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Review Pile

It’s been a year and a half since I posted my book stash here on the blog. I used to join the In My Mailbox meme before but decided to stop it for some reason. I’m not really eager posting every books I acquired, but lately I started getting books from publishers, which makes me think of going back to sharing my acquired books as a tool to say my gratitude to generous senders.

Though I’ll be sharing my stash to everyone again, I decided to limit my post to books that given to me by publishers or authors for review since that is the real reason why I am going back sharing my book pile again. So, I won’t be sharing those books I personally bought, after-all not every books I’m buying are categorized as fictions or YA  (which this blog focus on reviewing or advertising). And instead of joining In My Mailbox or Stacking the Shelves where book bloggers are usually posting every single books they acquired, either from publishers, personal purchases, or gifts, I’ll be using a more direct name, Review Pile (I’m not sure if there is someone who already using the same title for their meme, if there is let me know so I can give proper credits). Also, instead of doing it regularly like a meme post with schedule and posting format, I am posting my for review pile as it is. Posting books as they come and mostly to advertise books given to me for review. So technically this won’t be a meme but just a regular post.

Sharing my review pile will not only promote books I acquired but also help me tracking what books I need to prioritize reading and reviewing on the blog. So, here are printed books I acquired lately for review from Harper Collins International and Hachette Book Group.

antigoddessAntigoddess by Kendra Blake

Harper Books
Pretty Sly by Elisa Ludwig
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

* Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren


Besides those printed books that arrived in my door, I also got electronic books to review, approved by different publishers via NetGalley. Here are the list:

More Than This by Patrick Ness (from Candlewick Press)
Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion) by Aimee Carter (from Harlequin Teen)
Bellman & Black by Diane Seterfield (from Atria Books)
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman (from Disney-Hyperion)

I’m pretty excited reading all these books, especially Antigoddess, Her Dark Curiosity, and Bellman & Black. I’ve heard so many great things about Kendra Blake and Megan Shepherd writing, while Diane Seterfield books are a must read for me since I love The 13th Tale.

Thanks so much Harper Collins International, Hachette UK, Candlewick Press, Harlequin Teen, Atria Books, Disney-Hyperion for these lovely books!


In My Mailbox: April 22

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. This meme is about books that you received or bought during the week.

I originally plan to buy The Atlantis Complex together with the next/final book of the Artemis Fowl series when it become available in the market this July. But when I saw that there’s only one hardbound copy left of The Atlantis Complex on shelf, I instantly add it to my basket during my book shopping. I’ve lost my copy of Girl At Sea and Captivate when I lend them to my friends. They are both lost in the mail. I haven’t read both books so I decided to get another copy again. I’ve been meaning to read any Scott Westerfeld books but I haven’t got the chance, hopefully this copy of Leviathan won’t stay long unread in my TBR pile.

I also bought the special illustrated edition of Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I love this book! Better than the regular edition. The glossy pictures insides are really pretty. Though the book is quite bulky to carry around.

The Tiny Book Of Tiny Stories is one of the books I left at home before I move to my new place. That’s why it took a while for me to add this in my IMM post. For those who aren’t aware this book is a project of Joseph Gordon-Lewitt. I order this one via book depository and when it arrived I am really surprised how tiny it is. It is really a tiny book, about 6 inches tall which is shorter than the average mass market books. It’s only 80 pages, mostly illustrations in black and white with a sentence or two. I love this book. I enjoy all the tiny illustrations and descriptions inside though it is a bit pricey for a little book. This is only volume one and I think I’m still getting the next volume when it come out.

I just bought a copy of Partials by Dan Wells today when I pass by the book store earlier. I’m not really familiar with this one but the blurb at the back of the book looks good so I decided to buy one.

That’s all for me. What about you, what book(s) did you get in your mailbox this week?


In My Mailbox: Lauren Oliver Signed Books

I haven’t posted any IMM post since what? Two months ago! Maybe you are expecting tons of books right now but honesty I haven’t bought many printed books lately and most of the books I bought for the past months are not with me right now. I left all my books in my room back in my parents home where my library resides. Right now, I’m leaving alone few blocks near my workplace. And one of the many things I haven’t brought with me when I move were my books. But last weekend I got this opportunity to attend a book signing and lunch party with author Lauren Oliver, so definitely I bought all her books for the event. There is a limit of four books per person during the signing but I bring my sister with me since I have few more books that I need to get signed too for my friends. Here are my signed Lauren Oliver books.

