2015 Highlights

2015 was a wonderful year! I had a great time in all 12 months! In this post, I’m sharing with you 4 things that indeed made my 2015 unforgettable.

I got a job! 

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After a year of being jobless, I had the opportunity to work at the Public Relations and Marketing department of an international school here in the Philippines. In my 8-month stay in the institution, I learned a lot about publicity and the ins and outs of marketing.

The opportunity to read amazing books by equally amazing debut authors

Books such as All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi truly made a huge mark in my life. ❤

Bookish events and bonding with blogger friends

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Book signing events are the ultimate get-together with blogger friends. We don’t see each other often so those events are reunions for us. Can’t wait for more bonding moments in 2016! 🙂

Speaking about book blogging 

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It was my first time to be part of a panel discussion on book blogging last November 28. It was a lot of fun! I was with Kai of Amaterasu Reads, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Hazel of Stay Bookish. We shared tips on writing good book reviews, establishing social media presence, choosing a blogging platform, and a lot more to bookworms and aspiring book bloggers!

Procuring a newfound love for local television shows

I haven’t watched a single Filipino TV show in years (I was 13 or 15 when I last watched one!), and all it took was one show to break the long streak. Hailed as “2015’s Most Romantic Teleserye (television series)”, On The Wings of Love (OTWOL) captured the hearts of many including mine. When teasers for OTWOL started to air on TV, I thought it was very promising. But then I didn’t plan on watching it because I’m not really into local shows. One night, I was flipping through channels in search for a good show and I chanced upon an episode of OTWOL. So I watched it, and my, was I very impressed! It was love at first watch! I adored the storytelling, the great acting, the spot on portrayal of Filipino values and culture, and most of all, the swoon-worthy, heart-melting love story of main characters Clark Medina (James Reid) and Leah Olivar (Nadine Lustre). The characters made me believe that true love is worth the wait. ❤  I won’t say much about the show to avoid spoilers! Watching OTWOL is like reading adult fiction that has YA feels! 🙂 If you wish to know more about On The Wings of Love, head over to the show’s website here.

 

Thank you 2015 and Hello 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

 

 

The Lifelong Bookworm’s Best Books of 2015

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing with you the books that impressed me this year because of their awesomeness. These books are dear to me! Without further ado, I now present you The Lifelong Bookworm‘s Best Books of 2015! 🙂

 

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“Brimming with the brightest of hopes and the darkest of heartaches, All the Bright Places is a memorable tale of love, loss, and the beauty of being alive.” (Full review here.)

 

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“An effervescent and uplifting coming of age story, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a spectacular book that fills your heart with the warm glow of infinite bliss.” (Full review here.)

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

“An outstanding second novel from a talented author, The Start of Me and You is pure heart and soul and the best kind of perfect.” (Full review here.)

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

“Bursting with the brightest intensity of awesomeness, The Wrong Side of Right is an extraordinary debut novel that warms the heart in every beautiful way.” (Full review here.)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“Sparkling with the glamour of timeless magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a phenomenal first book in a new series that everyone is sure to love!” (Full review here.)

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The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

“Gleaming with heartfelt moments and the brightest of possibilities, The Night We Said Yes is a remarkable debut novel that beautifully captures the core of love, friendship, and second chances in a magical and unforgettable way.” (Full review here.)

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Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

“Instilled with surprising discoveries and hopeful beginnings, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is brilliance and heart in one exceptional novel.” (Full review here.)

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

“Brimming with optimism and profound clarity, Every Last Word is a remarkable novel that you need to add to your TBR pile!” (Full review here.)

*All book covers from Goodreads

How about you, fellow bookworms? What are your best books for this year? Share them on the comment section below! 🙂

A Series of DNFs

What is it like to write DNF reviews? For me, it seems to be the most terrible thing I’ve ever done as a book blogger. Books are treasures, but what if you don’t like a particular story? Or in my case, one story after another? I feel that I’m the odd one out when I don’t like the story everyone loves as well as feel very awful when I write DNF reviews.

