[Book Tags #5] The TBR Book Tag

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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.

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[Event Recap #7] #PLF2015 – Matthew Quick Book Signing Event

EVENT RECAPIMG_5542So last August 30, I had the privilege to join my bookish friends and attend the book signing by their “well-recommended” author, Matthew Quick. I have heard of him and his books, but I am yet to read one by him. However, I am familiar with Silver Linings Playbook, which I have watched as a movie adaptation. I wasn’t going to let my chance to meet and have some books signed by this amazing dude pass me by! I knew I had to go!

I arrived at Raffles Makati with two of my friends from my squad at around 6:00AM. We were welcomed by others who spent the night there for they attended the previous day’s signing event as well. We talked about what went down the day before and got settled in to play some UNO. Me and my bookish friends would never let a chance to play this game pass by, you know! After a round or two, people started lining up and as the time of registration came closer, I bought a hardcover copy of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock there at the venue. I was supposed to buy only a Trade Paperback copy so that I could also buy Silver Linings Playbook, but there wasn’t any, so I wasn’t able to purchase and have the latter, signed. *sighs* There were lots of titles available for everyone to purchase! Philippine Literature was the highlight of this event, and so, there were dozens of said books on display for purchase.IMG_5543I’m not gonna lie. The hardcover copies of Love May Fail and The Good Luck of Right Now were tempting! Good thing I didn’t have extra money to buy them, because you can just imagine if I did. Oh, and did I mention that these books are on sale with 20% discount? Yeah, cool, right?

Once I made my purchase, I went back in line to register for the event and claim my festival and signing passes. I was the 12th person in line, and I didn’t even spend the night! I was beyond excited at this point!

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I also got to meet Justine of Bookwor Maniac and Jayvee The Misfit Writer again! We’ve been friends online and it’s great seeing my co-blogging friends here at the event! I also got to meet Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, Kai of Amaterasu Reads, and Jesselle of The Lifelong Bookworm in real life!! I felt shy about saying hi and introducing myself to them, but I just had to! They are bloggers who I look up to, and they inspire me to do good with what I do here on Book Freak Revelations. 🙂 Unfortunately, I have no photos to prove that this wonderful experience did occur. 😦

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Once we got the passes, we went out to eat our late breakfasts and we talked about our plans for the next signing events that we will be attending, mainly #CTCinPH and #KCinPH. (Christine Brae, Tarryn Fisher, Colleen Hoover in PH and Kiera Cass in PH, all hosted by the amazing National Bookstore). Will you guys be there? Be sure to say hi if you are!

We went to Powerbooks Greenbelt next to browse some titles that they have on sale! By the way, did you know that they’re having their annual Power Sale? Discounts of up to 50% off, you guys! I suggest you go now, and haul your books for future signing events! You might also meet your next favorite book! It’s up until September 13! You have exactly 13 days to save up and purchase some great reads! I actually bought a copy of The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher which I will get her to sign this September 13! 🙂

We went back to Raffles afterward to rest, freshen up, and do some last minute outfit changes, and we were finally allowed to enter the ballroom area where the signing was held! Once we were settled, we took the remaining time to take photos. Who was I to say no to pictorials, right?IMG_5556

After tens of thousands of clicks and captures, we then (seriously now) sat and waited in anticipation for Matthew Quick. Thank the Gods for wireless internet connection!

Ms. Yvette of National Bookstore went on stage to introduce Matthew Quick shortly thereafter. Without waiting for anything at all, the program proceeded to the interview with the author, focusing on his stay here in the Philippines, his books, and his literary journey.

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(Above photo snagged from NBS’ twitter account) Here are the things I’ve gathered from Ms. Yvette’s interview with the amazing Matthew Quick.:

  • Matthew Quick views his characters not as mentally disturbed, but as regular people with problems. He writes more about characters with mental illnesses because it’s dear to his heart and his writing is his way to talk about this endearment.
  • For him, Literature is another medium to talk about issues such as mental illnesses, depression, suicide, etc., and that it’s a great way to release tension and to just let everything out.
  • His parents are supportive about his writing. They read his books and it actually makes their relationship better. He also mentioned that his Dad also hands out copies of his books to his clients.
  • A reason why he loves books and writing is that “We get something in it that we don’t in regular conversation.” He also mentioned that people want to read about secrets, which people don’t usually put on for show.
  • Rejections wasn’t a surprise for Matthew because in order to get published, you need to be thick-skinned because it’s hard to do so in the United States. He experienced being rejected 70 times by agents alone. But he believed in something, and so, he kept on pushing until it eventually paid off.
  • He also mentioned that “Finding the right agent is like dating. It’s not about how great the date is, but it’s about finding the perfect match.”
  • Matthew was a high school English teacher before he became a writer. With his previous job, he felt profoundly sad, trapped, miserable, and he silently resented his students.
  • When he finally started writing, he lived with his wife and his in-laws for 3 years and a half. He felt embarrassed about it because “it is shameful in the United States, to make art with no pay.” But, that moment was when he felt like a true writer.
  • His wife was very supportive and was always the first one to read his work.
  • Mark Wahlberg and Anne Hathaway were originally casted for Pat and Tiffany’s characters respectively in Silver Linings Playbook.
  • Matthew’s wife is also a writer who was less popular than him, and it caused tension between them at first.
  • His newest book, Love May Fail, is actually about his wife’s publishing experience.
  • He wanted to write novels that solely represented him as a person and there was no better way to ensure this than to let his wife read his work and wait for her approval.
  • Clouds was the first title Matthew thought of for Silver Linings Playbook. Also, his wife’s comments about said book is that she knows that it WILL be published.
  • His writing process involves writing the characters first. For him, it is imperative to start from there and he tries on and writes in different voices or perspectives, but it wasn’t always a success. It’s frustrating to write 40 thousand words and have everything be wrong, and start again from the beginning.
  • He reads reviews of his books but even positive reviews don’t make him happy because he feels that reviews aren’t meant to be read by authors, but by other readers. It’s meant to build books up for other people.
  • If there’s a movie about his life, it would be about a regular kid in a regular town where everyone doubted the kid’s abilities but turned out to be triumphant in the end.

Matthew also answered some questions from the audience but which I wasn’t able to take note of because my phone’s battery died. *sighs* But after the talk, the signing proper was next! The first 20 in line was called and we all lined up next to the stage.

When it was my turn to have my books signed, I asked Matthew a question:

Me: Hi, Sir! It’s great to meet you today! May I ask a question, though? What genre would you like to write about next and why?

MQ: I’m actually writing a screenplay right now, does that count as a genre?

M: Uhm, I guess? I will wait for updates about that screenplay of yours!

He was wonderful, you guys! He loves his fans and he seems really, genuinely nice! I’m looking forward to reading the books I got which he signed! Oh, and I can’t forget to put this photo here:

IMG_5560Those are my signed books, Matthew’s cute signature, and my Instax photo of me and Matthew Quick! (Special thanks to Sir JB for having steady hands and taking the photo!) I had a fun time with my friends, you guys! I really hope all of you could experience the same joy we did whenever we meet authors!

Again, dozens of thank you notes goes to National Bookstore for bringing Matthew Quick here in the Philippines! I’m so excited to see everyone again in 2 weeks for #CTCinPH!


Were you guys there at #PLF2015? What was your day’s highlight? I really want to know! Let me know down in the comment section down below!

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[Stacking The Shelves #7] August 2015 Bookhaul

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All purchased within the month of August, these books are all part of my shelves now! These books were bought from various book stores, but their value to me now is all the same. And yes, I’m back to purchasing these books with a regular 10% discount. *sighs* There were no sales, nor employee discounts this time. *cries a river*

And so, without further ado, let’s get this awesome post started. I can’t wait to see what you guys have to say about the books I got this month! 🙂

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Starting from the bottom to the top:

  1. Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Hardbound, from National Bookstore Warehouse Sale – Php100.00
  2. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick – Trade Paperback, from National Bookstore – Php575.00
  3. Love May Fail by Matthew Quick – Trade Paperback, from National Bookstore – Php699.00
  4. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn – Hardbound, from my friend, Ms. Soleil.
  5. Memories by Lang Leav – Hardbound, from Power Books – Php749.00IMG_5302
  6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php720.00
  7. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php720.00
  8. In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php760.00IMG_5294
  9. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php760.00
  10. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php684.00
  11. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga- Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php684.00
  12. Winger by Andrew Smith – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php595.00

There you have it, book nerds! Not as strong as last month’s haul, but I love the books I got this month!

Now, I would like to thank the following:

  • Ms. Shiela and Sir Lester of Fully Booked SM Megamall and Ms. MJ and Sir Timothy of Fully Booked, Katipunan, for their excellent customer service and great relations.
  • Ms. Soleil, a lovely person who I’ve only met online through our mutual love for books, but happens to be a very close friend of mine.
  • My mom for gifting The Good Luck of Right Now to me; And
  • The Lord for helping me save all the funds I purchased these books with! You never fail to amaze me!

What are your thoughts on the books I got? Have you read any of these? Or are there titles here that you look forward to reading? Let me know on the comments down below! 🙂

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[Stacking The Shelves #6] July 2015 Bookhaul

STACKINGIMG_4439These books were all purchased within the month of July, and most of these books are from Fully Booked, specifically from their SM Megamall branch. I don’t know if you guys are aware, but their branch had this 20% off sale last July, and I, obviously, took advantage of it. I took the chance to complete the Throne of Glass series and buy some new romantic contemporary books! Below are some details about my haul.

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP855.00
  2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP874.00
  3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP874.00
  4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP874.00
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP874.00
  6. An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP899.00
  7. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP684.00
  8. Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP684.00
  9. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP432.00 (I KNOW, RIGHT?!)
  10. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP684.00
  11. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes – Trade Paperback, from Fully Booked –PhP640.00
  12. Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes – Trade Paperback, from Fully Booked –PhP640.00
  13. My Heart and Other Blackholes by Jasmine Warga – Trade Paperback, from Fully Booked –PhP399.00

IMG_4901These, on the other hand, are the books I brought home from the #BookwormsUnite last July 26. (Here’s a recap of that event)

  1. ARC of What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
  2. Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
  3. Home Away From Home by Lorna J. Cook
  4. A Swoon Reads Sampler from Hazel of Stay Bookish
  5. Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman
  6. Fuse by Julianna Baggott

IMG_4923Lastly, these two bright red books came in late for my monthly haul.

  1. Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Hardbound, from Fully Booked –PhP684.00
  2. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick – Trade Paperback, from Powerbooks –PhP399.00

And that concludes my July Bookhaul, and I would personally want to thank the following:

  1. Sir Lester and Ms. Sheila, and all the staff of Fully Booked SM Megamall for extending my reservations of the books I bought from their store;
  2. The donors of the books I got from #BookwormsUnite, which, unfortunately, I haven’t thanked personally yet;
  3. My good friend Aira Sarno for buying my Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda from that sale in Fully Booked SM North Edsa; and
  4. Rafael Ray Borja of The Royal Polar Bear Reads, for my copy of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock! You are a generous soul, brother!

That concludes this post! What are your thoughts on the books I hauled? Are there some books you want to buddy read with me? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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