Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Review #18- My Maid Invests in the Stock Market by Bo Sanchez

 Stock Market for Beginners- PH Edition
Book: My Maid Invests in the Stock Market
Author: Bo Sanchez
Publisher: Shepherd's Voice Publications Inc.
Date Published: 2010
Blogger Rating: 5 out of 5


Plot/ Summary:

Once upon a time, Bo Sanchez was a poor missionary who received an allowance of P30 a day. There were days when he couldn’t afford to pay for a bus ticket to preach in a prayer meeting.

But in 1998, he transformed his life.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Review #17 - Owner's Guide to Small Business Website by Lisa Spann

 Business Website 101
Book: Owner's Guide to Small Business Website
Author: Lisa Spann
Publisher: Constable & Robinsons Ltd.
Date Published: May 15, 2014
Blogger Rating: 5 out of 5

Plot/ Summary:

Nowadays many business around the world are starting to create their own website to catch up with the booming trend of advertising and reaching their target market through online and other forms of online media . Though some small business owners and starters are quite perplexed and fearful of the things that are accountable with setting up their own business website.Still they know that it is essential for them to start the website.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Launch of Reading Chair Store- Lowest Book Price Ever!

Hi guys! It has been awhile since my last post. Hoping that everyone is in a good mood and enjoying their Sunday off. Today, I just want to formally introduce to you my blog's new feature, which is the shopping cart widget. Maybe some of you might have already seen it since it is already a week since I added the feature.



Saturday, November 7, 2015

Behind Reading Chair

Reading had been my stress reliever since I started reading in my high school. (I know its somehow a bit late..) Before, I only read books, no more no less. Thus after finishing a book, it just sits in my bookshelf, because I am not a big fan of repeat reading, for some reason it doesn't appeal to me to re-read a book most especially fiction books.

Then after I took my board exam last October 2014, I decided to find new ways on how I can improve my reading skills and also be able to share my passion on reading to other people. That is when I started this website "Reading Chair". 
Different chair designs but are good chairs to seat in and read a good book + drink tea + doing some sketching

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book Review #16: "D'01" by Sassy Flova

 BUTTERFLY ADMIRER
Book: D'01
Author: Sassy Flova
Publisher: Buqo
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Blogger Rating: 4 out of 5

The book is bundled under Buqo YA Bundle 2: Sweet Compilation, but you can also find the stand alone book in Buqo App. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bookbed Blind Dates!

Recently, I joined a book exchange activity with Bookbed, a book community site for sharing and storytelling, the activity is entitle "Bookbed Blind Date" it is the first book blind date organized by Bookbed. 

Book blind date is quite popular recently in the book community. I first saw the activity in an Australian bookstore website, when i was at that time looking for online bookstore with free shipping to the Philippines. The concept of this activity is that you will choose a book that you would want to exchange then cover the book and write or even illustrate some hints about the book.

Personally, I actually enjoyed wrapping my book and drawing some hints on it. I was quite excited and nervous at the same time when I was preparing it. Here is a picture of the book blind date that I have submitted to Bookbed. 

Can you guess what book this is? here are the hints:
- New Adult Fiction
- London, England
- A phone
- Engagement
- Finders keepers 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Book Review #15- "Echo" by Lorena Glass

 FINDING YOU
Book: Echo
Author: Lorena Glass
Publisher: MyInkBooks.com
Date Published: February 1, 2015
Blogger Rating: 4 out of 5 
Plot/ Summary:

The book is the first of its trilogy series of Echo by Lorena Glass. Its genre is under historical romance and science fiction. The plot is about a love story of two destined lovers. Finding a way to search for one another and change their cursed fate, which was cast upon them long time ago.


Each time one of them dies, the other one time travels to the next or previous incarnation of their lover. The story spans from different times, places and lives of two soul mates, whose devotion and love for each knows no boundaries and that never dies.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Busy Bee

It has been already a month since my last post. I've been busy juggling my time with processing my papers and reviewing IELTS for my ultimate plan next year, to hopefully be accepted in a university for my postgraduate studies in the UK. *feeling hopeful*

Recently I'm more keen on reading than writing and drawing. My to-be-reviewed books are already piling up to 11 books now. Though I'm getting busier recently, I still managed to buy more books and somehow it had become my coping mechanism in dealing with my busy schedule. It is better than stress eating, which was my previous bad habit in the past (college years). 

My recently read and bought books...... * I need to control my spending habits now*


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Meg Cabot: The Princess Maker

This is a new segment here in Reading Chair. Author's Corner! I will be sharing about the authors that I have read. I will start with the author that had me start reading....... Meg Cabot, my favorite princess author! 


