30 May 2014

Stephanie Perkins in the Philippines!

Join Stephanie Perkins (@naturallysteph), the international bestselling author of “Anna and the French Kiss” and “Lola and the Boy Next Door” for book signing events on July 5 at 1 pm in National Book Store, SM Cebu, and on July 6 at 2 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Registration starts at 10 am for both events. These events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Metro magazine and Chalk magazine.

Stephanie Perkins Book Signing Tour 
Frequently Asked Questions 

When and where are the book signings? 
July 5, 1:00 pm, at National Book Store, SM Cebu
July 6, 2:00 pm, at National Book Store, Glorietta 1

When will the registration be? 
Registration opens at 10:00 am on July 5 at National Book Store, SM Cebu (in the store, NOT the events area) and 10:00 am on July 6 at National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Separate registrations for each event is required should you wish to attend both events. First come, first served.

Is there a registration fee? 
No. There is no registration fee.

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed? 
You may have any number of books signed as long as they were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers or Powerbooks, and we do not have any preset limit as to the number of people.

However, although we will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books? 
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers and Powerbooks.

Do I need to buy on-site? 
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed? 
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.

Can we have our photo taken with the author? 
Yes, you can have your photo with the author when she signs your book. However, we strictly allow one photo per person only.

How much are the books? 
Anna and the French Kiss (Trade Paperback – P349)
Lola and the Boy Next Door (Trade Paperback – P349)
Isla and the Happily Ever After (will be released in August 14) 

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.

In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.



Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. On weekdays, she can be found at her desk, typing away, downing cups of coffee and tea. On the weekend, she is at the movies, waiting for the actors to kiss. She believes all novels and films should have more kissing.

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Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Publication: Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Format: eBook, 492 pages
Source: eBook seller on Instagram
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

My thoughts:

Every Day was referred to me by a friend. She told me that I will love to read the book as much as she did. She ball up and told me that why the book was entitled Every Day. She is such a spoiler when it comes to the books she likes and have read, but on this book, she just spoil how she feels when she was reading it, so I expect I do the same.

I nod. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough. 

But I did not, because on the first quarterly part, it disappointed me.  I am not telling that David Levithan is not a good writer. No. He has done so many books of his own and some are collaborations and they were good at his best especially The Lover’s Dictionary. But as I said, it has thwarted me. The first chapters deflower the beauty of the story has. The book borders on the preachy. The author has become more informative of how A feels, senses, sees, etc. I can tell that I have stopped reading it and read another. I went to my Goodreads shelves and tried to move Every Day from ‘current read’ to ‘unfinished’ but I gave it a chance. I read the reviews of the others and found there that some of them also dislike it because A was a mere parasite of his or her hosts. Besides all of the negatives I have scrolled, there is still light and that’s the positive outlook of others who do not want to embarrass Mr. David of his printed words. I gave myself a try to read it again but this time, skimming with the hankered paragraphs.

I want to ask Rhiannon what to do. But I can imagine what she’d say. Or maybe I’m just protecting my better self onto her. Because I know the answer: Self-preservation isn’t worth it if you can’t live with the self you’re preserving. 

I did not fail myself. I read the rest of the chapters whole afternoon until midnight. I am that eager to finish Every Day. The story was really great and also David did not fail me to fall in love with it. A was staggeringly in love with Rhiannon and will do everything he could to see her. Rhiannon was a bit off to me because she is just to martyr with Justin. If I were Rhiannon, I would not let him ruin my pretty face and delicate skin. *LOL.* Kidding.

I have learned a lesson on my reading habits because of this book and I want to thank David Levithan for making this magnificent piece of his imagination. The lesson I learned is that: be patient. Whatever books you read, you have to patiently read EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. Do not bring a story down. You also could lose a chance of living yourself into the book.

So I encourage you to read the book, guys! This is a worth reading. I gave it a review because I wanted to share what I have in mind with Every Day. Do you have something to share with? Share your thoughts below and I’ll be happy to reply every single comment!

Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Publication: 2006 by Penguin Group USA
Format: eBook, 256 pages
Source: Bought from eBook seller on Instagram
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads / Amazon / The Book Depository

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washedup child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

My thoughts:

This has been published eight years ago and it's my first time to read it this summer with an eBook. The best with John Green is he never fails me to laugh with his words. This is the second book that I read from John Green's book. The first one was The Fault In Our Stars which I did not had a review on it because most people have read it. I am overflowed with the author's humor on this story. I can sense his a funny man.

Colin laughed, and Lindsey went on talking. "Getting people to like you is so easy, really. It's a wonder more people don't do it."
"It's not easy for me."

Colin, the main character, is somewhat have the aura I dislike with guys. He is into "mattering" himself with the Katherines that has been into his life. I bask the writings of John Green with Colin because I was like Colin in another way around.
"I don't think you can ever fill the empty space with the thing you lost. Like getting TOC to date you doesn't fix the Alpo event. I don't think your missing pieces ever fit inside you again once they go missing. Like Katherine. That's what I realized: if I did get her back somehow, she wouldn't fill the hole that losing her created."

But as the story goes, I am into Lindsey, which is I am slowly loving Colin out of Lindsey's character. Lindsey is the girl I am looking forward to have as a friend because she did not even care at all of having a boyfriend that cheats.

Hassan, who is the very best friend of Colin, is what you would love to have as a best friend, for real. He is real funny and as he call himself non-doer, but after all, he has still a downfall heart. People would really seek for a friend like Hassan because if you would stumble a fight with him, *singing* you've got a friend.

Of most novel I've read, a mother is always in touch and really is a mother. You would expect a mother on stories that cares a lot for you and everything else what a mother does. But Hollis is different. She is like Thor which is mighty and I can for real imagine her on Thor's suit when she works. I like her as her character because she does not only care for her child but also for the people on their place. Oh, how I love to have her at home.

If I had not read AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES I would never have known that:

1) Fetor hepaticus (my favorite) is a symptom of late-stage liver failure where your breath literally smells like a rotting corpse.

2) There is absolutely no scientific proof that drinking eight glasses of water a day will improve your health.

3) Dingleberries can be anagrammed into see inbred girl; lie breeds grin; leering debris; greed be nil, sir; be idle re. rings; ringside rebel; and residing rebel.

4) Nikola Tesla did a lot for electricity before Thomas Edison came along and stole some of his ideas, and he also loved pigeons.

5) I still suck at math.

Seriously though, if you have not read this one, you probably should! I did not gave up on reading this even though I found Colin boring at first. But as you read every single words and spaces and especially the footnotes! Oh how adorable the footnotes are!

P.S.: I skimmed the appendix. Note for the readers: You gotta love math before reading the appendix but it's worth reading though!

Date A Girl Who Reads

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilightseries.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.

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