25 Bookish Facts About Me

 

It’s almost 2 am here and I cannot bring myself to sleep. You know, one of those nights when everything that happened to you three years ago all suddenly came rushing in. Yep. So instead of wallowing to some nonexistent dilemma, let me put this time into a good use.

I have seen a lot of booktubers do this 25 Bookish Facts About Me on their respective channels, I am sorry I haven’t done enough research as to who really started it (i’ll include it and give credit once I have learned about it), so I thought why not do it in a blog form?

These facts may not be as surprising as you all may have expected, but come on humor me on this one. Pretend it interests you. Haha

1. The first classic I have read was The Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. and I completely forgot what it was about haha.

2. I prefer hardbacks, but dang why are they so expensive?

3. I am addicted to Bookstagram. Yep give me a follow hahah @nerdytalksbookblog hashtag shameless plugging haha

4. I take bookstagram seriously, hahah, what with all the props I need. Haha. I kid you not, I take a lot of time at the home & decor section of H&M or any home & decor section of the mall just to find some cutesy stuff I could throw in as props. My super best friend and go to place for “props” nowadays is Japan Home Centre or Daiso where everything is P88 or 2$. From chopping board, to cute kettles down to clear teapots. I could spend hours in that place.

5. While we are at the bookstagram topic. I usually take pictures around 3-4 pm. I loved the lighting, that faint yellow glow, au naturale lighting is the key to a bookstagram worthy photo. I use the app Snapseed to edit my photo and VSCO cam to apply filters. I even bought the paid filters. Go back to fact 4, I take bookstagram seriously. haha

6. I never dog-ear a book or highlight one. I use sticky tabs before, but not anymore, it was time consuming to put tabs, and kind of kill the moment especially when I am already engrossed by what was happening in the book I am reading.

7. I have a lot of bookmarks, and yes I try to use every single one of them. I have a different bookmark for different books, your argument is invalid. haha

8. My favorite genre is Fantasy and Romance.

9. I was once addicted to Sweet Valley High. Elizabeth and Jessica yay!

10. I love poetry books, especially when it is about love, life and death.

11. I dream of writing my own poetry book someday.

12. Tom Hardy and Kit Harington are the only ones I picture as book boyfriends. Hahah no matter what was the description.

13. Love triangles are the bane of my existence.

14. I have a hard time reading SciFi books, definitely not my cup of tea. But I’m trying. I loved These Broken Stars, so that’s a start right?

15. My most read book is This is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson. 

16. I don’t like ARCs.

17. I never join the hype, save for some exceptions. I let it die down before I pick up the book.

18. I love books with angels in it, or marines!

19. I love secondhand bookstores! Who doesn’t?

20. There is no such thing as having too many books. Do you agree or do you agree?

21. I stopped reading in ebook form. My eyesight suffered tremendously. But I am planning to get a Kindle haha, what a contradiction.

22. I look at my shelf and smile. The first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night. 🙂

23. I get too emotional when reading. I think of the characters for days on end.

24. I roll my eyes pretty much all the time when reading a very annoying character, and there maybe some pulling out of hair too and occasional muffled scream of frustration. I swear I get too animated when reading haha. I am truly a sight to behold. And don’t start with me with funny books being read in public, you will definitely think I lost it.

25. Lastly, I never liked people who book shames. What do I mean by this, these are the people who judge you by what you read, or have not read. I mean, read and let read guys. If the person likes Fifty Shades of Grey, then let them be and leave them the hell alone, don’t tell them what to read and what not to. But then, I don’t like people who claims to be at the upper echelon because they have read a certain book and so on and so forth, acting like they are the superior of all races, no, that’s not cool either. Be kind to new readers, you were once a new reader too, you definitely know how it felt.

So that’s just about it. Who wants to be tagged? Come do this with me!

I’ll be tagging a few friends. 🙂

Bea of Confessions of A Pinay Bookaholic

Cath of To All The Books I’ve Read Before

Jenny of Jayne Vs Books

Elena of The Queen Reads

Pearl of BiblioPearl

 

Hope you’ll have fun sharing bookish facts about you guys!

