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Fully Booked BGC Sale

So while waiting for the husband to finish his basketball game, I decided to meet up with Pau (one of my clingy babies) for a merienda (more like dinner) at Wildflour.  

After we met, I had a long walk to Fully Booked (had to shed off the Fully Loaded lunch) to check out some books *duh*

To my surprise, there is a book sale!!! *heaven*

There were books for PHP50-PHP200. 

   

I got the following:

  
Laurell Hamilton’s Bullet : PHP50 (originally at PHP315)

Russell Brand’s Booky Wook 2: PHP100 (PHP630)

Robert Landophi’s Quick-Fix Gluten Free Cookbook: PHP100 (PHP699)

Brooke and Keith Desserich’s Notes Left Behind: PHP100 (PHP599)

Gabriel Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles (hardbound): PHP150 (PHP920)

Note: Gaiman at regular price, boo-hoo!

More, more, more for me!!!

You wouldn’t find any books of really known authors though but still a steal, right?! Sale is until July 12 so hurry, hurry, hurry!

I love how this day ended. My Monday is awesome!

How about your start of the week, loves? Hope you had a fabulous one!

Cheers! 

Book of the Week: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 

This book has been sitting on the shelf for a while. I have been meaning to read this but I had been so busy that reading took a back seat.

I wanted to drown myself in weirdness again and so Murakami and Gaiman are usually my best bet. With their cats and all. Haha.

Anyway, so this book talks about a man who returns to his hometown to attend a funeral. This, of course, triggered memories of his childhood and a long lost friend, Lettie. He recollected on their (mis)adventures, most of them bordered on fantasy.

Here are some of the quotes that I loved:

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

“I was not happy as a child, although from time to time I was content. I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

“That’s the trouble with living things. Don’t last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories… And the memories fade and blend and smudge together…”

“… I had imagined that a narcissus must be the most beautiful flower in the world. I was disappointed when I learned that it was just a less impressive daffodil.”

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even a greater things crumbled.”

“Nothing’s ever the same. Be it a second later or a hundred years. It’s always churning and roiling. And people change as much as oceans.”

“Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not. You stand two of you lot next to each other, and you could be continents away for all it means anything.”

“You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.”

I rated this book 4 out of 5 in Goodreads. It was very entertaining and kept me at the edge of my seat bed. If you are like me, who is an escapist, this book is perfect for you.

Book of the Week: Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the ShoreHey you!

It has been a busy week for me. Was in and out of Manila Medical Center for another set of tests and while waiting for the results, I gladly returned to my books and my newfound hobby (brush lettering) to distract me from the crazy anticipation.

This week’s book is Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Ever since a friend introduced me to Murakami’s works, I was immediately drawn to his weirdness. If there is such a thing as books as security blankets, Murakami’s works (together with that of Coelho and Rice) would be my snuggly comforter! 😉

I have read and re-read and re-read and re-read this book for so many times but since I have a memory of the fish, this book still gets me. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. My copy of this book has soo many dog-eared pages (almost every other page) because Murakami is just so wondrous with his words. If you would like to be lost in his eccentricity, this book is the first one that you should read.

So… Kafka.

This story is about Kafka Tamura and the complexity of his teenage life as he borders into a surreal world full of signature Murakami weirdness. The story line deals with family issues, finding one’s self and weird synchronicity of events around us. Johnnie Walker and Colonel Sanders also make a cameo, haha! I am particularly drawn to this book because the character himself, Kafka, is so engrossed with books! I also love the intellectual banter between another character Oshima and Kafka when they are discussing about books (reminds me of my book club, hehe)

So without further ado, here are my favorite quotes (ughh, among hundreds in the book, maybe) —

Sometimes, fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps on changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn . Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. 

The things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence. 

You’re afraid of imagination. And even more afraid of dreams. 

There’s an essential order you have to follow in everything. 

Only people who’ve been discriminated against can really know how much it hurts. 

Each person feels the pain in his own way, each has his own scars. 

A life without revelation is no life at all. 

The process of writing was important. Even though the finished product is meaningless. 

I could seriously just go on but that would be unfair as I would deprive you of the beauty of this book – the amazing word play that only Murakami can juxtapose. So go ahead, rush to the nearest bookstore and lose yourself… on the shore.

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Book of the Week: Let It Snow

Let it Snow by John Green

I am back! Ugh, after another bout of writing hiatus, here we go again.

I am not sure how other writers overcome the ‘I have nothing to write about’ feeling. The truth is, it is not really about not knowing what to write; it is more of ‘I have nothing to share that would interest my readers so I would just shut up… in the meantime.’

But anyway, that is another story that I would be sharing with you tomorrow. For now, let me give you a rundown of this book by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle (yes, I spelled that right.)

Among the three John Green books I’ve read, this, The Fault in Our Stars, and An Abundance of Katherines, Let It Snow is on Top 2 of my list. I loved how the stories (there are three stories, by the way) intertwined with each other and yet, the plots were different and the tone of each story was different.

The three stories are: The Jubilee Express by Johnson, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by Green, and The Patron Saint of Pigs by Myracle. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“There is always the risk: something is good and good and good and good, and then all at once it gets awkward.”

“Once you think a though, it is extremely difficult to unthink it.”

“I always had this idea that you should never give up a happy middle in the hopes of a happy ending, because there is no such things as a happy ending.”

“Holidays bring out neediness like nothing else.”

This book is such an easy read and I give it a 4 out of 5. Like the usual John Green, it is about young teenage love. Who doesn’t want to read about young romance from time to time, right? 😉

How about you love? How did you find this book?

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Book of the Week: The Dog Next Door

 

The Dog Next Door by Callie Smith Grant

The Dog Next Door by Callie Smith Grant

I am in love with my dog, Sachi. If you follow me on Instagram, you would notice that I always gush about her. Dogs are just aweeessoome!

I have always been an animal keeper. When I was a kid, I had rabbits (my first one was named Giggles), white mice (impossible to name them all), my monkey Bor, fishes, my father’s roosters and chickens, dogs (Iris & Jack), cats (strays), love birds and pigeons.

A newfound friend told me that dogs seem to be a TTC (trying to conceive) requirement. Maybe she is right! Hahaha!

In one of my trips to a thrift bookstore, Book Sale, I chanced upon this book, The Dog Next Door by Callie Smith Grant. This book is a compilation of many dog stories that will touch your heart. If you have read the Chicken Soup series, this book is something like that.

Here are some of my favorite anecdotes:

“Skippy was probably the most intelligent animal I had ever known. And he had soul too. If you praised him, he got it right away. If you shamed him, he got that right away as well. He knew lots of tricks, which he learned after being shown how to do them only a few times.” (I feel this way about Sachi.)

“People don’t realize that you have to stroke animals, not pet them. They don’t like to be petted. You have to stroke them the way a mother’s tongue licks them.”

“With his numerous losses, including his home and his best friend, Max was still ready to trust people. Even with his flaws – missing ear tips, cut-off tail, indiscriminate pedigree – Max still had a beauty all his own that came from a heart of gold. He was ready to fully love people again and again, even when they fell short and disappointed him or treated him unjustly. Max knew how to let go of the past without holding any grudges.”

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 because it is a feel-good book, perfect for a furry lover like me.

How about you, loves. Do you have any books about our lovely canine friends that you think I will love? Hit me up in the comments <3

x,

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