Smith- BECAUSE. THEY. SAID. I. SHOULD. READ. THIS. THEY. SAID. IT. IS. SOOOOOOO. GOOD. SO. YES. I. BOUGHT. IT.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda- Lately, I’ve been reading about LGBT books, and I enjoyed them. This book is on my to-buy-list for so long and finally I found a copy of this. Actually, when I found this sitting on the shelf, I immediately grabbed it. There’s one copy left and when my friend asked me where I found this, we went to the shelf and found out it was sold out. So, lucky me! 🙂
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
He returns to our world – now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began – and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so. || Goodreads
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic. || Goodreads
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love. || Goodreads
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.
Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page. || Goodreads
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. || Goodreads
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself. || Goodreads
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously? || Goodreads
Confess by Colleen Hoover
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… || Goodreads
Winger by Andrew Smith
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.
With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.
Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking. || Goodreads
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. || Goodreads
This is one of my major book haul and I hope I have more time to read than to buy books and pile up my tbr. 😀