I’m so thrilled to welcome National Book Store as a sponsor of this blog. You can find their ad on the right side of the screen. I’ve been a loyal shopper for years. And now our partnership is official. I always find the best prices of books there. Because it’s a huge chain, they are able to get better prices for books. I’ve been a fan since I met the founder of the store, Mrs Socorro Ramos, who told me of the humble beginnings of National Book Store before the war.
And I also love that they accommodate orders (even advanced orders) for books. They’ve had some interesting events and book signings. You can keep track of their activities by “liking” their Facebook page. I’ve been very fortunate to receive a few signed copies of books from National Book Store. The newest one is by far the most interesting.
The kids love books as well. This is Sophia’s current reading box. There is a bigger shelf which she shares with Lily and Stella. Right now she loves Magic Tree House. Funny, we “discovered” the Magic Tree House by way of their research guides first. She was obsessed with the Titanic last month. It was filled with awesome facts. Her other research guides include Tsunamis and Rainforests. I was so thrilled with all the info she was getting aside from learning in school. Then I found out from a Twitter follower that Magic Tree House is actually a series of fictional stories set in real historical events. All along we were focused on the nonfiction guides. This doubled her fun! (The Manga Messiah book was a gift. It’s the Bible in Japanese anime – combines her interest in drawing animation and bible stories).
I’m sharing my other signed books from National Book Store. David Archuleta signed this for me and my daughters. Confession, we don’t really know who he is. When Sophia saw that he signed this for us, she thought I knew him personally. Days later she said her friend in school had photos of him in her bag. I told them the story is about this young man’s journey to fame – how he tried and gave his best along the way. Last weekend, Sophia auditioned for a solo part in her school musical. I was amazed. She’s never taken voice lessons but she has this incredible singing voice – very tender and sweet. Soprano. She’s not an extrovert/performer. So the fact that she had the will to try was a big thing. Could it have been the David Archuleta book? The theatre teacher talked to us, “She’s never taken voice lessons huh?” Then I said, “No. But she really wanted to audition. So we took her here.” (Proud mama. The fact that she had the guts to sing alone and practice for days. She’s a quiet girl. Showing up and trying was as good as getting the part.) The teacher encouraged us to get her a voice coach. We are still thinking/talking about it. Right now she’s committed to ice skating.
So thrilled they sent me this. I didn’t get to meet Preston Bailey when he did his rounds here in Manila. A lovely and huge picture book filled with inspiration and ideas for entertaining and party set ups.
All these books are in National Book Store. If you want to order any book, just let them know here. My autographed and personally dedicated books are gifts from NBS. And these are things I love and treasure. (I’m hoping one day I’ll get signed books from Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Chua and Martha Stewart, hint hint. Haha).
EDIT: You can also get signed books through National Book Store but only at exclusive events whenever they have authors on tour. And on very rare occasions only. Sorry. But you can keep track of the events at their facebook site.