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An underwhelming bookish update.

Posted: September 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s been a while since I posted here, and yes, I have been reading. I finished Superfreakonomics a couple of weeks back, and I haven’t really bothered writing about it, largely because I was underwhelmed. I did find a few chapters particularly interesting—especially those bits about drunk walking, spotting a terrorist, and global warming. I’m currently reading a couple of titles on my bedside and on my Kindle, and a proper update should be in the works soon enough.

I also dropped by the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) today. I was also underwhelmed by the selections on sale at the National Bookstore booth, largely because there were no travel books up for grabs. I did manage to get a few titles though, which are:

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I’m glad to have seen that copy of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, as I’ve been berating myself for not getting it in Monterey several years ago, which was already a bargain at $12. At least this one’s only P150. The Houdini Solution and The World According to Twitter, I thought, may be beneficial for work, and I just got them each at P30. What the World is Reading is a complimentary copy.

Time to get cracking.

Latest acquisition.

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Finally got my Kindle! I’m still figuring it out, but I already managed to download two free e-books from Amazon. Does anyone know if there are any available covers/sleeves/accessories for the Kindle in Manila?

On e-readers and some.

Posted: February 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

I must admit I’m trudging veeeeeerrrrrrryyyyy slowly on the book I’m currently reading. I’ve seen its movie version to kind of get to the point of the story, but here’s one thing about me—I make it a point to finish a book I started. I’m not sure how much reading I can get this week, especially with plans to go to Bacolod and football in the next few days.

Since I’ve mentioned traveling, I’m finally thinking of getting an e-reader, only because the value I see in one is that I don’t need to lug around a thick book when I have to travel (assuming I get a lot soon). Blooey and Janeh convinced me about getting an e-reader during a sleepover a couple of weeks back.

Do you guys have any recommendations as to what to get? I’m just going to have it bought for me in the U.S.

 

P.S. I surely hope Liverpool creams Chelsea tonight. You can visit my LiveJournal on my thoughts on the Torresgate.

P.P.S. Laban Azkals! 🙂 The much-hyped home game versus Mongolia is this Wednesday in Bacolod, and I’m seeing it! And yup, I did interview their #10 a couple of weeks back. Again, it’s on my LiveJournal.

Apologies.

Posted: January 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

My mother passed away last Friday, the 7th of January. I’ll be dealing with book-related posts soon enough, but this is my primary repository to date: Notes for my mother.

No, not the one in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

This one is probably more interesting (no offense meant to my Ateneo friends, you guys know I would have bled blue if it were my choice some nine years ago–but of course, bleeding maroon eventually proved to be one of the best things to happen to me), and it is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Take a look for yourselves:

Photo credits: book lovers never go to bed alone

Isn’t this a glimpse of heaven or what?

The original structure was completed in 1919 and launched as Teatro Gran Splendid. In 2000, the structure was leased, renovated, and converted into a bookshop, now known as El Ateneo Gran Splendid. The bookstore obviously still retained much of the ornate designs from the glory days of the theater, and the box seats are being used as reading rooms.

The store has made it to the Top 10 list of the world’s best bookshops, and it’s not hard to see why. What I would give to be able to go to this place! That’s it, time to plan a South American sojourn.

Wish List: BookBook Case

Posted: August 26, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Image from http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook/.

Best disguise for a Macbook, don’t you think? The cases aren’t recommended to be used on white Macbooks due to staining, so I guess I’ll have to upgrade my nearly 4-year-old Macbook to a new one before I can even start thinking about the BookBook Case. (It would be a nice companion for grad school though.)

Primera.

Posted: June 27, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I figured I’d start a book blog, just to amuse myself. I’ve been blogging for over six years on Livejournal, which has been a repository of thoughts, photos, and the arbitrary and random samplings of my otherwise unexciting life. Maybe it’s time to create a niche for reflections on adventures brought about by a handful (or more) pieces of paper glued together.

I’ll probably start with the ones I’ve previously written, add a few more thoughts for coherence, clarity, and completeness, and maybe, just maybe, start to have a regular book blogging presence. Of course, much remains to be uncertain.

All I know is this: book lovers never go to bed alone.

(Pictured above: My birthday loot from yesterday’s birthday celebration. I can’t wait to get my grubby, stubby fingers on them. But, but—I still have a massive book backlog to crack. In any case, here’s to new beginnings and new adventures.)