mierin: (Books)
I suddenly found that I've been buying and buying books a lot lately, and haven't really read most of them yet. So I've decided to make a little list of the stuff that I am planning to read (soon hopefully :P)

And I might as well double it as my wishlist. Since I always forgot that I meant to buy some stuff.

I'll keep this updated and cross out the ones I've finished. I hope.

Books )

Wishlist... which can comprise of anything I have in mind )

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Finally, finally managed to read this book. And I loved it. Just like how I loved The Graveyard Book, which was the first Neil Gaiman book I read. 

Well, I have to admit I was a bit bored during the first part of the story,  backtracking to Dunstan's side of the story and how he attained his "Heart's Desire". I remember thinking once I got to the part where Dunstan and Una were secretly meeting, and I was like... What the heck am I reading here? XD

Of course, it got better once we get to Tristran's part. I loved how there is our world; our hustling, bustling, and noisy side of the world, and there is a fairy-like magical world on the other side of a Wall with witches, talking furry animals and falling stars that look like humans XD

Overall, I would say I love this book. It's pretty short, sweet, and very entertaining (what genre is this, by the way?) And I think this book actually has a movie adaptation? Why do I feel like I've seen a trailer of it before on Youtube? Maybe I could try to see if I can find it anywhere for download.

And so, when my financial status looks to be more stable (actually it's not that bad since I'm very careful with my money, but still... I'm practically unemployed right now) - I will probably buy a few more Gaiman books. His book with Terry Pratchet, Good Omens looks very tempting indeed. But really, I bought too many books lately, and I don't have that much free time to read them all, so I have to keep a check on my purchases :P

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I had actually been eyeing this book for the longest time. I should have just bought it all those while. What a perfect waste of opportunity. I must admit that I don't read much from the local authors. But this book just caught my eye. Probably because I have heard of Adibah Amin since I was a child, but I had never read any of her works before.

Adibah Amin used to be a schoolteacher in the early years of her career, where she even rose to become a headmistress. But she then decided to quit schoolteaching and jump into the world of journalism. This book is a compilation of a weekly column she wrote for The New Straits Times, titled As I was Passing, which she wrote under the pen name Sri Delima. It was first published in the year 1976, but the copy I bought is a much more recent re-print of the compilation.

Basically, this book is written about "everything under the sun". And that everything under the sun also features a glimpse of what life is like in Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s. The city was only starting to flourish at that time, but it's surprising how the everyday things KL-ites go through those days are pretty similar to what we have nowadays. I guess some things just don't change. And some things are just too Malaysian and is probably here to stay :P

I suppose the varied theme is what made the book fun for me to read. It was different than how it is today, and yet you could also find many similarities. But what I really feel a loss for is the way of living. It just seemed so... peaceful. The kampong life she described just sounded so nice, and this thoroughly born and bred city girl feels like she missed a lot... in many ways.

But that just makes me more determined to buy the next installment of the book. And any other stuff she's written that I can get my hands on ^^
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Because this deserves a post on it's own.

I've finally bought Neil Gaiman's Stardust! :D

Which really surprised me, as I was casually browsing my local bookstore, and lo! It was sitting there with a few other Neil Gaiman titles (of which I was sorely tempted to buy, but I feel I need to keep a leash on my wallet, or I will start spending out of control).

Also, trailer for the Kara no Kyoukai BD release next February! http://www.karanokyoukai.com/movie/bd_pv.html

It's the real ending where Mikiya meets the third Shiki! I am so very excited about this!

I should buy this Y / Y? ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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I decided to make a list of reading backlog that I have currently. And a wishlist :P

I actually have quite a lot of stuff lying around the house that I actually wanted to read, but somehow didn't get round to doing it. Hence the list. Because I find that nowadays if I don't have some kind of list, I can't for the life of me get a hold of the things I really wanted to have done.

Terrible, I know. I feel very old already ._.

The list isn't complete yet. There are a couple of my sister's books that I have my sights on. I can't seem to find them now though. And I find that since I started working, I've been even more diligent at buying and buying and buying books. Actually I wanted to buy more books, and I probably would have, if not for the fact that I'm so stingy with my money. And it's one of the main reasons that I like it when there are second hand books up for sale.

I bought a Torey Hayden book at the MPH bookstore at Subang Parade yesterday. And went for piano lesson today and found out there is a book sale nearby. And grabbed another second hand book  ^_^

Although I have to admit, the prices seemed to be much pricier than the last time they had it. Which is why I only bought one. Since I had a dentist appointment later in the afternoon, and wasn't sure how much it would cost me. But seriously, make it a bit cheaper, will you?

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