Manila International Book Fair 2012 Fun: Getting New Friends And Meeting The Old

Over the weekend, I went to the Manila International Book Fair in SMX and it was so much fun! Seeing all the books made me very excited and I really wanted to jump up and down – actually, I did jump up and down! πŸ˜†

The smell of new books everywhere was just fantastic. So many titles, so many book lovers, so many things to love. Ah, when will I tire of my love affair with books? I’m just so stoked and I think I’ll make attending the book fair an annual habit, that is if the world does not end this December.

I got a good haul and I know I would have bought more if I had more time. Unfortunately, Don Domeng thought the metro was sinking so I had to leave at 2PM. Sigh. I wanted to find the booth of Summit Media but I was not able to because I had to go. That sucked.

Anyway, these are the books that I found and if you are interested in reading together and discussing, just say so and we can hack at it together. That should be fun, don’t you think so too? πŸ˜€ I have Damned by Chuck Palahniuk (not in the photo), Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (with the lovely cover illustration), and The Fault in our Stars by John Green (in hardback because there was no paperback). I can’t wait to get my hands on these reads – should be awesome!

Similarly, I met my friend Mon in the Manila International Book Fair! It has been years since we have seen each other last – I was so happy! I arrived with My Man and my best friend Rem, but they were not as stoked as I was over the books; they loved the food fairs we go to better.Β Fortunately, Mon was there and I was able to find someone who was as crazy as I was… over books. πŸ˜†

He got The Graveyeard Book by Neil Gaiman and Looking for Alaska. I read the first a few years back and totally loved it; he did too and devoured the book but he did not like Looking for Alaska because he said it bored him. We really do not see eye to eye in some reads. I hated The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon; he loved it. But that is okay. We are still cool.

The last quarter of the year is coming and I have so many books already! Now I’m starting to think what would I do with all the books or where do I keep them. I also realized I’m very happy the Manila International Book Fair happens only once a year. If it were more than that, I’d be totally broke tons of times for sure. πŸ˜‰

 

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42 thoughts on “Manila International Book Fair 2012 Fun: Getting New Friends And Meeting The Old

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  6. Was there for two days, Saturday and Sunday hehehe. Pero maul an kaya sinipon ako huhuhuhu. Bought somem interesting books, too. Some more addition to my other books which are gathering dust na nyahahaha

    • yes, it did rain. one day lang ako nagpunta but i had fun. malapit ko ng maubos yung mga nabili ko from mibf! need more books! πŸ™‚

        • yes, isa na lang tapos na. i’m reading the last one now which is wuthering heights. that book you’re reading sounds interesting. maganda ba?

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  10. Kakaiingit! Many years ago ba yung last attendance ko dyan. Although I’m already a kindle convert, I still prefer the real thing for some titles. The international book fair here does not excite me at all. Maybe because of the presumption that there would be limited titles as for my interests and it might be more expensive.

  11. Wow… I would love to go there too, but I was not really feeling well that day. Probably, next year. I haven’t Murakami though, some friends said that masyado daw nosebleed siyang magsulat.

    Oh I created another blog. πŸ˜€

  12. I was there too πŸ˜‰

    Unfortunately we came late –it was almost 8pm when we arrived so I wasn’t able to buy one. 😦

    But the seeing books in that 4 huge halls is exhilarating! πŸ™‚

    • you weren’t able to buy one what? it was exhilarating, true. i loved every bit of it and would have stayed longer if i had the luxury of time. maybe next year i will. i’m looking forward to the books i got and to attending next year’s event! πŸ™‚

      • one book.hehe. pero ok lang may bookstores namang open all year round. And yes, will be attending next year’s event too…paghahandaan ko yun haha πŸ™‚

  13. Great books you got there! My personal favorite would be (from your bunch) John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I think Looking For Alaska is overrated. I have to agree with your man; it bored me, too. Lol. Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite novelists but I guess nothing will ever top “Rant.”

    • he is not my man. he is my friend. i don’t think my man enjoyed the fair though he bought the diary of a wimpy kid for his brother. i’m looking forward to reading the fault in our stars. i like the way john green writes. i am currently reading damned and i find it is not a page turner. i enjoyed looking for alaska way more because i too am searching for meaning.

      • LOL sorry, I just woke up when I read this, caffeine hasn’t kicked in I guess. πŸ˜› I agree, John Green’s wordplay is impeccable. The only problem I saw in LFA is that I’m tired of young hot messes. Alaska is smart and sometimes deep but girl has issues. Lots of baggage. I find it hard to empathize. Haha. I wish obscure Palahniuk comes back. I miss him.

        • i did not like alaska either but i adore chip. i swear i’d date him if he were only real. πŸ˜† i enjoyed LFA because of the theme, not the characters really. i think maybe it is because i am seeking a great perhaps as of the moment too, that’s why i’m so moved. it is nice to go after these things, i found out.

          • Yeah, Chip is date-able. Hahaha! The great perhaps thing is remarkable. So is the obsession with last words. And the how-to-get-out-of-labyrinth bit. πŸ˜€ Kafka On the Shore is a great book too. I’m reading 1Q84 but I can’t finish it. It feels like I’m reading pretty words and prose but I don’t get it. Btw, are you in GoodReads?

            • don’t think about chip – i’m not sharing him, okay? πŸ˜† i find the quirkiness of pudge quite charming actually. but i’m not sure if i buy the stuff about last words. i mean, how accurate can those be? anyway, i haven’t touched the haruki one, but i will in a few days. i’m not sold on 1Q84 either because it is popular. πŸ˜† yes, i am on good reads. i don’t know how to use it much though!

              • Lol okay Chip is yours. πŸ˜› It’s just fascinating. Of all the things to be into, why people’s last words? Bought the hardbound ed of 1Q84 and I want to set it on fire. I REALLY REALLY WANT TO.

                • maybe because they are mysterious in a way. idk. i don’t want to learn last words. hard back is expensive and you cannot go through it. ack, i am aching for your pocket.

                    • i try to avoid book stores too if i can. what i found to work is to create a list of books i really want based on synopsis and reviews from others. i found good reads reviews are reliable. i am actually looking for the untold pilgrimage of harold fry for a long time but i can’t get my hands on it.

  14. I’m scratching this year as a lost cause for reading project. I can’t seem to find the inspiration to read. I have been meaning this year especially to read all 7 HP books. But no go. I’m so lazy. I need to be bribed to read, I think.

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