Book Hunting Expeditions

BHE (16): Breaking the Diet

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.

What’s your recent reading purchase? Have you Read any of these books? What are you thoughts on them?

11 comments on “BHE (16): Breaking the Diet

  1. You’re forgiven and exonerated! I have been on a book fast for nomadic reasons, but recently succumbed to “How to Write a Damn Good Novel” for research purposes!


    • Thanks Joanna! Hahaha.
      But I’m going back to the Diet. I’m one of those people who feel the pressure of a growing TBR pile. I only found confidence buying more books because I read a few of the books on my TBR.


  2. The Goose Girl and When You Reach Me are great choices. I spotted Thursday Next #6 in one of the bargain bins but opted not to get it because I haven’t read TN2-TN5, and a book blogger friend told me I might not entirely get the story if I haven’t read the series all the way through the 5th. I ended up getting two local graphic novels during the sale period and found out, after paying, that local lit aren’t part of the price cut. That’s what happens if you don’t read the fine print. Haha. Maybe someday I’ll get lucky and find P70 hard bounds! A friend that I was with though, gifted me with Gaiman’s Stardust and it was she who took advantage of the 20% off on it. 🙂


    • Hi Tin,
      Yeah. Well, i’ve been reading thursday next for sometime now, but always bought my copies second hand or on sale. I’m lucky that the selection in Greenbelt 1 national bookstore is pretty great. But it did take quite a few visits to get all the books I got. Haha, yup, i’m considerably an ‘expert’ in book buying during national bookstore sales and have mastered the art of not buying local books expecting them to be on sale, unless they are on the sale bin. Which local graphic novels did you buy?


      • I got Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan for myself and Pugad Baboy 24 by Pol Medina for my mom. My Eyre Affair is a used copy too. Now that the NBS sale period is over, I’ll try my luck over at BookSale. 😀


  3. I still have The Goose Girl on my TBR list-it looks so good, but I still haven’t made the time to read it. When You Reach Me & Inside Out & Back Again are wonderful. I have read the classic titles-Emma is a favorite Austen. I’ve lately tried to stick to our library & not buy more. It’s not easy. Thanks for the share, Iphigene!


    • I wish we had really nice libraries here, but unfortunately we don’t. So, buying is sort of the only way to go. I’ve read Emma twice already, and I’ll be reading it for the 3rd time. It is a wonderful book. I’m reassured that the books i got are indeed good books. I got the goose girl out of so many bloggers praises for the book. I hope to read it soon.


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  5. Hello! Please tell where is that branch of National Bookstore. I’m currently looking for City Of Ember and I haven’t found it yet. I looked for the NAtional Bookstore in SM Dasmarinas but there was none. Please help and thank you! 🙂


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