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Finally! The Casual Vacancy in the Philippines


The long wait is finally over! One of the most anticipated book releases of the year, J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, will be launched in the Philippines on September 27 at exactly 3 pm by National Book Store.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the biggest selling young adult series of all-time, Harry Potter, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide. The Harry Potter books have also been adapted into eight blockbuster movies.

The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first book in five years and is her first book aimed at an adult readership. It tells the story of the little town of Pagford, which is left in shock after the death of Barry Fairbrother. Pagford, seemingly an English idyll, is a town at war. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council triggers the biggest war the town has yet seen.

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Hunter, books, and the failed attempt to organize

These past two weeks I’ve been relying on scheduled posts. I don’t know what happened but I have not been actively blogging lately due to some urgent work related problems obligations. I’ve been to occupied with tons of work on tight schedules and been juggling clients left and right, its crazy. The Solitary Bookworm isn’t really something that I full time but for fun and to relieve stress. I do hope that the upcoming weeks will be better though.


This mini schnauzer buddy of mine (3 months old) came home 3 days ago and its been crazy tiring amazing! You know how it is when you have a new puppy and you’re house breaking them, wow that alone really takes a lot of work. He’s sweet, adorable and so playful. He likes to snuggle and sleep at odd places and I just love him to bits.


I’ve been trying to not buy books this September but whenever I go to the mall and see our bookstore, I just can’t help myself. This is where I fail miserably. Arrrgh so here’s what I got for the month of September –

Girl With a Pearl Earring, The 6th Lamentation & The House of the Seven Gables

So I got 11 books in the span of 2 weeks alone excluding the books I got a week before that.

See where my problem is? Gosh, when it comes to books, I just cave in.


Okay so to make space for Hunters stuff, I’ve evacuated the lower shelf and maximized the 5 spaces above. I’ll just like to tell you now, I don’t know how I’m going to organize this bookshelf properly. Arrgh!

top most

Second level


And since I forgot to take a picture of the 4th and 5th level, here’s the picture of the whole shelf in its glory. 😀 So I tried to organized it by genre but since I sucked at that I tried to organized by height but I wasn’t too happy with how it looked so I organized it next by color and still left me unsatisfied. Eventually I decided to organize it by priority. 1st and 5th shelf are for future reading, 2nd and 4th shelf for urgent reading and the middle shelf is for priority.

My camera skills are awful! Where’s the top shelf Mary Grace? Geez.

Okay, that’s t for me this week guys. Hopefully next week will be better but no regrets so far. Watch out for the tours and giveaways scheduled for this week and have a smashing weekend. So how is your week so far?

SIDE NOTE: I haven’t posted any FGH recently since I decided that I’ll do that via my Tumblr page. Whoever has a Tumblr account, add TSBs Tumblr page! Would love to connect with ya’ll.

Audio book: Why are you boring me?

Aaand because my work week is done, I’d like to share a topic I’ve been wanting to share before.

Credit to whoever made this icon 😛

Audio book. Just hearing that word makes me bored. I don’t know why that is my case but I haven’t had a chance to really enjoy audio books like my fellow readers. I’ve tried almost everything:

I’ve listened to an audio book which I already know the story. First audio book I attempted to listen to was Alice in Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland! Who doesn’t know that story? Alice in Wonderland is a story that I grew up loving. It is an easy and entertaining story and I thought it would be a good starter to someone who haven’t tried any audio books yet, but guess what? I can’t even get pass the 4th chapter. I zoned out and got sleepy and that was it.

I’ve opted for the dramatic reading rather than the usual one voice narrative. My second attempt was Madam Bovary (yeah I know, classic). I’ve mostly download audio books from LivriBox and also from other websites that offer it for free (I know I am cheap that way). I prefer to download audio books that are dramatized since I felt it had more depth or “action”/emphasis on the story itself. I also thought it wouldn’t be boring to hear a single voice throughout the whole story but same ending, I got bored and wasn’t able to finish it. Sucked big time too.

Listened to an audio book without any noise to distract me. Third and last attempt was to listen to Alice in Wonderland again in a room without any distraction. I was not working, laptop was off, had good headphones with noise cancellation and tight muffs – not a single sound to distract me. So I was happily listening to the audio book and I found my efforts helpful and I am happy to tell you guys I got pass chapter 6 – then woke up 8 hours after realizing I fell asleep listening to it. And that was the last attempt I did.

– and another credit to whoever owns this picture 😀

I don’t know if this is also the case with some of you but I think audio books are not really for me and that makes me sad because I would want to listen to an audio book if I am in a car or a train ride or when travelling since I get dizzy reading printed copies.

I have a four theories as to why I get bored and sleepy with audio books:

Theory 1Is it because I read printed copies faster than the narrator?

Theory 2Is it because they read like they’re bored? Don’t get me wrong, I salute volunteers for these projects but their voice are just so monotone but countering that, why do I still get bored with dramatic readings then? (sorry thinking aloud there)

Theory 3Is it the genre? I do believe that there are stories that are very enjoyable in printed copies and horrible in audio book formats and the other way around but do the genre really matter when you listen to audio books the same with genre preference when reading actual copies ’cause I think some readers would pick up an audio book for difficult or hard to read stories to understand them better. I wonder. Lets say I hate romance stories but I wanted to try an audio book, let’s name this book One Broken Heart*, if I didn’t enjoy One Broken Heart in a printed copy does it automatically mean that I wouldn’t enjoy it’s audio book version? Would I still hate it in the end since it romance? I don’t know if I am making sense – Or,

Theory 4Is it the reader? I believe every one has different preferences. There are really some that prefer printed copies, some enjoy eBooks more and then there are some who adores audio books. Am I part of the minority that won’t really enjoy audio books no matter what?

