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The Undercover Women

Shiny happy women

I can’t remember the last time I bought a book at a regular book store, not counting the time I bought books for the nonprofit organization and the exchange gift during our book club’s Christmas party. Look, I haven’t taken these splurges out of their plastic covers yet because I don’t know when I would be reading them, particularly Anna Karenina. Jane Eyre I’ll definitely be reading soon because it’s TFG’s book of the month for April.

The splurging is a spur of the moment thing. Isn’t that always the case? I was only looking for Jane Eyre at Book Sale yesterday, March 19, but I couldn’t find any. I went to three outlets, so when I got tired of going through the shelves of mass markets, I checked out National Book Store – SM Megamall. I was only going to check out the prices.

And then I saw the posters: 20% off. I went for the cheapest Jane Eyre. Not bad. And then I saw the movie tie-in edition. Still okay. And then I saw Anna Karenina. I took a deep breath, grabbed the book, and went straight to the counter.

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – from Php 335.00 to Php 268.00. I only intended to buy the cheapest one, but when I turned to the next aisle, I immediately saw this movie tie-in edition, and remembered Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Okay, Fassbender’s face is not too clear on the cover, but I can’t help it.
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – from Php 689.00 to to Php 551.25. I originally planned to buy this edition, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, at Book Depository. However, with the 20% discount, I think it would pretty much amount to the same thing. And I’ve been longing to have this edition ever since I saw it at Fully Booked, which they then priced at nearly a thousand pesos. And yes, I am collecting Russian novels translated by the indefatigable duo. Soon enough, I’ll be buying a Dostoyevsky or Pasternak novel.

I just checked out my previous posts and saw that I bought Fatelessness and The Piano Teacher at regular price. Funny. Does that mean that my spending is out of control or that I don’t really mind spending on books?

Perhaps I will let these fresh books slip out of their covers just to smell the paper and take off the price stickers. I don’t like seeing those. I’d like to believe that books are priceless. And in some other sense, they are.



    • Some take it off also because the price tag “destroys” the book cover art. That’s another reason for me, albeit not the main one.


  1. Monique says

    I think it’s that you actually don’t mind spending much moolah on books, and just books. Book HOARDER. :P

    Suddenly I miss smelling the papers of print books. Nothing compares, don’t you think? :)


    • Hahaha, I know! I can’t help it. :D

      And even if I don’t have a Kindle/Nook, I have this feeling that e-book readers sometimes long for paper books.


  2. Hm interestingly, I haven’t bought print books lately, save for the one I got from Book Sale after Little Prince F2F. The other books I bought these year were all ebooks (*cue gasp of horror here*).

    I haven’t spent money on any classic either — Amazon has classics for free, but there are pretty, pretty versions of classics coming out now that I want to get. Like those pretty Penguin classics versions. Hmm pretty.

    Anyway I don’t think you’ve spent too much on books. I know people who buy hoards — as in more than five every bookstore visit — and have hundreds left on the TBR (like yours truly haha). :p Your book spending habits are still pretty much in control IMHO. ;)


    • Thank you so much! Now I know there are worse (or better?) book shoppers than me.

      I am tempted to buy a Kindle because I think classics published 100 years ago can be acquired for free. Project Gutenberg, right? But on second thought, I cannot let go of my sentimentality. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. And I never was a practical person. I like inconveniences. :D


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