All the books! Last week was the 35th annual Manila International Book Fair, and it is the biggest and grandest book convention here in the Philippines. There were publishers and stalls and of course, bookworms! This is my second year attending MIBF so I’m pretty much a veteran ha.
By the way, this post is going to be quite dull because for the second year in a row, I forgot to take pictures with me. Sigh.
The dreadful last day. I went to the fair at a pretty crucial time, which is the last day. I had this feeling that there were no more books because everybody had already shopped till they dropped in the past days. And that was partially true.
I only had two stalls in mind to visit which are National Bookstore and Fullybooked. When I got to the Fullybooked stall – oh boy – almost all of the shelves were empty! It’s like a hurricane of bookworms sucked everything up and left no books to spare. I can also assume that they got the good books already.
Next I visited National Bookstore and just as I anticipated, the book I was looking for was there, sitting pretty in the shelves waiting for my hands and money to come and give it a new home.
The priority list. Of course, when you’re going to a book fair, you need to have a wish list or the books that you have in mind, or else you’ll just be running around the place and grabbing random paperbacks. So here’s my wish list/priority list:
A Penguin DropCap classic Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Unfortunately, I only got two out of the three books I wanted. Oh well, at least I can save more money the next time.
THE BOOK HAUL. Other than the books I bought at the fair, I also received/bought some books prior to MIBF. Without further ado, here are the books!
From National Bookstore
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Penguin DropCap edition, baby!)
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Conclusion. So that’s it! I got to say though, to be really honest, I enjoyed last year’s fair more. Maybe it’s because I went on the last day when I should’ve come earlier. The most important thing though is that I got new books! Haha! Anyway, that’s all for this post. Let me know if you went to the fair and what books did you get. 🙂