I wonder how audio books are with paid readers/actors? Is it any different? I really do want to enjoy audio books which is why I really am eager to try it out again so dear friends help a fellow reader here. What are your suggestions to a reader such as I?

* I just found out there’s an actual One Heart book – I am sorry but that wasn’t intentional. Title was solely to explain my point but let’s change it to not offend anybody. 🙂

YA Giveaway Hop & Phobia Winners :D

Work has been so hectic I forgot to check and announce my giveaway winners. I apologize guys. Anyway,

The Young Adult Giveaway Hop and Phobia eBook giveaway has already ended.

The winners are already notified and the winners are:


Lauren M.

Congratulations guys. 🙂

Thank you everyone who has participated and I hope to see you again in the next giveaway!




Why I Love Grimalkin From the Iron Fey Series

I was never a team Ash or team Puck kind of fan – if I have to side myself with a “team”, then it would be team Grimalkin. First fact – we have the first 5 letter of our names common GRIMALkin (you know I wouldn’t post my last name right? But believe me when I say we have that similarities) that alone makes me love this character more. C’mon who wouldn’t like adore love  IDOLIZE this feline? Anyone who doesn’t know how to appreciate a character like Grimalkin is a reader who couldn’t remember a character worthy of attention (not to offend anyone though).

From the very start, I never did envision Grimalkin as the cute and fury kitty –

or this

Grimalkin is more of like the chesire cat in Alice in Wonderland. Whenever I think and imagine the chesire cat, I immediately remember Grimalkin. I am not saying that they are the same, but my opinion is that they may be siblings from a different mother. 🙂 Who knows?

Oh wait, how about this one? Right? It’s Grimalkin through and through (Imagine a dialogue bubble with “I’m a cat”. Perfect right??)

Okay so, why really do I like this feline? For one, Grimalkin has SWAGGER. Grimalkin has that presence that makes you listen, pay attention or just oogle. Grimalkin has that attitude that will either make you laugh so hard or make you scratch your hear or would even make you raise a brow. Just the way Grimalkin utters, “I’m a cat.” is a statement and a fact in one. There’s no other alternative explanation but that. No matter what adventure and trouble they are in, Grimalkin always saves the day 99% of the time (don’t mind the sword fighting of Ash or the jumping and running of Puck and Meghan). At the end of the day the fact always remains – without Grimalkin to give them THAT vital information/help they need, they wouldn’t make it through anything.

Grimalkin = a talking cat. Did you ever wonder how fun it would be to magically grant your pet the ability to speak? Or wonder what your pets are thinking? Well just think of Grimalkin and you’ll definitely want a talking cat as a companion or maybe not (especially if you can’t appreciate sarcasm and honesty).

Grimalkin has perfect timing! Funny how this feline always knows when to appear and disappear – that’s not being unfair or whatever you want to call it. I say it’s being smart! this cat sure do know how to get around everybody.

Another, Grimalkin is either sarcastic or brutally honest. Sometimes the banter and the lines between the characters tends to get boring, but when Grimalkin speaks, you will know that you’ll have a good laugh. It’s Grimalkin way of delivering anything – confident and sure!

Third, because of so much fabulousness that emanates from Grimalkin, this cat deserves a book of his own (Pretty pretty please ohhh favorite author of mine, grant Grimalkin’s fans such as I with a story about Grimalkin).

To be honest, I followed the series until the end not because I was team Puck or team Ash – it was because of Grimalkin and how I never got enough of him.

And finally, as Grimalkin always used to say – of course he’s a cat! Need I say more? 🙂

** This should have been a 150 words post of why I love Grimalkin, but since I idolize this character – I think I overdid it. Oooops.

*** if you’re wonder what’s with the post, well favorite author Julie Kagawa is hosting a contest for the Iron Fey series fans. If you haven’t read about it yet, you can read all about it HERE.

The Book Show – 09/29/2012

We would like to invite you to join us at the UK’s leading conference for authors and publishers.

With panels and individual speakers who are some of the UK’s leading authors, publishers and agents.

With a loaded all day programme, over three floors of a centrally located venue, there is sure to be a zone which will appeal to everyone.

Speakers include authors such as – Suzy Jane-Tanner, Steve Goodwin, Chris Cowlin, and many more

TV Celebrity authors – George Watts, Pete Cohen, and Jenny Ainslie-Turner

Erotica Authors – Lucy Felthouse, Victoria Blisse, Kay Jaybee, Janine Ashbless, Serena Yates, Nephylim

Literary agents from – Ed Victor, Burkeman and Clarke, Whatson Little

Publishers such as – Apex Publishing, Andrews UK, Silver Moon, MX Publishing and many more.

Other Exhibitors / zones – Web site creation, Social Media and Marketing Experts, Erotica Zone.

Ticket price includes access to all panels, talks and zones, as well as Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Centrally located in Luton, Bedfordshire, one minutes’ walk from the main railway station, two large car parks, and a few minutes from junction 10 of the M1 motorway.

Come and join us at THE conference for authors.

For more information, lease visit The Book Show.

Summer Lovin’ Giveaway Winner!!


The Summer Lovin’ Giveaway has just ended.

TSB already did a random draw a while ago and we have a winner.

The winner has been already notified and replied.

Congratulations to Kristin from Young Adult Book Haven

Thank you everyone who has participated and I hope to see you again in the next giveaway!