Friday, June 23, 2023

Shelf Control: I Was the President's Mistress!! by Miguel Syjuco

 Shelf Control is a feature where bloggers pick an unread book from our shelves and talk  about it a little. It's supposed to be a Wednesday thing but I seem to like to post on Fridays. Shelf Control is hosted at


This week's pick is I Was the President's Mistress!! by Miguel Syjuco. 

The publisher's website says:

From Miguel Syjuco, the winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize for Ilustrado, I Was the President's Mistress!! is an unflinching satire about power, corruption, sex, and all the other topics you were told never to discuss in polite company.

First came the Sexy-Sexygate scandal. Then an impeachment trial. Finally, a battle royale for the presidency. At the center of this political typhoon is Vita Nova, the most famous movie star in the Philippines and a former paramour of the country’s most powerful man. Now, for the first time ever, she bares herself completely in a tell-all memoir that puts the sensational in sensationalistic.

How and when I got it:

I first saw it at a Barnes & Noble nearby and I eventually bought it at another Barnes & Noble, at their big end-of-year hardcover half-off sale.

Why I Want to Read It

That description, right? I've been dipping a toe in Filipino books and this looked like fun. Like, a lot of fun. I'll probably read it next.

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