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Adopting books, again

Nobel laureates, again

My only bookish friend outside our book club is moving back to the province. He has trouble transporting all his books so he asked me to take care some of them for a while. I couldn’t say no because first, I love his books (we have similar tastes) and second, I want to help him out.

I don’t know how long his books will stay with me but he mentioned that he’ll take some of them home a bunch at a time. I placed all of them at the top of my book shelf. You see, I cannot mix them with my books because I am so near to having shelving problems. I guess I would need another book shelf next year unless stacking the books higher will not cause so much trouble. A ladder would be what I’ll need instead then.

And yes, he gave me a couple of books. Here they are:

  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – just in time! This our book club’s pick for November. My bookish little buddy Atty. Monique offered to give me her copy, but I decided to take this instead. Don’t you just love friends who give away their books?
  • The Immoralist by Andre Gide – my friend hated this so much, but I’m taking it. This is my third Gide book, and yes, I haven’t tried him yet.
  • Rabbit at Rest by John Updike – I already have a copy of this, but my friend’s copy is so much neater than mine.
  • The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog by Doris Lessing – what a title! This is my also my third Lessing book, and yes, I haven’t tried her yet as well.

Other books that I got over the weekend:

  • Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell – This is the second book of the Alexandria Quartet. I have finally completed these white mass market editions! And yes, I bought it last Friday at Book Sale – Walter Mart Munoz for only Php 17.00!
  • The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling – given to me yesterday by Miss Louize! She saw it on my Goodreads wish list shelf. I better update that shelf soon!

So here’s how the top of my book shelf looks like. It’s a little dark; we have an incandescent light bulb for the living room. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Foster parenting, again

Foster parenting, again



  1. Books in the Burbs says

    Oh, I would have such a hard time adopting books and not being able to read them. Adopting a book, in my mind, means taking care of them. To take care of them would mean to read them…after all, wouldn’t want them to feel neglected ;)


    • I know, but there are just so many books to read! And I’m a terribly slow reader. I know how you feel about books being neglected and unread because after all, a book will never be a book if it’s never read.


  2. This post reminds me to put The Historian in my to-hunt-for shelf soon. Considering that it’s Monique’s turn to moderate the discussion, I feel I should really take part in it even if it’s just via the Internet.

    Yay! I am drooling at your pile of books. And yes, I saw Mystic River. I love Dennis Lehane! :)

    . :)


    • Oh, they’re not officially mine. I’m just the temporary custodian, hahaha. But yes, I do have a copy of Mystic River, given to me by Aldrin. :D


    • And that’s only my friend’s stack! I have a higher stack in Baguio, and I wonder how crammed my book shelf would be if I haul them all down here.


  3. Your friend’s copy of The Historian is the same format as the one I was supposed to give you. Bought two more MMPs for giveaway, plus my old one, so that’ll be three. I have yet to think of the mechanics. :)


    • That’s why I took my friend’s copy so that others will have more chances of winning! And I figured that if you’re going to draw lots, I wouldn’t have much chance. I don’t have much luck in raffles, hahaha!

      And do you see that fold? It annoys me! I think it was damaged due to hurried packing. Maybe I could iron it? :D


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