Ah, another first for me…It’s my first time to write for BHE. I’ve been on a Book Buying Diet, while yes, I’m guilty of buying more than I can read in previous years, I also imposed this Diet for financial reason. You see, I can’t deny the fact that a lot of my money goes into books and where I’m heading in the near future, I won’t be able to bring these books around. But recently, I broke my diet. Ah yes….bad habits are hard to break.
I broke my diet for two bibliophile acceptable reason: 1) These books are dirt cheap to ignore and 2) Such lovely classic covers are considered investments and not luxury. This diet breaking was indeed a Book Hunting Expedition as it required some digging, patience and a lot of store hopping. Without further delays, let’s begin….
Unlike in most countries where tiny book shops flourish, in the Philippines the major chains are still the place to go. One of these major bookstores, National Bookstore, went on sale. Twenty percent off on all brand new books. But I’m on a budget…so I strictly look at one pile…the bargain book pile where hardbound books are at 70pesos (roughly less than 2 US dollars).
Here’s what I got from my frequent visit to the nearby National Bookstore.
From top to bottom:
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale (I already had a copy of River Secrets so didn’t buy it)
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (We’ve featured this book before)
When you Reach me by Rebecca Stead (Fat’s wrote a review of this)
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
From Top to bottom:
The Search for Wondla by Tony Diterlizzi
Tropical Secrets by Margarita Engle
Northward to the Moon by Polly Horvath
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
The Great House by Nicole Krauss
Other books I bought from National Bookstore’s bargain bin that I wasn’t able to take a picture of are: Rumi the Fire of Love by Nahal Tajadod, Seek my Face by John Updike, Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson and Falling Man by Don DeLillo.
Next stop to this haunt is Fullybooked. Fullybooked is usually the place to go for books and editions that aren’t too popular. I actually got myself a discount card from this store wherein I automatically get a 10% discount from all my cash purchases. Penguin recently released new covers for classics and I’m in love with them, to top it all they aren’t even expensive. So, I did what most good book lovers do, I got myself a few copies (and yes, I still plan to get more as the books are released by batch).
Here’s my haul:
Sorry for my poor photos, but these are Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and Jane Austen’s Emma
And the last books: Evelina by Frances Burney and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
That’s my haul. I’m about to resume my book buying diet as I once again need to spend less time buying books and more time reading. Based on my reading last month, I’ve only read 4 books. Dismal….I suppose of all the books I bought for the haul, the Penguin Classics are my precious ones of the haul. I love my classics. I love the aesthetic.