Book Lust: The 33rd Manila International Book Fair and Other Stuff
It’s my first time to attend the Manila International Book Fair since I finally overcame the deal breakers (distance, budget, and sheer laziness) that prevented me from attending the MIBF in the past plus I really saved and prepared for this event because, you know, books! There were a lot of books that I wanted to buy but my dwindling funds prevented me from buying them so I must content myself with 7 books. Here they are:
- The Subterraneans and Pic by Jack Kerouac – By way of Allan Ginsberg and one of my past English classes, I have always been intrigued by The Beat Generation and so I bought this book by Jack Kerouac. Also, I am preparing for the month in which I’ll have my Essential Reading of works created by The Beat Generation and this will be a part of that list. I already have On The Road by Kerouac, The Place of Dead Roads by Burroughs, and this book. What’s missing is a book of poems by Ginsberg but the one on sale in the NBS booth is worth 2000 pesos! How I wish I had the money to buy the complete poems of Ginsberg. *sigh*
- White Noise by Don DeLillo – DeLillo is one of the authors that are in my to-read list since his themes are appealing to me and his works are generally well-received. It won’t hurt me to read his works and broaden my literary horizons so I bought one of his well-known works to see if I can get into him.
- A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood – I saw the film starring Colin Firth and directed by Tom Ford and I loved it. It was incredibly heartbreaking and thought-provoking and, since I have a rule to read the source material of films that I liked, I bought a copy.
- A Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway – This book intrigues me since Hemingway discusses bullfighting in this book in an almost philosophical manner. I find it hard to find an inexpensive copy of this book that is in good condition so I decided to buy this since I will never know when I can find another copy like this.
- Emma by Jane Austen – Rhena convinced me to buy this because she knows that I am trying to read more female authors and, since Jane Austen is considered one of the premiere female authors in the history of literature, I think it will be good to start with her.
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder – I read this book during my 1st year in college and I loved it so much. It’s a novel about the history of philosophy and one girl’s adventure to solve life’s mysteries. Sadly, I lost my copy so I decided to replace it with another. I hope to reread this soon.
- The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon – I just read Inherent Vice this month and I was surprised by how much I liked it. So I decided that the next step was to buy another work of his and try to ascertain if I would like Pynchon the second time around.
- What the World is Reading by Penguin Group – This was a free sampler containing excerpts from bestselling titles from the Penguin Group.
All in all, I enjoyed the MIBF even though I am sad, in a way, because I did not buy any Filipiniana books even though I saw a lot that interested me. Oh well, c’est la vie.
In other news, I have also bought, at the beginning of the month, a book that I have been searching for almost a year now. It’s Any Human Heart by William Boyd.
That’s all for this edition of BOOKLOVE. I now have added a lot of books in my TBR pile and I have so little time to read them all.