Now this post is for three books that I have DNF-ed in the past few months because I didn’t enjoy them. I’m soooo sorry! 😦 Most of you loved these books, but I just couldn’t identify with any of them and their characters. There were also dragging parts that felt like forever. Plus, with the endless TBR pile that all book bloggers have, I don’t want to waste my time reading a book that doesn’t thrill me. 😦

 

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

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Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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*Photos from Goodreads

Bookish Birthday Bash: Birthday Post + PH Giveaway!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Wow, can’t believe I’m another year older today. It seems like it was only yesterday that I celebrated my 24th birthday. Aside from my family, friends, and my new job, my Chapter 24 was memorable because of all you amazing book loving people. You guys never fail to make me feel that I am part of something extraordinary. I knew I made a good decision in becoming a book blogger. Had I not, I wouldn’t have known all of you. I wouldn’t have discovered the books that changed my life. I wouldn’t have realized that writing is what I want to do for the rest of my life. And most of all, I wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now. In book blogging, I saw how powerful books are in connecting people to each other. I’m still amazed every time I think about that! Books helped me find you—my wonderful friends from all over the world who have the same passion as mine. 🙂

HUGE THANKS TO:

Tamara Ireland Stone—If I could time travel, I’d go back to the year 2006 when I visited San Francisco and would look for you. I know, it sounds kind of strange. Haha! 🙂 When I find you, I would give you a big hug as I say that you’re a brilliant author in the future. I’d tell you that I love every last word of your stories and that we became friends through a social media site called Twitter! I’d also mention that we talk about books, writing, and music a lot. Thank you for giving this girl the opportunity to be friends with you. *hugs* Most especially, thank you for being an inspiration to me. ❤

A.G. Howard—You remain the most magical author I’ve met online. Up to this day, the spell that your stories cast on me has not yet been broken. Thanks for making me see that I’ve got magic in me, too. 🙂

Elizabeth Richards—Liz, my very first author friend. I miss you and our conversations about Harry Potter and cute owls on Twitter! You are a remarkable writer whose books continue to be favorites of mine. Can’t wait to read your next masterpiece.

Jennifer Niven—I am forever thankful to have you as a friend. Your words of encouragement give me hope that I’d get to share my stories to the world one day. I have a long way to go in achieving that dream, but I believe that I’ll get there. Thanks for being my cheerleader! By the way, I have a feeling that I’m going to meet you sometime in the future. I don’t know why I felt that but I just did. If my hunch were true, then I’d definitely be the happiest girl in the world. 🙂

Kristin Rae—To one of my sweetest author friends ever, thank you for sharing your sunshine and for always putting a smile on my face! You are lovely! Wish You Were Italian charmed its way to my heart and I know for sure that What You Always Wanted will do the same. I can feel it!

Amy Finnegan—Thanks for showing me that the best kind of friendship does not need a script. You’ve been a really good friend to me and I’m very grateful! Your friendship is truly a gift.

Becky Albertalli—My super awesome author friend! No words can express how happy I am that you’re my friend. Our conversations about Oreos, swoon-worthy, happy books, and all things fun will always be special to me!

Lauren Gibaldi—I will never get tired of thanking you for writing The Night We Said Yes and saying that I loved it so much. I believed in myself more after reading your book. Thank you for inspiring me to go after my dreams! You are sincerely one of the best authors I’ve met on Twitter.

To all the other authors I’ve interacted with on Twitter—You are all rock stars! Your books are prized possessions in this world. May you continue to move people through your stories!

PH book bloggers—Kate, Kai, Louisse, Lyra, Sab, Dianne, Precious, Leslie, Kazhy, Maricar, Kayla, Dani, Hazel, Geraldine, Algel, Nicole, Michelle, Chyna, and Nina! You ladies rock my bookish world! I wish we’d have more bonding moments in the years to come! Love you! ❤ To the other PH book bloggers I’ve spoken to on Twitter and have met in real life, my book blogging experience is more enjoyable because of you. Many thanks!

International bloggers—Thank you for the fab book recommendations and all the delightful bookish convos on Twitter! It’s really cool to be friends with bookworms from other parts of the world. 🙂

Publishers and publicists:

To Sarah and Megan from HarperCollins, Cassie (formerly from Disney-Hyperion), Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA, St. Martin’s Press, Random House Kids, Macmillan Children’s Books, Tor Teen, and Scholastic Philippines—my sincerest gratitude for the privilege to review fantastic books! It means a lot for a blogger like me.

National Book Store—To Chad, JB, and the rest of the fantabulous NBS team, massive thanks for the recognition and the opportunities to work with you. Because of that, I became a better blogger than I was two years ago. Big hugs to every single one of you!

