Book Blurb: Anatomy of a Misfit (Andrea Portes)

“You get one chance.
You get to do this and that and you don’t even know when it goes from swirling forward and around and around in circles to just a plain cold stop and nothing more. Can you believe it? All this time I’ve spent weighing this and weighing that, worrying about this and worrying about that, living back then and living forward, caring about so-and-so, too, but never living here, here, this moment here. Never even acknowledging that this moment even exists, and it hits me like a live volt through the chest.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what you should tell/ask yourself at this very moment.

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This book was the last one I’ve read in 2016. I didn’t like it at first. I didn’t think that it was well-written because it was too real. Too frank. To straight forward. Too common day-to-day stints. It’s like it wasn’t a fiction at all. Later on, I’ve realized that what’s on the book happens everyday, and yes, the world is full of people who are trying to fit in. The world is full of people who want to please the society because that’s how it’s supposed to be. People try their best to fit in without realizing that it really sucks to fit in because we weren’t supposed to always fit in anyway.

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Book Blurb: The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

“Loving requires so much courage and so little expectation.”

From now on, I will be dedicating a blog post to selected books that made a great impact on me. I’ve chosen this book as a start since it’s been given by someone special and I’m really glad I’ve got the chance to ever read this book. This isn’t a review – I have my Goodreads for that. This is merely a reflection of how this book affected me.

First of all, it’s the first book I’ve ever read that has my first name among the characters. A character named Claudine existed here, and that made this book among my favorites for that plain reason (plus the fact that this was a gift from…).

The book didn’t excite me [in a good way]. The book didn’t want me to have it finished right away to jump to a new story. This made me savor every word, every page, and every chapter. For me, it’s so beautifully written that if I could prolong my time in reading it, I would.

The Little Paris Bookshop taught me about second chances. You have to let yourself heal. You have to forgive yourself and remind your heart that it can be happily in love once again after being devastated from something that it thought would last forever. The love that would come after forgiving yourself and after forgiving the circumstance would make you feel that you can be anything you want to be. For whatever reason, it’s going to be more amazing than ever. It’s going to bring out the best in you, and it’s going to be the most wonderful thing that has ever come into your life.

I don’t know what it is, but I feel a deep connection with this book… Maybe because it’s a gift from a man who made me believe in letting someone in again, or maybe because it’s something about Paris. This book got my heart, and I’m so glad this book found me.

My Goodreads Book Review:

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a good book; however, it’s a good book for its ‘chosen readers’. The author’s style won’t work for every reader. It may be full of cliches, but for me, the way the author used books as metaphor for ‘medicine’ is brilliant in its pure sense. It’s heartbreaking, but the recovery in the end is a good way to make anyone who’s ever been broken that it’s always wonderful to experience love again. It teaches a lot about life and death and what love has to do with everything in between.

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HP & The Cursed Child Reservation at Fully Booked

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I wasn’t able to get a copy when J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was first released in the Philippines. I could’ve actually bought from National Bookstore but I wanted the copy that Fully Booked was selling so I opted to wait for the restock.

And guess what? Fully Booked is finally restocking The Cursed Child! I’ve had my reservation yesterday at Fully Booked – Greenbelt 5 to secure my copy. I can’t wait to have the book in my hands! I know only my fellow Potterheads could understand the excitement that I have now.

Just so you know, I don’t have copies of the books, but I’ve read them all through borrowing the copies from the school library and friends. Now that I can finally buy as many books as I can, the desire never stops. I’m planning to buy the whole series to reread (and rewatch) them all.

Yay! See you soon, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child!

37th MIBF & Gotti’s

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It was the first day of the 37th Manila International Book Fair yesterday. After work, Lynsey and I met at SM Mall of Asia before heading out to the SMX Convention Center to score new books at discounted prices.

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After paying the Php 20.00 for the MIBF ticket, we went to Fully Booked‘s nook. I really didn’t have a book in mind, so I took my time looking for something new to hoard (lol). It was fun – and of course, really hard – to decide what books to buy. If only I had unlimited resources, I would’ve bought everything I could!

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I was able to take home two gems from the MIBF. I know I still have a long list of pending books to read but… Who cares? Books are love!

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After our book hoarding date, Lynsey and I had our dinner at Gotti’s Ristorante at MOA. We asked for their bestseller for the pizza and since I was craving for lasagna, we ordered one plate as well.

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The guys from Gotti’s were nice and they only have 5% service charge. It was indeed a good try.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how bookworm friends bond together.

 

First Maginhawa Visit

Last August 18, Thursday, I went to Maginhawa in Quezon City with a friend before going to #InTheMix (story on a separate blog post). We visited BookayUkay, a bookshop that sells second-hand books and two restaurants, Fat Cousins’ Diner and The Nook.

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We decided to explore Maginhawa before taking our lunch. Along the way, we saw BookayUkay and of course, of course, I did not stop myself from going inside!

I was able to score Jane Austen‘s Emma for only Php 150.00. There were lots of good finds but I was not into buying new books yet since I still have a pile of pending books to read. It’s really just my thing to buy a new one whenever I go to a bookshop. Since I haven’t read Emma yet and it’s one of the early editions of the book, I bought it.

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Fat Cousins’ Diner

After a long walk, we decided to eat at Fat Cousins’ Diner for lunch.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one hasn’t dined well.”

We ordered Baby Back Ribs (Php 199.00) and Australian Premium Steak (Php 199.00). The meal already includes the side-dishes (mashed potato and buttered veggies) and unlimited rice and drinks so yes, you’d really get more than what you’ve paid for, especially if you’re a person who has a stomach with an appetite for two (or more, hahaha).

Overall, Fat Cousins’ Diner was indeed a good try.

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The Nook
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I’ve always wanted to visit this place since I’ve heard about it. It’s a Harry Potter-inspired café and every Potterhead would really be happy for a Hogsmeade experience.

The Potterhead in me screamed for Butterbeer (Php 100.00 for the Harry size, Php 150.00 for Hagrid) so tah-dah! It’s just like how you’d imagine the drink would be.

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I also tried the Golden Snitch (Php 35.00), a chocolate shaped like what the seekers catch during Quidditch.

For more Potterhead feels, you may wear your house scarf while savoring your Hogsmeade moment.

Proud Ravenclaw here!

I would love to go back to Maginhawa and try more retaurants and cafés. I’ve already been eyeing some places for my next visit. Hopefully soon. 😊