Devouring

The finals week had me running on constant nervous energy that I wasn’t able to fully concentrate on the lessons and review materials I prepared much less to read a non-textbook. Even days after that grueling period, still I wasn’t able to get back into a good reading groove not until I was able to submit all the teachers’ respective class requirements and get some good nights sleep. So now that I’m playing the waiting game (for finals grade plus the results of the entrance test to masters class), I want to enjoy every minute of it with what else but reading.

The TBR grew considerably despite my supposed “aversion” from books during that time (Booksale Emall is just a few blocks away from school so what can I say? :P). Crossing my fingers I’d get to devour these new ones along with those already in the list (see The Pile) before the year ends or I’d get non-stop cries of “you’re always buying books yet you can’t even finish them coz you’re too busy doing other stuff.” Some people can be quite, er, frank. Hehehe

    bumping up books in my tbr
    Bumped Up in the TBR:

  1. Witch-in-Training (The Broomstick Collection)Maeve Friel – currently reading
  2. Cleopatra’s DaughterMichelle Moran – won a fab hardbound copy from Fiction Does It Better and just got it last week so I can’t wait to read this (thank you Michelle and Issa 🙂 )
  3. The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins – a friend got me a hardbound copy as an early Christmas gift so will read this as soon as I can..might even grab a copy of Catching Fire after this
    …(actually just today, i got the 2nd book of The Hunger Games series also as an early xmas gift…super happy..thank you, thank you, thank you very much :D)
  4. Suite FrançaiseIrene Némirovskymooched this copy from Shelfari friend maydayeve
  5. IcelanderDustin Long
  6. Olive’s OceanKevin Henkes
  7. The Secret Life of BeesSue Monk Kidd
  8. Coffee and Kung FuKaren Brichoux
  9. Love in the Time of TaffetaEugénie Olson
  10. The Marriage BedRegina McBride
  11. The Curse of the Singles TableSuzanne Schlosberg
  12. The Southern Belles of the Honeysuckle WayLinda Bruckheimer
  13. Tender at the BoneRuth Reichl
  14. Bergdorf BlondesPlum Sykes
  15. The Book of SaltMonique Truong
  16. The Interpretation of MurderJed Rubenfeld
  17. A Woman’s PlaceLynn Austin

I’m currently re-reading The Hunger Games (was able to finish it last weekend) and since my addiction to the series is becoming stronger, will start on Catching Fire soon. 😉
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Image taken last night using a Canon Powershot A480 in our dining area on top of our dark narra wooden table. © Pachuvachuva, 2009.
The softbound books featured here are products of my endless hours of poring over bargain books at Booksale. They should give me a Christmas gift or something for being such a loyal customer. Hehe
I picked the cute stuffed toy from a flea market in Colon St. Think she should have a name? 😉
Not in the picture is Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter and Collins’ The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Will dedicate separate blog entries for those. ^_^

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A Different View of Manila

Last Sunday saw me taking a chunk at a side of Manila that I’ve never experienced in all my travels to the country’s capital. Enjoy the pictures. 😀

La Mesa Watershed and Ecopark

La Mesa Dam
Red. Like fire, our hope should keep burning that it is in our power to restore Earth to her former glory.

in the fields of green
In the fields of green. Breathtaking. Beautiful. Heartbreaking.

Click on the links to get to know more about the La Mesa Watershed and how you can help save it.

Intramuros

Literally meaning “within the walls”, Intramuros, is not only a famous fortress but also a protector of unusual art forms.

ant and lichen
Orange and green. Life looks different from the perspective of the ant — it’s green.

through a cannon
Rust. This must be the rabbit hole where Alice slipped into.
(I admit that for a minute there, I was admitted to follow suit though it would have been impossible to reach Wonderland as this was no gateway but the mouth of an old and rusty cannon. Hehehe)

red bricks
Reds, oranges and some browns. The ceiling of the walled city’s entryway was a fascinating subject so I couldn’t help but go click, click, click.

For more of Intramuros, click here.
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Images taken using my sister’s Canon Powershot A480 cam with editing done in Adobe Photoshop. Copyright by Pachuvachuva.

TRIVIA: Finally, a new category! I added photography to the list as I seem to be getting more and more hooked to the hobby. Shout out to all my friends: Heeeyyy..It’s almost December. Umm, an Olympus Stylus 1030SW as Christmas gift? *very big grin*

The Pile

If you’ve never been the super organized type like me, managing an ever growing TBR (to be read pile) is like scaling Mt. Everest without any tools. You’ll surely perish. Now that I’ve seen the wisdom of cataloging the books I have yet to read (I envy Blooey’s system, actually..hehe), I thought it would be cool to share this with you:
the pile

