Hey It’s 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 
It’s the start of another decade and we should welcome 2020 with a positive attitude. Have you set any New Year’s Resolution? I kinda stopped doing that personally because I end up not following any of it (LOL). Anyway, I still have my book goals set for this year, I’m planning to read thirty-five (35) books and I have my Goodreads account to help me track it. I’m also trying this new app, Bookly because I’m personally enjoying the timer. I also made a list of my first three (3) books to read.

Also, I’ve decided to try and read my other books from my TBR list on both kindle app and personal book collection for this year. I’ll try my best not to buy too much book! I think it’s time to pay attention on what I currently have before getting new ones!!! Wish me luck!

Another thing, I’ve been too busy last December 2019 so I wasn’t able to celebrate my blog anniversary and I wasn’t able to host a book giveaway so please stay tuned for next month’s announcement for that. 

Lastly, I’d take this opportunity to apologize for not being able to answer every email or tweets regarding book reviews. I really have a lot on my plate right now with work getting really insane lately and some chores that I needed to finish at home. Hopefully by this year, I could sort things out so that I could finally dedicate time on doing book reviews and blog updates. I really miss my reading habit.

Big Bad Wolf in Manila, 2019

Hey guys! There were lots of book sales last month, February but I think this Big Bad Wolf is one of the biggest and people were really looking forward to this. I myself was so excited and I really don’t know what to buy first because, book budget! Anyway, this year’s Big Bad Wolf held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. It was open for 24-hours and to be honest, even around 1:00AM to 5:00AM,  I was told that people really visit! Insane isn’t it? Every one wants to get dibs on the book sale because it was really cheap! 

I was, one of the lucky book lovers who were given a VIP pass. Thank you to my friend, Sarah, for giving me that. I felt like it was the best Birthday gift ever! (I’m such a kid!!! LOL) anyway, during the VIP day, I went with friends and I went home around 12midnight! I had to give up some of the books and I had to think if I will really read those before I leave them at the corner. During the first day, the line was long and it was so hard to roam around because, I was overwhelmed with all the books. I felt like, I just wanted to buy lots of Young Adult books but of course, I had to choose (that was the hardest part ever!) This year was great though, so many young adult books like 10 or more tables out there that’s dedicated for that genre only. I picked up books for myself and I was so happy to score some good Young Adult books, Historical and Business books. Every thing was worth it! I also picked up books for some of my friends and of course comics to my man, Frank. He liked them, Teen Titans fan. His comics, aren’t in the photo below. 
First book haul on VIP day
After all the crazy book haul on a VIP day, I decided to come back for the last time. I told myself I won’t buy much because I already did that, but I end up buying more. Not as much as the VIP day, but still… I’m a little out of budget but I don’t regret anything, those are books!!! I loved this month. I have another haul that isn’t in this photo though, I will just share that in my Instagram. Check my second book haul below, this time more Thriller/Suspense books and a Rick Riordan book
Second book haul
Aside from the good experience about this book fair, I just noticed a few things that isn’t fun to see. These comments might affect my blog traffic but, I have to speak. I knew we all want to have first dibs on the low prices books and what made me sad is that, some people hoard so much and I feel like they’re not thinking about the others who really is a bookworm or a book lover who is eyeing for some specific books that he or she likes. Some people buys so much and then they will sell it online with increased prices. It isn’t bad to resell I know, but it was like they somehow doubled the price. I feel bad for those who are really a fan of a specific author and poof, the book is out-of-stock. I was thinking what if… Big Bad Wolf put a rule about books with same titles, each people can only have two (2) or three (3) maximum of purchase? I guess that could be a good rule. I guess, some people should be considerate, it makes me question will they really these books? That was a lot.. or.. if they sell it online, are they gonna be nice to not have a higher price? Hopefully, next year would be better. I saw lots of comments online both Twitter and Facebook platforms that they had complaints, do these people who hoard too much books even read the complaints of the people? Guess not.

Anyway, enough of the bad experiences, all in all I am so glad for my book haul this year. I don’t regret buying anything, to be honest I am so excited to read all of these books. I am hoping to have more time for all these lovelies! I wonder if I’ll finish all of them this year? Well who knows! I’m just hoping to read as much as I could. And of course, I’ll post my reviews here on my blog once I’m done.
 

What about you all? What’s your Big Bad Wolf experience this 2019? Or, what’s your book haul for February? I would love to see all your books!

A Workaholic Bookworm

“Workaholic” someone who works very long hours and finds it difficult not to be working (defined by Cambridge Dictionary). That is how I define myself lately and that is how my friends define me. I’m the person who goes to work early and paranoid about getting late to time in and I’m also the last person to go home and time out. I work more than eight hours a day without any overtime pay. I don’t blame my employer for that, we have a choice not to do overtime. The usual work hours are from 8:30 AM up to 5:30 PM but I time out way past that, sometimes 12AM too. People around me are telling me to take a break, take some time for myself, etc. I do that on my most convenient time, not always but at least I do. I love my work and I love what I do at work, plus there’s a non-stop studying even though I graduated from college a long time ago. I still take exams and I must maintain certain grades for my performance evaluation. It is fun at some point but sometimes it is tiring as well (not complaining though).

There are just a few things I really miss doing because somehow, I stopped doing that due to insane working hours I spend at the office; reading a book, I miss the feeling of spending hours or the whole day of simply reading a book and finishing it then start a new one. I am not a fast reader and I easily get distracted (LOL). During my college days, I usually finish a book easily because the only thing I need to do is study and finish my homework, right now? Negative. I end up going home late or during weekends, there are other priorities, or I go to sleep to make up for the lost hours I spent at work. Writing a blog post, this is another thing. I haven’t written much book reviews or promotional posts last year. Aside from the lack of time, I feel like every time I open my laptop I have to do some work. I kind of get anxious so instead of trying to write, I’ll end up watching movies or shows on Netflix.

My life had been like that last year, I would love to try and change it a little. This year, I’d probably put up more random posts aside from my reviews or promotional posts. I’ll have to try anyway, right? I’m so bad at time management but I think it is time for me to at least try harder. Aside from that, maybe my social media hours will be reduced and add that to reading or writing hours instead. We’ll see, I’ll have to check and try the possibilities. There’s no harm in trying anyways. I guess I could count that as my new year’s resolution. Do you guys have any as well? Also, I am hoping that this year, I’ll be able to finish my Goodreads challenge.

One thing I realized though, too workaholic isn’t really healthy. It eats you up alive until you forget what it’s like not to be workaholic. That’s what I am right now, but I think, it’s time to have a little time for myself as well. Live a little.

This quote is sorta true to me;

“The workaholics have done immense harm to the world. And the greatest harm they have done is that they have deprived life of its moments of celebration and festivity. It is because of them that there is so little festivity in the world, and every day it is becoming more and more dull and dreary and miserable.”
– Rajneesh –