A day and a year ago, I met some of my now favorite people, the Filipino Group from Goodreads. Back then, we were just 12 in the meet-up:
Yesterday was the 5th meet-up of the group, and it was…well, monumental. I mean, compare the number last year to this year (thanks to Book Elf for the photo):
It was loads of fun, as usual, and like all other meet-ups, we were all crazy talking to each other and grabbing books everywhere. I was a zombie that day because I just came from night shift, but that didn’t mean it was less fun. I was just a
bit lot loopy while it was all happening. :P We ended up staying until closing time in SM Megamall, and then some more walking after that before I finally crashed at my brother’s place to sleep and prepare for the 10k race the next day. See why I’m so sleepy now? :D
But I digress. As with all Goodreads meet-ups I’ve been to, there is always a rainshower of books. I don’t have a picture of the stash, but it was huge, to the point that some people don’t want to take the remaining ones anymore. And to those who got so many were all complaining of heavy baggage. :P
Anyway, I really liked my book stash yesterday. All of them were books that I really wanted to read:
- What is Goodbye by Nikki Grimes – thanks Kuya Doni!
- Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell – I don’t know who put this in the book pile, but thank you! I was already eying this one during the interview with the guests, and when our team won in the literary quiz, this was the first book I grabbed. :D
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – I don’t know who put this in the pile either, but I didn’t see it. Monique saw it, though, and she was kind enough to grab it for me. :)
- Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – thanks again to Monique! :) She saw this in Book Sale just as I put it on my wish list and got it for me.
- The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty – from Aaron. He was putting this up for swap, I think? I used my “charms” to get it from him instead. LOL.
- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley – borrowed from Chachic. I cannot wait to read this. :)
- Pink by Lili Wilkinson – borrowed from Celina. Yay Aussie YA. :)
I also finally got to meet Mina V. Esguerra in person, as well as Samantha Sotto, who will launch her debut, Before Ever After, this week. I got my copy of My Imaginary Ex signed by Mina (someone has a picture of us somewhere, so I’ll get that when they post it :D), and while I wasn’t able to get a book signed by Samantha, I’m definitely picking it up soon. :)
Oh, I also got some ebooks this week, and again, they’re books I am really excited about:
- Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington
I still badly need sleep now, but this weekend is definitely one for the books — literally, and figuratively. ;)
I hope you all had an awesome weekend! Have a great week everybody! :)
Rainshower of books haha you were right, umuulan talaga ng libro. Some books even landed on my feet while I was looking at the pile and people dove under the table to check them out. You have a pretty good haul and I hope you enjoy reading these books. I’m excited to see what you think of some of them. :)
Haha, the table was overflowing right? It’s like everyone just has books to get rid of. :)
I brought Song of the Sparrow, glad you liked it. =)
Hi Kaye! Thank you! Looking forward to reading it. :)
What is Goodbye was the book in verse you showed me right? You got some really good books there!
I think the Ishiguro was from me. It’s a bit of a beat up copy, but I hope you will still enjoy it.:)
Hi Celina! Yes, that’s the one. :) Thanks for the Ishiguro! And for lending me Pink, too! :)
You’re very welcome. :)
I distinctly remember that you put both The Dairy Queen and The Remains of the Day on your wishlist. I haven’t read the first book yet but I liked Remains (although not as much as Never Let Me Go), so I hope you’ll like it, too. :)
So, you’re the one who got The Remains of the Day first! Actually, I was eyeing this book when I’m sorting out the book pile during the start of the Meet Up. Di bale next time na lang.
And I would like to thank you for doing a splendid job hosting the Guest Speaker Q and A!
Looking forward to seeing you in the future mini and major Meet Ups, Tina!
My warm regards and happy reading! ^_^
I can lend it to you after if you want. Or maybe I’ll put it up for giveaway din after to share the love — depends on how much I end up liking it. :)
And I promise to get more sleep the night before our next meet-up. Haha. See you again soon, Jzhun! :)
Wow! You have The Remains of the Day! I haven’t read it yet, but it’s supposed to be better than Never Let Me Go (which means it must be really good). Veronica was also bringing Remains with her, but I urged Veneficus to take it. At least you got it, and my condolences to Jzhun, haha.
OOOH, and I loved Never Let Me Go. I’m excited to read this now. :) I think The Remains of the Day also has a movie adaptation, right? :)
I think there is, and it stars Anthony Hopkins.
I reckon I saw it once playing on HBO but for the life of me, I hastily switched the channel for fear of seeing of spoilers. Nyha! :D
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OH MAH WORD TINA YOU GOT DAIRY QUEEN. I don’t know if you’ve seen me gush about it over at Love Ya Lit or read Em’s review of it (which is my favorite review of it, ever), but I am so happy you have this in your hot little hands. I’ll be looking forward to reading what you think about it!
Also I’m jealous of your meetups. ;)
A friend got it for me shortly after I put it on my wish list, after you told me how much you liked it. I’m pretty easy to convince. Haha. Thank goodness for book bargain hunter friends. =D
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