Fabulous Finds From My Booksale Fixation
Entering into Booksale whenever I get to the mall has become an inexorable routine of mine. Although there is still a mountain of books I have yet to read from the past Booksale purchases, I couldn’t help but buy to add some more in my growing collection. It’s not all about the addictive impulse nor the fear of running out of books to read but the regret I may have if I don’t immediately grab the titles that interest me and then find out the next time I get back into the shop that the books are already sold. Regret, as my friend’s mother (herself a Booksale frequenter too) would say, cannot be paid. (“Ang pagmahay dili mabayran.”)
Last month I enumerated the books I bought from Booksale, from the first book shopping bout to the fifth. This time is another bunch of books to read and enjoy.
SIXTH BUY (PhP 60.00 only!)
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis
I was lucky to find three classic bestsellers, all in hardbound. Though through some online researching tells me that these editions of Narnia were published in 2002, the copies that I got looked roughly made in that year but around 1990′s. The lack of color brilliance in their cover art makes me feel medieval; it’s as though I’m holding historical artifacts. The jackets’ edges are tattered and the books appear generally mishandled. But what else do you expect for fifteen pesos apiece?
4. The Fourth World by Dennis Danvers (hardbound) – PhP 15.00
I don’t know why I bought this. I thought this was the children’s book I painstakingly kept hidden from the general customers’ view. It doesn’t even look like it’s a teenage/young adult book. Nonetheless I have already bought it; there’s no use whining.
SEVENTH HEAVEN (PhP 419.00)
1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (trade paperback) – PhP 127.00
I now have a good reason to start into the Artemis Fowl adventure by owning the first book in the series. Yipee! I now have book one and two.
2. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (paperback) – PhP 127. 00
Here’s another silly book purchase I did make. By the time I got home and scanned the first pages of this book I realized this was one and the same with The Golden Compass, which I already had. How foolish of me to have forgotten Northern Lights as the original title of the first book of His Dark Materials trilogy. Maybe I will just sell this online. Would you care to buy?
3. Unknown by Didier van Cauwelaert (paperback) – PhP 50.00
As a die-hard fan of Liam Neeson movies ignoring this book on the shelf is a big sin, at least for me. And now I can go into the pages and read to debate with a close friend of mine as to what really befell Dr. Martin Harris.
4. 100,000 Baby Names by Bruce Lansky (paperback) – PhP 115.00
I’m not having a baby—not yet at least—but this book would be the definite answer to giving my novel characters good, meaningful names. I now say buh-bye to the ancient book by Reader’s Digest, which had been my long-standing friend in finding mythological names.
EIGHT SLATE (PhP 115.00)
1. Ardneh’s Sword by Fred Saberhagen (hardbound) – PhP 80.00
I thought I could use some adult battle fiction, thus the book.
2. Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox (hardbound) – PhP 35.00
This is the second and last installment of the Dreamhunter Duet, so that means I still have to get the Dreamhunter before I get onto reading this. If not for the Honor Book seal marked on its cover, I really would not have bought this. I just thought books with awards could be worth the price.
NINTH INSTALLMENTS (PhP 195.00)
1. The Dead by Charlie Higson (hardbound) – PhP 60.00
They say “don’t judge the book by its cover,” well I did for this one. Plus because the overall appearance is endearing, the text spacing reasonable, and the font just visually appropriate.
2. Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith (hardbound) – PhP 60.00
The mystery of its cover art sure captured me. Not to add it’s hardbound. I could really use some dark mystery reading.
3. Silverfin by Charlie Higson (trade paperback) – PhP 75.00
Looks promising and packed of adventure. Book One of Young Bond (James Bond) Adventure. And it was only by the time I got home did I realize that this last book I grabbed was of the same author with the first one. Cool!
So there go the fabulous finds of the continuing Booksale obsession of mine. So far I had nine separate book shoppings made. Let’s see next time how far it will all add up to.