  1. Dead as a Doornail, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries Book 5Charlaine Harris
  2. Definitely Dead, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries Book 6Charlaine Harris
  3. Altogether Dead, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries Book 7Charlaine Harris
  4. From Dead to Worse, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries Book 8Charlaine Harris
  5. The Beasts of Clawstone CastleEva Ibbotson
  6. Fablehaven, Book 1Brandon Mull
  7. Princess in the SpotlightMeg Cabot
  8. The Tale of Squirrel NutkinBeatrix Potter
  9. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-DuckBeatrix Potter
  10. Vox, The Edge Chronicles Book 6Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
  11. Freeglader, The Edge Chronicles Book 7Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
  12. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerE.L. Konigsburg
  13. The Heroic Adventure of Hercules AmsterdamMelissa Glen Haber
  14. The Da Vinci CodChris Riddell
  15. Black and Blue MagicZilpha Keatley Snyder
  16. The One in the Middle is the Green KangarooJudy Blume
  17. Marvelous Marvin and the Wolfman MysteryBonnie Pryor
  18. Alvin Fernald, SuperweaselClifford B. Hicks
  19. Childhood of Famous Americans: Dr. Seuss Kathleen Kudlinski
  20. The Book of the BansheeAnne Fine
  21. Many WatersMadeleine L’Engle
  22. Sammy Keyes and the Runaway ElfWendelin van Draanen
  23. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous JourneyTrenton Lee Stewart
  24. The Tales of Beedle the BardJ.K. Rowling
  25. The Complete Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Andersen
  26. The Princess BrideWilliam Goldman
  27. Jonathan Strange and Mr. NorrellSusanna Clarke
  28. Fleeced (Regan Reilly Mysteries)Carol Higgins Clark
  29. Laced (Regan Reilly Mysteries)Carol Higgins Clark
  30. Death of an Outsider M.C. Beaton
  31. Death of a DreamerM.C. Beaton
  32. Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of DeathM.C. Beaton
  33. Murder with PeacocksDonna Andrews
  34. Click Here for Murder Donna Andrews
  35. Death at DartmoorRobin Paige
  36. Miss Zukas and the Stroke of DeathJo Dereske
  37. Lacquer Screen (Judge Dee Mysteries)Robert van Gulik
  38. The Jasmine Moon MurderLaura Childs
  39. Dying for ChocolateDiane Mott Davidson
  40. The Cereal MurdersDiane Mott Davidson
  41. Killer PancakeDiane Mott Davidson
  42. The Grilling SeasonDiane Mott Davidson
  43. Prime Cut Diane Mott Davidson
  44. Tough CookieDiane Mott Davidson
  45. Chopping SpreeDiane Mott Davidson
  46. Double ShotDiane Mott Davidson
  47. Under the Tuscan SunFrances Mayes
  48. A Good Year Peter Mayle
  49. Brick Lane Monica Ali
  50. Quite a Year for PlumsBailey White
  51. Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling FuneralKris Radish
  52. Lucy Crocker 2.0Caroline Preston
  53. Fly Solo – The 50 Best Places on Earth for a Girl to Travel AloneTeresa Rodriguez Williamson
  54. Little Star of Bela LuaLuana Monteiro
  55. The Factory of CunningPhilippa Stockley
  56. Over What HillEllie Leland Wilder
  57. Older But WilderEllie Leland Wilder
  58. StillwatchMary Higgins Clark
  59. The Toughest Indian in the WorldSherman Alexie
  60. Salmon Fishing in the YemenPaul Torday
  61. Seven Houses: A NovelAlev Lytle Croutier
  62. A Jar of DreamsYoshiko Uchida
  63. Story TimeEdward Bloor
  64. WormwoodG.P. Taylor
  65. A Hole in the UniverseMary McGarry Morris
  66. Must Love DogsClaire Cook

READING IS SWEETER THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Books worthy to be read again and again are worth their pages in gold.

  1. Undead and UnwedMary Janice Davidson
  2. Undead and UnappreciatedMary Janice Davidson
  3. The Shadow of the WindCarlos Ruiz Zafon
  4. Magyk, Septimus Heap Book 1Angie Sage
  5. Flyte, Septimus Heap Book 2Angie Sage
  6. Physik, Septimus Heap Book 3Angie Sage
  7. Queste, Septimus Heap Book 4Angie Sage
  8. Battle RoyaleKoushun Takami
  9. You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon A DayMo Willems
  10. Fablehaven (Book 2): Rise of the Evening StarBrandon Mull
  11. Fablehaven (Book 3): Grip of the Shadow PlagueBrandon Mull

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This entry is published using BlogDesk, one of the many blogging tools available to make a blogger’s life easier. My reviews on BlogDesk and the rest of these tools are yet to be done. So just wait a while for that. And oh, this is the most tagged post by far. Above image was taken last Friday night using a Canon Powershot A480. Camera and Lenovo S10 netbook c/o my sis. 😉

ONE BOOK LESS TO GO
Finished reading #5 The Beasts of Clawstone CastleEva Ibbotson yesterday as I was having my nails done at home. Don’t you just love being in the Philippines enjoying excellent home service of mani-pedi? If I could have but one wish, I’d ask for Manang Celsa, my fave manikyurista, to stay long in the business so I will never have bad nails ever. *wink*