If you have noticed, I have changed the format of my Book Buys post from including the month/s of purchases to just mere numbers of posts. The reason I will state hereunder.
You see, whenever I visit Booksale before, I always see to it that I should buy at least one book. If I do not see a book I want to read, I would scour through the shelves and look for something cheap, never mind that I never heard what the book is about or who the author is. For me, that time, just scoring a book within below P50 is already a steal. It turned out though that most of these books were really
terrible bad not good, or those I started to read but did not finish. Such a waste of time and money, and bookshelf space, right? If I compute all that I spent on those cheap but not good books, it might add up to a price of a single wonderful, life-affecting book. (Plus my fear of being toppled over by my books in case a violent earthquake happens.)
So lately, I decided that since I won’t have all the time in the world to read all the books out there (and I only prefer to read fiction, mind you), and since I still have my mountain to-be read books to tackle at home (including the close to 500 ebooks on my Kindle), I would be more discriminate in my book purchases from now on. I will choose to buy only books that will be useful to me. Books that I am sure I will get something from. I will rely on the recommendations of my bookish friends in Goodreads whose judgment and taste in books also mirror (or almost mirror) my own. (Hi, Angus! Hi, Tina! Hi, Monique! :P) Or, I will read book reviews first before deciding to buy a book, which means that buying a book on impulse or randomly should make me think twice.
I will choose to read books that will make me a better person.
I have been actually brought this resolve up several times in the past but, to be honest, I haven’t faithfully complied with it. Until recently. Most specifically today.
I was at the mall earlier to buy a bottle of eye solution and decided to pass by Booksale. I was specifically looking for Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. No such luck on that book, though. However, I saw beautiful copies of A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly and The Color Purple by Alice Walker, both for P145.00, and both in my to-hunt-for shelf. It wasn’t that long for me to decide that I won’t buy them yet because:
- They were not within budget.
- I don’t think I’ll read them soon.
- I might as well look for free ebook copies, instead.
I left the store without a heavy heart, unlike before when I would feel really bad if I didn’t buy something from Booksale. Do you think I’ve grown up? I think I have. And I couldn’t be any prouder of that! 🙂
Anyway, let me go back to the reason why I changed the format of this feature. Since I decided not to buy books randomly or on impulse, it means that sometimes, there will be months where I might not be able to buy anything. That is why, it’s better to just title this feature according to the number of posts rather than making a monthly post. So there.
Anyway, enough of that seriousness. 😛 Here are my latest book purchases. Most are influenced by a very good (and shall I say equally discriminating book-reader?) friend, Angus:
Home by Marilynne Robinson in hardback. It’s a pretty copy, the pages are still intact and clean, almost new. I’ll read this after Gilead, a copy of which I have to look for first.
Hunger by Knut Hamsun, in paperback. At first, I thought the color at the edges of the cover is really faded, but after a closer look, it’s actually a part of the design. And I think it’s lovely. I am also intrigued by the story and I remember how Angus has been raving about it. So yes, this is a must-read soon! 🙂
I am real mighty proud of my book purchases (and choices) this past days. Don’t you think I am already becoming a serious reader? Haha! You have to look at the books in my Kindle! 🙂