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Book Sales and Word Play

Stacks and stacks of glorious, sweet-smelling books and in the company of fellow book lovers but adversaries for the day – I was in Cloud 9 indeed!

I tried to work hard and fast going through all those books so I wouldn’t miss out on all the good ones. I thought I had succeeded and found myself walking around to observe what books people were checking out, and out of the corner of my eye I see a red, white and yellow rectangular box and decide to investigate. As I move closer, I realize and recognize that it was a Dr. Seuss book set! SCORE! So I quietly make my way towards the set so as not to attract any unwanted competitors and get there without a sweat. I beam and reach for it but then hesitate. The set was above a few books and right beside a guy scanning a book. I contemplate the situation for a while and it painfully dawned on me that the set already belong to someone else. The way he protectively leaned on the books with his elbows sometimes on top of them and the way he would steal quick glances at those books told me the hard hitting truth. The truth that was confirmed once he finished scanning and got the books he already picked out and walked away. I froze and yelled, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.” in my mind. Failed. I had failed! My one mistake was to not take the children’s section seriously. I missed out on a DR. SEUSS SET!!!! My heart cried in agony. I rushed to see if there was another one but alas it was not meant to be.

I told my sister and my brother what happened and my sister successfully hunted down a Dr. Seuss. 2 in fact. But not the one I wanted. *le sigh*

Above are the Dr. Seuss books she found and bought. Vintage which I love. She’s giving it to her future kids for their bedtime stories. Sweet!

I also saw this book with a beautiful Gothic and turn of the century-esque cover art that got me intrigued. I eventually didn’t buy it because the story centers around Lord Byron’s colleague/friend and not Lord Byron himself.

My sister saw this book that had a witty and funny title and book cover. I admired the word play on it as well.

This next book was the image and likeness of our 2 family kitties which we found highly amusing and a hilarious coincidence. They even got their expressions down pat.

Another thing that brightened my day was definitely seeing people of all ages and sizes at the book sale. Particularly this trรจs mignon little boy that was reading a book by himself. Now I don’t mean to look like a creepo but I just had to take a photo for an honest & innocent purpose. Besides, I love his hair colour. I’ll most definitely use the photo as a peg the next time I decide to dye my hair light at a salon, hehe. He had such a cute accent when his mother called for him. He even bought the book he was reading. And check out those adorable wellies! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Book Haul!!!

If fashionistas have Make-up Hauls, geeks have Book Hauls.

I say ‘geek’ as a term of endearment. Plus, I am one so le duh!

A few months ago there was a book sale at a local bookstore and I for sure had a mini heart attack…in a good way that is. You should see me in a situation like that. My eyes light up like fireworks in the freakin’ Fourth of July. They truly do.

I scored a variety of 9 books for around $20! CHA-CHING. So that’s more or less $2 a book!

Chchcheck out my new babies! Which I’ve completely devoured since then.

For utterly enrapturing reads, I’d highly suggest my top 3 favourites. Namely:

1) The Rosetta Codex by Richard Paul Russo

It’s filled with action, suspense, symbolism, adventure, politics, truth, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, depth of character and the universal question of ‘Who am I?’. I love how the story portrays a persons journey and choices in each stage of the human life cycle. It’s amazing how the author got to create a full feature of a characters life in such a little and semi-thin book. I am in awe.

2) The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Not only are the illustrations so intricately fantastical, the story itself is intricately fantastically made as well. This books is a marriage of visual and mental masterpiece. For what seems/looks like a children’s book, the story is amazingly thought out and complex. It’s a world of its own. It’s Peter Pan-slash-The Lord of the Rings-slash-Where the Wild Things Are combined. I cannot wait to read the next book and the next!

3) Naturally Healthy Skin by Stephanie Tukles

For all the lasses and ladies out there, this is the skin bible for you. Even lads and gentlemen would benefit from this. I am in love with this book! Tea, herbs, fruits and organics are a huge part of my life and this was an amazing find. It’s practically complete in information. You’ll find healthy AND cheap ways to make your skin AND your body healthy. Goodbye to expensive pills, lotions and creams and hello to a cheap but quality and healthy lifestyle.

If you’ve come across this post and have read some of the books here, let me know how you thought of them. Book suggestions are always welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Books Before Boys

Dividing fractions before bed but I’d rather read a book. Nerd alert! And I’m cool with it.

My first commandment is: Books before boys. But if boy likes books then girl likes boy who likes books.

As my college graduation present, my mum took me to Hong Kong. We would always take the MTR. One fateful day, during rush hour, I step into the semi-crowded vehicle and find a place to park. As I settled in, my eyes fell on the man across from me who was leaning on the disabled’s handlebar (no disabled people in sight so it was fine for him to stay there). He immediately caught my attention because of his almost cropped bright red curly hair (I am a sucker for flaming hair) complete with mustache and beard. He sort of reminded me of a redheaded version of Bon Iver with a crisp corporate outfit on. As I look closely at his face, I realize how young he is behind that glorious head of hair. Easily an early to almost mid 20’s. I was 21 then and 22 now so don’t worry about the non-existing age gap. I also begin to realize how handsome he is — with or without the stache and beard. I never knew how it felt when people say “love at first sight” but believe me, it exists. It did more so when I gaze down to see what had his full attention on point. The attention I wanted for myself. A BOOK. Just when I thought he couldn’t be any more perfect. My eyes try to scan the title but I’m too far and the words are too small. But I’ve been staring at him nonstop for I don’t know how many minutes that seemed like an eternity so I shift my gaze and do slight glaces once in a while. I didn’t bother with the title I was dying to know anymore as I would have probably forgotten my stance and fell forward flat on my face on the moving train and wreak total embarrassment in front of my soulmate. HAHA okay, that’s a bit much. Soulmate or not, who knows? Only the future will tell.

So near yet so far. I wanted to summon up the courage to go up to him and chat about the book he was reading and his rad beard but what was the right way to communicate? “Hi, you look really interesting. I’d like to get to know you.”??? Are those the first words you utter to someone you might possibly like a lot? Is it too forward? Is it creepy?? I’m a renowned recluse so I am no expert in the social graces and introductions of the male and female species…with the exception of the boys in my family. Alas, that idea remained but a daydream and my dream bubble popped when the MTR paused on my stop. I begin to exit the door when at the corner of my eye, I see him move! After being engrossed at that book he was reading and not moving a muscle, he stands up straight, fixes the hold on his oxford bag and walks to the door. I watch him exit the door and exit my life. I see his face – completely oblivious to the girl he mesmerized, his profile, and then the back of his head. And his figure becomes smaller and smaller and vanishes in a sea of people. Would he be one of those people we see or notice only once in our lives? Or was that moment a teaser trailer of my future? The hopeless romantic in me would like to believe the latter.

I found a photo on the web of a redhead reading. WITH a beard and a mustache. The closest photo I’d perhaps find.

I wish it was him but it’s not. This guy IS adorkable too though. But he remains just a photo to me. The guy I saw at the train? He was real.

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