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Dramacon: Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova

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In the hopes of expanding my reading repertoir, I decided to give manga a try. I've always loved anime on television. There's Super Book, Flying House, Sailor Moon, Saber Marionette, Akazukin Chacha etc. So I thought, anime on paper would suit me just fine. I was like a fish out of the water when I was deciding as to what title would be good for a first time manga reader like me. Now, I applaude (clap, clap) myself for picking Dramacon. 
Summary from Goodreads:
When amateur writer Christie settles in the artist alley of her first ever anime convention, she sees it only as an opportunity to promote the manga she had started with her artist boyfriend. But when she unexpectedly falls for a mysterious cosplayer, things become very complicated. Because what do you do when you fall in love with someone who is going to be miles away from you in just a couple of days? Web-comic vet and Ignatz Award-nominated creator Svetlana Chmakova gives us a funny, romantic, behind-the-scenes look at…

ReaderCon Filipino Fridays: Being a Reader in the Philippines

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How hard or easy is it to be a book lover in the Philippines?  I find it quite easy to be a book lover in the Philippines. I get to read everything and anything that I want. There may be a book or two that are not in any shelves of the major bookstores but I don't mind since I have a bazillion more other books in my ultra long wish list that are sure to be on stock. The only thing that restricts me is my limited funds. So, thank the stars for Book Sale and online stores selling used and brand new books (Celina's!). Our major bookstores like National for instance has a bargain bin and they also do some big sales from time to time. Friends from the States also brings in a couple of books for me when they come home. 
What are some of your frustrations as a Filipino reader? I only wish that we get to have good libraries. Ones that carry a huge array of books that covers a wide range of genres from adult to YA to kid lit even to picture books for early readers. That would really make …

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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Artemis Fowl. The name has a nice ring to it. It rolls off the tongue. It's one of those names that demands attention, just like the book itself, which both demands and grabs your attention.
Artemis Fowl is an incredibly gifted 12 year old millionaire who sets out to search for and ultimately acquire a book that holds the secret and confirms the existence of a fairy world, which will in turn allow him to get hold of some fairy gold in order to finance a rescue mission of his missing father. Artemis, aided by his trusty servants, Butler and Juliet, is able to abduct a fairy named Capt. Holly Short of the LEPrecon unit (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance-a unit who tracks down fairies that wander too far away from their underground world and into human dwellings.) to serve as his bargaining tool for the gold. All of these led to an all out warfare between the humans and the fairies where both sides seems to underestimate the other's capabilities.
One of the things I noticed when…

A Trip Down Memory Lane with Ladybird Classics

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After joining the ReaderCon Filipino Friday Meme: Your Reader's Story, I suddenly had the urge to try and look for some of my old fairy tale books. Lo and behold, I managed to dig up a few ladybird classics! 



Sigh. All these bring back happy childhood memories. Next on my list, is the Fairy Tale Anthology Book that I used to read with my sister. I'll dig that one up soon after I've recovered from the attack of the dust bunnies in our storage area.

ReaderCon Filipino Friday: My Reader's Story

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I wasn't exactly a voracious reader when I was little but I do remember loving story telling. My mom made up a story entitled "Si Kudangdang". It's a story of a little girl named Kudangdang who was playing in a rice mill when a flock of brightly colored birds descended on the pavement to eat the scattered grains. Kudangdang wanted to catch one but they were all too fast for her, save for a big white bird who was too full to fly away. The big white bird's distress calls were ignored and laughed at by his fellow birds and so he was caught by Kudangdang. I'll have to leave the story at that or else I'll run out of both time and space. Anyhow, I would always nag my mom to tell me that story a billion times a day and in her exasperation, she recorded herself telling the story in a cassette tape (I'm not kidding). So every time, I wanted the story told, she'll just press a button on the radio. Genius no. During my elementary years, I usually stay in sch…

ReaderCon Filipino Fridays: Introduction

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I have always wanted to attend The Manila International Book Fair (next to Comic Con) but never had the opportunity so far, and the chances of getting to attend The Reader Con this September is quite slim, but I'm still keeping my hopes up. Anyway, I thought joining this meme would be a great way to get in touch with other readers in case I don't make it and meet you guys in person.
Hi, I'm Tin! I'm a relatively new blogger and I have been reading for quite some time now but the intensity of my love for books has increased even more about a year (or two) ago, right about the time where I discovered the Filipino Book Bloggers Community. I never thought there existed blogs devoted to books and a community of bloggers/readers who are very much into reading as I am, perhaps even more! It is through these blogs that I discovered a whole lot of other book titles, authors, genres and sub genres.
I normally go for young adult or adult fantasy. It can be urban, historical, epic/h…

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Speak is a story about a teenage girl named Melinda Sordino who is turned into an outcast by almost everyone in her school including her friends after she called the cops on a big end-of-summer party. Her friends and schoolmates are too busy hating her to even find out about the terrible event that happened on the night of the party that prompted that phone call. Melinda deals with all these the best way she knows how, by hiding behind a wall of silence, taking the truth with her.
What I liked about this book is how the author captured to a tee, the language and the way of thinking of teenagers. The dialogue doesn't seem over the top or trying  too hard to sound like a teen. Melinda's voice came out as genuine and believable. I was able to feel the self-consciousness, awkwardness, and peer acceptance-focused behavior that comes with being a teenager. The inner struggle going on inside Melinda about speaking up or burying her secret deep within. Melinda's outlet happen to be…

The New World by Patrick Ness

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I guess I'm off to a late start with this novella but better late than never. I am a fan of the Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking Trilogy (see my review here). While I haven't gotten around acquiring the last two books and his newest release A Monster Calls (with Siobhan Dowd, illustrations by Jim McKay) I thought this little novella might stave off the hunger for the aforementioned books.
Viola and her parents were chosen to be the first party to be sent off in order to scout what supposedly will be their people's new settlement, referred to as The New World. Everyone seems excited about living in an actual planet except Viola who fears that their might be dangers unbeknownst to them in this new planet. During the course of their journey, something went terribly wrong that resulted in a crash landing of their spaceship. Will this "New World" confirm Viola's worst fears?
I've always loved Viola as a character in Th…