Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bookwormism Update: October-November Haul


OCTOBER-NOVEMBER HAUL. Here’s what I got from the Manila International Book Fair + some books I think I haven’t included in my previous hauls.
  • The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don Delillo. “Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo’s iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused rhythms of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories.” (x)

  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. “A vicious fifteen-year-old “droog” is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick’s magnificent film of the same title. In Anthony Burgess’s nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends’ social pathology.” (x)

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Because when everybody else is reading about a certain Christian Grey, I’d rather be reacquainting with Mr. Dorian Gray. :p “Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work.” (x)

  • Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. “What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance? And miles away, a restless, childless woman looks for a change? Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humblingly humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one’s promise.” (x)

  • Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. CURRENTLY READING. “The dryly precocious, hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world surrounding him, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver is stealthily (and perhaps a bit more nervously than he’d ever admit) nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents’ teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the pansexuals, Zoroastrians, and other mystifying, fascinating beings in his orbit.” (x)

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. “A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy—jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.” Gemma Doyle book 1. (x)

  • Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. Sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood. “It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on. His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.” (x)

  • Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall. “In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love—a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the “what if?” of a missed connection.Like a message in a bottle, a “missed connection” classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat.” (x)


  1. I wish I could have a copy of these so I can read it all. ;-)

    1. I wish I know you IRL so I can actually lend you some of these.

  2. i'm curious where you buy books. reading is really an expensive hobby, you know. so sometimes, i look for stores that sell preloved books.