When I was still a kid, I never taught that I would be this addicted to reading books. My bookworm status had all started with Princess Mia! After watching the movie Princess Diaries, I was so hung up with the ending that I wanted to know more about Mia's adventure from a commoner to becoming a true princess. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bookbed

I will be sharing this week a website for book lovers, who would want to share their opinions and reviews on books, book stores, book cafes and many more.

Bookbed started as an online 2nd hand bookstore from Sulit.com, which is now known as OLX.com, and that was early 2009. Since then it had evolved from online bookstore to online book review site and finally to what it is now known as a community for book lovers and aspiring writers and artist sharing their stories and experience with the books and places that they have encountered.


Bookbed is always open for application for those who would want to contribute a blog post or article for the site. I just discovered them this year, I had already contributed 2 blog post for them.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Review #14- " Stupid is Forever" by Miriam Defensor Santiago

 POLITICIAN/ COMEDIAN
Book: Stupid is Forever
Author: Miriam Defensor Santiago
Publisher: ABS- CBN Publishing Inc. 
Date Published: December 3, 2014
Country Published: Philippines

Blogger Rating: 5 out of 5 




Plot/ Summary:
The book is a compilations of pick up lines, conebacks, jokes, one liners and some speeches delivered or curated by Senator Miriam Santiago. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Book Review #13- "The 4 Hour Work Week" by Timothy Ferris

 LIVING THE DREAM
Book: The 4-Hour Work Week
Author: Timothy Ferriss
Publisher: Carmenere One, LLC
Date Published: 2007
Country Published: United States of America

Blogger Rating: 5 out of 5 




Plot/ Summary:
A book that would give you practical advice, giving you an insight on tried and tested case studies on how to escape the cubicle world and your usual 9-5 routine. To be able live and travel anywhere without thinking about the work that you have left behind and joining the society of the new rich. This is book is the blueprint for your freedom to do the things that you have always dreamed of and leaving hesitations in life behind. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Online Book Shopping: Better World Books

Hi fellow Chaireaders! I'm back again, sorry for missing out for a week, been busy with my freeelance and finishing the 4th installment of Outlander: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon with 1070 pages :) *whew!*

Anyway moving on to my topic for this week, I want to share my another experience on books bought online with free shipping worldwide:) last April I featured Bookdepository, which is still my best option for buying new books online. 

Now if you are looking for used or 2nd hand books in excellent, very good and good condition plus be able to help the environment and to even help promote literacy worldwide. Try Better World Books, This is an online bookstore based from Mishawaka, United States of America. 

"Better World Books uses the power of business to change the world. We collect and sell books online to donate books and fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than 8 million new and used titles in stock, we’re a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders." 

They clearly have Environmental and Social Mission, which makes it more interesting. To read more about Better World Books- About Us. They get their books from book drives and donations from universities and college, also from public libraries. On their site you will also see the condition of the book before you purchase it. 



Their website has a very fresh look to it and very easy to access. What I love about this site is that on the upper part of the site, they indicate real time numbers of Books Donated, Fund Race For Literacy and Libraries and Books Re-used or Recycled. It makes them legit in any level and any ways. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review #12- "Crazy Rich Asian" by Kevin Kwan

 LIVING A LIFE OF AN ASIAN SOCIALITE
Book: Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Publisher: Doubleday
Date Published: Januray 1, 2013
Country Published: United States of America

Blogger Rating: 4 out of 5 




Plot/ Summary:
The story started with an Asian family from Singapore, went to Europe for a family vacation. They were about to check-in, then the manager of the hotel had refused to let them stay in the hotel for being an Asian. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

BP June Book Challenge: Day 6



Day 6 Book + Merienda

Got home from work at 4pm starving for eating only boiled crabsticks and crab meat corn soup with rice for lunch. 😱Ended up eating Korean Ramyun😛 while starting reading the 4th installment of Outlander series "Drums of Autumn" by Diana Gabaldon. To spice up my afternoon


Friday, June 5, 2015

June Book Challenge

Hello again! I want to challenge myself more this month in participating in a #BPJUNEBOOKCHALLENGE by @bookishpinoy. The mechanics of the challenge is to take picture based on the given post per day. It is more like sharing your book collections in a more adventurous ways.

