[Bookish Thoughts #3] JM’s Top Fifteen (15) Books of 2015

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I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time now but I’ve only found the inspiration to draft it this morning, so… Today, I’m bravely sharing my Top 15 Reads of 2015!

I know it goes against the idea of a “Bookish Thoughts” post, seeing that it’s a list, but, as the year draws to a close, I realized why not give this post some special treatment, seeing that it’ll be my last for 2015?

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[Book Tags #6] The Midyear (3rd Quarter, Actually) Book Freak Out Tag

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The amazing Trisha Ann of The Bookgasm Blog tagged me to do the Midyear Book Freak Out Tag! You should check out her entry here. I’ve been wanting to do this tag for quite some time now, but, as you may already know, I just came back from a hiatus because of my exams, but now, no one or nothing is going to stop me from this tag! Huzzah!

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[Stacking The Shelves #8] September 2015 Bookhaul

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September is a month of numerous book sales here in the Philippines. As some of you may know, the Manila International Book Fair, which was recently concluded last September 20, was a grand event tailored for bibliophiles nationwide. Local book stores such as Fully Booked and National Book Store were there to participate and sell books with discounts of up to 50% off to bookworms who were looking forward to stacking their shelves as well. Powerbooks, another local book store here in the PH, also had their “Power Sale” offering discounts of up to 50% off as well. Of course, I wasn’t going to let this month pass me by without even taking advantage of these sales, and so, I am posting my monthly book haul!

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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!


[Waiting on Wednesday #1] My Top 6 Most Anticipated Books

WOWI’m coming up with another list, you guys! And today, I’m sharing my top 6 most anticipated releases of the year!

2015 really gave birth to quite a number of new novels, and it launched the career of a few authors as well. To name a few, novels like The Night We Said Yes, Last Year’s Mistake, More Happy Than Not, and Emmy & Oliver (which are all in my TBR waiting to be read) are all released this year. And authors like Lauren Gibaldi, Gina Ciocca, Adam Silvera, and Robin Benway were all discovered this year as well.

And 2015 isn’t just the year for new novels and authors. It’s also the year where a few sequels get their release. The Heir, P.S. I Still Love You, Golden Son, just to name a few, were all released this year as well.

Now to give my readers few ideas as to what books I’m waiting for as 2015 slowly progresses, here are my top 6 most anticipated reads for the rest of 2015.

#6: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Last year, I was able to read The Young Elites. What got me hooked up with the story is the character, Adelina Amouteru, and her buring passion to be accepted and just to fit in. But everyone wronged her. Her family left her for dead. Her friends betrayed her. And now, on this fully-hyped sequel, Adelina will seek revenge. With just that blurb, I am already really stoked! This book is set to be released by October 13, 2015.

#5: Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

“This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.” — This is the blurb that I found on Goodreads as I stumbled upon this book. With just that single statement, my curiosity got the best of me, and I had to read the rest of the synopsis. In a nutshell, it’s about love, friendship, and IT HAS AN LGBT CHARACTER. Okay, I’m in! This book is set to be released by September 8, 2015.

#4: The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

After the war with the Mogadorians, humans are (according to my theory) now granted legacies! Although Setrakus Ra, the pure evil of an antagonist seems to be another step closer to gaining victory, we all know that our favorite members of the Garde will stop at nothing to swoop in and save the day (Wow! That sounded like a blurb for a cartoon show.) This book is set to be released by September 1, 2015.

#3: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

This is an interesting choice for me because: 1. I haven’t quite read any mystery novels since I became a full time bibliophile and; 2. It’s a contemporary novel, and yet, I don’t think it has romance in it. But when I saw this from and Epic Reads Magazine given to me last July 5 for the #KMRinPH book signing event, for some reason, my interest just twitched! I don’t know why, but I feel like this mystery novel will be the book that will hook me up with the Mystery genre. This book is set to be released by September 22, 2015.

#2: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

According to the blurb from Goodreads, this novel will focus on Willow Dean, a self proclaimed fat girl with a beauty queen for a mother. And everything was fine, until he falls in love with a former jock named Bo, who seems to like him back. But somehow, along the way, she loses her self confidence and in efforts to bring it back, she joins a local pageant! Well, personally this novel got me with only the cover. And my liking this book actually started out as a joke from one of my book friends, Cedie. He kept on teasing me, kept on telling me that this novel seemed perfect for me. And well, after a few days of reflection, I actually agreed. And now, I can’t wait for the release of this book. It is set to be released by September 15, 2015.

#1: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Okay… I am going to be a hundred percent honest… Obviously, I’ve only read the first book in the series, Throne of Glass. But seeing how I loved that book, I can’t wait for more from the series to be released! Keep on writing those Throne of Glass novels, Sarah! Just keep them coming! And no, I’m not elaborating as to why I’m waiting for the release of Queen of Shadows. Why, you ask? It’s because I don’t want to be spoiled. However, this book is set to be released by September 1, 2015.

And that concludes this post! Tell me, what are your thoughts on my most anticipated reads of the year! Did you find a title that seemed to fit your liking? Tell me all about it! 🙂