Okay, so it’s no secret that ever since I got fully adjusted with work, that I’ve been quite inactive on here. Only being able to post fully drafted and scheduled posts, I’m really quite limited. With Sundays being the only free day I get to brainstorm and word vomit, I can’t help but neglect and leave Book Freak Revelations hanging every now and then. It’s with a prideful heart, though, that today, I get to finally share with everyone ALL THE BOOKS I got during the months of October and November! It’s been months since I last posted a haul post, so I might as well post one now, right?
Not too long ago, Jenna of Reading with Jenna tagged me to do 2 book tags for my blog. She basically combined the How I Read Tag with the TBR Book Tag but I, personally, wanted to separate it and create two posts out of one tagging. Thank you for tagging me, Jenna! You are wonderful! (Check out her post here. Also, I already posted my entry for the How I Read Book Tag here.)
So, basically, just like most of the tags I am tagged to do, there are some questions for me to answer. Read on for my answers to the TBR Book Tag.
It’s once again that part of the week where I show you guys my list of top ten! This week, I am ecstatic to share with you guys my top ten books of all time! Regardless of the genre, the age category, whatever. The books that I will be listing down all have a very special place in my heart. Either they were my companions as I was growing up, or they were there for me when I was going through a tough time, these books are indeed a part of me. Also, I recommend each and every book that I will specify down below.
#10: How to Love by Katie Cotugno – I’ve read this debut novel from Katie when it first came out sometime 2013, and after I read it, I found a new love in the contemporary genre. With this book, I’ve developed a deep endearment with stories with second chances themes. I fell in love with the idea of falling in love for the second time. How To Love will always have a special place in my heart for that sole reason alone.
#9: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks – This book is what made me fall in love with novels with familial love. I can recall how I wept as I read and turn the pages of this book. It’s invigorating to read a work of fiction that won’t only give you swoon and romance, but also a renowned sense of pride for having to call your family, your family.
#8: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I loved the concept of this one! I adored the characters, and their background stories, and the same goes to Rainbow Rowell’s writing. The story telling technique she used in writing this wonderful novel was impeccable, compelling readers to just read and keep on turning pages.
#7: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Here’s a confession for everyone: I actually watched the movies before I read the books in The Hunger Games Series. Well, all except Mockingjay. I was in awe with the movie adaptation of Catching Fire and I am glad that the book was equally as awesome if not more. Favorite scene? Definitely the opening of the Quarter Quell!
#6: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I’ve probably told you about this but The Lightning Thief was the first book that I’ve read for leisure, and it was the book that initially got me to read for fun! At the time, I was in love with Greek Mythology and I was so hyped to have encountered a book which involves Greek Myths, Demigods, and more! You guys can’t even imagine how pumped up I was for this series! Also, Rick Riordan’s writing style is amazing! The way he inserted humor in action-filled scenes and pages was just impressive!
#5: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – The fault in our stars is the first book I’ve read by John Green. I was spoiled about the ending but it really didn’t matter to me that much then because I wasn’t half the bibliophile I am now. I thought that the writing style and story telling technique was great. I had a few initial comments about how the book started but it was overshadowed by my amazement with how the book ended. We all know that it was going to be heartbreaking and yet, I wasn’t ready. Yeah, I cried a lot.
#4: Looking for Alaska by John Green – Looking For Alaska was something I read out of impulse because a friend recommended it to me. I wasn’t at all that hooked as I was reading the first few parts of the book, but I, too, was shocked as the story progressed. I can relate with the book’s main character, Miles, and there was this scene which made me tear up, and it felt powerful and inspiring. Up to this date, this is still my favorite book by John Green.
#3: Confess by Colleen Hoover – I read this book because of the hype, I’m gonna be honest. But I was already a fan of the queen long before I even considered buying a copy. But what made me fall in love with this specific title is the bond between Colleen and her fans. The book contained real life confessions from her fans and I felt like it was a wonderful privilege for those who got to share their secrets! Also, the amount of swoon, plot twists, and romance in this book was too damn strong to ignore!
#2: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – You all know how much this book / series mean to me, right? Heck this was what once again hooked me to the Fantasy genre! I love how Sarah Maas playfully wrote about our most favorite Assassin, Celaena Sardothien and was able to tell us a breathtaking story of how she IS one of the best Young Adult female characters since Katniss Everdeen! Also, it’s September 1st! Happy Book Birthday to Sarah J. Maas and Queen of Shadows!
And yes, you all know what’s my most favorite book of all time. No doubt:
#1: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – If I’m not mistaken, this also claimed the #1 spot on my Top Ten Books of 2015! This is such a great work of art, I can’t even move on from it until now! It’s been 9 months already, can you believe it? As I’ve recently said in an interview:
“All The Bright Places is a book which helped me cope up with depression. I’ve experienced losing a bunch of friends last December 2014, and I turned to this book for help. I was aware that Theodore Finch, a character in the book, was also depressed for completely different reasons. The same goes for Violet Markey. I guess, what made me love this work of art, is because it was the closest to a friend I had at the time I read it. All The Bright Places was my only friend when no one was there to pat my back or to give me a hug. That’s why I have a huge attachment towards this piece of treasure.”
There you have it! Sharing this list, for me, was like sharing a piece of me to everyone who reads my blog. These books are all special to me because in a way, it helped me shape my views in life, and my literary preferences. I hope you enjoy reading this post just as I enjoyed reminiscing the moments when I read these books. ♥
What is YOUR favorite book of all time? Let me know on the comment section down below! 🙂
Last July 5, 2015, I attended a book signing event and got the chance to meet 3 absolutely gorgeous authors Katie Cotugno (author of How to Love and 99 Days), Melissa Kantor (author of Maybe One Day and Better than Perfect), and Robyn Schneider (author of The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means).
