Penguin Teen Social 2019 - Recap (May 23, 2019)

Right before going to NYC for BEA/BookCon, I got to be at Penguin Teen Social event at Penguin Random House Canada HQ - effectively, kicking off my bookish 2 weeks. I was trying to write and upload this post before I left, but there was just too much happening!

I love going to book events in Canada as I get to see lots of bookish friends and bloggers! Not to mention get my hands on the newest releases. And this event was not an exception.

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Books: August-October Book Haul

Okay, so I admit, I have a book buying problem. At least now, I am mostly buying from bargain book shops, like BookOutlet, which means that I am spending a tiny bit less.

I got Andrew Smith's "Wringler" and "100 Sideways Miles" and David Levithan's "Another Day" from BookOutlet. When I went to Word On The Street book festival, I saw "Stand Off" being sold and I just had to get it. It was 20% off but still rather expensive as it is a hardback.

I already owned a copy of Scott Lynch's "Lies of Locke Lamora" (book 1) as a pocket paperback, but when I saw this edition, which is bigger and nicer for only $5 at Indigo, I couldn't resist myself.

After watching "The Danish Girl" movie at TIFF, I got really excited when I found out that it is based not only on a true story, but there is a book by David Ebershoff. I went to Indigo hoping to find a movie tie-in edition, but there was none. So I got myself this Penguin books edition. (As I am typing this in December, the movie tie-in edition did come out, which annoys me as I would have preferred to own a copy with with Eddie Redmayne on it.)

I love Katherine Kurtz books. She is a high fantasy writer and most of her books came out in 80-90s. I read Deryni series when I was a teen and they still remain my favourite high fantasy series ever. I am rather sad that only the first trilogy was ever re-published. I own almost all of her books (since some of them are out of print and I basically have to hunt for missing copies in bargain/used books), all of them mass paperback/pocket editions. But when I saw this hardcover copy for less than $5 at the BMV, I just had to get it. It is in a very good condition too! (I plan to do a bargain books/high fantasy books haul some time later.)

Right before my trip, I decided, on a whim, to buy more books. So I got "Me, Earl, and the dying girl" (even though I promised myself that I am not reading any more books like "The Fault in Our Stars") and "Will Grayson Will Grayson", which I tried to read once before but never finished (it was an audiobook in fact, I believe).

When I came back, I got my pre-order from Amazon with Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette "The Apprentice to Elves" and Welcome To Night Vale, both of which I was really excited to get.

I haven't started reading any of these books yet, except for WTNV novel, which I had to put on hold, as I got too many library books that I need to go through first.

September TBR // September 7, 2015


Under a spell of temporary insanity, I decided that these are going to be all the books I will read in September. Considering the fact that September 10-20 will be devoted to TIFF (and my schedule there is pretty intense), this TBR pile is overly ambitious. Or outright crazy.

Nevertheless, I am excited. I have heard great things about these books, and I am super pumped about some of these (I'd say probably about the books on the right). I understand that there is a very high chance I won't have time to read even half of these, but I will try my best. Almost all of them were picked from the library, so I will just go in the order of which books are due sooner. (Worst scenario, I will just read the rest of the books in October.)

I have already started reading Margaret Atwood's collection of short stories, as you know. I am reading one story at a time, whenever I fancy it, so this book will be featured in my TBR piles until I am done with it.

I am 70% done with Rook and I love it. I thought I'd finish it in August, but August was a pretty busy month for me.

So here's the list:

  • Sharon Cameron “Rook” [still reading – almost done]
  • Margaret Atwood “Moral Disorder And Other Stories” [I started it but I am still reading]
  • Kelley York "Made of Stars"
  • Stephanie Kuehn "Charm & Strange"
  • Nina LaCour "Everything Leads To You"
  • Melissa Landers "Alienated"
  • Libba Bray "Beauty Queens"
  • Courtney C. Stevens "Faking Normal"
  • Becky Albertalli "Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda"
  • Patrick Ness "More Than This"

Eight books to read if you don't count Rook and Atwood. That's crazy! But I am super excited.

If you are going to see movies at TIFF this year and see someone reading one of those books in the line, that will probably be me. ;D


June/July Book Haul // July 19, 2015

I have been buying books like crazy for the past 3 days (and also the past few weeks). Mostly because some of them were on sale, then Indigo had this 2 books for $15 promotion. I decided to put together all the books I bought within past month (starting from late June) because I have been posting pictures of them rather randomly. And when I did, I was shocked. I bought a total of 26 books! I clearly have a problem.

June purchases:



I mentioned those books before, but I don't think I posted the pictures of all of them. (Crossed out the ones I've already read.)

  • "The Queen of Tearling" by Erika Johansen
  • "Instrumental" by James Rhodes
  • "Shiver", "Linger" by Maggie Siefvater
  • "Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater
  • "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson
  • "The Maze Runner" and "The Scorch Trials" by James Dashner

July purchases:



  • "Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard
  • "Shadow and Bone" by Leigh Bardugo
  • “Ash” by Malinda Lo
  • “Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” by Charles Bukowski
  • "An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir
  • "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
  • “On Writers and Writing” by Margaret Atwood (non-fiction)
  • “Moral Disorder and other stories” by Margaret Atwood (collection)



  • "The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey"
  • "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
  • "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer
  • "Throne of Glass" by Srah J. Maas
  • "Collected Stories" by Garcia Marqueez
  • "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs

Almost all of these books were either on promotion (2 for $15) or I got them from the bargain store.

But today I bought another set of books. Just because I have just finished "Insurgent" and needed to get my hands on "Allegiant" as soon as possible, I got myself all four books.


  • "Divergent" by Veronica Roth
  • "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth
  • "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth
  • "Four" by Veronica Roth

Also from the bargain store. The books are in mint condition, only the box has some scrapes and tears and it even had a (half-torn) plastic wrap. The books are 100% new and it is a far cry from the state that the library copy of "Insurgent" is. I felt disgusted handling it.

So here we go.  26 books. It's insane! But I am pumped to be reading them! All in due time though.

July TBR, Books // July 2015

I have no shame when it comes to books. Once I start buying, I can't stop.

Books bought in July: 

  • "Ash" by Malinda Lo
  • "Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe" by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • "On Writers and Writing" by Margaret Atwood (non-fiction)
  • "Moral Disorder and other stories" by Margaret Atwood (collection)
  • "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" by Charles Bukowski

July TBR:

  • "Portions from a wine-stained notebook" by Charles Bukowski - collection of short stories and essays (already done, skipped a couple of essays, but the short stories were great)
  • "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth (I have been trying to finish this one since last year; it's my 3rd attempt)
  • "Moral Disorder and other stories" by Margaret Atwood (collection)
  • "On Writers and Writing" by Margaret Atwood (non-fiction)
  • "Ash" by Malinda Lo (already started)

I admit that I ordered 2 more books online today. This needs to stop.