Dear Readers,

Its been quite some time since I have done one of these book tags, one of the must fun things in the book blogosphere. So here I am again, doing one, gettting on board the bandwagon. For this time around, I am doing the Anonymous Bookaholics book tag which I encountered while going through WordPress Readers. It piqued my interest and it seemed fun (I mean doing book tags is always fun) so I thought I could do my own version of this book tag.

Questions:

What do you like about buying new books?

Exploring the book store for newly released books is always an enchanting feeling. Checking on new authors and new titles is a journey in itself. There is an ecstasy as I run my hand over the cover of a new book. Even the smell of a newly printed book has the ability to arouse one’s senses. Beyond this arousal and awakening, what I like about buying new books is the anticipation of a new journey that the books I bought will give me. If only I have the capability of buying all books in the bookstore, then it would be great. Just give me all the books! Lol

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There is always a different kind of joy in scouring bookshelves in book stores. 

How often do you buy new books?

There is no established pattern on how often I buy books. A couple of years ago, when I was buying through Facebook sellers, I buy as often as I could. Whenever books I want to read are for sale, I don’t hesitate in buying them. Whenever I drop by the mall, I can’t resist the temptation of buying new books as well, especially if they have copies of books I have been longing to avail a copy of. But now, I am trying my best to save as much as I could. Besides, I have more than enough books to cover a year of reading.

Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

I prefer buying books in the bookstore. It gives me the chance to assess the book’s quality, something that I cannot do when purchasing online. Many a times I bought books online whose conditions are less than satisfactory. Some have markings, folded or damaged pages. Unfortunately, most books that I want to read (e.g. classics) are available only through online resellers. So purchasing online is still inevitable.

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Do you have a favorite bookshop?

No, I don’t have a favorite bookshop. I just go to any bookstore that I can find.

Do you pre-order books?

No, I do not pre-order books.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I have no monthly buying limit. But whenever I get the whim to purchase books, I limit it to at least a thousand pesos. I have to temper it otherwise I will go beyond my budget.

How big is your wishlist?

To be honest, my book wish list is very long. First off, I want to devour every book on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Moreover, I want to read every popular and award-winning book I could. But I still have a very long way to go.

Which three books from your wish list do you wish to own NOW?

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

The Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle

Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong

I put all of these books (two of which are series haha) on my high priority list. I have long been searching for them in every book store, online and not, that I could encounter.  Unfortunately, my search have always ended up futile. Hopefully, someday I would be able to avail HARDBOUND copies of these books. It has become a caprice, this purchase of hardbound books. But hardbound books always look better on bookshelves.


Thus ends the Anonymous Bookaholics book tag. I am not going to tag any bloggers but I am hoping that those who encounter this will start there own. If you do create your own version, please don’t forget to tag me. It will be a pleasure reading your own version.

Happy reading!

~ CLB

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ~ John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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