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.

– HUNTER –

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.

– BOOKS 

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.

– BOOKSHELF –

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

third

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.

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FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled (IMM 10)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM – rebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

Today version of FGH is mostly manga. I had a manga kick a few weeks ago and I am just posting this now. So let’s get on with the books. Continue reading

FGH: FOUND, GRABBED, HAULED (IMM 9)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM – rebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

OMG! it’s a month since I posted my last FGH. As I said before, I am trying to cut down with the amount of books that I buy ‘cos my TBR pile is insane as of the moment BUT I can’t really help it. Here’s a few that I got this week:

PURCHASE

I’ve got these babies just a few days ago from TBD and I am really really excited to read them especially the first 2 books since I have read great things.

  • Sweet Evil – This has been suggested by a lot of readers, and the blurb sounds interesting so let’s see. Gorgeous cover too!
  • The Immortal Rules – So freaking excited to read this book! 🙂
  • A Tale Dark & Grimm
  • Animal Farm – because I just NEED to! 😀
  • Timeless – I’ve been a follower of the series since book 1. Have read book 4 but haven’t reviewed it as far as I can remember. Should get on that soon! I’m not liking the cover on this one though 😦

NETGALLEY

FOR REVIEW

Determinant
by A.M. Hargrove

January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening, after working an especially long shift, a chance encounter with a group of mysterious men alters the course of her life.

Rykerian Yarrister, a Guardian of Vesturon with unearthly powers and impossibly gorgeous looks, finds himself at odds over the human female he recently saved from certain death. When it seems he is on the verge of winning her over, she is ripped from his hands by a strange and powerful being, threatening to destroy her if his demands are not met.

Do Rykerian and the Guardians have the ability to meet this fierce barbarian’s ultimatums, or will January suffer a horrid demise?

** Also receive books 1 & 2 of the series – Survival and Resurrection respectively.

Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil
by Charlotte Henley Babb

Maven’s new dream job–fairy godmother–presents more problems than she expects when she learns that Faery is on the verge of collapse, and the person who is training her isn’t giving her the facts–and may be out to kill her. Will she be able to make all the fractured fairy tales fit together into a happy ending, or will she be eaten by a troll?

The Mine
by John A. Heldt

In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

** Thanks to John Heldt, Majanka of Enchanted Book Promotions & Cami of Reading Addiction Blog Tour.

SIDE NOTE: I had a very busy schedule last month and I forgot to highlight books from the tour that were already live and I reviewed, making a mental note not to let this happen again.

That’s all I got this week. Next couple of weeks, it’ll be mostly manga featured posts. I am warning you as early as now! hahaha. So what did you guys get this week?

FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled (IMM 8)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM – rebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

Hey guys, so this is my 2nd post for FGH and I’ve got a number of books to share with ya’ll. I finally received my BD package and was sooo happy to open them. So here’s what I got this week:

PURCHASED

* BS – Booksale (second hand shop), NBS (national bookstore)
Ohhh and I’ve also got this Merriam-Webster dictionary WITH Garfield Comics 😛
Usually there’s a word listed in the box section there (lookee picture above) and they use that word in a sentence in the comic strips.
On another hand, I bought Kwentillion (heard this from Chachic) and the illustrations are sooooo good guys. Only browsed it a few times and just looking at the art works is A-mazing!
Gaaah. I really don’t have any talent with taking pictures, can’t justify the beauty of these artworks. 🙂 It’s too pretty in person yo guys. I have to read it soon!!!

NETGALLEY

FOR REVIEW

Intangible (Intangible #1)
by J. Meyers

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

The Oracle (The Gateway Chronicles #2)

by K.B. Hoyle

A year ago Darcy Pennington had no real friends. A year ago she’d thought that magic only existed in fairy tales. A year ago she would have laughed at the idea of other worlds.

Then everything changed when she’d visited Cedar Cove Family Camp and stumbled into a magical gateway to a world called Alitheia.

Wings of Hope
by Hillary E. Peak

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules father asks her to come be stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life. Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

Dead Radiance (Valkyrie #1)
by T.G. Ayer

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.

Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

**Thanks to J Meyers, The Writer’s Coffee Shop, Majanka of Enchanted Book Promotions & Cami of Reading Addiction Blog Tour

SIDE NOTE: I just received an email for the upcoming book to read from TFG (The Filipino Group) via Goodreads, I still haven’t finished The Fellowship of the Rings. Arrrgghh but I think I’ll finish it by Sunday, hopefully finish it by Sunday, HAVE to finish it by Sunday. Hahahah.

Okay what did you receive for this week guys??

FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled (IMM 7)

I am trying something new. Here’s my first post for FGH. FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled is basically an IMM post, renamed (why can’t I think of a quirky name?? :S). Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related for the week.

Forgive me guys for posting this so late. I was supposed to post this a week ago but my schedule at work is supeeeer hectic. Arrrr. Anywho, here’s what I bought and receive last week and this week.

Purchased

Yeah I know, old books huh. Well that’s what you get when you browse second hand stores and you can’t be sure of what you can find in the store but I am very happy with these.

  • Of Bees and Mist – 80Php (roughly $2)
  • The Nanny Diaries – 40Php ($1)
  • The Body Finder – 99 Php (roughly $2.50)
  • Deja Dead & Monday Mourning – 80 Php each (close to $4) [Just realized that Deja Dead and Monday Mourning is 5 books part. Haha okay so I got to find books 2-6]

Also bought

This I already finished. You can find the review HERE.

