032215: E. Lockhart in Manila

Hi there, everyone! It has been more than three months since I last posted something in here, and I am extremely embarrassed about it. Sure I had been really busy the past semester with all the i-just-transferred-to-another-school-and-still-kind-of-adjusting thing that I didn’t bother writing about the recent book signing events that I had attended, but I’m glad I’m writing something now. So last Sunday, my Fangirls family (Jhed wasn’t around, though) and I went to see E. Lockhart. *throws confetti*. I did actually plan on going there exactly three hours before the registration (seven hours before the event). I was expecting a high number of readers because of all the hype with her latest novel We Were Liars, which even won an award on Goodreads just recently. But when I arrived six minutes past seven, the line was barely visible from the vehicle I was riding in, and I almost did a happy dance, but of course I didn’t. (I was beaming, though.)

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avid readers waiting for Emily to arrive (an hour or so before the event)

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Emily listening intently to a fan’s question

For those of you who are not familiar with the author, Emily Jenkins, who sometimes uses the pen name E. Lockhart, is an American writer of children’s picture books, young adult novels, and adult fiction. She is known best for the Ruby Oliver quartet and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. (from Wikipedia)

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signing pass number 80 and my wonderful original cover of Frankie and of course, We Were Liars

A lot of people had asked me about where I did get that rare edition since all NBS had to offer was the latest edition of Frankie with the red cover, which I really really hate, by the way. I told them about my lucky day three years ago. I was just roaming around the bookstores, without any plan of getting anything (’cause I was broke) and then this area near the cashier with a big SALE sign caught my attention. There it was sitting  together with other books from unrelated genres. That time I was already a big fan of John and Hank and was into watching their videos. On one of his videos, John recommended this book and so I ran to the cashier before I changed my mind. I read Frankie several months after buying it, and I liked it. That was not one of those books that easily made it to my ‘favorites’ shelf, but it was wonderful. It was the first book that introduced me to the idea of panopticon. The author was a feminist and I find it really really cool.

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free bookmark yayy and that ‘woof’ was kind of hard to decipher (ps it’s a Basset Hound)

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THIS BOOK. THIS AWESOME BOOK THAT ALMOST BROUGHT ME TO TEARS WHILE FINISHING IT INSIDE THE BOOKSTORE. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS, YOU MUST. RIGHT. NOW.

We Were Liars has to be one of the best books I have read this year and is definitely one of my all-time favorite YA books. It took me a long time before getting myself a copy because it’s slightly pricey for a paperback, but after reading it, I realized it was really worth every single peso I spent on it. I didn’t see the end coming. I started it the night before the signing and finished it the next morning. I tried keeping my cool. Thank God I was able to. OKAY READER. READ. IT. NOW. MY GAT.GAT GAT. *ugly sobs*

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THAT TAT, THOUGH

Out of all the authors who visited, her interview was by far my favorite. Her enthusiasm and humor will absolutely make you like her. She’s got awesome writing tips, too. She got us all laughing with her jokes and sarcastic side comments. Another thing is that she’s into torturing her characters, and whether we admit it or not, books that made us do an ugly sob will always have a special place in our hearts. (or it’s only me? Lol) On an average, a standalone has more or less than 60 000 words. Her writing tip got me thinking. She used email as an example. Imagine writing an email to a friend. It will only take you an hour, maximum. On an average, notice that it’s about 500 words. In a week, excluding weekends, that’ll get you 2500 words. In a month, you’ll have 10 000 words. After six months, you’ll have 60 000 — a novel. Sure, writing the draft is the most difficult part and you’ll most likely to edit it about 700 times, but what’s important is, you already have something, and it’s the first real step. She told us not to stop writing, and no matter how many times I’ve heard that same line before from different authors, that tip really got everyone in the event thinking. Maybe sometimes we just need to hear something like that, in my case, at least. (I’m not really into writing, though)

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Jas really has a thing for wacky poses

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unplanned book haul (MAUREEN’S BOOK IS SIGNED WHAT IS AIR I CANT OKAY BYE

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” ― Louis L’Amour, Matagorda/The First Fast Draw

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112314: Marie Lu in Manila

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Last November 23, 2014, my friends and I got the chance to meet Marie Lu. Yes, reader. You read that right. Marie Lu. As in the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend Trilogy. She visited the Philippines to meet us, sign our books and promote the first book of her new dystopian series, The Young Elites. Oh my, she’s  incredibly nice, not to mention how beautiful she looked. I couldn’t help but act starstruck when I met her. Don’t laugh at me, okay? Lol. You can’t blame me. That wonderful soul who put that beautiful story into printed words was right in front of my eyes(!!!) Super cool beans. But what really made my day super awesome was the fact that I got to see my friends again. Reader, do you see that girl on the bottom-left photo? That’s Rochelle. We’ve been online friends for quite a few years and we’ve created this alliance that’s so close to that of biological siblings’. How cool is that? Anyway, that’s the second time we got to hang out and thank God it was longer than the first time (the first time was during the Manila International Book Fair, which I totally forgot to write about). I missed her. Hi, twin! By any chance, if you’re reading this right now, I’m sending you all the love from here. Lol. On the bottom right photo are the Fangirls. They’re like my soul sisters. There was never a day they didn’t fill my group chat with hundreds and hundreds of messages, and I am more than willing to back read every single message or emoji on that thread. I have this profound admiration to these people not just because of their love of books but because they’re interesting and nice. I learn so much from them. If there’s one thing that I really am grateful of this year, despite everything that has happened, it’s my new found friendship with these people. We’ve got this bond so tight that not even the strongest of storms can ruin. Why am I so cheesy? 

 Staying in line for more than three hours before the registration and waiting for another four hours for the signing was no joke, but with them everything was bearable. I missed them. That was a day filled with stories, laughter, inside jokes, food trip, picture-taking and book discussion. Of course crushing on cute author pictures on random books inside the bookstore was a must too! Lol. After the event, we went to Ayala Triangle to watch the light and sound festival. It was awesome. I wish I had recorded at least a few seconds of it, but I was too absorbed by how magical it all was. (Plus I was with my friends so I was deeply happy to do anything.) I can’t wait for our Christmas party!!! Until next time, reader! DFTBA!

Friends are the best anti-depressants; with only positive effects, no side-effects. ― Piyush Kaviraj

February 9, 2014: Lang Leav in Manila

Book signings never fail to make me feel like I’m the happiest human being in the planet. And today I got to meet Miss Lang Leav. I am more into reading prose rather than poems. It is very rare for me to get really hooked with a book filled with stanzas and rhythms.  I only read Sylvia’s works and a little of Pablo Neruda’s. But when I finally got to have a hold of Lang’s book, Love and Misadventures, her words seemed to grow on me. I had been dreading to get myself a copy of that even before Christmas but since there were more important things to spend my money with, I temporarily deprived myself of it. LMAO. When Fullybooked posted an announcement on their Facebook page that Lang’s coming, I had to keep myself from running around the house. I was too excited that I even texted my best friend right away. To my disappointment though, she kind of ditched me the day before the event. And it’s okay. It always is. I believe she had more important things to mind rather than attending this event with me. I don’t sound bitter, do I? Anyway, I can’t stay mad at her for so long so I might as well get over it. Tina accompanied me, though. I APPRECIATE THAT SO MUCH.

I was the 17th person to have my book signed! Early bird, eh?

Lang read a few of her poems requested by fans. Thank God somebody raised a hand and asked if she could read Lost Things for everyone. THAT’S MY FAVORITE. Anyway, I took a video of her reading the poems. She read it with so much feels. I felt like she’s reading it just for me. After every piece there was always a comfortable silence surrounding the room and then you’ll just hear people letting out a heavy sigh. Amazing.

I also got to see one of my high school friends, Jhed. And to top it all off, I made friends with someone. She’s Jackie. I didn’t get to ask her full name, though. Now I can’t find her on twitter. Too bad.

I had a great time. This was my favorite book signing event I’ve attended so far. I JUST LOVE THIS DAY. I hope the next time Lang comes back, Michael’s already with her. They make an unbelievably awesome couple. Jelly mee.

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with the super adorable Miss Angel of FullyBooked

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Lang answering a fan’s question

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candid

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Lang reading poetry to her fans

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Lang signing my book *why am i so awkward*

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loads of people came

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everybody calm down lmao

with Jhed

with Jhed

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with Jackie

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with Tina

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my faveeee yay

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*fangirl mode*

And oh! I’d like to thank Tina for always being there. Yikes. I want you to know that I very much appreciate you being there for me when nobody else was. I admire your being able to put up with my likes. Even though you’re not into attending events like this, you still did just for me. Thank you for sticking up even though at times I know I’m overly talkative and I think you’re starting to adopt that attitude of mine. WAHAHA. Thank you. I hope you did have a great day because I really did.

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. — Bernard Meltzer

January 18, 2014: Gayle Forman in Manila

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Apparently the title says it all.  New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay and Where She Went, Gayle Forman, had booked a flight here for two days to promote the second book of her second series, Just One Year. The events were scheduled January 18-19. So yesterday my best friend and I had the chance to meet her and had our books signed. It’s already our second time attending an event like that and just like last year, we were ecstatic about the whole thing. Some things never changed, like I still went with my best friend, we felt like it’s our first time, and how we went there even though we’re not done with all of Gayle’s books yet.

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sup 118 and 119

The registration started at exactly 10 AM, the moment the bookstore opened its doors for us bookworms. And we arrived at 10 AM just to get numbers 118 and 119. Oh my. We didn’t expect that. Last year, when we went to Tahereh and Ransom’s book signing, we got numbers 20 and 21. What does that mean? Haha. Anyway, we considered ourselves lucky compared to a friend of ours who unfortunately was given 292.

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me, jhedi and chui

The friend I was referring to was Jhed. She’s an old friend from high school, but we still have this constant contact to each other. And oh, she was with me during the MIBF last year. Hopefully we can hang out more often, if our schedules permit.

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candid shot, eh? chui reading a children’s book she got from a nearby shelf

For several hours the registration table seemed to have this never-ending line of awesome bookish people — both teens and adults. We roamed around the mall, window shopped, talk about the most random things, and laugh about the most stupid jokes while waiting for the event proper.

ImageWe spent most of our waiting time sitting on the carpet with our backs against the bookshelves. We talked, read, and listened to music to kill time. We sat with our eyes directly seeing Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. And then I remembered Beatrice and how Lemony (or should I say, Daniel) wrote all these books for her with these wrenching dedication pages that made our hearts melt. It’s painful.

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At 30 past four Gayle finally arrived. I didn’t expect her to be that.. hyper, I guess? She basically had this 101% of energy while going to the stage, and the next minute I couldn’t hear my voice while I tried talking to Chui. The crowd got overly excited and they, including me, had a hard time setting down. Before she even let the interviewer talk, Gayle asked everyone to wave their books so she could take a selfie with us in the background. She’s adorable.

That same old woman who interviewed Tahereh and Ransom last year was also the one who had the chance to interview Gayle. I’m sorry to say this, but I think the event planners could have gotten a better one. Hearing the other people inside the room comment about her punctuated it all. Oh well, what could we do? Maybe next time she might consider avoiding looking at her cue card every time she talks.

Gayle talked about her books, how this transition from being a journalist to being a YA writer happened, and how she painstakingly wrote If I Stay after something really tragic happened to someone she knew. There were three people in the room who asked her things about her writing and an advice she could give for all the aspiring young writers. She’s amazing and hilarious.  The forum lasted for almost an hour and the moment everyone was waiting for, the signing of books, had began.

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more like a pandemonium

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they said foods and drinks are not allowed inside the bookstore; we said it’s allowed LMAO

Reader, you can’t blame us for eating inside the venue. My stomach’s been rumbling for what seemed like forever and Chui gave me my favorite. Huhu. Seriously, reader. I think I fell in love with Kripy Kreme even more. And oh! Remember we’re 118 and 119. It took us more than an hour after the forum to have our turn.

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oh i love her hair

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Miss Gayle Forman with yours truly (excuse my face)

On another note, what I love the most about Miss Gayle is that she’s a frustrated singer like me. 🙂

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Miss Gayle and Chui

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\#AllTheFeelsPhilippines

She gave everyone this cutesy bookmark she had printed the night before her events. Such a sweetie.

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Yahooooo

Another memorable day to document, isn’t it? Aside from meeting one of my favorite authors, what’s so important to me is being reunited with my best friend. Everything last year seemed to be on a roller coaster that only goes down (TFiOS alert lmao). I missed her and I know we’re both trying to make it up to each other. Finally we choose to look behind the cracks. Remember last time I was with her when Tahereh and Ransom went here? Yayy me too. Haha. By the way, she’s my fave doughnut buddy in the entire universe. I’m grateful that we’re okay now, (well, okay is an understatement) and I’m looking forward to attend more book signings with her. I know you’re happy for me, reader. DFTBA!

I was now in a situation where I didn’t have to prove myself, because the one person that fully accepted me, my best friend, was now a permanent fixture in my life. — Jamie McGuire, Walking Disaster

Hooray Saturday! (Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs book signing)

This has to be one of the best days ever! I couldn’t contain the happiness. Whenever I think about what happened today, I can’t help myself not to smile. It’s just that a lot of great things really came from unplanned moments. I don’t wanna prolong your agony guys. Kidding. We went to Tahereh Mafi’s book signing at Glorietta 1 NBS today!!! *confetti*  It was actually my first time attending a book signing event and oh my!! It turned out really awesome because of another person who’s very close to Tahereh. Yayyy it’s Ransom Riggs! He’s supposed to have his book signing tomorrow at Fort Bonifacio but since they’re really close, he went with her and he even signed our books!! It’s like we just hit two birds with a single stone.

