One with the Jellies

one with the jellies

It’s been a fun Sinulog weekend (getting soaked in the rain during the mass at the Basilica Minore Sto. Nino was part of the fun, too :D) for all Cebuanos and visitors from neighboring provinces or even abroad. Too bad though I can’t share any photos with you as we didn’t bring any camera earlier for the fear of pickpockets, snatchers and muggers. These bad guys must took after gremlins as they multiply when they get wet in the rain. Hahahaha

So on Sunday night, I saw myself chilling at home eating fruity Gel-a-Snacks killing time and watching Lost. I’m not much of a fan, really, but there was nothing else on TV. I missed the cooking shows because we got home late. Blame it on moi as I took my sweet time at Booksale in Fiesta Mall (oops..wasn’t I supposed to stay away from bookstores until an indefinite period? Hehe..See the A-Z Reading Challenge for explanation. ^_^ )

To cap this happy night were some really unexpected awards that Maura of Monster of Books gave to Pachuvachuva. I was beyond happy. 😀

humane award

one lovely blog award

So I’m passing on The Humane Award to bloggers who make this blogging business worthwhile and whose kind words just keep me going:

It was one fine night, indeed. 🙂
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Image © Pachuvachuva, January 2010.

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. ^_^

Cleopatra’s Daughter

A fabulous book giveaway from a new-found book blogger friend, Issa Mojica of Fiction Does It Better!

One winner will get a signed hardcover copy of Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran and an ancient Roman coin (with certificate of authenticity)!

Cleopatra's Daughter roman coin

Description:
The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

To join:

Leave a comment on her blog, Fiction Does It Better along with your email address.

For extra entries:

  • +1 Recommend a book you’d think Issa would enjoy
  • +3 for being or becoming a follower of her blog
  • +2 for following her on twitter (@austenfanblogs)
  • +1 for tweeting about this or linking to your blog or anywhere! (please include the link in your comment)

Contest is open internationally. Deadline: September 19 (actually, just a few hours more to go..hehe). So go join now! 😀
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TRIVIA: Issa is also a Filipino so cheers to all Pinoy bloggers! Woohoo! ^_^

Images courtesy of fictiondoesitbetter.blogspot.com.