Here are the list for the month of June:


I know it is quite a big list and would require a great determination to complete the list. But I think I can do the 30 days challenge even just for once in my life. Also I want to share to everybody my book collection and to know the stories and suggestions of other people about my books. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Book Review #11-"Significance" by Shelly Crane

 FATEFULLY TOGETHER
Book: Significance 
Author: Shelly Crane
Publisher: Createspace
Date Published: March 26, 2012
Country Published: Scotts Valley, CA

Blogger Rating: 5 out of 5 




Plot/ Summary:
High school graduation is a highlight of any teenagers life, the prospect of exciting future and festive college life. But not for Maggie. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Review #10- "The 6 Effective Ways to Transform into Extraordinary Worker" by Cesar Elan Gealogo

 THE BEST IN YOU
Book: The 6 Effective Ways to Transform into Extraordinary Worker
Author: Cesar Elan Gealogo
Publisher: Central Book Supply, Inc. 
Date Published: January 5, 2015
Country Published: Philippines

Blogger Rating: 4 out of 5 




Plot/ Summary:
It is a guidebook for people who are just seeking for a job, or are currently working. But the book doesn't restrict it self to those but it can also be applied to employers and self- employed. This book points out how to discipline yourself and be efficient while working and be an efficient and dependable person. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Goodreads

How does anyone track their to-be read books? or even find a book that is similar to their favorite book? Also how does anyone easily find the other books of the author that they love to read? and many more. These are all the questions, every book lovers faces before the entering of the world of Goodreads!



Goodreads is known to be the most biggest resource site for readers to read all about the book they want to read and also to get to know the authors themselves. It is like the Facebook of book lovers and avid readers. Once you register you will have your own page with news feeds from the people and friends you follow. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Review #9- "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks


A MATTER OF CHOICE

Book: The Choice
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: September 2007
Country Published: New York, USA

Blogger Rating: 5 out of 5 




Plot/ Summary:
Travis Parker, a very happy, peaceful and contented bachelor, who enjoys his life, living in his dream house near the beach and enjoying the company of his friends' families. Up until the arrival of his new neighbor, Gabby Holland, a very serious person in a very serious relationship with her long time and steady boyfriend. Knowing Gabby has just been a start of something new and the beginning of choosing which fate they will be embarking for the rest of their lives. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Labor Day



Enjoying my Labor Day morning (holiday off work) reading Voyager by Diana Gabaldon with a very cute bookmark and my stoneware mug with a hot Clipper Green Tea. Wouldn't exchange this day with any other day, just seating at home reading and drinking tea. 

Can anyone share their Labor Day activity? 

Happy Labor Day everyone!

M



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Online Book Shopping: Book Depository

One of the best feeling as a book lover is receiving your long awaited (1-3 months wait) BOOKMAIL!! I was really excited when I first bought my very first international book purchase from Book Depository last month. 

Got my package after our family trip from Jeju Island, South Korea

Though the book that I bought is somewhat like a tester book, to see if they really deliver right at my door step. They did deliver it to me though through our village mailbox (close enough). The book maybe arrived approximately 10 -12 working days (3 weeks including holidays and weekends) after dispatch of the book from their storage. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review #8 "Outlander" and "Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabaldon



A LASS THAT WAS LOST
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Bantman Dell
Date Published: August 2005 (mass market reissue) and September 2002 (reissue)
Country Published: New York

Blogger Rating: 5 out of 5 for both books! *I just love OUTLANDER SERIES*



Plot/ Summary: 

Outlander (Book#1)

In the year 1945 after WWII, Frank and Claire Randall decided to have their 2nd honeymoon at the Highlands, to rekindle the lost years that they were apart for each other and hoping to be able to start a family. But then one day, Claire walks through a standing stone in an ancient henge that dot the British Isle, sending her 202 years  from the past in the year of our Lord.. 1743, where she suddenly became a "Sassenach"- an outlander in the land of the Scots were at that time torn by war with the English and raiding of border clans. Then meeting a Scots lad named James Alexander Mackenzie Fraser, who will eventually change her life and now being torn between fidelity and desire. Do love exist in two timelines, is it even possible? or would Claire eventually choose? 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Book Review #7 "Looking for Alaska" by John Green


WHITE FLOWER

Book: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
PublisherSpeak
Date Published: December 28, 2006
Country Published: USA

Blogger Rating: 2 out of 5 


Plot/ Summary:
Before transferring to Culver Creek Boarding School, Miles "Pudge" Halter's world is more on obsession with famous last words that leads him to crave the "Great Perhaps". Upon moving to Culver Creek Boarding School his world utterly changed upside down, because of a girl name Alaska young, who is the gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating girl in the eyes of pudge. Pulling him into her world and steeling his heart. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Setting: Book Challenge Accepted!

Just this week, I accepted another book challenge to let myself be competitive on reading books! Found this book challenge from a group on Goodreads- Romance Readers Reading Challenges

This new book challenge focuses on the setting of the book. I chose the Day Trip (which is the minimum of all categories) read 5 books from March 15, 2015 to June 14, 2015. Here are my list of books to read for this challenge. 

