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The National Book Store Warehouse Sale – The Sequel!

Okay, so it wasn’t this crazy

So the last time I was at the National Book Store Warehouse Sale, it was a little crazy.  To quote my blog post at the time:

“I spent about 10 minutes just looking in disbelief at the whole mass of people that was there at the Warehouse Sale so early in the morning. Who are these people and what did they do the night before? Did they camp out in front of Crossings or something?”

This time, I was once again invited to a preview, and since i’m not that stupid (also it was my rest day from work), I accepted the invitation and went there posthaste. And boy was it a  good decision!

While there’s admittedly a lot of excitement fighting it out with a crowd for a book you really want – and actually winning that fight, too! – there’s also a lot to be said about walking into a sale with no one to fight with and having the luxury to just take your time.

Maybe because of that relaxed atmosphere, I was able to buy more books than i did two years ago. To wit:

This year's haul!
This year’s haul!

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Welcome 2013!

-2Photo by Paolo Nacpil

Happy New Year everyone!

2012 was a great year for me. Thanks to National Book Store, I was able to interview authors like Lauren Oliver, Alyson Noel, Jennifer Hillier, Alex Gilvarry, Gregg Olsen, and Merwin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria.

From interviewing Samantha Sotto last year, this year I got to talk to Kate Evangelista, another Filipino who’s making her own path in the international publishing scene.

And on the book reading front, I’ve managed to finish my 2012 Goodreads Reading Challenge! I set a 50 book goal for myself at the beginning of the year, and I managed to finish 53!

So what do I plan to do this new year?

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Book review: Lauren Oliver’s “Pandemonium”

When I first set out to read Lauren Oliver’s “Delirium” books, I had only meant to give myself some background since it’s just plain embarrassing to interview an author whose work you aren’t familiar with. If it weren’t for the interview, I don’t think I would have picked it on my own.

Of course, that was no longer the case by the time I was done with “Delirium”. Like I said in my review, Lauren Oliver had me hooked when she finally got the ball rolling with the story, and I couldn’t wait to find out what she had in store for me in “Pandemonium”.

But will these high expectations end up spoiling “Pandemonium” for me? Or will the book live up to it and more?

Spoiler: It did.

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Book review: Lauren Oliver’s “Delirium”

I’d initially meant to put up my reviews of “Delirium” and “Pandemonium” before putting up the transcript of my Lauren Oliver interview, but there was just so many things on my plate that I thought it would be easier to just transcribe interviews rather than have to compose my thoughts on these two books — or my thoughts on anything for that matter.

It’s only now that my head has caught up with my body in terms of taking a vacation that I feel ready to take a shot at “Delirium”, at the very least. I mean, not that they’re groundbreaking thoughts or anything. Basically this is just a long excuse as to why I have not been updating as often as I would like.

ANYWAY. “Delirium”. What did I think of it?

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Ronreads interview: Lauren Oliver – Part 2

Yes, I know, the updates have been sparse, but it’s mostly because I’m on vacation in Singapore and I thought I’d give myself a few days with which to lounge around and basically vegetate.

It didn’t actually happen — I still ended up doing work stuff even here — but it’s all good. Now that I don’t actually feel any pressure, I’ve relaxed enough to type up my interview with Lauren Oliver and put it up for you guys.

I was a little worried going into this interview as most of the questions I had prepared earlier had gotten asked during the meet and greet with fans at Powerbooks. I had to think up of new question right quick, and was really worried that Lauren would think they’re redundant and pointless.

Thankfully, Lauren didn’t think they were — or she was being extremely polite, ahahahaha — and I got to get out of this interview with my dignity intact. Enjoy the conversation under the cut, which includes: LGBT characters, Manolo Blahniks, and how Lauren Oliver is a pro-non-virgin.

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Ronreads interview: Lauren Oliver – Part 1

The crowd at Lauren Oliver’s book signing.

She’s touring Australia now, but for a few days last week, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver was in the country stumping for her latest book, “Pandemonium”, the sequel to “Delirium”.

While her visit was short and sweet, Lauren Oliver was still able to squeeze in some time for an interview with yours truly, other media outlets, as well as with Ms. Xandra Ramos Padilla of National Book Store.

While I had my own time to interview Lauren, I also attended her interview with Ms. Xandra Ramos Padilla. For those who weren’t able to make it that day, I’m posting the full transcript of that interview under the cut. Tomorrow, I’ll put up the complete transcript of the interview I did with her.

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Your weeks in books#31

It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these things!

  • Of course, the biggest thing happening in the country this March — at least for fans of YA — is the upcoming visit by bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She’ll be signing books at the Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4 on March 25, 3 p.m. And, five fans may even get to have lunch with her! Details are over at National Book Store’s Facebook page. (Source)
  • Lauren Oliver isn’t the only person that National Book Store is bringing over! As reported by Comic Book Resources, Mark Millar will also be visiting the country in May! (Source)
  • The University of the Philippines is also holding a month-long book sale in celebration of its 47th anniversary! All UP Press titles, bestsellers, and new releases will be sold at a 20 percent discount, and all consigned titles at a 5 percent discount. The book sale runs from March 1 – 31, 2012. The UP Press bookstore is located at E. de los Santos Street, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City and is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • A book blog by the Guardian ponders on what effect the increasing popularity of book trailers has on the books themselves. (Source)
  • Batman is named the greatest comic book hero. Of the top 10 heroes listed, Wonder Woman is the only…woman. (Source)
  • After facing protests from a group called “One Million Moms”, Life with Archie #16 — featuring the interracial gay marriage of character Kevin Keller — flies off the bookshelves. (Source)
  • The New York Times has a really interesting story on The Physical Archive of the Internet Arhive, which seeks to “collect one copy of every book.” (Source)