I went there on Saturday with my family in tow, but they opted to stay at the nearby mall instead of literally tagging along with me everywhere I went. For my lone visit to the book fair, I gave myself a budget of P2,000.00 - if I were to choose wisely, I know I can bring home a horde of books with that amount. :)
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Upon entry, I made a beeline for the Fully Booked booth at the right side. I wasn't really looking for anything specific; I was just browsing through the aisles, waiting for one or two titles to catch my attention. True enough, one did catch my eye, displayed at a rack near the cashier: Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves.
Until just a few days before the MIBF, I haven't even heard of the book. The first time I encountered it was through my bookish friends Angus and Aldrin, the latter being the owner of a copy which the former was supposed to borrow. When Angus looted the book fair on Thursday, however, (I asked and) he told me that he purchased a copy for himself, and that it was priced, um, not so cheaply.
So, when I spied the copies of House of Leaves at the Fully Booked shelf on Saturday, I decided to take a look. To say that I was beyond intrigued is an understatement. Get a load of these:
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Right then and there, I decided to get myself a copy, which I bought for P799, with a 20% discount. That would be around P639. :)
I also thought it was high time I read a Bradbury, and so when I passed by the science fiction shelves, I did not hesitate to take a copy of Fahrenheit 451 with me.
Transferring to National Book Store, I spent a lot of time in the literary award-winners shelves and debated over whether I should get a new copy of David Mitchell's Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas, or choose something that I have not read yet. Guess what I finally decided on? :)
For the longest time I've been meaning to read Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse: Fragments, and so when I found a copy, I got one and didn't let go. Also, I saw several titles from Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, including My Name Is Red, which my bookish buddy recently reviewed, but thought of picking one of his more recent works. Hence, Snow. :)
So, did I stick to my P2,000.00 budget? These are the amounts of my purchases:
- House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski - originally P799, bought for P639.20
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - originally for P499, bought for P399.20
- A Lover's Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes - originally P695, bought for P556.00
- Snow by Orhan Pamuk - originally P629.00, bought for P503.25
Okay, I did overshoot my original budget, but just a little! My purchases came up to a total of P2,097.65. Not bad, heehee. :D