Lucy of Fully Booked and the friendly staff at Fully Booked Alabang—Thank you for the excellent assistance you provide every time. Shout out to Jane and Kuya Joeven because they’re both superb!

HUGS TO EVERYONE! 🙂

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

In celebration of my birthday, I’m giving away a gorgeous finished hardcover copy of The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi!

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The giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. Sorry international followers! 😦

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*Thank you to the spectacular and generous HarperCollins Publishers for the giveaway copy!

The Lifelong Bookworm’s Best Books of 2014

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing with you the books that impressed me this year because of their brilliance and beauty. These books made me laugh, smile, cry, swoon, confused, frustrated, and all other feels that come with reading something extraordinary. Without further ado, I now present you The Lifelong Bookworm‘s 14 Best Books of 2014! 🙂

 

 

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

“Open Road Summer is a debut novel filled with infinitely beautiful and promising possibilities. Absolutely the perfect summer jam! Read this book NOW!” (Full review here.)

 

The Geography of You and Me

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me proves that love travels distances. It always finds a way back to you no matter where you are in this world. You just have to trust your heart and the one you love.” (Full review here.)

 

Wish You Were Italian

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

“Charming and uplifting, Wish You Were Italian is a debut novel that will sweep you off your feet.” (Full review here.)

 

Bright Before Sunrise

Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

“A fun and adorable read, Bright Before Sunrise is a charming reminder that love happens in magical and extraordinary ways.” (Full review here.)

 

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Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan

“Not In The Script is a complete Hollywood experience as it is packed with a well-structured plot, stellar cast, intense on-set drama, and irresistible romance.” (Full review here.)

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

“Sweet and undeniably romantic, Isla and the Happily Ever After marvelously encapsulates the spellbinding magic of falling in love.” (Full review here.)

 

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

“A gripping and mind-bending novel, We Were Liars transforms the sum and substance of a great YA thriller.” (Full review here.)

 

Wings

Wings by Elizabeth Richards

“Charged with electrifying action, mind-blowing revelations, and passionate romance, Wings is a breathtaking grand finale to a series that’s too remarkable to be forgotten. Captivating until the end!” (Full review here.)

 

Unhinged

Unhinged by A.G. Howard

“This dark, twisted, breathtaking sequel is tangible proof that magic exists even in reality.” (Full review here.)

 

Landline

Landline by Rainbow Rowell 

“Beautifully uplifting and legitimately remarkable, Landline is a novel that brims with hope, love, and lasting magic.” (Full review here.)

 

Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

“Cruel Beauty is a love story that hypnotizes in cruel yet beautiful ways. This book is too good to be missed!” (Full review here.)

 

Mortal Gods

Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

“Heart-stopping and out of this world, Mortal Gods is a sequel that leaves you breathless and thirsty for more.” (Full review here.)

 

Rain

Rain by Amanda Sun

“Emblazoned with an electrifying and magnificent cinematic vibe, Rain is a sequel that’s definitely worth the wait! Amazing from beginning to end!” (Full review here.)

 

This Shattered World

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 

This is a brilliant sequel to These Broken Stars! I have yet to review this book so please watch out for it! Book review will be up on its release day, December 23rd.

*All book covers from Goodreads 

How about you, guys? What books are on your best of 2014 list? I’d love to know! Share them on the comment section below! 🙂

A New Chapter Begins

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!! *throws confetti*

Chapter 23 of my life is a memorable one because it has a lot of incredible highlights—graduating from grad school, getting my first job, and being a book blogger. Joining the book blogging community is the most rewarding decision I made when I was 23. Book blogging helped me grow as a writer as well as opened doors to wonderful opportunities that I’ll treasure for all time. I’m grateful to book blogging for making my Chapter 23 a joyful ride. Of course, the ride wouldn’t be exciting without the people I met along the way.

MASSIVE THANKS TO:

Fabulous authors!

Tamara Ireland Stone—Your lovely books made me fall in love with time travel! Time Between Us and Time After Time are eternal faves. Team BenAnna forever! Thank you so much for being a great friend! Honestly, I still can’t believe that I’m friends with you! 🙂 Our Twitter conversations about music, books, movies, and writing are delightful moments. I hope to meet you in person one day!