I’m planning to go home this coming week for the holiday. Hopefully I can post all the books I bought few weeks ago to my IMM post next Sunday. I got few new titles & some books from my wishlist that I’m excited to show to all of  you. Till then!


In My Mailbox: Fictions & Nonfictions

For this month last In My Mailbox post I’m presenting both fictions and non-fictions books I acquired lately. Most of these books I bought from local bookstores, some I ordered from book depository before holidays but came late like Shatter Me & the Soul Screamers omnibus. There is also a book I won from giveaway, A Little Wanting Song. This book sent by Jayne Fordham of The Australian Bookshelf. I actually won a $15 worth of book(s) from her last giveaway & I decided to get this other book of Cat Crowley. I’ve been meaning to read Cat Crowley’s other works after reading Graffiti Moon last year so I decided to check her books and this one got my interest. I know I will love it because there is music  in it. The Duff is one of the book that included in my to-buy list that I keep on forgetting to buy until I saw a shiny hardbound copy that I can’t resist to add in my cart.

Dan Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior is one of my favorite book and the movie and is also as good so when I saw from the book sale this follow up, Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior I automatically bought it. The copy is fairly bitten and with dedications and notes written inside but as long as the pages are complete and readable I don’t care. The Lucado Inspirational Reader came from book sneeze for review. I honestly didn’t remember that I requested this one, I’m expecting something from Maxwell so I guess my mind is somewhere when I made a request. 🙂

Other than these books I also bought some Kindle books from amazon. Mostly are the new releases that are not available in local book stores and books that I need for the challenges that I joined to. What about the rest of you, what books did you get in your mailbox?


In My Mailbox: January Releases

For this week In My Mailbox post I decided to feature only the books that are recently released. For the fast few days or weeks I’ve been hunting copies of books that will fit for reading challenges that I joined to such as Debut Author Reading Challenge and Contemporary Reading Challenge which all requires books that were released this year. Here are the books I got that can be considered for the reading challenges:

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Thanks to Louisse for pointing me where to buy a signed copy of John Green‘s latest novel, The Fault In Our Stars. I’ve been waiting for this book since I found out about it. I almost pre-ordered a copy from Book Depository but when I found out that local book stores will be selling a signed edition, I decided to just wait till it become available locally. Which is a right choice since there are some issues that not all pre-ordered books  that were delivered are signed, and waiting orders from book depository will take longer not to mention that there’s no guarantee that the book will arrived in perfect condition due to postage handling . My copy has a purple signature in it, no yeti or hanklerfish doodles. I’m not sure if there were copies with John Green‘s doodles that reached here in Manila. But if I saw one I’ll definitely buy another copy. I want one with the yeti doodle.

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

I’m also surprised to see these three books above available from local book stores which are all perfectly fit for Debut Reading Challenge. I didn’t expect to see these books to be available here this soon since it is not always that our local book stores get copies of recently released books. I guess our local book stores are improving. I really don’t know what to expect from all these books but I’m excited to read Cinder because of Fiktshun‘s high rating review for this one.

I’ll be posting the other books I acquired in my next IMM post. Some of those books I acquired earlier than these books but since they don’t fit under new releases I decided to separate them. What about the rest of you, what books did you get this week?


In My Mailbox: Signed Edition

Happy New Year!!! First day of 2012 and it’s Sunday which also means it’s time to post our weekly meme, In My Mailbox hosted by  the lovely Kristi from The Story Siren. This week I’ll be posting two special books I got during the past few days.

The hardbound copy of Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick came from Iz. This is the one and only book I received as Christmas present this holiday season. One of the first prints copies released by the publisher that includes the never-before-seen scene of the first time Patch and Nora met from Patch’s point of view. The Name of the Star is a signed ARC paperback copy sent by Sarah of Feeling Fictional. I won the book from her spooktacular giveaway last November and the book arrives just before Christmas. Thank you Iz and Sarah for adding two new lovely books in my collection.

How about you? What books did you get in your mailbox this week? Happy New Year to everyone!!!