Book Haul: #MIBF2019 Day 1

Hey, (mood) readers!

I went to the 40th Manila International Book Fair on its first day last September 11. I placed a ban on myself to spend Php 2,000 (USD 40) + the Php 1,000 (USD 20) gift card that I won from National Book Store. This is mainly because I already spent too much on books a month ago, and I only have one book and one series on my target buys.

I actually stayed within my budget with around 90 pesos to spare!

So, without any further ado, here’s a quick peek on the books that I got from MIBF 2019.

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Bought from National Bookstore

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

I got this for Php 195.00 (Approx. USD 4.00) from NBS MIBF Exclusive Deals.

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Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

I got this for Php 175.00 (Approx. USD 3.50) from NBS MIBF Exclusive Deals.

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Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

Midnight Star by Marie Lu

I got this for Php 275.00 (Approx. USD 5.50) from NBS MIBF Exclusive Deals.

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There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

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Bought from National Book Store

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

I got this for Php 175.00 (Approx. USD 3.50) from NBS MIBF Exclusive Deals.

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A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s, Walk Two Moons, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

I got this for Php 175.00 (Approx. USD 3.50) from NBS MIBF Exclusive Deals.

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For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Just One by Gayle Forman

I got this for Php 195.00 (Approx. USD 4.00) from NBS MIBF Exclusive Deals.

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A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay.

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

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Books from Fully Booked

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

I got this for Php 691.20 (Approx. USD 13.50) which is 20% OFF its original price, from Fully Booked. This is the only reason why I was motivated to go to MIBF this year. This book talks about a controversial topic here in the Philippines and I would want to know the point-of-view of a Filipino staying in the United States. I will update you when I get the chance to read this!

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A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

I got this for Php 315.00 (Approx. USD 6.00) which is 50% OFF its original price, from Fully Booked.

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Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

Janus Silang Series:

  1. Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon
  2. Si Janus Sílang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang
  3. Si Janus Sílang at ang Pitumpu’t Pitong Púsong
  4. Si Janus Sílang at ang Hiwaga ng Dalawang Mukha

The Janus Silang books talk about the life of a Young Adult in the Philippines while mixing Philippine Mythology & Folklore. Many of my filo bookworm recommend this read. It kind of reminds me of a Percy Jackson style, but I have not read PJO, too, so what do I know?

I got this set for Php 715.00 or about USD 14.00 from Adarna House, the publisher. This was the second reason why I wanted to go to the MIBF. So, I am so happy that I will finally get to explore a Filipino Young Adult Adventure read.

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Finally, I would like to share these four books that I received for FREE! When you visit National Bookstore’s booth, you can get a chance to win some books or bookish merchandise depending on where the arrow lands on a color roulette.

The two On the Come Up books are signed by the author, so I am excited to share them to you on a Philippines only giveaway that’s coming very soon on my Bookstagram.

I don’t know what to do with the other two books, because one is a medical book and the other is a compilation of book samplers.


Here are all of the books in one shot. I may add a few more to this, because I have plans to visit the MIBF tomorrow on its last day, if things go well.

And, that’s it! Thank you so much if you have read this far!

Wishing you all lots of lovely book events to haul all the titles on your wishlist! 


10 thoughts on “Book Haul: #MIBF2019 Day 1

  1. Hello! Those are a good selection of books! Randy Ribay’s book is interesting. I am a fan of Kuya Egay and Janus Silang. Too bad there’s no MIBF in Mindanao. Well, hehehe. Glad to have found this essay of book hauls, because I also blogged my September book loot from an online shop of book sale from Book Duke: I’d appreciate it if we continue talking about our books and TBR lists, and if you follow me because I’m just new here in WordPress. Thanks! —Kloyde


    1. Hi Kloyde!

      Thank you for reading my post and sharing your thoughts! 🙂 I will be checking out your book haul!
      I’m also new here in WordPress, but I’m enjoying it so far.
      I hope Big Bad Wolf will visit you there in Mindanao, so you can shop a great selection of books. I heard Wolfie was just in Cebu a few weeks ago. Happy blogging, Kloyde!


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