Buried in books.

26 November 2011

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
- Cicero

More than anything else, books cause the most damage to my savings account. It is undeniable that I love shoes, clothes, bags and accessories, but they are incomparable to the lure of a new book. I buy a new one almost every week, and always feel elated whenever I have a new book to smell read.

This is quite a late post (as I have bought a few more books since, which I hope to tell you about in a future post), but I would want to share with you some of the books I have acquired (and enjoyed) recently:

One Day by David Nicholls
I watched the movie before I read the book as it was difficult to find a copy at the local bookstores in the weeks leading up to the showing of the film, so I was a bit hesitant to read it. I immediately scooped up the last remaining copy after seeing it by chance at a bookstore near the office, but it remained unopened for quite a while. I couldn't find the heart to read it because the movie left me gloomy for days. When I finally read it, I actually enjoyed it. I loved the humor and style of David Nicholls, and the ease with which Dex and Em slipped into their special friendship. Reading it was actually like re-watching the movie in my head, only it's better this time because I couldn't hear Anne Hathaway's awkward accent was able to see scenes beyond the limitations of a less than two hours-long movie. Spoiler alert! Emma's death here is less brutal and graphic. End of spoiler. Read it and remember the one that got away.

Kikomachine Komix blg. 7: Sorrowful Sorrowful Mysteries by Manix Abrera
This is one comic series that I really look forward to every year since I read Books 1 to 4 in a week. Apparently it has a LOT of followers too, seeing as how it's so hard to find a copy in the first couple of weeks of release (a special friend even went to Makati to get me a copy of Book 5 after not finding it in bookstores in QC). A Filipino comic book by a Filipino author depicting scenes about the transition from being a college student to being a yuppie, about society, and about local pop culture, all jokes are not laugh-out-loud funny but it's bound to make you smile in one way or another. The characters here don't have names, but they each have their own quirks and personalities. My favorite is the afro guy because he's just so funny and awkward ^^, At P150 a pop, it's not an expensive series to collect. It's just so addicting that I find myself being excited for Book 8 as early as now! Read it, laugh, and eagerly wait for the next one.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
I knew I HAD to get a copy of this book after watching the movie. Big thanks to Argie for linking me a copy being sold in eBay! Have you seen it? Please do if you haven't yet, it could possibly be one of the most endearing movies you'll ever see ♥ My short review of the movie stated, "I won't tell you the specifics of the movie anymore because I want you to see it yourself. All I can say is, it's the equivalent of a glass of ice-cold lemonade and honey on a hot and humid summer afternoon. So refreshing and light and nice, this movie is." I am actually not done reading this yet because the past couple of weeks have been crazy busy, but I am looking forward to sitting down and immersing myself with it completely after this busy season is over. Judging by the movie and the reviews, I know it was a great choice. Read it and be charmed while remembering your childhood sweetheart. 

And because I am a bibliophile with a very low EQ, I know I would most probably get myself a copy of this book once it is released on December 13:

Unscripted by Sarah Meier and Victoria Herrera
When two professional interviewers come together in one radio booth, the listener is guaranteed entertaining and insightful conversations. 
It’s not common for radio shows to feature legends such as Madame Imelda Marcos, rockstar Raimund Marasigan, educator Gang Badoy, iconic hip-hop group Mastaplann, and PBA legend Jeff Cariaso, among many others, to guest. But “The Dollhouse”, a radio show hosted by Sarah Meier (model, MTV VJ, TV host, scriptwriter, radio DJ, and newspaper columnist) and Victoria Herrera (model, TV host, editor, radio DJ, and journalist), has. Now, they are adding something else to their already jam-packed resume: author of Unscripted. 
Unscripted is a book of the compilations of the conversations Sarah and Vicky had with the Real OGs -  people who were deemed influential and innovative in their respective fields. Why? Well, let’s just say that the conversations were too valuable not to be immortalized. Reading about the different lessons and trials that each OG encountered in their rise to success is both inspiring and thought-provoking. Indeed, the unscripted conversations are the ones straight from the heart. 
For more information about the book and to get a sneak peek of the excerpts (the one of Lourd de Veyra is already out!) please visit this site. 
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Sarah Meier is a goddess. I've looked up to her ever since I was a young girl, with our TV permanently glued to MTV when she was still a VJ so you bet I am really excited for this book to be launched! Definitely adding this to my Christmas wish list! ^^,

What is the best book you've read this year? Any book recommendations for me?

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