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April is the cruelest month

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It’s surprising that I haven’t bought any books for the past couple of weeks at sale bins because I couldn’t find any books that I like. Cruel, no? I feel like something’s not right when this happens, so I took advantage of the summer sale at National Book Store. It’s almost the end of April, and had it not been for the discount, this would have been a bookless month.

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Is it spelled with or without the letter Y? My edition is spelled without it, and why I am sticking with the Y? Never mind. I was really looking for Doctor Zhivago, but I couldn’t find one. And then I found this. Php 668.00, NBS – Greenbelt 1, April 13, 2012.
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres – This was given to me by Miss Veronica during the 2nd anniversary of our book club. I am not sure when the anniversary exactly is, but it’s mid-April. This time, we decided on April 15. I think I should write about that. Anyway, whenever Miss Veronica gives me books, I couldn’t say no. In fact, she was giving me three books, but I only took this one since I already have a copy of the other book (To Kill a Mockingbird) and one of the members asked for the other one (A Moveable Feast).
  • Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore – I almost bought this at Book Depository, and I’m glad I didn’t. I just got it for Php 59.50 at NBS – SM Mall of Asia last April 20, 2012. It’s one of the books in my Nobel Project, so I was really thrilled when I saw it.

I hope that soon enough, something will come up at Book Sale. I miss the thrill of finding nice books that I don’t own yet at their shelves.



  1. Grrr! You have Brothers Karamazov. I made the mistake of buying one that’s a set of two and the store didn’t have the second part. Major Grrr! I wanna borrow this! Hahaha! I’m on a book ban for at least 10 years, so I’m probably safe for another month or so.

    I love Dostoyevsky. Russians. They’re great aren’t they? :)


    • I was debating whether I should get Karamazov or Doctor Zhivago and I ended up with the former. I won’t be forgetting the latter though. And book bans? They never work on me, haha!

      I was even entertaining the thought of taking Russian lessons. One could have a lot of practice with Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky!


    • I’ve read Crime and Punishment and I really liked it. So, yeah, I’m a fan. Was going to make Karamazov my second Dostoyevsky.

      I have to stick to my book ban. I have great books on my shelf that’s waiting to be read and buying new ones will just make me forget about them. And I’m trying to save for something.


    • Oh, good luck then! I mean, for whatever it is that you are saving. It must be something important to impose a ten-year book ban. :D


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