The 35th Manila International Book Fair + MIBF Book Haul

It’s MIBF week, hooray! The Manila International Book Fair is the greatest annual book fair in the Philippines and it’s on its 35th year already. It opened last September 17, 2014 and ends tomorrow. Like last year’s MIBF, I decided to attend the book fair on its first day again and I shopped ’till I dropped!

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fine art of truth or dare  manila international book fair 2014

How was the experience? Awesome but also exhausting. I’ve gone to the MIBF for three straight years now so I’ve come to expect this. I also went very much prepared (with the help of my experience and own reminders from last year) so I brought tote bags and wore good shoes, had a books-to-buy list and all that made shopping easier for me. There was a lot of people (although possibly not as much as during the last day of the fair) but I liked the buzz of all the bookworms around me and had a good time looking for books.

How were the booths? I mostly just visited National Bookstore and Fullybooked’s booths. I didn’t check out the rest of the booths as thoroughly because I didn’t find them all that interesting to be honest.

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discounts mibf 2014  national book store 35th mibf

Although I was able to buy several, I was a little disappointed by the lack of really good sale titles at NBS. I still ended up buying more from them than I intended though. I had to stand in line for awhile to pay for my books in their booth but the line moved along fast enough, considering the fact that everyone was hoarding so many books. I was just carrying my books around (9 of them!) then because I couldn’t find a basket but the kind lady behind me in the line let me put my books in her basket so that was nice. Also, I got two tote bags from the so that’s a bonus!

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Fullybooked’s booth was heaven. They had so many great titles I just about grabbed everything. As always, their staff was super friendly, offering trolleys to everyone, helping customers find the titles they’re looking for. Their booth was pretty crowded though, especially with everyone carrying trolleys around and I had to say excuse me a lot just so I could pass and go around their shelves. Thankfully, there wasn’t a line at all for their cashiers and I paid for the 8 books I was buying easily and I even got a free Fullybooked magnetic bookmark!

Did I get to hang out with fellow bookworms? I am unfortunately a lone shopper but I was able to meet Shelumiel, blogger behind Whims and Ramblings, and got to chat with him about books for awhile! Check us out, hanging with John Green.. well, his books at least:


Which books did I buy? I bought a whole lot. 17 books, to be exact! Most of them I got for 20% off. I got travel guides, young adult fiction and also adult romance novels by Jojo Moyes! I’ve yet to read anything by her so I got her books, also so my mom could read them. Lo and behold, my awesome book haul:

35th mibf book haul

From National Bookstore
Lonely Planet Travel Guides: Italy & USA
The Trouble With Flirting by Claire Lazebnik
Stargazer by Claudia Gray
Starters by Lissa Price
Enders by Lissa Price
The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
The Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes

From Fullybooked
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (Manga)
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Lux: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Well, that’s basically it for my MIBF post. Really, book shopping was my only agenda! The experience was great anyways because hello, new books. In other news, I’m gonna get to meet Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price tomorrow- I’m so excited!

If you’re a fellow book nerd from Manila, did you attend MIBF? How was your experience and what was your impression of the event? Which books did you buy? HOW IS YOUR WALLET? For the rest of you, how was your week? Which books have you read/received/purchased recently?

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17 Responses

  1. YAY, it looks like you had so much fun, Hazel! I love book fairs but they can be so exhausting. It’s okay, though because books.

    Also, I’m so glad you bought Angelfall, it’s glorious! Also, The Archived even if I’ve yet to read it. You should read Schwab’s Vicious, it’s my absolute favorite!

  2. Such great books! I didn’t know there’s a paperback version of Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. I’m so excited to get my hands on that. And I love the shots you took *heart eyes* reading this post made me even more excited to go later!

  3. Won’t be able attend MIBF this year so I am really jealous of you people. Anyway, haha, so glad you had a fun time! All those discounts are sure not to miss! And oh, all the books you bought in fullybooked are all awesome! Thanks for sharing, Hazel! :D

  4. I attended last Wednesday too and I have to say that the first day is really meant for book shopping. There were fewer people compared to the volume of people during the last two days. Nonetheless, the place was heaven! Hahaha

    I love your book haul. I also got Enders and Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods! I also saw you there but I didn’t approach na because you were talking to someone. Haha! :)

  5. Wow! That’s a lot of books! And I’m tempted to go to the book fair next year! Haha I only go to one convention annually, and it’s the comic con. Behold the secret geek in me. HAHAHA love your blog!!

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  7. Wow. You bought a lot of books. I only bought three books from NBS including Norigai’s Buti pa ang Roma, May Bagong Papa. Haha. So funny, really. The other books, I bought from other stalls including story books. It’s for my sister who’s going to be a mother soon. But I ended up reading them. Haha.

  8. It was my first time to attend MIBF. And it was crazy and exhausting and fun (heaven on earth)!! My wallet only lost weight from buying food since my sister paid for my books (not as much as yours, though, haha) as an advanced birthday gift.

    Hopefully, I could catch you book shopping next year! And, are your arms hurting from carrying so much books? Mine are sore.

  9. I love the photos you took, Hazel! I always forget to take pictures with me because I am so focused with getting all the books. I went on the last day and I was sort of disappointed because almost all of the shelves at the Fullybooked booth were empty. Also great haul! I really want to read The Archived because I heard such good things about Schwab’s writing. :)

  10. I feel so jealous that you were able to go. If not for my self-imposed book buying ban, I would’ve totally been there.

    I love the green baskets! They really anticipated that there would be a lot of book hauling that’s going to happen.

  11. Have you read either of the Lissa Price books? I really liked Starters, but I keep forgetting to look for Enders at the library. Speaking of libraries, you should do a blog post about what libraries are like in the Philippines, or do a guest post about it on my blog! And oh yes, Splintered. After Ensnared comes out I will have all three as ARCs, but they are so beautiful, I am going to buy a boxed set when it comes out. Penguin Books does a similar event in my city before Christmas. But the title selection isn’t all that great unless you are looking for Children’s books.

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