Til next time, and I’m still not sleepy. Ugh

 

 

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Featured Shop: Trashy Crafter

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Kim, the genius behind Trashy Crafter contacted me if I would be willing to do a review on her products. I didn’t even think twice. I said yes right then and there. Her creativity is taken to a whole new level and it involves books! So my bookish self couldn’t say no, her products are one of a kind and a great conversation starter. I really had a hard time choosing which one to get. Alas, I picked these very unique one, made out of, can you guess what? Yes, music sheets! How beautiful is that?!

Kim’s magic is truly remarkable. She turns damaged books, music sheets, magazines and hand-roll the actual pages into 100% recycled paper bead jewelry, as we say with our book jewelry, “Don’t Just Read it, Wear It”.  

Now this is something I really support. Recycled stuff are always good, and I couldn’t be any happier to be a part of it. And because I want you guys to be a part of it too, I am giving away a triple stack bracelet from Trashy Crafter. All you have to do is visit my instagram account (@nerdytalksbookblog), give me and Trashy Crafter (@trashycrafter) a follow, repost the photo with the hashtag #NerdyTalksXTrashyCrafter, mention us in the caption (you need not tag us in the photo, a mention will do) and tag three friends that might be interested too. This is open internationally so everyone could join!

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Here are my favorites among all their products:

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Gone With the Wind bracelet

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Pride and Prejudice Bracelet

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Alice in The Wonderland Bracelet

See how dainty and beautiful they all are. You can check their etsy shop here: Trashy Crafter. You might find something you like! It is also perfect as a Christmas gift to your bookish friends!

June (Crazy) Book Haul

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Ohhhhkayyyyy. I wasn’t planning on hauling this many. But I have no self control and I am so stressed, and for me stress equates to book shopping. This haul is a living testament to how stressed I was. In my defense, only the Penguin Little Black Classics, Since You’ve Been Gone and The Wrath and The Dawn are the only ones I paid for it full price. The rest are bargain ones! These are the times when I am more of a hoarder than a reader, but then again, I live by the phrase “Life is short, buy that freaking book already! Haha

Penguin Little Black Classics they are only P70/e or 1.55$ each. I got Catullus, Emily Bronte, Wilfred Owen, Thomas Hardy and Kenko four of which are poetry book. I am not sure if I am going to buy all the books in the collection or maybe the ones I really like. I got this from Fullybooked Mall of Asia.

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck I have always wanted to own a John Steinbeck book, and so happy I found this one for only P20 or .44$ at BookSale SM Dasma.

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks it was one of those days that I was so down that I went to the Booksale near me, I stumbled upon this book, it was only P50 or 1.11$ from Booksale Pedro Gil. I have loved books with military, marines or fbi agents in it, when I read the blurb I knew this one would be right up my alley. I scanned it on goodreads and it has really high ratings! Score!

Summer at The Lake by Erica James another impulsive buy, but it was only P35 .77$ plus it has good ratings on good reads too! Also from Booksale Pedro Gil.

Cold Mountain by Frazier another bargain book for only P20 or .44$. It was an award winning book so I got it.

The Peculiars by Maureen McQueery I’ve been eyeing this book at the bookstore for so long, I was convinced on buying it for its full price, but luckily I saw one at Booksale Pedro Gil and it was freaking signed! Score for P130 or 2.88$\

Because it Is My Blood by Gabriel Zevin This is the second book in the All These Things Ive Done series, i don’t know if that’s what the series is called, so don’t quote me on that haha! It was only P25 or .55$ in hardcover, it would be stupid to pass it up. Even though I still need book 1, I’m pretty sure I can always find it in booksale. This one is also from Pedro Gil branch

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce I didn’t have any plans on buying this one, but when I opened it and took off its dust jacket, goodness it was beautiful. It would be a crime to let it pass, it was only for P60 or 1.33$.

