Book Swap Cebu

I dropped by the second Book Swap Cebu event last Friday to have some of my old favorites traded with some of other people’s faves. I missed the first one earlier this year so I’m really glad they organized another one so soon after.

These are my loot:


I haven’t been book shopping much lately, partly because I have no time, but mostly because I really haven’t got the space for more books after I’ve moved in to a smaller apartment. I have tons of books and I’ve given away so many (including my Harry Potter set, nbd) but when I moved out last year, I was very much surprised to find that my books still took up a good four boxes + 1 shelf.

I really didn’t expect to go home with so many books as I’ve restricted myself to only pick up titles that are very compelling so imagine my surprise when I found someone who traded in China Mieville’s Kraken and C.S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed. Grief has been on my death reading list for so long, and I am the biggest China Mieville fan I know lol, so I was ecstatic. I felt like a child again.

I also traded in my copy of Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (A Discworld book), so it was amusing to get another Discworld book back (Witches Abroad) as a sort of funny Discworld barter.

The place (Handuraw Mango) was packed and too bad I couldn’t stay for Short Reads live after the swapping as I had to rush to the other Handuraw for Karla’s book launch. That place was also stuffed to the brim, but I managed to get a copy of her book.

It’s exciting to have two prime hangout places in Cebu crowded with book-loving people on a Friday night. I never thought I’d see the day.

Shaken Not Stirred and a Book Haul

I flew back home to Cebu from Manila lugging around a bagful of books. These are some of them:

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They were too many to fit in an Instagram video but on a list, my loot looks like this:

  1. Terry Pratchett: Men at Arms
  2. Terry Pratchett: Night Watch
  3. Joe Haldeman: Forever War
  4. Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers
  5. George Alec Effinger: When Gravity Fails
  6. Neal Stephenson: The Diamond Age
  7. Frank Herbert: Dune
  8. Roger Zelazny: Lord of Light
  9. Stephen King Dark Tower#1: The Gunslinger
  10. Dark Tower#2: The Drawing of the Three
  11. Dark Tower#3: The Wastelands
  12. Dark Tower#4: Wizard and Glass
  13. David Wong: John Dies at the End
  14. Ray Bradbury:  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  15. Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything

I haven’t been reading lately though. It’s been a pretty messy week starting with a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that dominantly shook our island and neighboring Bohol last Tuesday, October 15, 2013. There’s death, chaos, and general despair all around. It’s very bad – my second major earthquake and the aftershocks that followed are worse. You’ll never know when they decide to strike and my nerves are frazzled and my brain is fried. I am so tired, and sad and lethargic.

Calamities are horrible, especially when they are so close to home  making it mighty hard to distract yourself from all the horror. Diversions are impossible when your building starts randomly swaying and you get woken up by the sound of your house creaking – the beams are straining and the cats are frakking spooked. It’s horrible, horrible. I never thought I’d be in the middle of this kind of terror. You are getting metaphorically attacked by the very ground you’re standing on and the house that used to be  a place of comfort is now an enemy. The Office is also more of an enemy now than ever but oh, well.

If you’re anywhere near the Pacific Ring of Fire, please take care. Drop, duck and cover, stay calm, hydrate yourself and all that shit.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Consumerism

But whatever, right? These are good books I bought at a bargain in that crazy National Bookstore Warehouse Sale from the last weekend. The hardcovers were the most expensive at Php100, which is a deal for hardcover copies of books I’ve been eyeing for months.  I did not pick up some good titles (Mieville’s Kraken in hardcover gaah!) because I make bad decisions in my life.

Not pictured is Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview and Other Conversations, because, I dunno, another bad decision I guess.

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Book Acquisitions

I’ve mentioned somewhere that I’ve been staying away from bookstores and I have, BUT books have an uncanny way of sneaking up into my shopping bags, so let’s just leave it at that.

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Spotted Mary Balogh’s At Last Comes Love on the same shelf as Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World. I’ve always wanted to get my hands on the Wheel of Time series, and this is a good omen. As for the romance novel, I’ve been reading quite a few these days but all have been mediocre at best. I hope this doesn’t blow just as hard.

The Neverendng Story, Alicia, Lanterns and Lances, and Shopgirl were all from this list. I went to work yesterday with these waiting for me in the lobby, and I haven’t paid for them yet so please let me know how I can pay because the guilt is actively distressing (!!).

2013 Book Hauls: So far, Not very bad

I’ve been trying not to buy too many books because my life can’t possibly just be all about reading. I think I did fairly okay with staying away from books this year, so far. Seven books in a couple of months is not THAT bad, yes? I mean, I did read eight books so far this year too, even if none of them were any of these books below. Oh well. Such is life.

A Pulitzer winner and a non-fiction.

Booksale Parkmall. January 2013.

Black Hawk Down. Non-fiction piece on warfare.

Black Hawk Down. Non-fiction piece on warfare.
Booksale SM City Cebu.

The Book Thief really got me into Nazi Germany and Antisemitism. I even started reading Mein Kampf!

The Book Thief really got me into Nazi Germany and Antisemitism. I even started reading Mein Kampf!
Booksale SM City Cebu.

My first Charles de Lint. I always enjoy his book reviews.

My first Charles de Lint. I always enjoy his book reviews.
A La Belle Aurore purchase.

Classic Mieville. Can’t wait to read this!

Classic Mieville. Can't wait to get my hands on this.
Another La Belle Aurore purchase.

For my Nebula reading list. I’ve been waiting for this to go on sale (I’m a poor cat), and I got it for 30% off. Woot.

For my Nebula reading list. I've been waiting for this to go on sale (I'm a poor cat), and I got it for 30% off. Woot.
NBS Ayala Center Cebu.

I’m giving away books this month too. Partly to make space for new books, and also because it’s my birthday month and I’m feeling generous.

Books: Kurt Vonnegut

I have read four novels by him through pirated e-books but this guy deserves to be rich even in death. He’s just too good. So, I went broke for four of his books.

Yay. 🙂 I’m a happy fangirl.

Classic Kurt Vonnegut quotes:

One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
– Kurt Vonnegut, “Cold Turkey”, In These Times, May 10, 2004

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.
– Kurt Vonnegut, A Man without a Country

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

NOTE: This post is not meant to be an advertisement for lending these books. I will not lend them – not yet anyway.