First post in the Year 2015 and I’m glad that 2014 is finally over. Not that I could anticipate the new chapter will have a perfect storyline, but I am able to hit the refresh button once again while at the same time having considerate hopes and downsizing the expectations. No aggressive New Year’s resolution or 1 million bucket list of things would be made, except that my target will be narrowed down into 2 things this year – Books and Writing.
Beginning the first month of the year, I will start with the books.
In Dec 2014 before Christmas, I spent almost 4 hours in a hall of “Big Bad Wolf Book Sale“, searching for something new to read (or in my case, to be collected haha!). I stood at the entrance at 8:00 AM on Thursday – still uncongested – in a chilling convention hall. I was lucky that it was a ‘happy hour’ sale of random books at the entrance. Thousands of books lying around, some scattered altogether at one corner and the rest were categorized by specific genres.
A day before the book fair, I established my groundwork with a long wish list from their web search and bought a small trolley to alleviate the haul of heavy books. To some extent, the book-hunting mission became strenuous after 2 hours of strolling with swirling eyes. After a while, I could no longer reach the books and had aching shoulders knocked by someone else’s. The crowd started growing, and it’s time to give up and leave.
After exited the hall, I was greeted by another zone of all-terrific posters and tin signs displayed for sale which varied from movies, music, art, motivational quotes, etc. For a poster-lover like me, I was really overjoyed to be surrounded by such attractive walls.
In the end, I wasn’t able to cross out all my wish list, but I was content to be back home with brand-new 27 books, free bookmarks and a poster. The total cost for the books were only MYR219 (about USD3 a book!). It was definitely worth the bargain!
BUT, the book story didn’t end there.
From there on, I exchanged my book story with the Book Exchange Club members which I just recently joined (Edit 2020: they changed the club name to KL Book Appreciation Club, KLBAC). The community consisted of friendly bookworms that always excites you about book reviews and book exchange.
Looking at the disorganize new books on my staircase, it transported me back to the younger years of how I started to fall in love with books and libraries in the first place. When I was a kid, I was inspired by Roald Dahl’s books. Eventually, I got carried away with that reminiscing moment and bought a new box set of RD’s for only MYR159 (retail price: MYR543) from one of the book club members.
My crucial obsession continues. A week later, I ordered another pile of books from an online bookstore. The delivery took about 3 weeks of vigorous waiting and finally they arrived!
With the new books stockpiled almost as tall as Christmas tree, I had to deal with another trouble to find a new ‘home’ for the books. It took me half a day to rearrange the space-limited bookshelf and had all the books sorted and categorized.
Like a joyful child in Willy Wonka’s factory, I feel blessed for having a mini library of new books. After the bargain, I’m happy to be curled up around books that are ready to be picked and read at any time. Thanks to Austin Kleon for sharing the insane number of book records, I’d dedicate myself to read 8 books in 2015 for a start. While enjoying the books, I also have to lock myself out from the pit of spoilers and movie teasers.
Additional Bonus: Another 2015 Darth Vader Journal from Moleskine that I received from my friend as a Christmas gift. Being a flaky book collector wasn’t that awful after all, I guess? 🙂
Happy New Year 2015 everyone! Do share the books that you’d recommend to read and books that you are planning to read for this year.
“Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.” – John Waters