A Post-Birthday Book Treat

There’s nothing like treating yourself to books on your birth month. Thanks to Powerbooks (and to my Powercard Plus status) I was able to satisfy my book cravings at 40% off! Woo-hoo!

But there were good news and bad news. The good news was there were lots of books on sale…20%-70% off. But the bad news was because my birthday blowout coincided with the store’s sale season, I only had little to choose from. Unfortunately, Powerbooks is just like any other store in the country, i.e. they pull out most of their recent inventory to force shoppers to purchase their old ones instead. Which sucks for me!

I did my book-shopping at Powerbooks Megamall last Sunday, hoping that the big store will have lots of books for me. I was wrong, though. Their shelves were almost empty. I was all ready to go wild and spend lots of money on books but the selection was small and not even interesting. I looked at all the books on the shelves. Twice. And I only got 6 books! Argh! Of course, I could just grab books off the shelf but I’d rather use my money on books that I know I’ll like.

But I can’t say I am all frustrated about my Powerbooks purchases. The books that I got were really good ones. I’ve only read two so far, but I know the rest will be great reads as well.

My Powerbooks book haul:

Not bad, eh? The book on the bottom wasn’t purchased in Powerbooks, however. I got it from Booksale but included it in the photo anyway since I bought it on the same day. Love them!

Now this morning, I went to SM North to have my local mooch-requests mailed at 2GO. Of course, a trip to the mall will always include book-shopping. National Bookstore was just across 2GO, so that’s the next place I went to. This National Bookstore outlet always has a sale table on one side and I was planning to make a beeline to it upon entering. Instead I was distracted by all the SALE signs hanging from the ceiling! If I’m not mistaken I think my eyes widened and my jaw dropped! I forgot that today was the start of the National Bookstore Sale! Woo-hoo! Great timing! That means I got first pick! I went crazy jumping from one sale table to the next, finding so many books to buy! I was only inside for 5 minutes but already had 5 hardcovers on my arm. And every time I transferred to the next table I found more books to get. It was crazy! The prices were crazy, too. Php 99 for a hardcover (ex-library but still in excellent condition once you get the Brodart book jacket cover off), Php 30 for a paperback. Excellent.

My National Bookstore book haul:


All in all, an excellent birthday month for a booklover.


Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn by Sarah Miller

My Rating:

Finished reading on: June 26, 2008

Fiction or non-fiction? Genre? Teen Fiction

What led you to pick up this book? I needed a light read after sobbing over Marley.

Plot summary: A mystery girl is inside the mind of Gideon Rayburn. We don’t know who she is but we know that she is in love with Gideon and shares all his thoughts and dreams and fantasies.

What did you like most about the book? It had a few funny parts that made me snort with laughter, which was why I gave this book two stars instead of just one.

What did you like least? Everything else! This book was entertaining, yes, but I got bored pretty quickly. It was also so obvious which girl was inside the mind of Gid—I guessed it early on. Definitely not a keeper on my shelf.

First line from the book: Like most girls, I want a lot. Fame and fortune, Equal rights. Shoes no one else has. But I’d trade all that in for the Perfect Guy. (Don’t tell me there’s something wrong with that. I don’t know of a single person who doesn’t spend most of her time thinking about love.)

What did you think of the ending? Predictable. And boring.

Random quote from the book:

“I don’t get paranoid,” Cullen says. “Paranoia’s just nature’s way of saying, ‘Hey, you really are a dork.'”

Get it on Amazon: Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn

Marley & Me by John Grogan

My Rating:

Finished reading on: June 22, 2008

Fiction or non-fiction? Genre? Non-fiction, memoir

What led you to pick up this book? I am not a dog-lover. I am scared of dogs. Even the small ones I don’t like because they are too yippy and like to nip at me. However I have recently fallen in love with my cousin’s little shih tzu so I’m slowly warming up to dogs in general. And after all the good reviews about this book and the fact that it was available on BookMooch, I went and mooched it and read it as soon as it arrived.

Plot summary: John Grogan writes about Marley, an excitable and clumsy Labrador.

What did you like most about the book? It made me want to get a Labrador despite Marley being Marley.

What did you like least? Nothing, really. It was a great story and a well-written one (i.e. you don’t need to exercise your brain too much). Good books can make me laugh out loud and cry out loud. This one did.

First line from the book: In the summer of 1967, when I was ten years old, my father caved in to my persistent pleas and took me to get my own dog.

What did you think of the ending? Sob fest! Sweet and touching.

Random quote from the book:

I quickly discovered I could affect the tempo of his wagging by simply touching him. When I had both hands on the wheel, the beat came at a steady three thumps per second. Thump. Thump. Thump. But all I needed to do was press one finger against the top of his head and the rhythm jumped from a waltz to a bossa nova. Thump-thump-thump-thump-thump-thump! Two fingers and it jumped up to a mambo. Thump-thumpa-thump-thump-thumpa-thump! And when I cupped my entire hand over his head and massaged my fingers into his scalp, the beat exploded into a machine-gun, rapid-fire samba. Thumpthumpthumpthumpthumpthumpthumpthump!

“Wow! You’ve got rhythm!” I told him. “You really are a reggae dog.”

Get it on Amazon: Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

Patti’s BookMooch Anniversary and Birthday Contest WINNERS

This August I celebrated my first year on BookMooch on the 3rd and my birthday on the 12th (today!). In addition to these occasions I am also celebrating 300+ books given on BookMooch (yay!). I wanted to share my happiness with all my friends on BookMoochers Pilipinas (and Filipinos on BookMooch) so I held a special contest for everyone!

The contest began on August 1and ended last night, August 11. There were 16 entrants and 47 points donated to the QCPL account as ticket entries. Success! Thanks for joining, everyone! 🙂

I am now going to announce the winners on this post, but before I do, let me tell you about the prizes!

FIRST PRIZE: 2 winners of a book of his/her choice under Php 700 (must be available at Powerbooks—love that birthday discount!) and 5 BM points each

SECOND PRIZE: 4 winners of 2 free books (each) from my inventory (may be mooched on or before August 31, 11:59 PM; points spent will be returned promptly) and 3 BM points each

THIRD PRIZE: 10 winners of a smooch each

FOURTH PRIZE: 3 winners of Personalized Sticker Labels (Options: your name and address OR a “Mooch from me!” + BookMooch URL label)

Everyone who entered the contest will receive 10 BookMooch cards from me. I will send the cards via post office (or courier if I have pending books to be sent to you) after I confirm your shipping address.

On to the drawing!

Here is my glass punch bowl (which doubles as a cake stand) where I put all the tickets.

Look at all those tickets!

And now, drumroll please!


Congratulations, Rise and Blooey! You both won 5 points each and a book(s) of your choice from Powerbooks!


Congratulations to Czar, Dianne, Amanda, and CZ! You all get 3 points each and 2 books from my inventory for FREE!


Prepare to be smooched, Aloi, Fria, Czar, Blooey, Peng, Marie, Jem, CZ, Pink, and Rise! 😉


Congratulations, Ria, Mutch, and Amanda! You three won personalized sticker labels! You can choose between an address label or a “Mooch from Me!” label.

Congratulations to all of you!

I think I had more fun with this contest than you guys did! Thank you for joining my contest and celebrating my first BookMooch Anniversary and birthday with me. Thank you also for supporting the QC Public Library! Woo-hooo!!!