No Reading No Care

No Reading No Care.

Except not completely.

It’s a new high for my reading slump this year. The other difference is that I do not feel as bothered by it. I thought developing an affinity for comic books and graphic novels will offset the lack of novels in my reading progress, but turns out 2017 is just not a reading year for me. And it’s okay.

Of course this desire will never ever go away. As in other pursuits, this feeling taught me that it’s okay to go with what I feel like doing and not stick to what I’ve been accustomed to. What it gives is an opportunity for me to miss the activity and something for me to look forward to doing in the future.

But the itch to buy is another matter. These tweets were in the last 48 hours. I have not sold a lot in my online store yet I’ve been getting more than what I have let go. Which is not new to you, if you’ve been following me long enough.

I can channel my overall indifference into plunging into reading but real life hardly agrees. Thus my wish, which I believe have always been mine, since I became an adult:

 

Better Late Than Never Book Loot Report!

Wow, it’s less than three months until 2013 ends. Last week I kind of admitted that this is not my reading year considering the number of books I must have read by now but has not just as we are ushering to the last quarter of the year. I’m just thinking that five years ago, reading 25-30 books a year was normal, so it’s not as if this is a huge letdown. Maybe I really became busy with many things.

However, my book-buying is still like before. As of my last count, I bought 92 books already. My OC side wants to make it a clean 100. I have 77 days to go so I think that’s doable. Hahaha.

September was such a book-buying period what with the insane cut-price sale of National Bookstore, Bestsellers, and Powerbooks. There was also Aklatan, the first All-Filipino Book Fair, and the Manila International Book Fair. I saved money weeks before September but as usual, the money I had on hand was not sufficient. Dip into my savings! I have to prioritize my happiness, people!

My National loot was repressed and conservative because I didn’t want to run out of money for the next book fairs. I still managed to snag quite a lot because I decided to continue completing my Anita Blake series.

NBS Sep 2013

A part of my NBS/Powerbooks sale stash: A comic book adapted from Clive Barker’s Tapping the Vein, Jessica Hagedorn’s Toxicolgy, Jonathan Franzen’s The Twenty-Seventh City, Android Karenina, and a YA fantasy book, Dark Reflections.

Anita Blakes

Here are more Anita Blake books to add to my collection. After the sale, I chanced on another hardback from Booksale. I am that kind of person who carries an Anita Blake list in my purse and I highlight the titles I already bought. Completist itch for the win!

Aklatan was a fun event even if I was nursing a terrible flu the entire day. I was the lady wearing a green top sneezing like a troll inside the venue. It’s one of the reasons why I didn’t have the courage to go around and have my books signed, meet people, and talk to exhibitors. But since I was already there, I mustered sufficient courage to go up and talk to a few of my favorite authors I saw at the fair, germs and viruses notwithstanding. At the end of the day I had Project 17 and A Bottle of Storm Clouds signed by Eliza Victoria and the latest Trese installment, Stories from the Diabolical, signed by Budjette Tan. I had a considerable number of books bought. So proud of Pinoy literature!

aklatan

Some of my Aklatan loot. I am in awe of these books. I once posted that with a culture as rich as ours, we would never run out of stories to tell. Fantasy and folklore, we’re rockin’ it.

Less than a week after Aklatan came the MIBF. I filed for annual leave weeks ago just to go to on opening day. Taas kamay ng excited!  I was still under the weather that day but it didn’t stop me. Now, I really say that going to MIBF before the weekend is less stressful, especially if you are not into maddening crowds. I stayed away from FullyBooked and National Bookstore on purpose. Anvil was the biggest hit for me! Aside from books, I also got to buy activity books as Christmas gifts for nieces, nephews, and godchildren. I also enjoyed my stay in New Day Publishers. One vivid takeaway I had from Aklatan was the multiple mentions of Edith Tiempo in the women writer’s panel. I chanced on Edith Tiempo books in New Day for less than 50 a pop! Then a very smart and accommodating lady who, I learned later, was New Day’s head financial officer, also recommended the books of Edilberto K. Tiempo, Edith’s husband. It was a very smart buy especially now that I’m into knowing more about decades-early Philippine literature. My mom and I also decided to buy a Filipino-translated version Daughter of Smoke and Bone and one by Danielle Steel whose title escapes me now. There were more titles available and someday soon I may give them a try. I started Daughter… a few weeks ago and found it compelling but not as easy as I thought it would be.

MIBF loot

My MIBF 2013 stash: on the left are my Tiempo books and you will also see two non-fiction titles. I kind of miss graduate school so I got both Bello’s and David’s.

I went back to MIBF on Saturday, aka the fun Divisoria-in-December version of the book fair. It was also for the book session/book-“gloating”  of my book club, alright? J Aside from a picture with a mascot and buying Christmas gifts for friends in the office (I bought gifts for 32 people this early! Yay to me), I only went back to Anvil for more books.

I only had about two weeks of I’m-gonna-forget-about-buying when I slipped because of a visit to Booksale MOA (which was only a week ago, haha). From then until today, that’s ten books easily grabbed from the shelves.