A.G. Howard—You’re one magical woman that I look up to! Thanks for making me believe that magic exists in real life. The Splintered series opened my eyes to the beauty of the extraordinary. Your writing advices really motivate me to not give up on writing. I hope one day I’ll get to share my magic with the world too. 🙂

Elizabeth Richards—Liz! You’re special because you’re the first author that I really became friends with on Twitter. I connected with you right away because we both love Harry Potter and owls! The Black City trilogy amazed me big time. You’re a phenomenal writer and I’m a huge fan of yours! If I meet you in person, expect a tackle hug from me! 🙂

Tiffany Schmidt, Emery Lord, and Kristin Rae—You have no idea how much your stories made me laugh, cry, smile, and swoon! They touched my life in remarkable ways. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories. I’ll never forget the valuable lessons I learned from reading them. 🙂 

PH YA Book Bloggers—Kate, Kai, Louisse, Sab, Dianne, Precious, Leslie, Lyra, Kazhy, Nicole, Michelle, Dani, Geraldine, Chyna, Maricar, Kayla, Algel, Hazel, and Nina! I feel so blessed to have you as friends! Every bonding moment with you is a blast! I LOVE YOU, GIRLS. ❤ To the other PH book bloggers I talk to on Twitter and met in person (there are a bunch of you!), thanks for being a part of my book blogging adventure!

International Book Bloggers—Every single one of you that I interacted with on Twitter, thank you!!!! You guys are awesome! I hope to meet you all someday!  

Publishers and publicists:

Megan and Sarah from HarperCollins, Cassie from Disney-Hyperion, Tina from A&C Kids UK, Olivia from Hot Key Books, Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA, Macmillan Children’s, Random House Kids, Tor Teen, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley—thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to review amazing books! It’s such a pleasure working with you!

National Book Store—Chad, JB, and the rest of the fantastic NBS team, my heartfelt appreciation for the recognition and privilege to become a part of something priceless. It means a lot for a book blogger like me! Working with you is perpetually spectacular!

Fully Booked—To Lucy, I deeply appreciate your help in finding the books I want/need and for being every bookworm’s incredible virtual friend! To Kuya Jay, Kuya Joeven, and Jane (FANTASTIC THREE) and the other staff of Fully Booked Alabang, many thanks for the superb assistance and for being very friendly! Your store is my happy place!

A BIG HUG TO EVERYONE!

This girl’s ready for Chapter 24. Will you still be with me? I sincerely hope so. 🙂

 

Lots of love,

Jesselle

 

 

 

 

The Liebster Award

Hi guys! I’m nominated for a Liebster Award! *flails* Thank you so much to Alexis of Alexis Adores Books for nominating me. It’s such an honor! Alexis asked me some questions that I’m sharing with you today along with my answers!

 

1. If you could suddenly transport into your favorite book World, which would you choose and why?

The world of Harry Potter! I grew up reading the Harry Potter series and I’ve always fantasized being friends with the characters, studying at Hogwarts, and doing magic with a wand from Ollivanders.

 

2. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? 

Vanilla!

 

3. What do you see in your blog’s future?

I see my blog still up and running and recommending books that people would enjoy. There will come a time that I’ll stop blogging, probably when I’m really old but one thing’s for sure, I’ll never stop reading!

 

4. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it? 

Chasing The Stars. Why? Because I will never stop until I reach my dreams.

 

5. What are you most proud of?

My passion for writing that is infused with creativity and life.

 

6. What are three things you cannot live without? 

My glasses, cellphone, and books!

 

7. What makes you unique?

Simple things like ice cream make me instantly happy.

 

8. What is the wallpaper on your cellphone?

The cover of Rain by Amanda Sun.

 

9. What song always makes you happy when you hear it?

Back To You by Twin Forks. I first heard the song on the TV show, Reign, and I’ve been in love with it ever since. I always get positive vibes when I listen to it.

 

10. What is your dream vacation?

A trip to Europe with my parents. I want to go to England, France, and Italy!

 

11. What did you want to be when you were little? 

I wanted to be a lawyer. But as I grew older and became exposed to books, specifically fiction, that dream changed. Reading sparked the writing bug in me and I realized that I loved the craft. Breathing life to characters and places that exist only in my imagination is really fun and worthwhile.

