Mouth-Watering Monday #1

Mouth-Watering Monday is a new weekly meme started by Brittany at Nice Girls Read Books. As book bloggers, we love to admire pretty covers, old and new. This meme takes the guilt out of judging a book by its cover, instead embracing it and showing off our favourite finds of the week!

And since it’s my first time, I think I’d like to clue you in on my love for vintage stuff. A lot of people say they love vintage but I think only a few can totally rock it (me included..haha) ^_^

So here are some vintage covers that I totally dig which come from 2 distinct cozy mystery series: the Marjorie McCLelland Mystery Series by Amy Patricia Meade and the Maisie Dobbs Series by Jacqueline Winspear. They give off such nice 1920’s vibe.

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In My Mailbox #2

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It highlights all the good things to read that we’ve received recently.


Yesterday must have been an auspicious day for book hunting because I found some gems that I can’t wait to share with you:

The Runaway Princess and The Runaway Dragon from Kate Coombs, all bought from Booksale SM City Cebu Branch. I actually just saw 2 copies of The Runaway Dragon and when I moved towards the cashier to pay for my purchases, I spied a huge book on Egyptology. Anybody who knows me and my love affair with Egyptian mythology, would be sure to find me leafing through the mammoth tome. Too bad it was way expensive than I could afford. So when I moved it over to another pile, there appeared a most glorious blessing – a lone copy of The Runaway Princess. Hallelujah! 🙂

Glenda Millard’s The Naming of Tishkin Silk was another Booksale find. On the other hand, Fan Girl by Marla Miniano was bought from National Bookstore SM City Cebu.

These are not actually books but rather notebooks which are perfect for travelers and doodlers. Instead of a blank canvass or ruled lines, you get a dotted grid much like a graphing paper (but you have dots instead of lines). Artist Joanne de Leon breathed new life to the beloved Filipino folk songs like Penpen Di Sarapen, Leron-Leron Sinta and Paruparong Bukid as seen in the next photo. But I have to admit though that I’m already a fan of the dotted notebooks even before I met these. 🙂

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Photos were taken using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-F2 camera and edited using‘s array of photo filters. 🙂

A Bookish Meme

So glad to be back writing after that week-long vacation (will blog about that soon). Today’s post is a bookish meme from the Book Blogger Appreciation Week, which, by the way, officially started on the 14th.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Yes. Chocolates, chips, or any chichirya available.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Not really especially if I just borrowed it from a friend. But sometimes I leave stuff inside books like receipts or any scrap of paper I’ve been doodling on that I also happened to have used as a bookmark.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?

Dog-ears when no bookmark is available.

bbaw bookish meme
Genie in a bookmark. I got this one in grade school as a freebie from an ice cream product and since then, it’s been one of my favorites.

Laying the book flat open?

As much as possible no.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Fiction most of the time

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Hard copy

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

Able to put down the book at any point.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

No. I’ll wait til I can google it.

What are you currently reading?

What is the last book you bought?

In the plural form, actually. 😀

From National Bookstore – Harrison Plaza, Malate

From Booksale – Harrison Plaza, Malate

From Booksale – Emall, Cebu City

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

I can read several at a time but only when I’m not raring to finish a particular book.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

Usually in the mornings when I’m riding a jeepney on the way to work.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Doesn’t matter although it takes time for me to get used to an author’s new book/series if I have already been following his previous works.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

Nothing in particular..well, maybe the Artemis Fowl series (but I’ve read Eoin Colfer’s The Supernaturalist yet I don’t find it as good as the AF).

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

If you can call haphazardly lumping them in piles “arranging”, then that’s how I arrange my books. Hehehe

So there’s my bookish meme. Hope you enjoyed it. ^_^
Special mention to Memory on Stella Matutina from whose post I’ve first read about this. Thanks. 😉
The Genie bookmark was scanned then edited in Adobe Photoshop using brushes downloaded from the Internet.
Aladdin and all other related insignia are property of Disney.