December 10, 2012

Book Splurge [15]

These parcels arrived in the mail last month, and although I was able to photograph them before I threw away the bubble packaging, I didn't have the time to write a proper post. Yep, you got it - I was just too busy.

Two were from Book Depository and one came from a private individual in the US - an American Bookmoocher! Take a look at what's inside the parcels:

  • Hunger by Knut Hamsun - My bookish Buddy's favorite book. How can I not read this when it's so highly recommended? I gave up trying the local bookstores for a copy and decided to purchase from Book Depository instead. 
  • The Appointment by Herta Muller - My second book from this Nobel laureate, the first one being The Land of Green Plums (4/5) which I buddy read with, who else, Angus. :D I'm looking forward to reading this. 
  • Heartbreak Hill by Carol Macbain - Another one to add to my collection! If you didn't know it yet, I've been collecting these YA/teen romances for several years now, and I'm only a few titles shy of completing the series - all 233 of them. They're out of print, so I have to scour high and low for copies. Fortunately, this guy from the US let me mooch his copy. Yay! 

Also, just this weekend, I had a chick-lit book-shopping spree at Book Sale Robinsons Ermita. Here's the loot:

  • The Breakup Diaries by Maya O. Calica - The author's name is vaguely familiar; I know I've read one of her articles before, somewhere, so I decided to give this one a chance. And look, it's the 9th anniversary edition. That means the book has been around for a while. I have to read this! 
  • Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra - I've already read this and liked it (3/5) when it was only available in digital format. It would be nice to have one in print, right? :)
  • From This Day Forward by Marla Miniano - I have also previously read the author's other work, Table For Two, which I also liked (3/5) despite certain misgivings. This latest work looks promising, I think. 

And finally, take a look at these two gorgeous bargain titles I found at the same branch of Book Sale today: 

  • Independent People by Halldor Laxness - According to Angus, this book is out of print and therefore, difficult to find. I did try looking if Book Depository has it, and was miffed to discover that they didn't. I am intrigued and curious to read it because my our favorite author, David Mitchell, mentioned in a recent interview that he's currently reading it. (Talk about fangirling. :P) Now that I found this bargain copy, I can return Angus', which I borrowed in the (evidently mistaken) belief that I won't be able to find my own.  Oh, and did I say that I got this for only P50.00?
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri - I've been hearing great things about this award-winning author and cannot wait to read this, another real bargain for only P35.00. I also have Lahiri's other book, Interpreter of Maladies, waiting to be read. Aldrin, still up for a buddy read of that one? :D

Apart from these titles, I also managed to score a few others which I intend to gift my bookish friends with. I'm not going to show those off now, am I? Our Christmas party is this coming weekend, and I'm too excited for words! :D


Anonymous said...

Oh, you have two of my favorite books. Enjoy! (And please don't judge my literary taste if you find them disgusting, hehe.)

Peter S. said...

Monique, Laxness's Independent People is one of my all-time favorite book! When I read it more than 15 years ago, it somehow changed my life! I know, OA. But true!

Monique said...

BUDDY: I don't think I'd find them disgusting, so you need not worry about me judging your taste in books. :P

PETER: I'm going to read it really, really soon! :)

Lynai said...

Have you read Interpreter of Maladies already? I keep seeing copies in Booksale but I'm quite hesitant in buying it. I'm still waiting for the reviews of friends. Hee. :)

And oh, I love those chicklit books! :)