Hi. My wallet is currently mad at me right now. I had to hide it away because it’s about to scream obscenities at me for…well, spending so much. I can feel it grumbling at me at the middle of the week, but as of today, it’s positively seething.
But, but, I have a very good justification why I spent so much this week. One thing is the Cebu vacation…and another…well, are books. :P It didn’t spend as much as if I buy a Branson Missouri vacation, anyway. That is a perfectly justifiable expense even if I know I have about what, 70 books that I have yet to read.
Yeah, yeah, like that means something.
So yeah, I’m doing an In My Mailbox post this week because I find that I have a pretty huge stash of books this week! Well, including Friday last week, since I kind of count that purchase as part of the weekend purchase, and it feels like I just bought it this week. In My Mailbox is a weekly book meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren, where bloggers post about what books received that week, be it viaÂ mailbox, library or store.
And here we go. *throws wallet under the bag and ignores it angry screams*
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden (Fully Booked). I’ve mentioned that I am starting to avoid paranormal romance and even some contemporary YA, but I had to make an exception for this one. For one thing, I heard that this book was written during NaNoWriMo, and finished within 21 days! Amazing, right? I also heard good reviews from this book, and the sample kind of reminds me of Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr.
Z by Michael Thomas Ford, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (Fully Booked Cebu). Bought these three books on my trip to Cebu, as I blogged here. I bought Z because I remember wanting it when I first heard about it, plus it’s a zombie book! :) I bought Speak in support of Speak Loudly. Finally, I bought The King of Attolia because I have the first two books (The Thief and The Queen of Attolia) and they say the series gets better as you read the first three books. And who wants to read a series when you don’t have the next book, right? :P
Zombies vs. Unicorns Anthology edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (Fully Booked). So I was at the gym last Wednesday, and I was reading tweets and I saw a tweet about this anthology. Then I realized that it’s out! I was thinking of getting the ebook, but of course I had to pass by Fully Booked after I worked out, and I just had to see a lone copy on the shelf. Dilemma! I ended up getting it anyway. I mean, zombies and unicorns? How can you not want it???
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. This book has been in my wish list since Pao suggested it to me in my Fantasy in 2010 post. I never get to buy it because it’s a bit expensive, plus I know I will have it at some point, and it’s always available. And then National Bookstore just had to drop the price of this book from Php 435 (a little less than $10) to Php 199 (less than $5)…well, how could I resist, right? It’s practically a steal. ;)
Earlier today was the Filipino Book Bloggers’ First Meet up and you know what happens whenever there is a meet up of bookworms? Yes, everyone gets books at some point. It’s like, a requirement or something. Not that I mind, of course.
The Enemy by Charlie Higson, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and a CD of ebooks. Aaron lent me his copy of The Enemy for the YA-D2 challenge (and because it has zombies) and godfather Ace gave me his extra copy of The Maze Runner since he got the hardbound one. Pao gave me a CD of goodies with local works and some comics, I think? I have to look at it. But thanks friends! :)
I really wasn’t planning to get anything else today, except if I happened to find a copy of Grace by Elizabeth Scott in Shang. However, after the meet-up, we decided to bookstore hopping in the mall. I was browsing around in Powerbooks when Chachic suddenly walked to us and showed us the copy of the first book in the Kate Daniels series, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. I was curious about the series, of course, but not really enough to get it. However, I was caught between Chachic and Michelle…and let me just say that they are very, very effective book pushers.
I’m sorry. I’m weak. I couldn’t resist, especially since all four books are in the store, and my credit card cut-off just passed. *bows head in defeat*
But it is not over. Oh, it is not over. So we went to Fully Booked in Shang last, and as we were browsing around, Chachic saw a copy of one of the books we were tweeting about a few days ago, and well…
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Fully Booked). It was only Php 252, plus I had a 10% discount, so it was what, Php 230? That’s about $5, and it’s already pretty cheap for a brand new book. And again, Chachic loved this book, and I got curious about it, so…yeah. Hello, Howl. (Don’t worry, Honey, he’s still yours ;) ).
And here we go. It’s a crazy book week. I remember christening the months of August and September as Book Season, and I thought I escaped it this year since I didn’t go to the Manila International Book Fair, but alas! I still had it. I mean, September still had it. And there are two more books in line that I really have to buy (seriously, I HAVE TO. See the urgency?)…ah, my wallet will really hate me after that. *sigh*
In an effort to make peace with it, here’s a question: Can I actually try to not buy anything on October?
Let’s see. :)