Thanks, Booksale: Another Anita Blake hardback, Straub's The Throat, and a classic Clancy which I bought the day he died.

Thanks, Booksale: Another Anita Blake hardback, Straub’s The Throat, and a classic Clancy which I bought the day he died.

For 200 pesos ($4.5), look! Booksale Pedro Gil is small but definitely worth the trip.

Since our humble apartment is literally running out of space, I resorted to plastic container boxes. I bought four last night and they will be filled up soon enough.

That’s about it. Oh, the fun of it all!

Loot Report – 33rd MIBF

I paid homage to the 33rd Manila International Bookfair today.  For three solid hours, I went around the SMX Convention Center visiting booths.  This year’s visit felt a little tight, really.  I skipped what could have been great buys because my buying power is a little weak this year, our apartment is literally losing space for books [unless I leave them lying around which I don’t ever do], and my unread books are embarrassingly high [not that the last two reasons have stopped me before!].

Anyway, I still did not allow myself to come out of the centre empty-handed — after all, I was holding out, not killing myself. 🙂  I bought 7 books, and 4 of them are from local authors, so it makes me prouder.


Gratuitous shot of my modest loot from this year’s international book fair

1. Clash of the Demons by Joseph Delaney (P99, NBS bargain bin) – The sixth book in The Last Apprentice series.  I have books 1 through 4, so I’m missing books five and seven to ten to complete the series.  Note that I have read only the first book.  You think completing the books would entice me to finish the series? 😉

2. Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen (P99, NBS bargain bin) – I have an e-book version of this and it got me interested after one chapter so I decided to look for it.  Glad I found it and for 99 pesos, no less.

3. The White King by Gyorgy Dragonian (P99, NBS bargain bin) – The story sounds interesting.

4. Rizal: Without the Overcoat by Ambeth R. Ocampo (P236, Anvil) – I long wanted to buy anything from Mr. Ocampo, one of the prominent historians of the country.  Picked this one among all of his Rizal books.  He was signing books when I was at the Anvil booth but the line was too long, I decided to skip it so it would not cut through my short book fair time.  Some other time in some other event, sir.

5. Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata by Ricky Lee (P240, Anvil) – I wanted to have this since it came out.  Coming from a critically-acclaimed screenwriter, I’m sure I will like this as much as Para Kay B.

6. That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra (P175, Summit) – After My Imaginary Ex, I am looking forward to reading Mina’s other books.  This is the only one of hers left in the Summit Media booth when I came so I grabbed a copy.

7. Fan Girl by Marla Miniano (P78, Summit) – Another Summit publication which I wanted to try.  This one and #6 were the only titles available, sayang nga, for I also wanted to try her Table for Two.  Some other time!  I actually finished this one already because I read it while having dinner and when I fell in line for a long time for some J.Co donut fix.  I really liked it.  The book.  And the donuts, too.

I am also happy with three non-book purchases I made today:  a pencil set of five and a metal pencil/pen case featuring artist Damian Domingo’s painting Una Mestiza de Manila Vestida de Gala.  They’re so beautiful!  For 80 pesos for both, it’s a steal.  I also bought a set of Filipiniana notecards for P50.  Awesome finds.

So there, my book fair finds.  It’s a far cry from last year [and I considered that one very subdued], and even farther beneath three years ago.  See, I have changed. 😉  There are TONS of books I wanted to buy but didn’t, and more booths I wanted to visit and buy books from but I ran out of time and sadly, patience.  In a way, it makes me genuinely happy that people still flock to bookfairs and buy books.  My age is getting to me because I could hardly take maddening crowds anymore.  I get dizzy and disoriented easily.  At any rate, on top of my head, the booths of Goodwill, PsiCom, OMF Lit, UP Press, and Lampara were the ones I regret missing.  I’m sure there’s more.  Anyway, there’s still the next book fair!  Until then!

Showcase Sunday (2)


Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits  & tea and it aims to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

Nothing tells me I’m so lax in updating my blog than a Showcase Sunday post succeeding another Showcase Sunday entry! As usual, my lame excuse has always been work, so I’m not gonna go there. But I’m happy that even if time flew by so fast, I managed to snag good reading finds. Here’s what I “rewarded” myself with the past week:

Eleven on Top, Night Train to Lisbon, The Midnight Palace, and Cleopatra: A Life were from the online shop of my friend Celina.  She has great stuff every month for very reasonable prices.  What made it more awesome for me is that since we see each other on several occasions, I get to save from the shipping fee and she throws in some more discounts for friends. Yay! 🙂  The books I bought from her cost me P600 (+/- $14).

Three Stations and The Sorrows of an American were from my “cheap payday buys” — yeah, I just keep on inventing reasons to buy books as I go along, LOL — and for P60 each ($1.25), good as new condition, they’re definitely a steal. 🙂

Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum #11), The Midnight Palace (Niebla #2), and Three Stations (Arkady Renko #7) are books to add to serials I collect; the rest are titles I’ve been wanting to buy.

How about you, what books did you get this week?