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:

  1. They were not within budget.
  2. I don’t think I’ll read them soon.
  3. 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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜› 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 afterΒ 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! πŸ™‚


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! πŸ™‚



8 thoughts on “BOOK BUYS (9)

  1. Oh my! Tears of joy! It’s like looking at an alternate version of my book shelf (we have different editions of both books).

    And yes, I finally reminded myself to put The Tin Drum in my backpack last night. Now, this reminds me to run to some place where I can send it to you. Please expect it within this week. πŸ˜€

  2. Last week, I thought I lucked out at Book Sale: I found Hunger! Unfortunately, it was by a different author. HAHAHA!

    And thank you for considering my recommendations in choosing your books! I appreciate it. Pero pressure din ito, ha? Hahaha! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Lynai! πŸ˜€

    I used to feel the same about going to a bookstore — like I should get something every time I visit. I used to have a lot of impulse buys back then, but then I stopped because I am exceeding my book budget and I’m not making any dent in my TBR. So now I only pick books that I am sure I really, really, really, REALLY want to read, and most of them are recommendations. Or new books by favorite authors. So yay for maturity! πŸ˜€

    And I am now very curious about HOME! Angus recommended that to me after I reviewed THE COLOR PURPLE. Hmm.

    Oh and btw, A NORTHERN LIGHT is really good. I hope the price goes down so you can get it. πŸ˜€

    1. If only those books were priced for less than a hundred pesos, I might have second thoughts in not buying it. Haha! So yes, my budget for Booksale books is only until P100.00 πŸ˜€

      Don’t we love growing up? πŸ˜‰

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