Look, I received this today…

This arrived on my doorstep today:


It contained:


The note said:

To: Josephine

Thank you for the support! I hope you’ll enjoy the book – and the package!

I opened my book and discovered another personalized message from the author:


So happy! I would like to thank Book Junkie Joint and Chris Mariano – the author of Cover (Story) Girl. Here’s to the next book. Cheers!

You can purchase Cover (Story) Girl here:

On Kindle
On Smashwords

Remembering Andres Bonifacio

Bones of Contention

Book cover was taken from Bones of Contention’s Goodreads account

To honor Andres Bonifacio on his 150th birth anniversary ( he is one of the Philippine’s national hero, by the way), our book club, Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books (PRPB), will read a book entitled Bones of Contention: The Andres Bonifacio Lectures by historian Ambeth R. Ocampo.

For the foreigners who are reading this blog, Andres Bonifacio (30 November 1863 – 10 May 1897) is called “the father of the Philippine Revolution.” He was dubbed as such because he was in the forefront of the Katipunan movement (having founded it) that sought actively for the Philippines’ independence from the Spanish colonial rule.

What made his life controversial, and what made him even more of a hero than he already is, was not just his contribution to the Philippine revolution alone. It was because, ironically, he died on the hands of his very own race – the ones whose freedom he fought so very hard for.

In light of the pork barrel scandal here in the Philippines, I can’t help but go back to Bonifacio’s time. For it was in his era where we first got a glimpse just how far some Filipinos – at least the ones who desired power deeply – were willing to go just to obtain that power. 

A hundred and 17 years after his death, not much had changed in the Philippine politics scene. Just that this time around, they blatantly expose and affirm each other’s misdeeds (though of course they still have a fall guy here and there) in front of national televisions through what they call these days their privilege speech and still miraculously get away with it time and again. A very poor way to repay a hero who had lost his life because of politics. Heh, for all we know, these politicians might not even know who Andres Bonifacio is. Maybe his name, yes. But his contributions and what he truly stands for? Hmm.

Unlike Dr. Jose Rizal, not much is known about Andres Bonifacio so we enjoin everyone to read this book with us from September 27, 2013 to November 30, 2013 and be informed. PRPB will then visit the mountains of Maragondon in December 1, 2013 where the Bonifacio brothers were executed to help find their bones and at the same time, to celebrate our group’s second Christmas party.

For those who would like to join both our discussion and field trip, you may visit our thread here.

On Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano


I joined the blog tour for Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano. I’m glad I did!

About the Book:

COVER Story GIRL ebook FA

Cover (Story) Girl
Author: Chris Mariano
Date Published: July 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance

1) She has amnesia.
2) She’s on the run from her father’s creditors.
3) She’s enjoying her last days on earth.

Ever since Jang Min Hee walked into Gio’s small museum, she’s given him one excuse after another about why she’s vacationing at scenic Boracay Island. Rarely has Gio’s neat and organized world been shaken like this. Soon he finds himself scrambling over rocks, hiding in dressing rooms, and dragging her out of bars. But how can Gio tell what’s true from what isn’t? Their worlds are getting unraveled — one story at a time.


My Thoughts on the Book:

I really enjoyed reading this one. The book – and the protagonist Gio – showcases everything Filipino. It highlighted Filipino values such as the Filipino’s strong sense of responsibility (especially towards family and work), strong family ties, hard work, pagmamano, and many others. (The Filipino tradition of pagmamano involves kissing an elder’s hand or raising the hand to touch your forehead).

I also enjoyed the setting of this book – I’ve never been to Boracay and after reading Cover (Story) Girl, I felt like I already did! I loved how the writer described the islanders’ way of life, the beach itself, and oh, how I would love to try calamansi muffins! ^_^

And of course – there’s the main characters, and the story itself. I love their interactions – their adventures (made me want to go to Boracay, pronto!). It made me smile a lot. Gio and Min Hee are the complete opposites. Gio is the geeky, serious type while Min Hee is the happy-go-lucky though smarter one. I really like her because even though she came off as happy-go-lucky who wants nothing but to have fun – Min Hee is actually a very practical and objective person. (Not to mention mysterious). She doesn’t worry about what the future holds – she just plunges ahead. In my book, she’s one hell of a lady. ^_^ I’m glad Gio had his epiphany in the end.

Chris Mariano has a way with words. I hope to read more from her in the future.

About the Author:

Chris Mariano takes the same route Gio takes whenever she comes home from Boracay. Unlike Gio, she is yet to meet her K-drama hottie. When she’s not writing, she supports Eskritoryo Pilipinas, an organization that encourages kids to appreciate Filipino literature and culture. She divides her time between Manila and Aklan.

She blogs at http://ficsation.blogspot.com and tweets at @dementedchris.

Where to purchase Cover (Story) Girl

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cover-Story-Girl-ebook/dp/B00E8KBU9S

On Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/342321

Carlos P. Romulo

These are some of the quotes from Carlos P. Romulo that I love:

“I was convinced that luck was a matter of knowing what one wanted and then being willing to work to make the wish come true.”

“For my grandchildren . . . and all children—this book is written with hopes of the time to come, when no child shall lie down in terror or waken to hunger, but shall know himself as a being of unique value in a safer and kindlier world.”

“I am a Filipino born to freedom, and I shall not rest until freedom shall have been added unto my inheritance—for myself and my children and my children’s children—forever.”


I feel like I have been reading forever and yet, I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.

And so, I created this blog so that I can better share with you the books that I’ve read (and are currently reading) and the books that we are currently working on at Isshin.

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog. Here’s to hoping that I get to persuade you to love reading books as well.


With much love,