Before Big Bad Wolf Books sale, my much awaited book sale/book fair is Manila International Book Fair which is held annually every September at SM Mall of Asia, SMX Convention Center. While MIBF has a lot of participating book publishers, book stores and anything and everything that could possibly be related to it, I honestly go to MIBF specifically for National Bookstore and Fully Booked where I can buy some of the books I like with a 20% to 30% discount. 

Here are what I bought from the most recent MIBF event:

I had gone to the fair promising myself to buy only one of these book titles but I couldn’t help it. 

I’ve been eyeing all three since I saw the paperback copies. Let me tell you about the books I bought. 
Sophie Kinsella’s one of my favorite authors. Her books are always light and easy to read and funny. H
I Owe You One follows Fixie Farr who lives by her father’s motto “Family First”. But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.
So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees – she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off – she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she? 

Surprise Me – After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctors reveals they could live another 68 years together…and panic sets in. They never expected ‘until death do us part’ to mean seven decades.
In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting; they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. 
But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakeable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all. 

Mitch Albom – a great author too. Ever since I read Tuesdays with Morrie in College, I’ve been hooked into reading his novels which are about life and faith.
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is the sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven. In this story, we’re told of the story of Eddie and his heavenly reunion with Annie – the little girl he saved on earth – in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect. In this sequel, Annie’s story is revealed. 

The accident that killed Eddie left an indelible mark on Annie. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember why, Annie’s life is forever changed by a guilt-ravaged mother who whisks her away from the world she knew. Bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally  found happiness.

As the novel opens, Annie is marrying Paulo. But when her wedding night day ends in an unimaginable accident, Annie finds herself on her own heavenly journey—and an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.

Poignant and beautiful, filled with unexpected twists, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us that not only does every life matter, but that every ending is also a beginning—we only need to open our eyes to see it.

I know I still have a lot of books to read from my Big Bad Wolf Books 2019 stash but what the heck? Adding these three to the pile of books I have in my room just waiting to be read. I’m definitely happy about these purchases. Now to make time for reading. 😊