It’s that time of the year again where all the book Gods are on your side. I mean, it’s not everyday that your favourite local bookshop is on sale so when events like this happen, you can’t help but burn cash. I remember screaming in happiness when I found out that one of the branches of Fully Booked is having a book sale and how lucky I am that it’s close to where I work, like a few blocks away. Awesome, right?
Anyway, when I found out about that, I immediately called my dad to inform him that we should totally visit the shop after work but things happened. I was thinking of visiting during my break time but I couldn’t afford to walk in heels even for just a few blocks and also my shift ends at around late afternoon and I know that I wouldn’t be able to go treasure hunting as much because most probably there would be tons of people, bookworms, like me that would be visiting so I had to wait the next day just to be safe.
The second day of the book sale was chaotic. It was raining hard, I thought people wouldn’t be able to show up but when I came to the shop, everyone was already everywhere, there were no carts and baskets available, and books were toppled over each other, I didn’t know how to get in the crowd. But a bookworm’s gotta do, what a bookworm’s gotta do. I dived in. Not literally though. It was like, survival of the fittest kind of thing. It was one of the few moments in my life where I refuse to care about the status of my hair. There were slight pushing. We were like fishes being fed. Whenever a salesman approach with a box full of books, everyone surrounds him. Before the books even touches the table, hands were everywhere. And I gotta say, my hands were one of ’em. You just gotta join the crowd or else, you’d be left with nothing.
I was actually surprised that my mom were looking through the piles and bought a two for herself. Usually my mom is not a big fan of such crowd so this is actually a first. My little brother was a good help too. He looked after all the books I got and was very patient about it. Shockingly patient.
So, these are the things that I was able to get my hands on. I couldn’t resist not buying another Sophie Kinsella book. Shopaholic series is just one of my fave. And then I got a Chicken Soup, it was one of my sought after books and I am ecstatic that I now got my own copy and it’s about Christmas, so, yay! The rest are judged-by-it’s-cover books. I am currently in this challenge with myself. The challenge is to pick a few books, random books, without reading the synopsis. So, you just gotta base it on the cover. The whole point is to just be surprised and fall in love with the book itself and not because everyone is gaga over it.
I spent P500 below for the books. I really chose not to spend that much on these kind of book sales because I already expected that it would be one of those clearance sales and that they won’t be the books I am desperately saving up for. But if you’re one of those bookworms that aren’t picky, then you should totally check out Fully Booked at The Atrium in BGC, selected books are P250 and below. The book sale will be on the whole month of July. It is the perfect time to look for the next great read at a cheaper price. I feel like clearance sales are like adoption. These awesome books are surely looking for an awesome owner. So, I really hope you guys find time.
Clearly, I had a fun experience treasure hunting and I got great reads that I know you guys would be expecting a review of. I am actually starting on The Trouble with the Truth by Edna Robinson. Hopefully, I’d be able to post a review soon.
p style=”text-align: center;”>Sophie Kinsella returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed. She and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join Becky’s husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can’t wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist—Sage’s personal stylist—if only Luke would set up an introduction. Then, unexpectedly, Becky is offered the chance to dress Sage’s archrival, and though things become a bit more complicated, it’s a dream come true!
Red carpet premieres, velvet ropes, paparazzi clamoring for attention—suddenly Becky has everything she’s ever wanted.
Or does she?
p style=”text-align: center;”> Elise didn’t want to be in the town at all–and certainly not in the scrapbooking shop…
A month after Elise Shelton and her family arrive in Forest Falls, Oregon, she wanders into Rebekah Graham’s scrapbooking store. Elise deems Rebekah too perky and judges scrapbooking to be another never-gets-done chore, but she’s also drawn to the community of women who gather to crop their photos, lay out pages, and share their lives.
The women rally around Elise when her husband is called back into the army and her family is thrown into turmoil. When Rebekah’s daughter faces a medical crisis, challenging Rebekah’s desire to control her life as tightly as she plans her scrapbook pages, the women must support each other.
As both women battle to overcome their fears and to grow in faith, they discover unexpected gifts–and an unlikely friendship that will change their lives.
Set in the 1930s, this poignant, funny, and utterly original novel tells the American story of one lost girl’s struggle for truth, identity, and understanding amidst her family’s nomadic, unconventional lifestyle.
What’s the right way to behave, to think, to feel, if you’re always the new girl? How do you navigate life when you’re continually on the move? Do you lie? How do you even know if you’re lying? What’s the truth anyway?
It’s 1928 and nine-year-old Lucresse Briard is trying to make sense of life and the jumbled, often challenging family it’s handed her: a single art-dealer father who thinks nothing of moving from place to place; her brother, Ben, who succeeds in any situation and seems destined for stardom; and their houseman, Fred, who acts like an old woman. As Lucresse advances through childhood to adolescence, she goes from telling wild lies for attention to desperately seeking the truth of who she is as a sophistication-craving teenager in the 1930s.
Told from Lucresse’s perspective as a grown woman, The Trouble with the Truth transcends its time in the late 1920s and ’30s, and weaves the story we all live of struggling to learn who we are and the truth behind this human journey.
This Christmas season, join the girls of the mother-daughter book club for a variety of holiday-themed adventures! Becca, Megan, Emma, Cassidy and Jess have plenty of reading material to bring on their trips, too, because the book club is tackling the Betsy-Tacy series before their next meeting on New Year’s Eve.
But unfortunately, nothing goes quite as planned for any of the girls. On a Christmas cruise with their families, Megan and Becca fight over the dashing son of the ship’s captain. Cassidy and her family fly back to California to visit Cassidy’s sister Courtney… but when the West Coast causes homesickness for their former life in Laguna Beach, the family begins to question what state they should call home. And a disastrous sledding accident causes both Emma and Jess to completely change their holiday plans.
Between squabbles, injuries, and blizzards, everything seems to be going wrong. Will the girls be able to find their holiday spirit in time for Christmas?
This extra long collection of 121 Christmas stories will warm readers hearts and spread the wonder of the holiday season with its tales of love, joy, and awe. A great holiday gift.”Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas” will delight readers with its stories about the joy, wonder, and blessings of the holiday season. This special collection is filled with joyful, heartwarming and merry stories about holiday traditions, family, and goodwill that the whole family will enjoy. Most of these stories originally appeared in a limited edition book called “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tales of Christmas.”