Yuletide Book Haul + Other Updates

Greetings from my humble book blog!

I’m officially back from a hiatus. I was hibernating at work over the holidays which had worn me to a frazzle. I could use a good massage, a trip to the bookstore, a shopping spree or whatever therapeutic thing to ease this overall worn-out well-being of mine.

Now here’s a good news. I tendered my resignation letter to my ferocious boss a few weeks ago. Some of you might already know I’m the unhappiest clown on that job. It’s a blessing to finally muster the courage to stand up against this eventual trip of my career into a slump. While there were so many bad memories I only wished I could wipe with a flick, there were good ole ones as well. Some of my co-workers were a gem and though the promise of friendship will always be there, let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the same. Nonetheless, THIS IS FREEDOM!


Another good news, I got offered a job in a Japanese research and manufacturing company based in my country that promises a hefty paycheck and a lavish career experience. Whoa there! 2016’s giving me more than what I’m asking! No matter where I direct my passion to, it always heads to where it rightfully belongs, the research field. But wait, I haven’t gone to the best part yet! Next month, I get to have training in Japan. Looks like I don’t have to wait another year to get my bank account refilled to go back to the Land of the Rising Sun again. 2016’s playing out really well so far. All thanks to the Creator above! *queue EDM*



On another news, Christmas had been magnanimous despite of me practically going MIA (for work) on its entirety. I ended the year with a few books added on my perpetually long list of TBR. Thanks to the scanty times I got to pretend I’m not busy and shop for books and to my family and friends who gifted me with these best loots in the world. These are only a handful compared to other bloggers who had an opulent Yuletide book haul. I’m featuring them anyway.


Some of these I’ve already read. I have a ton of pending book reviews which hopefully, I’ll accomplish this coming week. Click the titles below to be directed on their Goodreads page.

  1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (my review on this is already live!)
  2. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (It’s addicting! I’m mightily inspired by Joan to read this)
  3. Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Because CW and Aentee‘s influence is highly contagious)
  6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Buddy reading these with the lovelies, Maan and Bianca
  7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  10. Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff (When this glorious book appeared in the bookstore, I’m just struck in awe. Stocks are depleted fast so it’s literally a Hunger Games to get a copy here)
  11. Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  12. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


This year, I will be participating on three challenges. This is going to be tough especially when real life came busting in. Well, hey, it’s not a challenge if it isn’t, yeah?

Goodreads Reading Challenge


Practically every book blogger participates on this. I am the slowest reading animal in this game so I’m setting my goal to just 50. Check out the status of my sluggish pace here.

2016 Discussion Challenge


My blog has been in a run for almost a year now and not once had it featured any discussion post. For whatever reason.This year, I will participate on the 2016 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. I will try to move my lazy butt working and participate on this challenge. Hopefully, I can post at least one discussion post per month.

Popsugar Reading Challenge

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Last year, I participated on PS Reading Challenge but alas, I didn’t meet it. This year, I’m motivated to accomplish the challenge and read what I feared the most, classics. Popsugar Reading Challenge promotes diversity on my reading options. I am typically lying in cloud nines of my reading comfort zone which is YA. I’m using this challenge to spark a little variety on my game.


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  1. Wow, congratulations on your job! 😀 I’m looking forward to hear your thoughts on all those lovely books you hauled! ❤


  2. LOVE THE NEW THEME! Grave of the Fireflies utterly destroyed me and my faith in humanity *sobs* I love Studio Ghibli films 😀 And I spy Norwegian Wood, which I haven’t read yet so you must let me know what you think of it. Good luck with the challenges and the job! Bring out the champagne! 😀


    • WOW! Thanks for noticing my new theme, Joan! I am a big fan of Grave of the Fireflies and other Studio Ghibli films. Have you watched The Tale of Princess Kaguya? I heard it’s another tear-jerking SG film.

      CW and Aentee highly recommend Norwegian Wood so I think it’s really good. Good luck on your reading challenges too! 😀

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      • I haven’t watched it, I don’t think I’m ready to cry my heart out again! Studio Ghibli has such gorgeous art and delicious looking anime food, lol. Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I watched 5 Centimeters Per Second on YT, have you seen it? ARGHHH that movie killed me!
        I hope you enjoy it! I’d wait til you finish it so I can decide if I should give it a try 😀


  3. This was such a fun post to read! I love this, Trisha!! I’m also laughing so hard on the accuracy of the gifs here. 😂 just classic. Hahaha. AND MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS FOR GETTING OFFERED AN AMAZING NEW JOB!!! You totally deserve it.

    Such a pretty, pretty book haul right there 😍 I could stare at it all day. Haha.


    • LOL. Thanks, Maan! That freedom gif definitely represented my feelings when I got out of the shackles. Haha! I’m currently on my new job and so far I’m loving it to bits! I hope all the best in your studies 🙂


  4. Ah, oh my gosh, so many new changes! First, I am so very happy for you about the difficult decision you made with your job. BECAUSE YAY FOR FREEDOM. But even better, I’m so, so happy you found a better job so fast. I really hope you’ll be more happy there. And the new profile pics and header for The Bookgasm is super adorbs. AND THE BOOKS. So pretty. Gah, I think I’m just speaking mush now. (How many times have I said “happy” in this comment? Obviously, not enough, lol.) But I’m really happy for you, Trisha! ❤ 😀


    • Thank you, Summer! I planned to leave my previous work long before and I’m just blessed to have found a new one. I’m loving it so far! I’m amazed at how many Japanese work etiquette there are and how efficient they are in operating their stuff.

      And thank you for noticing the changes on my blog 😍😏 These books are now stacked on my bookshelf and I don’t know when I’m going to pick it up. I wish we have more time to read (and watch TV/movies and do other stuff). Haha! I wish you all the best in pharmacy school and other life matters this 2016! 😃😁

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  5. Congratulations on your new job and the amazing changes to your blog! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the books you hauled. They’re so pretty 🙂 Good luck with all of your 2016 challenges. Happy New Year!


    • Whoa thanks for noticing the change on my blog, Liam! To be honest, I haven’t even touched these books yet up until now. Ahh well, don’t we all wish to have more time in reading? Anyway, I hope your 2016 is going well too 😀


  6. YAY FREEDOM. 😀 That perks gif is just perfect btw.
    Oohh I know what you meant with Illuminae. I took it home with me and spent 30 minutes just admiring and reading the cover. It is so pretty. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It was one of the few books published last year that deserved the hype.
    Again, congrats. Cannot wait to see your discussion post.


    • (It took me a loooong while to respond, sorry!) I’m now on my new job and I’m loving it so far. Japanese work system is so efficient!

      Actually, I haven’t touched any of those books yet due to the lack of time. I’m dying to read Chaos trilogy since you guys said it’s so good. How’s your 2016 so far? Hope it’s well! 🙂

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  7. First of all, congraaaaatulations on your new job!! 😀 That sounds pretty awsome! And I’m glad it’s something you love. And your book haul is just perfect!! I’ve been dying to read Illuminae (I think I’ve been telling this to pretty much everyone whenever I’m seeing the book! 😛 ), I really really hope I get this sooon! Nonetheless, looks like you’ve got it all sorted out, I hope you have a great year ahead! 🙂


    • Waaah thank you so much, Pouhlami! This made my day (though my response came in so so late). I’m loving the job so far because it’s in line with my profession and the Japanese work system is amazing.

      Ahh well I hope you could grab a copy of Illuminae soon and maybe we can buddy read it? Because TBH, I haven’t touched these books yet. Reading is such a luxury these days! 🙂


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