 

11 Facts About Me

1. I’m an only child.

2. I’m a One Direction fan.

3. I graduated college at age 19.

4. I’m scared of heights.

5. I love bright-colored pens.

6. I love Hello Kitty.

7. I enjoyed reading the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series when I was in grade school.

8. I wrote a letter to author Ann M. Martin when I was in 4th grade and she replied!

9. I love reading contemporary YA.

10. I spell everything out in text messages.

11. My favorite 90s movie is Matilda.

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

 

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you the cover of Mortal Gods, the much-awaited second book in Kendare Blake’s mind-blowing Goddess War series! Are you ready?

Here it is:

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I loved Antigoddess so much and I can’t wait to read Mortal Gods! What do you think of the cover? How excited are you for Mortal Gods? Sound off in the comment section below! 🙂

Becca Fitzpatrick Book Signing Tour!

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National Book Store brings Hush, Hush series author Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush series, is coming to Manila for book signing events on March 29 at 4 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1 and on March 30 at 4 pm in National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu.

Hush, Hush is the debut novel of Fitzpatrick where humans are under the command of fallen angels. Described by Publishers Weekly as a “fast-paced, exhilarating read,” it is about a sacred oath, a fallen angel and a forbidden love. It follows the story of Nora Grey, a responsible and smart sophomore student, who falls for Patch, one who has made countless mistakes in the past, after several encounters. Nora does not know who to trust and is torn between falling into his arms or run and hide. Later on, she realizes that she is in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen. Any wrong move she makes can cause Nora her life. This paranormal romance continues in Crescendo, Silence and Finale, which all debuted as New York Times bestsellers. The film rights to the series have been optioned by LD Entertainment.

Becca Fitzpatrick graduated with a degree in health, which she abandoned because of her love for storytelling. Her memories from her high school years explain why she writes young adult novels. She was a member of VICA and the National Honor Society and was played clarinet for the marching band. Her next book, Black Ice, is a riveting thriller that centers on the dangers of falling in love set against the treacherous mountains of Wyoming. Black Ice will hit shelves in October.

Hush, Hush, Crescendo, Silence and Finale are available in National Book Store and Powerbooks. Shop online and buy eBooks at nationalbookstore.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests.

 

*Poster and press release from National Book Store 

Gayle Forman in Manila!

A dream come true. That’s how I would describe January 18, 2014. I became a fan of Gayle Forman in 2010 when I read If I Stay. Having said this, it was such a delight when I saw National Book Store’s announcement that Gayle Forman is coming to the Philippines! What a great way to start the year!

The bloggers forum was the first event I went to that day. I was so happy to see my fellow book bloggers! I haven’t seen them in a while so it really felt great to catch up with them and talk about BOOKS. Of course. 🙂

Gayle Forman arrived carrying a breeze of euphoria. Her presence brightened up the whole room. She’s so approachable, funny, and very friendly! I learned a lot about her and her writing journey as she honestly answered our questions.

Next event was the book signing at National Book Store Glorietta 1. The place was packed with eager readers who patiently waited for Gayle’s arrival. The long hours of waiting in line to have their books signed did not dampen their thrill of meeting Gayle personally. High-pitched shrieks and cheers intensified the energy inside NBS as Gayle entered. Flashing lights (from cameras) and joyful smiles created a picture of a whole-hearted Filipino welcome to the woman of the hour.

Meeting Gayle in the flesh is really something that I’ll always treasure! It’s not everyday that I get to meet my favorite authors. This event is truly an opportunity I’m glad I didn’t miss. Thank you so much National Book Store, especially to Chad and JB, for the invite! Till next event. 🙂

PICTURES!!!

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New York Times bestselling author Gayle Forman at the bloggers forum

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With Gayle FormanI’ll always look up to you, Gayle Forman!

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PH Book Bloggers with THE Gayle Forman!

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Selfies with some of my blogger friends!

With Louisse of The Soul Sisters, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, Eunice of Compelled by Books, Kazhy of My Library in the Making, Hazel of Stay Bookish, Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again, and Sab of Sab The Book Eater 

*Picture with Kate by Hazel Ureta (Photographer extraordinaire!)

*Picture with Eunice and Kazhy from Eunice

*Picture with Sab from Sab

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Signing at National Bookstore Glorietta 1

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Yay signed books!