Books and Comics

Books, AKA the blog post I wrote while waiting for The Best Friend to go online (damn it, what is taking you so long?!)

For the second time this week, I didn’t go to class. Instead, I slept in and decided to accompany my mom and ninang to Shangri-la.

Since it was Shang, I expected the price tags to be steeper than what I was used to. Still, the feeling of walking empty-handed out of several boutiques was very disquieting. It wasn’t something I’m used to, especially after seeing lots of stuff I would have bought if they had been cheaper… or if I was rich.
(There was a dress in Topshop that had 50% off the price, but still cost around P2500. SALE NGA!)

To add to me disappointment, we didn’t eat at California Pizza Kitchen, which I was dying to try out. Combine that with the fact that my bajingo’s doing the monthlies (read: I am menstruating), and I was a very unhappy girl this afternoon.

What cheered me up was seeing a Fully Booked on our way home. I entered and immediately, my mood soared. Even though they didn’t have Aimee Bender’s The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (the only book of hers that I don’t have yet), they did have Chuck Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters, which I bought. Yay!

After some thought, I also got a Fully Booked discount card.

You can get one by: a) spending ten thousand pesos’ worth of products in one purchase; b) accumulating fifteen thousand pesos’ worth of receipts in one year; or c) paying P700. I took the last option, which entitles me to 10% off on cash payments and 5% off on credit card payments. Since I buy books a lot, this is worth it.

Lots of books to read.

Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew is a book about basketball in the Philippines. It’s not nearly as dull as you think it is: it’s actually laugh-out-loud hilarious and informative, with just the right mix of emotion, experience, and hard facts. I’m not a basketball fan, but this book had me hooked from the introduction. No bullshit.

The Best Friend’s Christmas gift! (Is it still a gift if I had to wheedle him into getting it for me?)
Funny story: we bought this for P600. A few weeks later, I found the same book but with a different cover, for only P300.
“Sana di mo na lang sinabi!” he said, miming hitting my head with a book. Lulz.

Andy recommended this book to me. It’s about a guy who pretends to choke in restaurants and… just Google the plot.

The words that caught my eye were Aimee Bender. Seriously, I’m such a fangirl for her! I didn’t buy this just because it had her name on it, though. It’s because this book seems really good, like it gives a refreshing twist to old fairy tales.

P.S. This has nothing to do with books, but today, we bought a scratching post for our cats! It cost P1500, which is a hell of a lot to spend on a couple of stray cats, but Mom and I love to spoil our pets, so…

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.


  • Anonymous

    “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman” is an amazing collection of Murakami short stories. (Murakami fangirl here.)

  • Ela

    Haven't read any Murakamis yet. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman will be my first.

    BTW, Fight Club (both the book and the movie) is amazing. And even though I haven't read them yet, the plots of Choke and Invisible Monsters are really good.

  • ʎonqʎʇıɔ

    700 for a discount card? that's a little steep.

    and i so love murakami! have u read dance, dance, dance?

    i haven't read any palahniuks but i've seen fight club and choke. is he any good?

  • jassydroll

    The discount card sounds (and looks) great; too bad we don't have a Fully Booked branch in this part of the Philippines.

    Yay for Palahniuk! Never mind that I can't pronounce his name right, haha.

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