Monday, September 16, 2013

MIBF 2013 babies

Oh, books are definitely drugs. No argument could ever convince me otherwise. Based on my latest “inventory,” I’m in possession of over 150 unread novels among the countless books in our house’s shelves and pseudo-nooks. I know that’s criminally inappropriate, but it didn’t stop me from buying more books from the 34th Manila International Book Fair this weekend. I…just can’t help it. I’m a hopeless case, and I’ll shamelessly tell you I’m okay with it. :p

Anyway, here’s the stack that dismantled my carefully planned budget this month:

MIBF Stack - Copy

1.   Lit Riffs edited by Matthew Miele. Being a lover of music and literature, I just know this one will definitely strike a chord with me. The blurb at the back mentioned a story based on Foo Fighters’ “Everlong” and that sealed it for me. From Goodreads:
Following in the footsteps of the late great Lester Bangs—the most revered and irreverent of rock ‘n’ roll critic—twenty-four celebrated writers have penned stories inspired by great songs. Just as Bangs cast new light on a Rod Stewart classic with his story “Maggie May,” about a wholly unexpected connection between an impressionable young man and an aging, alcoholic hooker, the diverse, electrifying stories here use songs as a springboard for a form dubbed the lit riff.
2.   The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. It’s about time I start this 30-book series by one 0f the most respected British novelists!  Haha! I’ve only read one of his works, which is his pop collab with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens. From Goodreads:
The Colour of Magic is Terry Pratchett’s maiden voyage through the bizarre land of Discworld. His entertaining and witty series has grown to more than 20 books, and this is where it all starts—with the tourist Twoflower and his hapless wizard guide, Rincewind (“All wizards get like that … it’s the quicksilver fumes. Rots their brains. Mushrooms, too.”). Pratchett spoofs fantasy clichés—and everything else he can think of—while marshalling a profusion of characters through a madcap adventure. (Blaise Selby)
3.   Dune by Frank Herbert. My recent reintroduction to the politically complex world of Gundam Wing—and my favorite desert-dwelling mecha pilot from there—made me curious about this Sci-fi classic. A fellow fanfic writer strongly recommends it. From Goodreads:
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family—and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
4.   Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I’ve always wanted to acquire a physical copy of this book, except that the edition I kept on seeing wasn’t the one I liked (because yeah, I’m superficial like that when it comes to covers. Sorry not sorry.). From Goodreads:
Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.
5.   Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally. I chose between this and Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed. Picked this one because I've overheard two booknut-guys passionately discussing it. :p Also I wanted to learn more about the Holocaust and since I refuse to touch history books right now, I’m going for this. From Goodreads:
Schindler’s List is a remarkable work of fiction based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from the gas chambers.
6.   It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It seems like everybody has watched the movie version except me, and that must be rectified. And I refuse to watch the flick adaptation before reading the source material first, so here it is.  From Goodreads:
Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life—which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job—Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does.  That’s when things start to get crazy.
7.   The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer. I’m a big fan of novels touching the topic of “possibilities” using science fiction. I picked this up on a whim because the premise snagged me readily. From Goodreads:
After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well?
8.   The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Five novels in one volume--and for the price of one! Seriously, this is my jackpot purchase. I’ve bought just the first book in the series and it has the same price as this dear tome. From Goodreads:
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.


  1. 150 unread books?! And more?! Woah!

    But in your defence, all those books do sound amazing! Plus I am a HUGE Douglas Adams fan. :) I recently bought a book called Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel – don't suppose you've read that? Neil Gaiman is quoted on the back and I know you love Neil Gaiman!

    1. YES! 150. I'm a criminal and should be thrown in the ninth circle of book hell. Haha. The number just balled up, I was collecting them since I was six, I think. :)

      The only Adams book I've read is the first book in H2G2 series, and I loved it to death! That's why I think I need to read all the novels. As for Jonathan Strange & Mr, I haven't picked up that book yet, and I think I did hear Gaiman talking about it before. Tell me if it's good! I might pick it up...after I try to at least halve that unread number. Haha. :) I'll at least put it on my list. :)

  2. 150 unread books, huh? 25 unread book are enough, I feel like a sinner already, and my friend says I am more of book collector than a reader =3=

    1. I know, I know! Haha. There's a special place in hell for bookworms/hoarders like me. My goal right now is to finish them all. :))

  3. Is it ok if all the walls in one's house are lined with book shelves? It's good to know I'm not the only hoarder/collector/lover of books.

    1. Oh, that's more than okay! And awesome too! I'm close to lining my walls with my books too, actually. Haha! *fist bump*