Book-e-fied!

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Well friends, last few months has been a helluva ride for me. I have been to top then to very lowest point of my life (Drama Queen!) Anyway, enough of the drama! I just want to share that during these months, I was reunited to my first love, which is reading! After graduating college, I have neglected reading books  for pleasure (well I am just reading materials which are work related, or if not, my law books). But, no regrets for me, because I was freed! Of course with the energy and the new career, I would rather enjoy life in its real form than to sit in the corner to read and imagine. However, with the series of events that I have encountered and continuously encountering, I found solace in reading books again, well I guess, to escape reality.

I can't believe that I am still up to it. Within three weeks, I was able to read three materials. This is on top of my busy schedule in lawschool, my work and of course my responsibility to my family. In reading, I was able to give time to myself. Well, I think destiny agrees with me for I was able to discover lot of book sales and great materials plus gifts from my friends. . :) In short, I was book-e-fied, once again! :)  

Mang Chito of Cubao Expo

Thanks Emy for this! The stall of Mang Chito is located in Cubao Expo, it's beside the Penpen's restaurant if you happen to drop by. Mang Chito is selling a lot of books, take note not just ordinary books, but rare find books for a very cheap price. I happened to buy three books there, namely, "The Greatest Salesman of the World Part II" by Og Mandino for only 100php, "The World's Greatest Unsolved Crimes" again for only 100php and the 2nd edition of the "To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee for only 130. The first two (2) books were brand new and the last one was second hand. I bought this just last month, and I was reading the first two (2) books while Philippines was under the rage of "Habagat" and  allegorically I was suffering from internal storm too. I also happened to finish the last book last week. (Whew! Can't believe it) I hope I will not be lazy writing a review of it! :p 

Book Cover
Left: The World's Greatest Unsolved Crimes
Right: Og Mandino's The Greatest Salesman in the World

Corner of Recto and Morayta 

While wandering in Recto (I was forced since I am buying book for my sister in Recto), I saw books in "Bangketa" literally, since they were just scattered in the street, with a "tela" protecting them from the dirt. While waiting for the book that I bought for my sister, I browsed the scattered books, and then waaaa they were all classics! I was tempted to buy a lot of books, but I don't have enough money on hand (plus the fact that I'm ought to pay my sister's book). I was haggling very hard, but Kuya is so persistent. But anyway, its still cheap. Their books ranges from 100-300. I bought one (1) book, which is one-hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for only 180php. I might go back there! They also have Philippine classics such as books written by Nick Joaquin. 

National Bookstore's 20% off 

Then during my me-time. (I have a lot of me-time, to the point of not going to school!) I was browsing books in Powerbooks alone! :p I saw that some of their books were on sale, so I was browsing for books to buy (thanks for their free reading section :p). Since I have finished (well except for the unsolved crimes, which is not fiction) the books that I have earlier bought, I am determined to buy another book. Since "tipidity is the best policy" was my mantra, I did not buy the book in the Power books (sorry Powerbooks, I'll just buy in your store next time) but instead in National Bookstore since they were on 20% off sale on all books! (Unfortunately, the promo ended last Septermber 2) Yes!!! I was in panic-buying therefore, the result, I bought books in excess! Hahaha I bought classics! 

From Recto: One Hundred Years of Solitude
From the National Bookstore:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Gifts from Friends

Waaaa! Thank you LCP Family, especially to Anne and Emy, whom I know are the brain child of giving me the Paulo Coelho planner for 2013!! *happiness* Well, I must admit that I was really surprised with this gift!

Book Cover: Paulo Coelho's Transformations Day Planner 2013
I also want to thank my BFF Jui for "gifting" me another book from Rhonda Byrne "the Magic", wait is that "the Power" my friend? LOL Thank you so much again for all, from the bottom of my heart! :) 

Book Cover: The Magic by Rhonda Byrne


Secret bookstore 

Finally, yesterday, I was able to discover another book sale!! The place is secret yet, (I will ask permission first from Jui, if I am allowed to divulge the place of the bookstore, all I can say is, it is somewhere in Bulacan :p) but they really have good books!!! When I said good books, the really bestseller ones. My friend were able to buy "The Hobbit" and Crime and Punishment and I on the other hand bought, "Tuesdays with Morrie" (Hardbound), "The Good Earth" and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" for only 290php!!!!  Take note, this bookstore does not know the value of the books they are selling, I think they are basing the price according to its appearance and the volume and not on how they were sold in the market so I really love it there. I might go back there soon! :p 




So there, I can say that these last two months (August and September), I was totally book-e-fied! Well, a good way to escape from reality. :p 

P.S. I also discovered a site which is like Imdb for books. It's iblist.com! :) Enjoy reading and also be book-e-fied! :) 

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3 comments

  1. Peram Pride and Prejudice next week. :D Matatapos na ako ke 1984. :D Thanks so much!

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  2. Saan po sa Bulacan yung nabanggit niyo na secret bookstore? Sounds interesting.

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    1. All I can say is it is in SM Marilao :)

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