Hello, August! I can’t believe it’s already the second month of the second half of 2012. Four months more and it will soon be Christmas! YAY!

Before I finally say goodbye to July, let me recount my recent book hauls for the past month, which was actually very productive, if I may say that. Ever since I started this book blog, I have found out that I am actually improving in my writing skills (though I am far from being a wonderful book blogger, (unlike this blog and this blog). From writing up to 5 sentences in 2008, I can actually ramble on for five paragraphs these days and even though my ramblings are nothing sensible, at least I can say I am learning how to write. And that is, at least, an improvement, eh?

And one thing more. I’d like to think that my reading preferences have also quite evolved in terms of genre. I have been reading some chick-lit these past days, and I have become more choosy when making book purchases. For the longest time, almost all of my reading are either crime or mystery or thrillers. This time, though, (and I’d like to think that my reading plate is influenced by the book club in Goodreads) I have become interested in literary books, especially those which have won literary awards or acclaim, whether Booker or Pulitzer or Nobel.

Look at my recent book hauls:

All are pre-loved books from Booksale and not a single one for more than Php100.00!

The books from top to bottom, clockwise:

  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, the same author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the movie of which I really liked. I very much love the cover, and pink is not my most favorite color at that!
  • The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I long wanted to read this book but not so much that I’d buy a brand new copy. It’s actually a sweet surprise finding a very good copy at Booksale.
  • When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro. Two very good friends  from the book club of which I’m a proud member ( also the authors of the blogs mentioned in the second paragraph) are Ishiguro fanatics and I am willing to be influenced by them. Of course, I have to read Never Let Me Go first!
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison. A 1988 Pulitzer winner.
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. A Nobel Prize for Literature winner.
  • The Canning Season by Polly Horvath. A National Book Award winner. See? My preferences are really improving!
  • The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers. Yes, I am a Francine Rivers fan, if you must know.
  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. The only hardback in the pile. I’ve been curious about this book (because it has “lawyer” in it. How dense? Haha).

A very pretty bookish pile, don’t you think?

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