Loot Report = 32nd MIBF

The 32nd Manila International Book Fair is over!  I’m happy to have hauled interesting items from the 5-day event.  I was there on opening day after the 1st Filipino Reader Conference but I was tired and battling a headache after a long day so I didn’t move around much, but I did see great books for low prices.  When I trooped to SMX on Sunday afternoon, there were still a lot of great finds but I felt most of the good stuff were gone. 😦  Oh well, I just thought of it as a way of saving money.  I knew that I’d have to spend for this and with what happened, I didn’t really shell out much.

So, what are the additions to my overflowing piles of books?

These two atlases were from the A-Z Direct Marketing booth, or more popularly known as the subscription office of Reader’s Digest and Newsweek. I initially planned to give them to my younger relatives this Christmas but after browsing them, I decided I will keep them for myself! 🙂

Still from the A-Z Direct Marketing booth. Note that each book is packed in its own separate box. My favorite of them is the middle one, Almanac of the Uncanny. I want to finish this one in time for our October book club session. The best part here? I got all five of them for only P1,000!

I tried to stay away from National Bookstore yet I couldn’t resist their bargain bins. Except for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse which I got for 20% off the cover price, I got Manhood for Amateurs and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for 99 pesos, and the rest for 30 pesos each.  Yes, 30 pesos as well for Blood Red Road, a relatively new release (just last July!); it’s a real steal.

I pledged to read more works of Filipino writers so I started with short ones mostly from the PsiCom Publishing booth.  These books are dirt cheap for 50 bucks a pop.  I really wish I could have bought more titles.  I bought three only because its the first booth I visited and I had limited budget with me, so I told myself I’ll just come back after I toured the entire fair.  Sadly, I forgot to come back to their booth na.  Anyway, I can buy their publications whenever I like it, they’re not expensive.  So, I got Suplado Tips by stand up comic Stanley Chi, Mga Kuwentong Parlor ni Wanda Ilusyunada by the hilarious blogger Wanda, and Kuwentong Bigote  by Alex dela Cruz.  I am also proud of Trese: Murder on Balete Drive.  it’s the first volume in a local comic book series, borne out of the collaboration of Budjette Tan and  Kajo Baldisimo.  Will definitely buy Trese 2: Unreported Murders and Trese 3: Mass Murders.  Hooray for Pinoy graphic artists!

As always my question after laboriously hoarding books, when will I read them?  Your guess is as good as mine.  For now, I’m happy with my buys.  The number of books I bought this year is nearing a hundred and I have read around 40 books, many of which are not from my 2011 purchases.  It’s a bit complicated, I’ll just make a separate entry about it.  Or maybe not, maybe I should just read.

Anyway, what about you, what books did you buy recently?



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4 replies

  1. you will be so proud of me
    i’m giving books as gifts this xmas
    hehe

  2. Hi Judie! Your blog, Becoming Judie, has been selected and listed in http://www.readphilippines.com. Feel free to join our fast-growing Pinoy readers’ community!

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