And she really read…

The (last) week in book purchases
January 21, 2011, 2:04 am
Filed under: Book Purchases, My books
a stack of six

six on the table. they might stay there for lack of bookshelf space

(Flash idea for future post: The places where I get my books)

These new acquisitions were sourced from the wonderful Jaymee‘s vast collection. I think her pre-Ondoy collection could rival Blooey‘s. She’s an instructor at the University of Santo Tomas, teaching Continental Literature in our old college, Arts and Letters. A cool and all-around awesome person. Be in fear of her intellect, people ^^

From the top:

Not a purchase, a planner given by the wonderful folks from the National Book Development Board. An awesome bunch of people, going to try to get into that organization ^^

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua
This came highly-recommended for Anzaldua’s poetic writing.

First They killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung
Cambodia has always been a fascinating place. Whether you’re talking about the magnificent temples at Angkor Wat or the brutal Khmer Rouge regime which saw the death of 2 million Cambodians, the country is an endless source of fascination and a place I hope to travel to someday.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs
I’m also looking for his first book, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World because if this guy was able to read the entire 2002 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (for the first book) and then grow a beard that long (for the second), clearly the world was meant to read about the results.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Jaymee’s favorite book. So much so that she has 5 copies of this. Five. 0_o

Am I an aspiring oenophile? I think my sister can lay the better claim to that, but it wouldn’t hurt to know and choose what wine I’d like to drink. Though I’m more partial to dark, flavored beers.

Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer’s Life by Brett Lott
A friend lent me Stephen King’s On Writing some years ago. I do not remember finishing it (I will now), but I’ve always sought out not-too-preachy books on how to write. This came highly-recommended.

The book census is ongoing. The book reading is… lagging behind. You’d think reading about the natural history of unicorns would be a walk in the park. Apparently not for me.

I’ve also started loading some e-books on the new-old iPhone. Thoughts about that on a future blog entry. Months before I left my last workplace we were already working on e-books. I didn’t find them all appealing while I was there. I’m finding myself on the other side of the fence this time.

Flips Flipping Pages meet-up tomorrow! ^__^


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Special Topics in Calamity Physics is such a memorable book for me. It was a special gift from a friend who said Blue (from the book) reminded her of me! 😀

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