What is the best way to celebrate books? Read them, of course. Better yet, share what you have read with others, and encourage others to read, if not with you then on their own.
These endeavors have been happening in
Cebu, one event after the other such that this post has
become some sort of a summary of what has happened in the past month rather
than the past week. While the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and
Showcase Sunday hosted by Books,Biscuits, and Tea request participants to share books and other bookish
stuff acquired in the past week, I am going to add a bit of some things beyond
the past week, which I have missed posting about for the two memes last week.
From the Library
You know, libraries will always be great resource of old books published before I was born. Old books give me glimpses of the old life, and at St. Theresa’s College Library, I borrow seven of them:
The Aswang Syncrasy in Philippine Folklore by Maximo D. Ramos
Stories and Legends from Filipino Folklore by Maria Delia Coronel
The World is an Apple and Other Prize Plays by Alberto S. Florentino
Boyhoodin Monsoon Country by Maximo D. Ramos
The Legend ofMariang Makiling by Jose Rizal
How Love came to Juan Tamad by Nick Joaquin
Johnny Tiñoso and the Proud Beauty by Nick Joaquin
I also received an e-book copy of Agay Llanera’s Vintage Love. Through Bookrooster, I acquired a copy of Andrew Hall’s Tales of the Strange and Grim while I downloaded a free copy of Weird Tales from Northern Seas by Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie on Amazon.
Bargain Book Hunt
A book shopper every payday, I went bargain book hunting at Booksale in SM City Cebu and La Belle Aurore Bookshop along
the past two weeks, and here are the print book treasures I found: Cebu City
Book, Line, and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay
The Shape of Water: The First Inspector Montalbano Mystery by Andrea Camilleri
The Curse of the Kings by Victoria Holt
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Web logsand Libraries by Laurel A. Clyde
I’m currently reading the following:
Reportage on Lovers by Quijano de Manila
I also signed up for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril and I’m happy to have made two posts immediately after signing up—The Filipino Cinderella and The Aswang Phenomenon: Collected Stories.
Perhaps the highlight of the weeks past is the meet-up of Cebu Book Club members in a bookish event last Aug. 30, a workday. My partners, Geezelle, Ken, and Mimi have planned for this, which was why I was a bit sad that only eight people turned up during the event. It was definitely a learning experience for us, and the lessons are well stated by Geezelle on her blog, Geemiz. I am personally thankful to our partners, Patty of onethirdpoundpatty for doing our poster design; Cebu City Public Library for the venue; La Belle Aurore Bookshop for the gift certificates for the participants; and to Geezelle for helping me shoulder the snacks.
|The event title is inspired from Vicky's blog called "Books, Biscuits, and Tea"|
Still, it did not discourage us from organizing a sequel to the event, which will be a face-to-face book swapping event soon, sometime in October, and this time it will be a weekend so that many will be able to participate. Looking at the bright side, the important thing is, we started the club and we will continue to roll this until we create a significant degree of presence and gathered a strong force of book lovers in
And More Book Events!
I missed the Manila International Book Fair from Sept. 11-15 in
which is an hour’s flight from Cebu. I didn’t
make time and I lack the money. So I’m saving up to attend next year.
The voting period for The Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards has ended, and the list of finalists is now up and posted on its site. Judging now starts, and I’m excited to be part of the panel of judges.
|Photo by Saint Theresa's College-Cebu|
Congratulations to Ms. Desiree Balota and Dulce Jesus Baricuatro, PhD on the launching of their books, “Hibla ng Tubig, Habi ng Himpapawid” and “Leading with Heart and Soul”, respectively, last Sept. 7 at St. Theresa’s College.
Busy weeks I had, huh? How about you, what books have found a home in your shelves? Which ones are you reading?
P.S. In another non-book related event, which I think still merits being mentioned, is that I got featured as a blogger in Ayosdito.ph, a growing online shopping site dedicated for entrepreneurs, businesses, and consumers. Check out the feature here.