novel portraits

Novel Portraits is a weekend feature where I showcase book photography! Photography is my second most favourite hobby next to reading! A love child of the two dearest things to me- book photography is awesome and thus demands a segment on the blog. To read more about the feature, check out the introductory post for Novel Portraits.

It’s been too long since I did a Novel Portraits post that wasn’t a Behind The Lens interview! Anyhow, I took some (mostly random and just a little crappy) photos over the weekend and thought to share them with y’all!


Weekend Read

The Novel: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
The Portraits: Taken 07/25/14, with Canon 600D, post-processed
Description: Someone should have put a warning in the front page of WYWI, ‘Do not read without gelato.’ Haha, I’m not even kidding when I say that I couldn’t read on without getting myself one! The book totally had me craving for gelato within the first few chapters! It’s not obvious in the photos, but I got three flavours: mint (my favourite), almond, and nutella! Anyhow, WYWI was my weekend read and it was such a fun book! I am dying to go to Italy now, seriously!

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For Summer Photo Contest

The Novel: Only Everything by Kieran Scott
The Portraits: Taken 07/27/14, with Canon 600D, post-processed
Description: If you guys didn’t know, Kieran Scott is having a summer photo contest for her novel, Only Everything! I read it last May and enjoyed myself so much! I mean it’s a contemprary-ish book w/ Greek myth characters & romance- that’s like a formula for awesome! As I’m dying to read the next books, I’m completely pining over the prizes! I had several photo ideas for the contest but unfortunately couldn’t do them so I did a simple ‘shoot’ with my sister earlier today and she modelled the book for me! I don’t know whether this will be my final entries but the photos I took look summery enough thankfully even though summer is over in the Philippines. I hope people get the first photo with the hair thing! (It’s meant to be a heart!)

Care to share your thoughts on the photos I took? Have you already read any of these books or are planning to? Are you planning to join Kieran’s photo contest too? What did you read or do over the weekend?

Happy weekend, everybody! It’s currently a very rainy Saturday where I am but it’s a lovely time to stay indoors and read as much as I can. Anyway, today, I’m sharing some of my recently acquired goodies!

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Bought from The Book Depository
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Behind The Scenes by Dahlia Adler
(Thank you, Rebecca of Reading Wishes!)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
The Assasin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
(Thank you, Nikki of The Paper Sea!)


Ruin and Rising tote!!! (Thank you, Fierce Fiction!)

Guys, I went for my usual bookstore run yesterday and didn’t make a single purchase even though I could have. The new releases I’ve been wanting to check out were not available at my local bookstore, unfortunately. Thankfully enough, some awesome books came in the mail this week!

My TBD orders finally arrived after 343489238 days of waiting! I’m totally digging into Wish You Were Italian right now! I also finally have my copy of Ruin and Rising which I preordered long ago so I also received a totebag! I also got Behind The Scenes and I’m so glad that I won a copy (because it wasn’t available at my local) from last month’s BTS Twitter Party! Nikki also kindly gifted me some books on my wish list, in exchange for the coding work I did for The Paper Sea! Nikki was one of the first to avail the “pay in books” option for my design shop so I was excited about her package since it’s one of the early fruits of my small business. Just wanted to shout out a huge thank you to her for all the support she’s shown for my design shop! ♡

Speaking of support, *segues* help a bookworm out by voting for me on The Big Blog Exchange!

Anyhow, what are you guys reading this weekend? Got any awesome books recently?

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I just entered The Big Blog Exchange!!! The Big Blog Exchange is an awesome program where you can swap not only blogs with another blogger, but also countries! It’s such a fantastic opportunity and I couldn’t pass it up because it is seriously a dream to be able to experience something like this.


Why am I telling you all about this?

I can’t achieve this goal alone! This is where you, my lovelies, come in. Please support your fellow bookworm and help me make this dream come true! All you simply need to do is vote for me by entering your email and confirming the vote email confirmation! You can do it once everyday until September 3rd, if you really want to help me win! (I LOVE YOU IF YOU DO)

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My Motivation a.k.a why I want to win The Big Blog Exchange:

For me, all readers are travellers. As a reader myself, I’ve somehow traveled through time, traveled through different worlds, countries and places. I’ve learned to see the beauty of culture, of meeting people from various walks of life. My blog, Stay Bookish, is about my many excursions through reading and how they’ve changed my life. I’ve journeyed, wandered, and lived a lot through books but I’m very much ready to experience for myself what fiction has taught and showed me. Given the chance, The Big Blog Exchange will be the key to my dream of trotting the globe and finally searching for my own story to tell.

Pretty please, if you have some time, I hope you can help me win this. Think about all the fabulous posts I can share with you guys if I get to experience The Big Blog Exchange. And what if the blogger I get to swap with is from your country? I’ll get to meet some of you- how great would that be? Okay, I’m totally crossing all my fingers and toes for this.

Remember how I told you guys about seeking a Great Perhaps? That’s exactly what I’m doing now. For once in my life, I’m not going to think possible failures, but instead, I’ll think of all the amazing promises that the future might bring- and so I’m taking all my chances on this dream. :)

PS: You can help me spread the word by sharing this blog post or the link to vote! <3

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