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Blind Dates and Three Years of Reading Fun at Fully Booked

Three Years of Reading Fun at Fully Booked

Last July 27, Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street celebrated their third anniversary the best way they know how — with lots of books! The event was a treat for book lovers who celebrated the momentous event with the bookstore chain.

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And here was the main attraction of the party: some very easy games where the each winner gets to take home a mystery book of their choice.

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Review: Paper Valentine (Brenna Yovanoff)

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Valentine’s month may be over but that didn’t stop me from picking up a new romance book: Brena Yovanoff’s new novel Paper Valentine. Before I had read the synopsis, Paper Valentine caught my attention because the title and book cover looked romantic. The cover also had a touch of Alice in Wonderland-esque art.

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

To be honest, it was hard to get through the book and took some warming up in the first few chapters. It was told in a melancholic tone that conveyed what Hannah felt about losing her best friend. Most of it centered on Hannah’s mundane life, and how she is haunted by her best friend’s ghost. Hannah and Lillian’s relationship is interesting —– unconventional, but it is obvious that they valued their friendship. They were so attached to each other that they grew up alike. In fact, at times I could not tell one girl from another. It is clear that Hannah loved — still loves — her very much and kept blaming herself for her best friend’s death. Anorexia is a big issue among women today and I am glad Yovanoff addressed it in the book, in a subtle way. I still can’t quite wrap my head around the coming-of-age part of the story but I like how Hannah’s personalities and relationships with her significant others are developed in the end.

As for the romance in the story (yes, there is romance!), it is a queer one: Finny Boone isn’t exactly the kind of guy you see as Hannah’s love interest. He is an integral part of the story, and a surprising character.

Read: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Description from Goodreads: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Read Gone Girl now on your Kindle/iPad/laptop/smartphone!

Read: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

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Book description from Goodreads: Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!

Read The Silver Linings Playbook right now on your Kindle/iPad/laptop/phone!

Children’s Books for the Holidays

The Christmas season is here and if you are having trouble thinking what to give as presents, remember that there’s nothing better than sharing the joys of reading with friends. Below are some titles for everyone to cherish this merry season.

Ang mga Lambing ni Lolo DingAng Mga Lambing ni Lolo Ding is a story of a grandfather in his twilight years lovingly sharing his wisdom and values with his grandson. Written by Michael Coroza with art by Maurice Risulmi and published by Adarna House, this book celebrates traditional Filipino values and the tender relationship between children and their elders.

More book recommendations in the post.

Read: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Book description from Goodreads: It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they’ve got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can’t run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Read Wanderlove now on your Kindle/iPad/phone/laptop!

Holiday gift idea: “Book Lover” mug from Booktique

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Read: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Book description from Goodreads: A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation—the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.

Read Cloud Atlas now on your Kindle/iPad/phone/laptop!

Read: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Book description from Goodreads: Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it.

More about it here.

Read: Feed by Mira Grant

We thought we should recommend creepier reads as Halloween nears. Now, on to zombies!

Book description: The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. (Read the rest on Goodreads.)

Read Feed by Mira Grant now on your iPad/Kindle/phone/laptop!