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PopTastik Pinoy! (The 4th Phil. LitFest)

The month of November brings us, not only the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon but also The 4th Philippine International Literary Festival: The PopTastik Pinoy. I am all for more literary events in our country so for all the readers, and writers out there mark the 15th of November on your calendars, go to Ayala Museum and check out PopTastik Pinoy! 
See Ayala Museum's PRESS RELEASE below, for more details:
LitFest turns folk, pop!
Filipino writers will discuss folk and popular literature as shown in komiks, TV, and film as the National Book Development Board (NBDB), Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), and Ayala Museum hold POPtastik Pinoy! this November. 
The event is part of the 4th Philippine International Literary Festival. Titled Text and the City, the LitFest will take place in the major universities in Metro Manila from November 11-14 and culminating at the Ayala Museum on November 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Promotional activities will also be held at the Makati Ayala Malls from Novemb…

Filipino Friday #3: The Book Drop

You know what, I have never really strongly considered book dropping. I have grown very much attached to my book collection. Ahihi. But now that I think about it, I like the idea. It's kind of mysterious and romantic and stuff. Might be, I'll try and do it once, just to see how I feel about it. It would be great though if I could stick around and see who gets it. I don't think I can stand not knowing/seeing.
But for now, me no participantes. I don't think I got that Spanish right. Haha.
Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience. Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place? 

Every time I find a book that's below 100 pesos, I consider that as memorable. (cheapskate much?) Especially if they're in excellent condition. And hardbound! I remember getting my favorite children's book, Bud. not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, hardbound, at 40 pesos only. And I was so thrilled about that find. But those dirt cheap used books are…

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Summary from Goodreads:

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. . . .

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural …

Filipino Friday #2: Kids and Books

1. What were your favorite books as a kid?

I was not as much of a reader back then, I can probably name more 90s cartoons and family computer games than I could book titles. But I did love fairy tales and fables and Disney stories. The Ladybird storybooks were my favorite. As well as a variety of thick anthologies of fairy tales from Grimm, Andersen, Perrault, as well as Russian and Germal folk tales. I also enjoyed and consumed a voracious number of Archie Comics.  

2. Do you still read children's books?

Oh yes. I just got off reading Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman, which I very much enjoyed. In fact, most kidlit that I have read, I read only sometime after college. A couple of favorites include: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, The Time Warp Trio, Matilda, Ella Enchanted, The Graveyard Book, Bud, not Buddy, The Westing Game, The Egypt Game, Father Christmas, Percy Jackson series, Harry Potter series, His Dark Materials …

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman; Illustrated by Skottie Young

Summary from Goodreads:

"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."

"Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

When I see Neil Gaiman's kidlit, the covers are usually dark, and the tales, grim. So, I was quite surprised to see this really bright, happy, cute cover with Gaiman's name on it. And that title, who would not find that so adorable? 

Chalk it up to Neil Gaiman  to create a fantastical story about something as mundane as getting milk. That's how it all started. You see, the mom got called away from home, leaving the dad …

Filipino Friday #1: Introductions

What Reader Species Are You? I found that I fit in several of the categories and may as well be what the infographic refers to as a Cross-Bred Reader Mutt. 
Class: Book Lovers, 
ComplusiveThe Hoarder - I do have the tendency to acquire books faster than I can read them. I can't fit them on my bookshelves so I have them shoved inside a drawer beside my bed, like some secret stash of cookies (which I also have). Plus, my Kindle holds quite a number of e-books. And yet I still acquire more. Hee. SituationalThe Kindle Convert - I used to be the type who would never consider getting an e-reader. I thought that digital reading will never equate to the experience of reading a physical copy of a book. But my sister persuaded me to get one, so I got one, which I named River, and since then I thought to myself, where have you been all my life?The Sleepy Bedtime Reader - I definitely do most of my reading before bed. And yes, I have busted a book light or two because I fell asleep and left them…

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

Summary from Goodreads:

Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

While I enjoy Star Wars, I am not what you would call a hardcore fangirl of the Galaxy Far Far Away. My love of it, is of a much lesser degree than that, but perhaps, I do know more of it than t…