MIBF 2018 Book Haul!

Two things: first, this is officially my 100th blog post! Horray! I’m so proud to reach this milestone for my blog. Thank you for sticking around and reading my stories. Second, here is my haul for this year’s Manila International Book Fair. I make it a point to go every year and buy all the books I’ve been eyeing/wanting for the year all in one go.

This year, I am more selective with the books I buy— first, it should be a more sustainable purchase. (“Will I want to read it again?” “Will the contents of this book be a good addition to me as a person?”) Second, it must be something that I wanted for quite some time, meaning no to impulse buying! With these two points in mind, here is my haul!

First on the list is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. This children’s book has been on my Book Depository wishlist for the longest time. I fell in love with the cover and the cute illustration right away! When I saw this in the book fair, I read it quickly (the story is silly and touching, exactly what I love about children’s books!) and added it to my cart.

The second and third thing would be Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

For RPP, I’ve been waiting patiently for the small-sized paperback to come out. I’ve read this book (ebook) twice, and am in love with the whole series (I even met Kevin Kwan during his book signing last year!) I’m so happy to finally have the complete set at home!

As for The Alchemist, I’ve been curious about this book for the longest time, but never really got to (or really wanted to) pick it up until last month. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and it has been recommended to me a few times—can’t wait to get into reading it!

The fourth and fifth books are Things are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz and Spark Joy: an Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

I’ve been wanting to read Adam’s book for quite some time, as I’m a fan of his work. I’m so happy to finally own his book (and I’ve browsed it briefly—I love it.)

As for Spark Joy, I’ve been Marie Kondo’d from her other book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I can say that my space is cleaner and I feel happier after tidying up things that made my life more difficult in the past. Since her first book created such an impact on me, I wanted to read her second book even more to really get into the topic of tidying and living a better life.

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MIBF 2017 Book Haul!

Last month, just like every year, I went to the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF, for short). As expected, my wallet wasn’t ready for it (despite me trying to save for a year.)  Unlike last year, where I was able to go to the MIBF on two dates, I was only able to go once this year.

My aunt and I started on the second floor for children’s books!

Check out the number of people there are on the second floor!

Unfortunately, my phone died by the time my aunt and I headed for the first floor, so I didn’t get to take any more photos 😦

Here’s my book haul this year!

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Manila International Book Fair 2016 Haul!

It’s that time of the year again where my wallet cries for help: the Manila International Book Fair!

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(Photo from MIBF’s Facebook page)

This year, I went on the first day (September 14, Wednesday) and on the third day (September 16, Friday). I usually go two days; one for family (my aunt and I have this “tradition” that we go every year together) and one with friends.

On the first day, I was actually surprised to see that there are fewer people than usual. It was very spacious and we had a fun time going around buying books!

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(All those bargain books at the back!)
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(Looks like heaven.)

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It’s Aki, the mascot of the MIBF! 🙂

The thing about the MIBF is that my friends and family plan for months ahead of time so that our schedule would be clear enough to spend the day at the SMX Convention Center. This year, I told myself to stick to my “book list” so that I can control how much books I would get and how much money I’d use. Luckily, I (sorta) followed my list this year!

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Manila International Book Fair 2k15 Haul!

I apologize for going on a long hiatus, but here it is (kind of late, but better late than never)!

My haul for this year’s Manila International Book Fair. The MIBF is an annual book fair wherein all the local publications in the country and all the local bookstores would gather in the SMX Convention Center (near the Mall of Asia) and would set up huge booths for people to purchase their products (books mostly) at a discounted price. This event lasts about a week long and this year it was from September 16 to 20.

I went on the 16th (with my aunt) and on the 18th (with my friends). For my first day, this was my haul:

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* (Top left to bottom right): The Maze Runner set by James Dashner, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Wink of Luna metallic brush pen, Zig Letter pen Cocoiro + refill, Q & A: 5-Year Journal, Another Day by David Levithan (exclusive edition with dedication to his readers in the Philippines), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, and a Zebra Sarasa pen. Continue reading “Manila International Book Fair 2k15 Haul!”