January 24, 2012

My Latest Reads

Late last year, I asked one of my best friends from high school to recommend some good reads as I found my books to be on the stale side. I missed getting absolutely absorbed in a good book which I haven't felt/done since Harry Potter 7. To be frank, I have been let down with some over hyped titles.

I may be biased but I'd say that my best friend is quite an authority as she reads and reviews books and blogs about them too. In the "blogosphere", she is The Guiltless Reader and her blog makes me proud. :) She gave me quite a number of recommended titles and authors and half the fun lies in the search in our local bookstores.

Last Wednesday, I finally found the title I wanted at Fully Booked in Promenade, Greenhills. I grabbed it as soon as I saw the copy on the Best Sellers shelf.

Suffice it to say that this book was such a compelling read that I finished it in less than 48 hours (I would have finished it sooner but I have kids, a husband and a home to take care of)! I haven't felt light-headed from spending too much time in bed because I just could not put down the book. The story is absolutely moving, a number of emotions was evoked in me. I smiled one minute and I cried after a few pages. This is definitely a must-read and I would urge my eldest daughter to read this soon.

Yesterday, I took my two younger girls to a second-hand book shop called Bookay-Ukay along Maginhawa Street inside  UP Village. I have seen this shop several times but this was my first time to go inside and scour the shelves. Armed with the list of recommended reads and authors which are saved on my trusty smartphone, I patiently looked over the titles until I saw something by Jasper Fforde from the Thursday Next series. The title seemed to reflect exactly the mood that I was craving for.

As for my girls, well, they didn't leave the store empty-handed. Zoe found one and didn't want to leave the shop without it. This is a first in a series and should she enjoy it, I hope we could find the other titles easily.

I was so giddy when I saw this next book. I remember borrowing this series from my grade school library. I had no qualms in getting  this book for Fiona.

The three books totaled 670 pesos, quite a setback considering we got second hand books. But the titles were hard to find so the shell out was a bit justifiable. But while my wallet was a few hundred bucks "poorer" when we left the shop, I am sure that my girls and I will be richer with the words from our latest book hauls. For this, there is absolutely no price tag.


aloi said...

Awww, Kat, I'm so happy you enjoyed the book! If I can just give a smidgen of the excitement I had when I read it, that's a wonderful reward for me! :)

And no, I don't mind the link. I actually mentioned you in my Much Love Monday post- your tweet about finishing the book made my day!

Here's to more great reads.

Oh - and I can refer you to some good online sellers of used books with some really good prices :)

Kathy Sulit said...

Hi Aloi, (at talagang sa blogs, FB and twitter na tayo nag-usap!) 'The Book Thief' was a really great read! I'm glad too that I first chose that out of all the books you listed.
I'll take you up on your offer about the online sellers, do send me their URL.