As some of you may already know, Contemporary is my FAVORITE genre. I love realistic fiction and this book signing event is one of my absolute favorites. Some would say that reading contemporary books are exclusive to high school readers readers but I would have to gladly and proudly disagree.
So anyway, just like my previous event recap posts, this will probably be bombarded with photos as well. Read no further if you’re tired of seeing my face. Haha! 🙂
So I lined up early in the morning of July 4. I was at Shangri-la Plaza by 6:30am. I know. Too early, right? But again, these authors are the loves of my life so I had to commit to attending this signing. Right? Joined by my friends Camille, Cerise, Feather, and Lori, we were early birds waiting for our favorite authors.
We actually encountered a few issues due to our “too early line-up” but it was nothing we can’t handle. So we left the our too-early queue and spent our entire day inside Shangri-la Mall. We played Uno, Monopoly Deal, and we actually celebrated one of our friend’s birthday. Other than that, the day before the actual event was quite uneventful.
So, as the mall closed, we went back in line and endured a few unruly moms who were claiming that they were “the first people in line”. They told us that they were there since the night of July 3 which was impossible since we didn’t saw them until that night. But, what the heck.
To pass the time, we played UNO and Monopoly all night. Friendships were severed and some slaps were thrown all through out that time.
Afterwards, as the consequence of waking up early and being energetic all day got to us, we took some time off and took a nap. We went to one of our friend’s homes afterwards to take a shower and sleep some more and by 7:30am of the actual day of the signing, we were all there to line up for the official queue.
After taking lots of pictures, talking and bonding some more with my friends, we entered the premises of Shangri-la Plaza to register at around 9:30am. And unfortunately, I was registered as the 4th person in line.
After getting settled, arranging my things, and organizing my books for the signing, we took a picture at the stage of the venue as a tradition. And we ate lunch and went for a stroll around the mall afterwards. Like the day before, as I’ve mentioned, it was quite uneventful.
The gorgeous authors arrived by 2:00pm. Fans were screaming like crazy, myself included, just by seeing Katie, Melissa, and Robyn. As always, the crowd of Filipino readers never fail to amaze me, and the authors as well, I’m sure.
- Katie Cotugno is a huge fan of imperfect people and imperfect stories. It’s what urged her to write about characters who made mistakes and went on life trying to change said mistakes and make their world beautiful again. She’s not fond of writing a story filled with perfection since she doesn’t know anyone with a perfect life.
- Katie started writing How To Love when she was a sixteen year old girl. At the time, she wanted to tell people the story of two protagonists who were feeling and going through what she was. Being a teenager, she felt different emotions which caused her to make a few mistakes and such. Everything felt so intense, important, and relevant and this was what she wanted to write about. These are the stories she was a fan of.
- Right after hearing Katie’s opinion, Melissa Kantor agreed and felt the same way about imperfect stories. She added that it (referring to imperfection) is what makes a story great and enjoyable to read.
- Robyn Schneider writes Young Adult novels because she thinks that every book she writes about are about the boys she dated in the past and the first boy she ever kissed. It reminds her of the fun and excitement she felt when she was a young girl who dated these guys and it makes her memories be re-lived.
- Melissa’s writing style and creative process was a traditional one. She had to first know what was supposed to happen before putting it in writing. She didn’t want to start writing and after a few chapters, would get lost in trying to make up something that was supposed to be endured by her characters. She wanted to be sure of what her story was all about first.
- Katie and her husband has been together since high school and most of her portrayal of falling in love was based on her own personal experience just like many authors out there.
- Robyn wrote about male characters and they were all a little bit like her. Ezra from The Beginning of Everything was like her when she was in high school and she was kind of like Sadie from Extraordinary Means when she was in college.
- The names of Katie’s characters just came to her as she was writing How to Love and 99 Days. It was never a complication for her to write and invent names for her stories.
- Robyn, on the other hand, first had an argument as to what the names of her characters will be, but won said argument, and thus, named a character Ezra.
- Robyn classified herself as a Slytherin when she was asked as to what house she was in the world of Harry Potter. But when she was young and just started reading the classic, she classified herself, like any other reader, as a Gryffindor.
Right after the interview, the event continued on to the book signing process. Below are some of my signed books and Instax photographs.
Here’s a signed copy of How to Love and 99 Days and an Instax Photograph of me and Katie Cotugno. Out of the three authors, she is my favorite because her book How to Love is one of my absolute favorite YA contemporary books. She was absolutely pretty and she was such a classy woman!
Here’s a signed copy of Maybe One Day and Better than Perfect and an Instax Photograph of me and Melissa Kantor. As I had my books signed, I told her that even if she thought that Zoe was hard to like, I loved her either way.
Here’s a signed copy of The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means and an Instax Photograph of me and Robyn Schneider. As I went over to her signing area and had my books signed, I told her the truth that I hadn’t read her books yet and she was sweet and told me that it was fine and now I can read a signed copy which was cool.
After the signing, went to SM Megamall and I went on a book haul (which I’ll be posting about later.), and we ate lunch and went home afterwards. I can’t believe that I was up for almost 48 hours and I’m proud to say that even though my back’s hurting right now and I’m getting leg cramps ever 30 minutes, everything was still worth.
Thank you again to the people of National Bookstore, especially Kuya James who I met yesterday, for bringing these fabulous ladies to the Philippines! I can’t even begin to express how happy I am to meet these stunning women. My 2015 started out great with James Frey, Leigh Bardugo, and E. Lockhart. Please keep on making bringing our favorite authors here! 🙂