Yes, I heard it before. Control your temptations. Stop hoarding books. Blah Blah Blah. Well, that is my brain talking to my heart. No matter how hard I tried to stop myself, I simply can’t resist the temptation. Books here, books there, books everywhere. What can I do? I love the smell of books. I love reading. Should I stop the obsession? I think not. Why stymie something that makes me happy. Right?
Haha. Anyway, in spite of a very tight budget, I still managed to purchase some reading-worthy books. I also got to participate (again) in the Big Bad Wolf PH sale. Here are the books that I managed to purchase during the month.
Book Sales and Book Fairs
I didn’t plan to attend this year’s Big Bad Wolf sale event but my friend was very earnest in her persuasion of me so during the last day of the fair, we made our way there. Although I didn’t plan to buy any more books due to some constraints, I still ended up buying some (haha, very typical of me). You can check out the books I copped from this big sale by clicking here.
Apart from this book haul, I also managed to cop some other books during the month. I bought these books when I passed by the mall. Booksale is definitely my Achilles Heel. Here are the books I bought.
Title: The Seville Communion
Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte
Translator: Sonia Sotto
Publishing Date: 2003
No. of Pages: 340
Synopsis: “Murderous goings-on in a tiny baroque church draw the Vatican into the dark heart of Seville.
A hacker gets into the Pope’s personal computer to leave a warning about mysterious deaths in a small church in Seville that is threatened with demolition. Father Quart, a suave Vatican trouble-shooter, is sent to investigate. Experience has taught him to deal with enemies of the Church in all their guises, but nothing has prepared him for the stubborn faith of Father Ferro, or the appeal of the lovely Macarena Bruner, desperate to save the church of her ancestors from her ex-husband, the ruthless banker Pencho Gavira. As Quart is drawn into an intrigue as labyrinthine as the streets of Seville, soon more than his vocation is in danger.”
Title: The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession
Author: Charlie Lovett
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publishing Date: 2013
No. of Pages: 347
Synopsis: “Nine months after the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda.
Obsessed with learning the picture’s origins, Peter braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries – all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity.
Title: The Map of Love
Author: Ahdaf Soueif
Publishing Date: 2000
No. of Pages: 516
Synopsis: “In 1900, Lady Anna Winterbourne travels to Egypt where she falls in love with Sharif, an Egyptian Nationalist utterly committed to his country’s cause.
A hundred years later, Isabel Parkman, an American divorcee and a descendant of Anna and Sharif, goes to Egypt, taking with her an old family trunk, inside which are found notebooks and journals which reveal Anna and Sharif’s secret.”
How about you readers, what books did you manage to avail of during the month? I hope you can share it with me through the comment box.
Happy reading everyone!