I rarely frequent the one mall that we have here in the city, but when I do, I make sure to try and drop by Booksale whenever I have the chance to. You never know when you’ll find a good find among its many shelves stuffed with second-hand books.
Last Friday, I dropped by the bookstore after running a quick errand. I wasn’t really expecting to find anything out of the ordinary apart from the usual 1-2 interesting romance novels that would be worth giving a quick read. But lo and behold, when I started going through the softbound section of technical books, looking for a Business Math book might I add, I found one of the day’s book finds – a copy of a Final Fantasy 13-2 Complete Official Guide (something like the image below, but with a different cover). Imagine my surprise when I looked at the back and it was just Php240! That’s under US$5 – a definite steal for a book with glossy paper and high quality printed colored pages. Not to mention that the book looked a little worn on the edges, but was practically new. According to Amazon, this could go from around US$20-30, maybe even a bit more! So yes, definitely a steal getting it for a mere 5 dollars.
Also spotted among the rows of books, a hardbound copy of a novel about some of Thomas More’s adventures, a Nora Roberts romance paperback, a softbound Jerry B. Jenkins book (I read and wrote a book review for another novel of his a decade ago), and a small book of poems that had some good comments and reviews on the Goodreads site.
Overall, I paid just a little over Php500 ($10) for the entire haul of books, so I was quite ecstatic to have gotten a bunch of good finds since my last visit to the place in March/April of this year. There’s always something about finding good books that gives me a shot of bookworm adrenaline. 🙂 Books are still, definitely, the way to good reading.
It’s one thing to get used to living by the sea and everything that comes with it, such as constantly seeing boats, watching the sea shift from high tide to low tide and vice versa, feeling the smell of the sea, or even hearing the horn from boats at all times of the day. It’s another to take personal notice of big ships that dock off port for days at a time. Such was the case last month when I first noticed a few large ships docked at sea, very early in the morning. I was on my way to school when I caught sight of these ships, which looked strangely large against a background of sea and sky. Coming back from school, the ships were still there. They were actually docked at sea for about a week (maybe a little more or less), each carrying some surprise array of items in their hold.
The sight was something I hadn’t really seen, or maybe hadn’t simply noticed before. It was an interesting side-project to head on over to the boulevard to take photos of how it all looked like, especially since Rizal Boulevard was practically empty at the time that I went, since it was close to noon and the sun was at its highest and brightest.
As always, Rizal Boulevard is one of my favorite places to take panoramic photos within the city.
Review on: Letters from Pemberley: The First Year by Jane Dawkins
Letters are more than just conversations between people; they give us a glimpse into the daily lives and events of people and places, sometimes long after their authors have gone from this world. And just as many fans of Jane Austen have come to know and understand her more, beyond her novels, thanks to her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh who saved many of her letters, Letters from Pemberley is a glimpse into the world of Jane Austen’s beloved character Elizabeth Darcy (nee Bennet) told from the imagination of a fellow fan.
Like many fans, we oft inquisitively wonder and imagine whatever happened at the end of the Pride and Prejudice (P&P) novel. Letters from Pemberley is among the novels I’ve read which try to imagine Elizabeth Bennet’s life after the events of P&P which led her to become Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Review on: Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux
Jude Deveraux is among the first romance novel authors whose work I read when I was in high school, and thus her works always have a special place in my heart. Romance novels about Irish or Scottish people, or in those settings, are also something I look forward to reading. So, when I spotted this book on a shelf at our bookstore, I was thrilled to read something that was close to my heart. Yet somehow, despite Deveraux being a renowned romance novelist, despite all the factors that would otherwise make this book a sensation in my eyes, Days of Gold somehow didn’t entice me or entertain me as I hoped it would.
I was speaking to a friend earlier, and I don’t know how we got to the topic of blogging, but however way it ended up there, she somehow likened blogging to earning money or at least getting paid to do it. And it struck me that this idea of blogging as a way to earn money wasn’t the fault of ignorance or a lack of understanding, but the result of how media portrays the idea of a blogger.
Review on: After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Like majority of Murakami’s books that I’ve read so far, After Dark follows a sort of pattern where the beginning pages/chapters seem realistic and normal, something you’d see happen in every day life. Then, it is followed by something mysterious and otherworldly, with a plot that becomes all too unrealistic or seemingly impossible. Murakami always has that tone in the way he writes (which by the way, his translator excellently writes into English) that feels as if everything is surreal, the way he uses words and describes people and situations. It’s not just text in a book; it captures the reader and makes them feel as if they’re seeing or experiencing it from a different plane of reality. In fact, a few chapters or segments in After Dark explain that feeling so very well – you see things happen as if you are a part of it, yet you are just part of an audience watching someone else’s story unfold, and how you feel or see things in no way may or can affect how the character’s perceive their own reality.