Over the weekend, I spent some time at the 34th Manila International Book Fair with my friend Rem. Last year’s MIBF was so cool I made sure I caught it again this year regardless of the headache-inducing crowd. Somehow, my inner geek was very pleased with the fact that packs of people show up all for the love of books.
After I picked up the titles I wanted, I actually stopped to go people watching. It was tricky but I had fun looking at fellow book lovers browse the shelves, make their choices, and say a few things about books or authors they like or otherwise. When I go around, I discreetly checkout what others were holding and try to get an idea who this person was based on the books he or she enjoys.
Prior to visiting the book fair, I listed some titles I hoped to buy but I must admit I did not succeed in rounding up my list, in fact I only found a few but I’m happy with what I got: a couple of classics, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson; two fresh releases, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; and something a blog friend recommended a long time ago, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
It has been a week but I have yet to begin reading any of my new books because I’m still finishing The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (my second of his, the first being Kafka on the Shore). Actually, I have finished reading a fantastic book last month, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, but my book review’s not done, some lazy ass am I.
How about you, if you’re from around here, did you visit the Manila International Book Fair too? If not, what is your current read and how is your book pile looking of late?
Photo taken from here.