Wednesday Diaries: Harry Potter, old books & new, and a wishlist

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Hohoho! Because we, Filipinos, are more excited about Christmas than the rest of the world (we start celebrating in September, haha) ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS! πŸ™‚

I’ve recently finished rereading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone(the book club will be having a Harry Potter Christmas) and I enjoyed it, although I was not as impressed as I had been the first time I read it which was like, five years ago.Β  Still, the spells are a delight to read (I am tempted to use the limb-lock spell for the stray cat who kept trying to get inside the house) and I was always fascinated by Quidditch. It was a fun read especially now that the hype has already died down (has it?) and I was not rushing to finish it because I had to watch the movie, like what happened the first time. It even reminded me faintly of The Chronicles of Narnia, and Albus Dumbledore reminded me of Aslan. And to tell the truth? I want to reread the rest of the books in the series now, especially the last book because the last time, I only read the last couple of chapters just so I would know the ending. πŸ˜›

Next week, I will be reading the second book on my reading list this month” Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I’ll be reading this with some friends at the book club, and we swore (no, not really) to adhere to the reading plan which is 4-5 chapters a day. Let’s see how this goes, but I’m excited to start already! Who’s a Rainbow Rowell fan? πŸ˜‰

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bookbuys

Last week, I made an unplanned visit to Booksale, my favorite used-books shop, and got these two wonderful books:

Booksale December

I saw other books that I wanted to read but since I already got them on Elle the Kindle, it was easy to get hold of my impulse buying tendencies. πŸ˜€

And because I got new books, the problem of shelf space came up (as always), so one night, I decided to do some “spring cleaning” and decided to let go of some of my books, which I happily gave away to a friend who was glad to be on the receiving end. Hihi. Here’s the stash I gave away:

2013 spring cleaning

Would you believe it? I did not have to think long and deep before I gave away my Dean Koontz books (some were actually claimed by my brother, so I will not really miss them, haha.) I will always be a Koontz fan, he got me into reading thrillers in the first place, only that I feel that I’ve already outgrown my fondness for his brand of suspense. Level up? πŸ˜‰

I’ll be clearing out some more book boxes before the year ends. Yay for shelf space! πŸ™‚

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And since it’s Christmas time, I am putting up my Christmas bookish wishlist! A girl can dream, right? It’s a free country after all. I drafted the list a few days back but I have to edit it now because some items were already fulfilled (or are going to be fulfilled soon!) See? Wishes do come true!

Let’s see which ones I’d be able to get before the year ends. πŸ™‚

I. FOREIGN BOOKS

  1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  3. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
  4. What We Talk When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  5. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  7. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  9. Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
  10. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

Β II. LOCAL BOOKS

  1. Manila Noir edited by Jessica Hagedorn
  2. Unseen Moon by Eliza Victoria
  3. Icon of the Indecisive by Mina V. Esguerra (or the complete set of Interim Goddess of Love in paperback)
  4. Welcome to Envy Park by Mina V. Esguerra
  5. Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
  6. It’s A Mens World by Bebang Siy
  7. Project 17 by Eliza Victoria
  8. The Kobayashi Maru of Love by Carljoe Javier
  9. Guardians of Tradition by Mae Astrid Tobias
  10. Wander Girl by Tweet Sering

III. NON-BOOK-BUT-BOOK-RELATED

  1. Kindle Touch cover
  2. Bookstand
  3. Book light for Kindle Touch
  4. Kindle Paperwhite
  5. Bookmarks

I also am tempted to put up a non-bookish wishlist, but I feel it’s too much (and I wouldn’t want to sound greedy on the blog, haha.) I will just wait to be surprised. Happy Wednesday, everyone! πŸ™‚

2 thoughts on “Wednesday Diaries: Harry Potter, old books & new, and a wishlist

  1. I feel like I am The Grinch with all these Christmas posts. I think I am the only one who have not yet come up with a holiday list. But oh well, I am still busy with reading. xD

    Oh Harry Potter, I sorely miss you. It has always been my go-to series when I’m bored or when I just finished an annoying book. I’m reminded again that I am really lousy at participating in our BOTMs. Boo to me. >,<

    And nope, I am not a Rainbow Rowell fan. I've read her Fangirl and it didn't work for me.

    Advance Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope that your wishlist will be granted.

    1. Oh, too bad about Fangirl although it isn’t exactly my most favorite Rainbow Rowell. Maybe you should try Attachments? The characters are more of “our” age. πŸ˜€

      It’s never too late to participate. There’s still next year. πŸ™‚

      And it’s never too late to put up that wishlist too. Hihi.

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Charlotte! πŸ™‚

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