I had already read 2 out 5 of the books.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Book Review #6 "Strange Son" by Portia Iversen


MOTHER'S LOVE

Book: The Strange Son
Author: Portia Iversen
PublisherRiverhead Books
Date Published: November 6, 2007
Country Published: New York

Blogger Rating: 5 out of 5 


Plot/ Summary:
"The groundbreaking true story of two mothers, worlds apart, united in a struggle to connect with their autistic sons. Emmy(r)-winning art director Portia Iversen's life was turned upside down when her son Dov was diagnosed with autism. But when she heard a miraculous story of a woman in India who had taught her own severely autistic son to communicate, she brought Soma and Tito Mukhopadhyay from Bangalore to America to help researchers better understand this amazing feat. Strange Son is the extraordinary account of two families who made astonishing discoveries about the nature of autism and redefined how the world can interact with those who suffer from the disorder." (Goodreads Summary)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Book Review #5 "The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden" by Jonas Jonasson


LIVE, LOVE, ADVENTURE AND A BOMB

Author: Jonas Jonasson
Publisher: Fourth Estate; an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing
Date Published: 2014
Country Published: Great Britain

Blogger Rating: 4 out of 5 


Plot/ Summary:
It is a story about a girl named Nombeko Mayeki, who lived and worked in Soweto, considered herself as illiterate until she met a foreigner that thought her how to read and a drunken engineer that eventually changed her life and had been her key to explore other places together with just a couple megaton atomic bomb. Her journey from Soweto to Johannesburg to Sweden; and also her journey from being an assistant for a latrine office in Soweto to an Ambassador of Sweden for South Africa.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Adventure, New Challenges

This 2015, I started my year with adventure. Adventures that hopefully help me widen my knowledge and help me be more independent in the future, not just from my family but also in other aspects as well like spiritually and financially also.

I love challenging myself, I feel like it gives me purpose in living this world. Also I love discovering and learning new things. So that is why I pressure myself to do these challenges to further improve and to learn my purpose.

The following are the challenges that I accepted (eventually to be able to push through the rest of the year.... crossed fingers) for the Year 2015! Wish me luck!

1. Reading Challenge 2015 
- it was posted by Popsugar.com

As of now I have officially done almost 5 of the categories. I do this challenge together with challenging myself to write a book review for every book that I have read. I have posted 4 book reviews already starting last January. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hold Tight!


We'll be posting soon.. so Hold Tight!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book Review #4- "It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be" by Paul Arden

Reading Challenge Category:

QUOTES FOR SUCCESS

Book Title: "It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be"
Author: Paul Arden
Date Published: 2003 
Publisher: Phaidon


Another good inspirational book for business minded people, it is not only inspiring but also very entertaining in a way. It is very easy to read with various illustration. The book is written by a famous advertising persona, Paul Arden, he made this book patterned like how Sun Tzu's the Art of War (in my future read list...) as a lesson to business strategy rather than fighting in a war; so he uses creative processes of a good advertising to compare to business practice. More like a metaphor of business practice (says in the cover of the book...) 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review 3- "8 Simple Tips for Young Entrepreneurs" by John Rodica"






START YOUNG AND DO MORE MISTAKES

" 8 Simple Tips for Young Entreprneurs by John Rodica"



The book is quite concise and easy to read. It is like reading it in a way that you are speaking to the author directly. His advice are very practical and easy to remember. It is a very good book for people who want to start something they wanted to do for a long but couldn't do it because they think too much or afraid that something might go wrong. This book would definitely help them and be inspired with the stories written in this book (no hold bars stories).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Review #2: "The First Phone Call from Heaven" by Mitch Albom


SPECIAL CALL

The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

Actually this is only the 2nd book that I have read from Mitch Abom, the 1st book was "Have a little faith" which was based on true story. What I like about Mitch Albom is how he incorporates God and spiritual context on his books, also on this book, he added some side stories of Alexander Bell, the known inventor of the telephone, about his invention and his family; and relates it with the story in a very smooth way that the side story and the main story of the book is actually connected to each other and that the side story is actually one of the clues on how you'll know the problem in the story would be solved.

I was actually inspired by this book, it has somehow made me closer to God. I have also noted some inspirational quotes that really struck me, when I was reading this book, hopefully it will also affect other people to.

"Fear is how you lose your life, a little bit at a time, what we give t fear, we take away from faith."
- Robbie Sellers (The first phone call from heaven, Mitch Albom)

"Knowing heaven is what heals us on earth."
- Diane Yelling (The first phone call from heaven, Mitch Albom)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book Review #1- "20 minute Manager: Managing Projects" by Harvard Business Review Press

I initially started my Reading Challenge for this year last Friday night, I started with this category..


PROJECT MANAGEMENT 101

The book that I read is all about Project Management, the book is initially about an overview on how to tackle projects on how to manage and work with other people. Actually the book itself can be read as fast as 20 minutes, but I actually read it for several hours. This is a good book for starting freelance artist, interior designers (like me), designers, architects, engineers and many more that do more of a project base works. It is a step by step guide for beginners. 


" 20 Minute Manager: Managing Projects" Published by Harvard Business Review Press (2014)