Monday, August 23, 2010

In which I bore you to death about my book purchases

If lipstick is the economic indicator for the fashionable, mine would be books. Seeing that I am not fashionable to begin with, and lipstick is definitely one beauty product that I refuse to buy cheap, books became my poor man's opium.

Oh hai, I'm a pirate, a pervy-looking pirate.

It's a sound move; seeing that  some recent events gave me a very, very open schedule (not to mention a gaping hole in my bank account), books are the next best thing to starvation. Your belly may go hungry, but your mind is well fed some well-meaning optimists would say (a.k.a. starving artists-slash-writers-failed-editors).

It all started when I found out about The Book Depository (TBD) and how they ship for free worldwide! Yes, even to the third world, PH! On days that it would take me hours decide to buy anything in book form (I have already embraced the dark side and gone digital), I ordered John Green's Looking for Alaska (PHP 363) in a heartbeat. Besides, if you compare TBD's prices with local bookstores, TBD will still come out cheaper. Haven't received my book yet (I ordered it last week) nor my credit card statement, so I wouldn't say this is a Great Success. Still, I am seeing a very long relationship with TBD if this transaction pans out. I already have my eye on The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009.

Not to discredit our local bookstores or anything, but is it me or did Fully Booked cut back on their prices? I remember obsessing about looking for John Green books a month ago and getting discouraged that it costs more than I am willing to spend on a good meal. As pictured, I picked up An Abundance of Katherines the other day, still on impulse, because I don't remember it being that cheap for a brand new book. Three hundred sixty peso-cheap to be exact.

Still, I don't want to make a habit of buying new books as you can buy them used and cheap, but there are just too many good deals that tempt the broke-ass in me.

Regular beauty-related updates (I know that's what three or five of you are here for and not my rambling about books) will be suspended until further notice. Or until I find a reason to stop being a hermit.


DK said...

oh the joy in cheap books!

There should be more "romantic" second hand bookstores in the country. or libraries.

Mara Ruiz said...

Yes! The ones that look like labyrinths or libraries themselves!

I've always dreamed of acquiring a library card from the LA or NY Public Library. All the audiobooks they have there!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing TBD! Yayness!
I've kinda given up on my 52books/year resolution. Not gonna happen in my industry. =(

Do we have charity shops in Manila? Here, you can get books for £1 or so and then you get to help charity pa! =)

KIRA ♥ said...

Ooh.. thanks for sharing. Imma check out TBD stat! The free shipping just reeled me in. Hope to see you soon Ma-ruh :D

Mara Ruiz said...

Hi Leng, I don't think we do. Although that would be a great charity project!

I don't think I've ever met anyone who finished the 52 books challenge who doesn't have a full time job =/

Hi Kira, I just got my book from TBD! Hope to see you soon, too!

Kaith said...

Hi! :) I've been following your blog since last year. I finally tried buying something from TBD just today. I bought 4 books (it's so hard to find Alice Hoffman books here). I'm hoping my books will arrive in a week. But even if it takes longer, I don't mind kasi free shipping naman. Hehe. Thanks for sharing!

Mara Ruiz said...

Hi Kaith! It's nice to hear from you :) At least I don't sound like I'm just randomly babbling online.

Tell us about your book purchases, ok? :)TBD is awesome! I should make a re-purchase.

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