Netgalley

Author

When thirty-something Deputy Inspector Antonio Ferrara of the Italian Polizia di Stato discovers that the seemingly random victims of a Tuscan serial killer are all illegitimate descendants of one Giovanni di Cosimo de Medici, a 15th century Florentine banker, his superior scoffs at his theory, the Italian military police caution him to leave this closed case alone on the basis that it involves an issue of “national security,” and even his father uses the occasion to hector him to leave police work and return to the family art business. Undeterred, Antonio enlists the aid of Rachel Fuller, an American Fulbright scholar working on her Medici dissertation in Florence, and together they travel to America to unlock a secret that spans three continents and eight centuries.

So that’s what I have for the past two weeks, what’s in store for you this week?

SIDE NOTE: I also purchased books recently via Book Depository but I’ll make a separate post for those when all the books arrive. 🙂

IMM: In My Mailbox (6)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.

Just got back from my lovely vacation with my partner (actually it was last week but hadn’t had the time to update the blog) and I bought 3 books when I was away. I know what you are thinking, only 3? Ahuh, only 3 books but 3 great books. *grins*

The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl #7)
by Eoin Colfer

Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies — not humans — and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind — and the grips of a giant squid — in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?

The Fault in our Stars
by John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

The Perks of being A Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Here’s what I have for this week from Netgalley:

Between You and Me
by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have proven again and again that they are masters at exploring the nuances of family relationships—as they intersect with the current trends in the culture at large.

In Between You and Me, twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey since they were separated as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi. But the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a “real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between saving her cousin and saving herself.

Rape Girl
by Alina Klein

Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.

There you have it, so what’s in your mailbox? 🙂

IMM: In My Mailbox (5)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.

Here’s what I have for this week from Netgalley:

The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1)
K. B. Hoyle

Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship.

When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she’s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy. Once there, they learn the “arrival of the Six” was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land. In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy. Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose? Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe?

Dark Companion
Marta Acosta

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She’s even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper’s cottage in the center of the birch grove.

Something’s not quite right about the school — or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She’s also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.

Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school…and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

The Glimpse
Claire Merle

Once you’ve seen into the future, can you change your destiny?

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

What’s in your mailbox?

IMM: In My Mailbox (4)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.

Here’s what I have for this week:

Went to the second hand book store to buy me some books and immediately saw these two (see below). Was soo excited and thinking that I need to find one more book without realizing that these two are books 3 and 8 of 10 books. Hahaha so instead of looking for 1 more, I’ll be on the lookout for 7 books to complete the series.

Nicolae (Left Behind #3)
Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

First they were Left Behind. Then they formed the Tribulation Force. Now they must face Nicolae. In the most explosive of the three books so far, the seven-year tribulation is nearing the end of its first quarter, when prophecy says that “the wrath of the Lamb” will be poured out upon the earth. Rayford Steele becomes the ears of the tribulation saints at the highest levels of the Carpathia regime. Meanwhile, Buck Williams attempts a dramatic all-night rescue run from Israel through the Sinai that will hold you breathless to the end.

The Mark (Left Behind #8)

Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

His Excellency Global Community Potentate Nicolae Carpathia is back, this time as Satan. Resurrected and indwelt by the devil himself, it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy as the beast tightens his grip as ruler of the world. Ensconced in a new safe house, the Tribulation Force suffers tragic loss at the dawn of the second half of the seven-year Tribulation. The Trib Force moles inside the palace in New Babylon face tragedy and danger, and they must flee, take the mark, or suffer the consequences. The gloves are off, and the battle is launched between the forces of good and evil for the very souls of men and women around the globe.

 For the complete list of books, click HERE.
Netgalley:

Exiled (The Never Chronicles #1)
J.R. Wagner

James has never known an ordinary life. As long as he can remember, he and his family have been on the run—moving from place to place, never settling down, never growing roots. Now, just when he’s on the brink of manhood, the very thing his family has been trying to prevent tears him from all he has ever known and thrusts him into a place where he is powerless and alone.

Bent on finding a way back, James must brave a place reserved for the worst of his kind. He quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants and if he is to have any chance of returning, he must work with the very people he’s been raised to fear.

James has known magic since just after he was born. As a sorcerer, his skills are exceptional yet when he wakes in The Never, his abilities are gone. Armed with nothing but determination and the will to survive, he braves a land wrought with dangers, mysteries and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind and prevent escape forever.

Afterwards: A Novel
Rosamund Lupton

There is a fire and they are in there. They are in there…

Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and rush. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her.

Afterwards Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her children from the person who’s still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1)
Michelle Rowen

I don’t do dangerous. Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing-and I don’t know if I can get it back. Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me…. NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising.

What’s in your mailbox?

IMM: In My Mailbox (2)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.
Here’s what I have for this week:
I’m trying to stop myself from buying books these couple of months but I can’t help it whenever I visit my favorite second hand bookstore especially whenever I find something that I really want to buy. These are my recent purchases, both books are around $4 – $5 dollars each in addition too my Netgalley books. 🙂
The  Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
and from Netgalley
 
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
What’s in your mailbox??

IMM: In My Mailbox (1)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.
Here’s what I have for this week: