So today I went to the Manila International Book Fair at the World Trade Center for some book loving. Some people I was supposed to go with backed out, but all’s good since nothing is going to stop me from going there. :P
Now come to think of it…it felt weird that I actually made it there on my own, without riding a cab. Wohoo!
Anyway, the moment I stepped inside the World Trade Center, I started to panic. Haha, book sales do that to me, seriously. I immediately headed to OMF Literature to get the Bible I’ve been wanting to have (it’s a purple pocket Bible from Zondervan), as well as some books I’ve been planning to buy and then after making my purchase (thank you Citibank), I went around again.
The only sad point of the day was when I got to this other booth selling Bibles. I saw the Bible I bought there which was P300 cheaper. I know that amount could not get me a portable oxygen concentrator but still, it’s P300. Three hundred Pesos. That’s already ONE book. Argh. And that’s still less 30%, so it would’ve been a steal for me! But I already bought the Bible, and it’s not like I could return it. Hay. I wish I could’ve looked around before buying the one from OMF.
LET IT GOOOOOO TINA! What’s done is done. Or in this case, what’s paid for is paid for.
After some more rounds, I bought some comics for my brother and another book, met up with Yam and finally went home. As much fun as it was for me buying books, it’s definitely more fun if I was with some close friends, like Tuesday or Happy or Bea. We’d all end up ogling at all the Bibles over there. Haha.
Admittedly, it feels like there are a lot of new stores in this year’s Book Fair. And I didn’t see Fully Booked or A Different Bookstore there. I wonder why?
Anyway, here’s today’s stash (not including my brother’s comics):
- Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
- Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment by Erwin Raphael McManus
- Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- TNIV Pocket Bible: Today’s New International Version
See. This year’s stash is definitely fewer than last year’s. I didn’t have a list when I got in, and I think that’s influenced it. Plus the fact that I’m more mindful of the things I’m spending for. Last year I think I went home with 10? Or maybe it’s just because I know I still have about 10 books I have yet to read, plus my dad’s bringing home two more by next week. So I’m still a happy little bookworm.
What about you? Have you been to this year’s Book Fair? (It ends tomorrow, by the way!) What did you get? :)
7 thoughts on “The Fruits of Book Fair 2007”
Tina! Sayang nga yung 300 pesos :(
Btw san ka nakabili ng Love, Stargirl? Di ako sumilip sa Powerbooks e tapos nainis ako sa National hahaha Btw meron a different bookstore, nasa pinaka right side (upon entering) katabi ng Summit booth
Yam: I got Love, Stargirl sa National, sa may kids/young adult section. :) Yun lang yung fiction na nabili ko.
Ahh, di ko napansin yung A Different Bookstore. Then again, I didn’t see Summit either. Hehe. :D
I just came across a wonderful excerpt, something about passion, from A Blue Like Jazz. I didn’t know it was a Christianity book! Haha wala lang, random.
And aaaah, Love, Stargirl! I hope they have copies here soon, I’m really really looking forward to that.
Haha! I got my lousy self a mag which is NOT DISCOUNTED and which can be BOUGHT ANYWHERE OUTSIDE BOOK FAIR. LOL. Might be going back there anyway.
A different bookstore was there! I saw it. IT was right across the campus publications. Katapat ata ng Bookmark, if I’m not mistaken. =)
Katia: Super cool magsulat ni Donald Miller, hindi mo akalaing about Christianity. :) But it’s really cool. I can’t wait to read Love, Stargirl, pero feel ko babasahin ko muna ulit yung Stargirl para mas feel ko yun. :D
JM: The things we buy naman ano. :P Haha okay lang yan. Bawi ka today! :)
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