Showcase Sunday is a meme hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea. It aims to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto e-Readers each week.
It’s been a busy week at work so I did not have time to swing by bookshops until today. I bought two YA books I’ve set my eyes on long ago but because of availability and size reasons (I’ll explain in a few), I only bought them today.
First is CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, the third book in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series. I bought Clockwork Prince long ago and told myself I won’t read it until Princess comes out. Early last year, it did, and for a long time I did not buy it because the available size of the editions in my country are not the same one as Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince! Yes, for that shallow reason alone. [They wouldn’t look good together with one being taller, right? Hehe.] The hardback and large trade copy editions went for as cheap as 250 pesos (almost $5) but I didn’t buy, no matter how tempting [the size! the size!]. But today, I finally saw a copy the same size as the first two installments! Yay!
Second is GOLIATH, the third book in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy. I featured Leviathan when I bought it last year and two months after that, I bought the second book, Behemoth. It took a while before I saw a copy of Goliath because it was always out of stock. I found a lone copy of it today and I snatched it immediately.
I have a hazy reading plan that does not include these (now complete) trilogy in my TBR pile. Because of this unplanned completion, I may bump them up soon. 🙂
For e-books downloaded to S. Eloise, here are the books I got for free from Amazon, thanks to Book Gorilla:
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
I am happy to still be home when most of the Philippine work force (and schools, too) are back to usual business. This means I get extra more time to read. I am happy that I finished two books already, owing it to the long holiday break.
Today, I am reading Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, as translated by Edward McCellan, on S. Eloise (what will be the official name of my Paperwhite, hahaha). I am on the 28th of its 110 chapters and I’m loving it. I didn’t know anything at all about the book when I started it, so maybe that’s why page after page, I’m getting hooked. Basically it’s the friendship that developed between a young Japanese student and a man he’s so fascinated with whom he decided to call Sensei. It was a random meeting and in each chapter we are treated to how their friendship developed. The student who at present narration is now himself an older man, narrates what happened between meeting Sensei up until his death which will unfold in later chapters. Somehow I like this because I already know the beginning and the end and I’m simply watching out for the rich chronicling of what happened in between.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine. This weekly meme spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
Ever since I saw the cover of City of a Thousand Dolls, I instantly liked it. Then I read the synopsis and liked it much more. I was foolish looking for it in bookstores and ending up disappointed…until I looked again and discovered it’s not going to be out until February 5, 2013! So it’s five months more until we get hold of it. =)
Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.
Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.
1. What are you currently reading? 2. What did you recently finish reading? 3. What do you think you’ll read next?
1. I am currently reading The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva to kick off my Manfiction September personal readathon. It is the first book in Silva’s Michael Osbourne series. I like it so far because a terrorist tragedy was smack dab in the middle of presidential campaign season so it has a little timely vibe.
2. I just finished The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris. I liked it because the depiction of a young adult is as close to what I think young adults should be – tough, resilient, but still fumbling and sometimes clueless. They have the widest learning curves which they rightly deserve.
3. Most likely, I will read White Lilies in Autumn by Dustin Bradshaw. Dustin is my work colleague and friend so we’re all excited for his book. I owe him an Amazon review so people would know about his book. It is categorized as self-help/non-fiction so it will balance out all the espionage and suspense things going on because of my PRAT.