Hello bookworms! It’s been awhile. I haven’t been active lately because I feel like I have a slump but I’m trying to get back to reading. I’ve been watching anime and reading manga. However, I still managed to haul a decent amount of books for 3 months. Here we goooo!!!
Every September there is a book fair in the Philippines held at the SMX Convention. MIBF or Manila International Book Fair is the only book convention in the Philippines. Different publishing house and bookstores gathered around to make this all happen.
There is so much to look forward to in this book fair:
- Book signings – there are book signings held by different publishers for local authors; and in the last two days of the MIBF, foreign authors are also present. Although in this year’s MIBF, there is only one foreign author present – Morgan Matson.
- Games and freebies – different booths also held different games where you will get freebies like pens, shirt, notepads, books. I heard that one of the bookstores that are present in the book fair held an ARC giveaway! Although I don’t know the mechanics or what ARCs and what publishers participated. You can also have freebies just by buying a certain amount in booths. There’s also a free bookmark.
- Finding rare books – this is what I looked forward to every year. Classics and rare books are found in their booths which you do not normally see in their branches.
- Book SALE!! – of course, this is what everyone looks forward to. The sale! The majority of the booths have 10, 20 or 50 percent off from selected books or sometimes, in all the books! Of course, we bookworms need to take advantage of it!
As I was staring at my shelf earlier, I’m counting my unread books and I realized that most of these books are the last book in a series or a trilogy. I have 7 unread last books in a series/trilogy. (Don’t ask me about the total of unread books that I have.) I know it could have been worst. And so I called it the “Last Book Syndrome”.
I pledged that 2016 will be a new year for me when it comes to book blogging. So I decided to do monthly wrap-up as well.
January is a good reading month for me. I’ve read a total of 5 books. I managed to squeeze in a couple of books when school started in the 3rd week of January.
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
“All the beauty in the stars means nothing when life here on earth is so ugly.”
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.