As I’ve said, it’s unplanned. (at first). Here’s what really happened. I was fully aware of this book signing event weeks ago because of Twitter and I didn’t really intend on going since I don’t have the conventional copies of the books. But last Friday, my friends and I had to meet to discuss our Marketing plan for our upcoming defense next week. We had it on Krispy Kreme. After that, I insisted that we should first look for new calculators design for Accounting ’cause I badly need a new one. We went inside Powerbooks and then there’s this bestseller table. Gosh. Stacked there were the new covers of ‘Shatter Me’ and ‘Unravel Me‘. Chui and I were thrilled! We were thinking twice whether we should go or no ’cause we’re not familiar with the rules of the event. There were pretty much a lot of things running through our minds that could have changed our decisions. Being the future CPAs that we are (lol), we took the risk. We were not sure if we can come in time since Saturday is Accounting day and it’s a six-hour class. That means we’ll arrive at the venue thirty minutes before the signing and thirty minutes after the registration. What we did was we called the branch where the book signing will be held and had the books reserved for us.

Earlier this morning, we heard the greatest news my ears have heard lately. Sir Jerwin announced that we’ll be dismissed early so yeah!!! Right after our quiz (in which I got a pretty bad score), we were half-walking, half-running our way to the bus station. We just ate our lunch inside the bus and arrived at the venue more than an hour before the registration. Beat that!! We got to be one of the first fifty or seventy-five persons to have a seat during the author’s interview. So great!

We spent our time waiting for the registration to and sat at the cafe inside the bookstore. Then time passed and we start falling in line. It sucks to be stuck with those conyo girls. They wouldn’t shut up. I swear I had to put my earphones on. Anyway, we got to sit after half an hour of standing in line. My legs kind of hurt but I didn’t really care.

Once Chui and I were seated, we tried killing the time by taking photos of the venue and even of ourselves, playing games on her iPad, talking about endless conversations, and even trying to remember a few Accounting concepts for the comprehensive exam. At exactly 4 PM, Tahereh Mafi arrived!! You can obviously see on everyone’s face how elated they all are, including us, of course!! You’ll hear pure ‘OMG’ coming out from everyone’s mouth. Even mine. I went from “Ohmy” to “Ughh so pretty” and to a lot of expressions I, myself can’t even remember. But what did excite me more was that after Tahereh’s entrance, there came Ransom Riggs!!! Now that’s real OMG. I kept moping around thinking how life is so cruel that I can’t see him tomorrow ’cause the venue’s quite far from home and that I don’t have a copy of his book yet. BUT being the cool creature that he is, he joined Tahereh on stage in the middle of the interview and even agreed on signing his book as well! We had to buy his book there and then! Because he’s awesome like that.

I was smiling during the whole interview part. Tahereh’s such a witty and adorable person that I wish she’s a dear friend of mine. And Ransom, too! The way I wish Hank, John and Maureen as my crazy friends. They talked about writing, reading, their books, and even their stay here in our country even just for a few days. Tahereh mentioned her love of Filipino foods and that the malls here are way fancier than the ones in her hometown. While Tahereh is into, malls and foods, Ransom is quite obsessed with jeepneys. He’s fascinated by jeepneys. Maybe I can ask Chui to let me upload the interview here. You can’t miss the eyelashes story line Tahereh had originally written. lmao. About five people were allowed to ask the author questions. After that, book signing! yehesss

They were so funny, sweet and adorable at the same time!! ughhh I can’t contain the happiness!

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During our Accounting class. Waiting for the dismissal. :O

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Excuse my penmanship but it’s really in our bucket list to get a tattoo.

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While waiting for Tahereh to arrive.

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early birds

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Ransom handsome lmao

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Tahereh and Ransom with the event host

new books yesss

new books yesss

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I look wasted and stressed but who cares?! HAHAHAHA. Being with them was kjfhjdskhjaa.

I look wasted and stressed but who cares?! HAHAHAHA. Meeting them was kjfhjdskhjaa.

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photo from National Bookstore’s facebook page

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photo from National Bookstore’s facebook page

photo from National Bookstore's facebook page

photo from National Bookstore’s facebook page

*photo from National Bookstore's facebook page* YOU GOTTA FIND US HAHAHA

*photo from National Bookstore’s facebook page* YOU GOTTA FIND US HAHAHA

No matter how life can be depressing for us at the moment, it’s incredibly awesome how God had big and surprising plans for us even in the simplest ways.

Until next time! DFTBA! 🙂

“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” ― Simon and Garfunkel