When this “chinky-eyed, nerdy-looking blogger” alerted me about the Manila International Book Fair held at the SMX, I would have gone had it not been for the incessant rains and the resulting curse-worthy traffic (plus I’m trying to rein in my spending ).
So here’s what I have in my shelf (I disposed a lot in recent years and kept my favorite ones). I may get a tablet but I don’t think I’ll get eBooks. I derive pleasure in holding a book; smelling its pages and leafing through it. It may be less inconvenient and impractical in this digital age but it’s different. And as the Backstreet Boys say, I want it that way.
I’m not a serious reader. I am not fond of fiction stuff but I would soon advance to that. Or not.
These two books are probably as “serious” as I can get. The third book, Surprise Party is one of the best suspense books I bought for a measly P10.
Thanks to my generous sister for the special illustrated version of The Da Vinci Code. Even my not-so-bookish brother got into this one.
I read suspense, romance, drama and even medical thrillers. Mom even tried reading Robin Cook’s Harmful Intent, something about anesthesia gone wrong, at the most opportune time: during my father’s confinement. Imagine her stress. She was actually ranting on me about the book, as though the characters were real.
“If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ‘em!”
― John Waters
My sister loves Mitch Albom and she would often leave and share her books. By the way, Danielle Steel’s The Promise was made into a movie and the main soundtrack is just perfect. ♥
These books are hilarious and good company on those lovely me times at the coffee shop.
These illustrated books (The Blue Day Book and Have Some Sand) are quick reads and lovely companions as well when you’re at a coffee shop or salon, getting a foot spa or pedicure.
And the best companion when you’re stuck in traffic. Be careful though; it’s bound to make you look stupid because you can’t help smiling and at times, you will let out a soft snigger that will elicit a look from your co-passengers.
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner