In My Mailbox (18): History, Mythology and Adventure

I’ve been away from Gathering Books for a few months now. So much is going on in the real world that blogging had to take a few steps back, but I think Myra and Fats do a great job in holding the fort.  I make my comeback with our 18th IMM post as hosted by The Story Siren.

A few months back we had the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) and my brother was kind enough to give me free tickets. While I would have shopped ’til I dropped, I had enough control to pick up only three books. Yes, three books when I had so much I wanted to get. The three books I got were all published by Anvil a local publishing company that publishes most of my favorites.

First, I got two Ambeth Ocampo books. I’ve reviewed one of his books here. He’s a local historian who made Philippine History palatable to most Filipinos. I am a fan – and a fan always buys her author’s books.

The book on the left is a collection of lectures on the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The one on the right is the 4th installment of the author’s Looking Back Series.

Aside from Ambeth Ocampo, I got another Non-fiction book. The book is a collaborative work between illustrators from INK and writers/poets.  It’s a book on local mythological creatures.  I’m a big fan of mythical creatures and have been obsessed with local lore. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get this book and have the illustrators sign it.

Next stop, is a little purchase I made on one of my favorite second hand book shops. I’ve recently taken an oath to control my book buying. However, good books at a very very low price are hard to resist. In one of my regular visits I picked up this book:

I’ve been meaning to read this book for some time now and I’m glad to finally have it in my library.

So, that’s it. That’s all the books I bought most recently. It isn’t much compared to Myra or Fats’ IMM post, but I hope you enjoyed it.

17 Comments on In My Mailbox (18): History, Mythology and Adventure

  1. Mary! I have two out of the four books you have here. I bought The Penderwicks during the Singapore Library Warehouse Sale here in Singapore and I bought “Mga Tambay sa Tabi-tabi” from the AFCC Book Fair I think in 2010. Nice! Welcome back, dearest.


    • Cool! Thanks thanks. Talagang available sa book fair yung mga tambay sa tabi-tabi. hehe.


    • Hi Myra,
      I responded to your Netgalley question on my blog, but I’ll respond here too just in case. is a place where reviewers, bloggers, educators and booksellers can request access to e-galleys of books. You can read them on your e-reader, phone, or computer. Go to the site to register or to find out more 🙂


  2. I am newly following your blog & am excited to see some books by different authors whom I don’t know, like Ambeth Ocampo. I have a Filipino niece who will be thrilled to receive one of these. Thank you for telling about them.


    • First off, thanks for following our blog Linda. I’m a huge fan of Ambeth Ocampo and his take on Philippine History. We’re glad to share our book obsession for books to anyone who would listen. 🙂


  3. As always, wonderful books this week! I have a few fun things going on my blog right now, too. I have three giveaways Signed ARC of Out of OZ, Love and Marriage Giveaway, October Book Giveaways and they have a total of 13 books and a swag pack you can win. Stop by to check it out!

    I hope you have a fabulous week of reading!

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!


  4. Great mailbox! I’ve never been to a book fair. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Happy Reading!


    • It was my second time to attend a book fair. I couldn’t stay for long as I was with my niece and nephews who were in a hurry to eat. haha. Thanks for dropping by christy.



  5. Looks like you picked up some great selections! Thanks for sharing them. I’ve heard The Pendewicks is quite good. Enjoy!


    • I haven’t read it personally, but my sister says its really great. I’m hoping to read it soon and maybe review it here. Who knows. Thanks for the visit Lucy.



  6. Ooh, such interesting books! I haven’t heard of these 🙂
    The one character on the cover of Tabi-Tabi reminds me of a Simpsons-style character.. hehe.. 😛

    IMM | 2 Giveaways


  7. Fab set! I hope you love the Penderwicks. I adore the series.
    My IMM


  8. I have never heard of the Penderwicks. I hope you enjoy all your new books 🙂


    • Hi Katelyn,
      Those who have read the Penderwicks say its a good book. My sister (she read the book) says its almost like Little Women meets adventures. Thanks for dropping by.



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