Christmas and New Year’s Eve are over. Gifts have already been opened. For book lovers and book hoarders, piles of books that will probably be stocked on the shelves must have been wished for and granted. And life resumes to normal programming.
But before all that, let me just list down the books that I got during the holiday season. Some of these I bought for myself, some given to me, and some I wished for.
First is my set of J. R. R. Tolkien books, The Lord of the Rings series plus The Hobbit. The last two of the LOTR series were given to me by my office best friend during our Christmas Party last December 16, 2011. She, or rather we, couldn’t find the first installment, so I had to hunt for it online. Fortunately, I found one at eBay.ph. It was delivered last December 23, 2011. I didn’t realize that these used trade paperback editions are hard to find as one set.
The Hobbit was given to me by my team mate the Monday that followed our Christmas Party, December 19, 2011. I don’t mind it being a mass market edition. It is really touching because she, being a reader of Rick Riordan and J. K. Rowling, knows the importance of having the prequel of a series. And I haven’t given her anything yet in return.
The next set is given to me during our book group’s Christmas Party last December 17, 2011. Money and Tess of the D’Urbervilles were given to me by our book group’s leader-grandfather, KD. He also gave me The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre, but a friend borrowed it before I could even sniff its pages. Hence, its absence from my book shelf as of this moment.
Revolutionary Road is from my Chami, Maria. I already have a copy of this, but it’s in Baguio City. She insisted that I have this because I have no idea yet on when I could haul all my Baguio books with me. And the movie tie-in edition is irresistible. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Any objections?
My Name Is Red is from my loyal buddy Atty. Monique. She actually went to the trouble of buying two books from my wish list just to make sure I don’t get a duplicate. The other book that she bought as a reserve is The Land of Green Plums, which of course she is keeping for herself.
What I got from our exchange gift is the Herta Muller book, given to me by Ayban. I suspect his real name is Ivan, but being a hardcore Filipino, he chooses to spell his name the Filipino way. Ayban had the good humor to make a joke during the exchange gift by first giving me The Piano Teacher. Well, this book is also in my wish list, but it’s the one written by Elfriede Jelinek. The expression on my face was really funny because I swear my eyes went out of their sockets when I saw the title. I didn’t even mind that it’s a used book. But I couldn’t fight my disappointment when I saw who the author is. He relieved my disappointment by giving me my real gift.
Before and after the Christmas Parties, I have also been going around book stores to buy books for myself and books for giveaways. Below are the books that I am keeping for myself.
December 16, 2011
Ten North Frederick by John O’Hara – Php 10.00 at a neighborhood thrift store.
A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis; The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa – Php 145.00 each at Book Sale Cityland.
December 18, 2011
The Gathering by Anne Enright; Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson – Book Sale Edsa Central, Php 20.00 and Php 70.00 respectively. I already have and read Enright’s Booker winner, but I couldn’t resist cheap trade paperbacks.
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell – Book Sale Farmer’s Plaza. Php 115.00.
And finally, a pencil that I might never sharpen. This beautiful Woolf pencil is again from my Chami, Maria, who bought this at one of the book stores in Singapore.
To everyone who shared all their bookish blessings, thank you, thank you!