Quiver of Arrows by Carl Philips this is a collection of poetry, I have read Carl Philips’ Riding Westward, I enjoyed it too, so when I saw this for only P35 I knew it had to go home with me.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith now there is a funny story about this one, I was browsing through booksale when the new delivery came, they put all the books inside their stock room, I asked the sales lady when are they going to display them, they said later that day and advised me to return instead. So I returned and still the books aren’t displayed yet, I asked her again and she apologized and said she was doing a lot of things she didn’t had the time to sort the books as she was waiting for her co-worker, she said I could enter the stock room and select the books I wanted, like first dibs on the book! Hahah she was so nice to do that! So I got this book for P20 or .44$ Soo happy! Ive been wanting to read a Zadie Smith for the longest time, and now I have one of her books, there will be no excuse.This is also from Pedro Gil branch.

Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons holy smokessss! I never thought I’d be so lucky to find it there, for only P115 or 2.55$ (Booksale SM Dasma, I also found the Bronze Horseman in the same branch!) I’m so excited to read them, since many really loved these books,

Fathers: A Collection of Poems this one is also from Pedro Gil branch for only P35. It was a collection of poetry from different known authors. Kind of reminded me of my father,

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Mind you it was the Platinum edition, it was P115 from SM Dasma branch! Also heard a lot of great things about this one!

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf score for only P125 or 2.77$! I have always wanted to own a Virginia Woolf book and now I have one!! yey! This one from Robinsons Imus branch

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy also P20 from Pedro Gil branch!

The Wrath and The Dawn by  Renee Ahdieh I wanted to own a copy of this so bad, but then FullyBooked MOA didn’t have it in hardcover, I settled for a paperback copy. I would rebuy it, if I really loved the story.

Love Rosie by Cecilia Ahern I was so sure to get this for its full price, but then again book gods are smiling at me. I saw a copy at SM MOA branch for only P150 or 3$. Sooo happy! Now I can read it as I really enjoyed the movie!

A Rush of Hands by Juan Delgado, Many Woods of Grief both from SM DASMA branch and P10 or .22$ each!! Another addition to my poetry collection!

Human Chain by Seamus Heaney happy to find a poetry book by him at MOA branch for P60!

From Desire to Desire another book for P20 at Robinsons Imus branch.

Laws of My Nature also a poetry book for P20 at Pedro Gil Booksale

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson bought this for P359 at National Bookstore SM Dasma, I’ve been wanting this in hard cover but was too expensive, settled for paperback instead.

In Between by Jenny B. Jones from what I’ve gathered this one is a funny book, Jenny B. Jones is the author of There You’ll Find Me a book I got last May. Only for P20 at Pedro Gil BookSale

Refresh, refresh by Benjamin Percy it was a collection of short stories, which again I am influenced by Matthew of WeLiveForBooks on youtube (please do check their channel) it was also P20 from Booksale Pedro Gil.

and last but not the least, whew….

Incendiary by Chris Cleave I now own three of his books, sadly this one didn’t match my copies of Gold and Little Bee, but I could not pass this one up since it was only P20 from Pedro Gil Booksale.

Wheeeeewwww, So that’s a long one! I hope you had fun scheming this post! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, I am available on twitter @nerdytalks_04, email: moraleunice@gmail.com and instagram @nerdytalksbookblog.

Special hi to Aica who emailed me this morning. Thank you for your kind words sweetheart, and I am glad I could help and inspire you in my little ways!

Have a great week ahead you guys!

Happy reading or in my case book hoarding! Til next post! Tata!

May Book Haul

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I got 15 books, five of them are poetry books, 2 YAs, 1 graphic novel and 4 novels and 2 memoirs.

As I’ve said on my instagram (@nerdytalksbookblog) I am pretty pleased with my haul, since I only got 2 YAs, I’m not saying YAs are not good, it’s just that, I have come to the point that I need to grow as a reader, I need to widen the horizon and explore more genres. I will always enjoy YA, so don’t go hating on me. I will always crave for the cheesy, easy-breezy feeling that YA gives, but then it’s time to try something new. I will always read YA, but I decided that my shelf could use more classics and adult fiction.

