Saturday, March 19, 2016

Blind Date with a Book + Haul


                    The DLSU writer's guild held a Blind Date with a Book event. This prevents buyers from judging a book by its cover since the book is wrapped and concealed with vague hints about the book. So me and my friend went to the event, which was held last March 14-18, 2016 and I got four books in total and each book is 150 pesos, which is a total bargain

Seize the Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sins of The Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon


The Merciless - Danielle Vega

               I love the concept of this book sale, since I am a bit biased with book covers in buying books. I had a lot of experiences wherein I buy books because of the covers but when I read it it was not good or I was not interested with the story. And when I see a book and I do not like the cover I just get a ebook version. My only concern was they did not have a lot of description, I was afraid that I might already have a copy of that book. But overall it was a fun experience and I would definitely do it again. 

Fully Booked Haul 
             I also went to fully booked and got a couple of books. I was going to wait till my school ends before I buy these books but I have no patience. 

 1. Six Of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

I know I already have a copy of this but it is in paperback form and I want the hardbound version with the black pages.
2. Fairest - Marissa Meyer

3. Stars Above - Marissa Meyer
So that is all for this blog post. Thank you. 

Isabel Samonte


Monday, March 14, 2016

Sarah J. Maas Book Signing Event

Check out the video I made showing what happened during the event. 

         I went to Sarah J. Maas' book signing event yesterday and I am still fan girling about it. I've been waiting for her to come to the Philippines ever since I read throne of glass last March/May and finally it happened yesterday!!! I waited for almost 12 hours with my sister. I came to the venue at 5:30am and I was already the 192nd person there but it was worth the wait. She and her husband were so nice. I got to talk to her husband, Josh, and have my A court of thorns and roses book signed. We talked about dogs because coincidentally Sarah's childhood dog is named Isabel hahaha. And we also talked about school because I told him that I'm taking law next year.

Signed by Sarah's husband Josh
Finally meeting Sarah J. Maas
          Meeting her was such an exciting and amazing moment. I really am a big big fan of her. Her character Celaena Sardothien has a big impact on my life. I really want to be like her and fight for what is right that is why I want to be a human rights lawyer. And when I told that to Sarah she told me to "rattle the stars". I just love her books and it has become a big part of my life. I have become so attached to the her characters that I'm dreading the day the throne of glass series ends. Anyway she is beautiful and sweet when I met her and I can't wait to meet her again.
Books signed by her
The amazing girls I met in line waiting to meet Josh. 
        I want to thank Sarah J. Maas, Josh, Bloomsbury publishing, and National Bookstore for giving me this wonderful experience.

Isabel Samonte

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Victoria Aveyard Book Signing+ Mini Review + Mini Book Haul

                   Hi everyone I know this post is very late but I was very busy with schoolwork that this blogpost got delayed. Anyway so last Sunday (May 6, 2016) was Victoria Aveyard's book signing, which was held in National Bookstore, Glorietta 1. I arrived to the venue at 7am to have an earlier slot, take note the registration starts at 10am and the event proper starts at 2pm, and when I got there the line was ridiculously long that I secured the 350 slot. I waited for 10 hours to have my books signed but it was all worth it. I met some great people in that event that shared the same passion that I have for books and I met this very amazing, friendly, and nice author.

                 Victoria Aveyard was really nice and beautiful. She signed books for 1,200 people in the Glorietta event alone, which was insane. Her book are amazing at first when I saw a copy of the Red Queen last may I was skeptical at first at getting it because the synopsis kinda sounded like a mixture of different young adult fantasy books but I'm glad that I read it because it did stand out on its own. I love the characterization of Mare Barrow in the book. She is has a strong personality but she can be vulnerable at the same time, which makes her humane. And the politics in this novel is so good. I love how it relates to the real world and how the author incorporates different political theories, such as Aristotles' notion of a monarchy and ideas of democratization. The plot twist in the Red Queen got me flabbergasted. I was not really expecting it and I'm still in denial about it up until now. Even when I finished sword of glass I am still in DENIAL and I won't accept it until I read the next book.

She so pretty even in blurry pictures. 

So near yet still far away

                        I was fangirling so hard that I was stuttering while talking to her. This is how our conversation went.

Me: (omg! she is so pretty)
V.A: Hi how are you?
Me: Fine, Can I just say that I love the politics in this novel?
V.A: Thank you.
Me: It just coincides with Aristotles idea of a monarchy and ideas about democratization.
V.A: Well... you're smarter than I am.
Me: Thanks (OMG she just called you smart OMG girl breathe)

She is just so nice and very welcoming.
                   In addition, I also bought some new books this week, since I was stressed with school and book shopping relaxes me and makes me happy. So I bought Mosquitoland by David Arnold, which is a contemporary book that centers around this girl that is traveling in a bus and she meets different people along the way back to her mom. I also bought the unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera, which was recommended by my professor.

                 So that is all for today's blogpost. Do comment your experience with Victoria Aveyard's book signing or books that I should review.

Thank you,
Isabel Samonte

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