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin I am obsessed with the TV show, and of course you cannot claim to be a hardcore fan if you have not read the books right, plus I heard the TV show left out so many details in the book. So yes, I can’t wait to discover what I have been missing out on! I got this book when I was in HongKong from a bookstore called Page One. I wish I could have gotten more books, but my baggage is full and hand carry is also a no-no.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen I bought this for P60 or 1.33$ at Chapters and Pages a second hand bookstore here in the Philippines. I don’t usually shop there, since they have very limited selection, but then I was lucky I found this copy in a very good condition for cheap price. If you are wondering the branch I got this from is Chapters and Pages at Robinsons Dasmarinas, it was located at the ground floor. I have not watched the movie, so I am excited to read this first then watch it.

City of Glass by Paul Auster I got this graphic novel from Booksale SM MOA for only P35 or.75$. It was a part of a trilogy called The New York Trilogy, which was Mathew’s (of WeLiveForBooks on youtube) favorite book. The drawings are really interesting kind of reminded me of Attack of the Titan.

Sunset Park by Paul Auster Again this book is influenced by Matthew. He was such a fan of Paul Auster, so when  I saw this for only P80 or 1.77$. I can’t wait to read it! Also from Booksale SM Moa

Into it by Lawrence Joseph This is a poetry book I got for P60 or 1.33$ from BookSale SM Moa. It was the boyfriend who actually paid for Sunset Park Into it and The Year of Magical Thinking, hee hi boyfriend, thank you!)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers Oh my god you guys! I am so excited for this book!! I  have been wanting this forever and I was so sure to get it for its full price, but then the book gods smiled at me and gave it to me for P115 or 2.55$ from BookSale SM Dasmarinas 🙂

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion another book ive been wanting forever, I hate nothing but great things about this, most say it is depressing yet beautiful! I can’t wait to finally read it. I got it from Book for Less at SM Moa for P198 or 4.4$.

Pierce The Skin by Henri Cole this is a collection of Poetry by Henri Cole which I adore very much! I have read his other poetry book The Blackbird and Wolf and instantly fell in love with it! I got this from SM MOA Booksale for if Im not mistaken P125 or 2.77$

The Red Glove by Holly Black this is the second book in the White Cat series (geez im not sure if that is what the series is called), I got it for P130 or 2.88$ from Booksale SM Dasmarinas. I got White Cat from the same branch too. Now I need Black heart to complete them! I have faith that I will find it in Booksale too!

Repair by C.K. Williams this is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so yes I was too happy to have it! It was only P80 or 1.77$ from SM Dasma Booksale. I’ve read it too and it was really interesting.

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones I’ve had copy of this on my e-reader for the longest time so when I found it on Booksale I knew I had to get it, I always prefer the physical copy anyway. It has great ratings on goodreads! I got it for P115 or 2.55$

The Year of What Now by Brian Russell Oh my god! This book is so beautiful it actually hurts. I was able to relate to it, it was a poetry book about living with and loving someone with cancer. It gave me goosebumps and made me cry. It easily became a favorite. Got it for P60 or 1.33$ from Booksale SM MOA

The Girl Between The Trees by Toni Gilyard also a poetry book from MOA but I forgot how much was it. Oops

Room by Emma Donoghue holy smokes I grabbed this one so fast when I saw it. It was only P60 or 1.33$. I got this together with Water for Elephants! Yayy! Again, it is the book that I have heard so many things about!

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt this was a memoir that was highly recommended to me by my dear friend Gie (@psy-kaoru on instagram) so when I saw it in hardcover and perfect condition I knew I had to get it. It was only P90 or 2$ from Booksale SM Dasmarinas.

Wheww. That was not really a quick post. I’m still going to post my June Bookhaul, in which I accumulated 32 freaking books. Goodluck with all the caption. Ugh.