Last thursday I pick up four books only and the rest belong to my nieces and nephew. Because its the Selangor Sultan’s birthday today, my eldest sister decided for a night out to MIECC and with all those spare changes I had from the pre-sale, why must I say no to that?
This time, I bought my trolley along with me and surprisingly, its easy to move around with it even in public transport. This time, I saw a lot of people holding their book pile in their hands and the boxes which often result in painful bumps and bruises for me. Then again, I had my share of painful bumping on others too. People, a crowded hall is no place for someone to walk fast and furious okay.
I usually get nausea if I travel on full stomach. So I was starving and since I’ve never been to the upstairs MIECC section, I drag my sister along for a bite to eat. I saw the usual Pizza Hut, Dominos and KFC and Korean food and Japanese food stalls but what caught my eyes was the burger stall.
Charcoal beef burger for RM 12 plus a bottle of water.
OMG, it was heavenly. The charcoal bun was purely aesthetic and it taste like any ordinary bun. The BBQ sauce was sweet and tangy (although a bit watery) which was great on its own without the added chili sauce. The thick patty was juicy and deliciously well-cooked and I’m one of those people who are very sensitive with gritty dry out flat bits of minced meat (which was common with McDonalds) and this is big for me. The vegetables are fresh and even the lettuce didn’t overpower the the burger (I do eat lettuces but hate a lot of food servers’ tendency to overdress lettuces in their food preparation and call it ‘salad’ with a dash of thousand island sauce, plus they always include the hard stem in it).
I never publicly endorse a food product before but gosh, I love this. If you come around BBW, be sure to flock the stall because goddamn they make good burgers. Plus, its filling and it last me to dinner, that’s always a plus.
Pleasingly full and we’re onwards to our book hunt. On the way out, I noted a row of vending massage chairs with RM1 for 6 minutes. Seems good for those aching body. Not that I have any experience using it.
Now for the good part of the day. I notice that in many tables, the arrangements were in chaotic mess. I saw several folks threw the book they’re browsing on the stack and seems alright to leave it like that. It was haphazard. A lot of books were flat over rows of books with their spines up and I would be the one rearranging them in a tower at the side or put it back into the piles to look underneath them. Sometimes I found books on the floor but luckily, I haven’t seen books with torn covers… yet. Seriously, did you do this in those posh bookstores? Or have you ever been in a bookstore and create a mess like a child? I even see this in clothing stores during sales season and frankly, it’s embarrassing to see an adult doing that especially those who are older than me.
I do throw books on a pile… inside my trolley. They always lie flat side down and I buy them. So I’m quite abusive to my own books but I have my own codes to not to do that on library and bookstore books. To see book abuse on books that weren’t your own.. its genuinely despicable.
I guess, there’s too many people who went here without planning and had to use the boxes. Problem is, you have the tendency to rest the boxes on the books on the table especially those heavy boxes filled with your books and the weight can damage the books where you’re flattening your box on. And you tend to not look where you walk when you lug around these boxes. So you might not be aware of those shorter than the level of the boxes you’re carrying and its painful when these sharp ends poke people and kids.
BBW need prior planning folks. Try to be considerate especially when there’s kids around.
Now on the books themselves. I was thinking about getting the Dragon version of Fantasy Artist’s Pocket Reference but I can’t find any of it in the Art section 😦 I was also thinking about getting another book about cooking but I have enough of them already and by experience, I like the culinary textbooks I had instead of these cooking books.
But I figured, I better comb the tables again and I found there’s more variation in the mix-up stacks. Variation is good and having good eye is good too. You’ll find good titles in the middle of a lot of random titles. Don’t give up.
As usual, I went back to the Literature section and to my frustration, the stacks didn’t seem to change since the pre-sale. There’s simply too many British classics in the stacks (most of them are already under RM10 in most bookstores). I nearly gave up.
You know what I did?
I saw some boxes at the side and found some nicer modern classics and I figured that there must be more stuff rather than this repetitive boring titles that had sat there since Thursday. I went down on my knees and and started to look through the boxes underneath the table. Yep.
Provided that you ALWAYS rearrange the items in the boxes back into the box. Then again, I had to rearrange the books already inside the box again because some of them had their pages open and wrinkled from pressure). If you open up these boxes and make a chaotic mess on the floor and destroy the books in process, I will personally come over and remove every single hair on your scalp with my tweezers. I’m not joking!
Other than that, you could always wait for next year for the aftermath sale but I hardly find good literature books there.
And you know what I find?
There’s always gems in all book sale if you know where to look.
And my sister’s book hoard :
And the trolley shot!
Boy, they’re ever so sexy in my basket.
And the overall damage was RM278 while mine was around RM114. My sister pick up a lot of PTS young adult books for Alya and herself and seem to be satisfied with her damage (we’re still weirdly under our actual budget).
On the additional things about BBW, apparently there’s a sitting area next to the storage site. I didn’t notice it exist during the pre-sale and its a bit crowded too. Now I know where the source of the huge pile of mess was from last year. I need to remind you to always always rearrange the books you don’t need to the specified corner where the minions could pick it up and rearrange it back or go to the tables and put it where it belong. The price tag have genre designation. Yes, its a long walk back, but for the love of book gods, just do it.
Surprisingly, the payment counter were quite empty. During a state holiday. Amazing.
Good job for the organizer.
After Chatime and some struggling and thoughts about walking back with aching feet and heavy trolley, we went back to KTM via The Mines’ water taxi. RM2 and a one-way ride for a bedraggled mess of a chronic bookworm. I had motion sickness too and it gave me an intense headache than the usual nausea, which is fine since I have a high pain tolerance. I’m too grounded these days that I lost my nomadic travelling endurance 😦
And the book glamour shot, I know you’re waiting for it :
1. Aldous Huxley’s Point Counter Point
2. Aldous Huxley’s Ape and Essence
3. Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian
4. Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses
5. William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury
6. Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse
7. Various Writers’ Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (Edited : Reza Aslan)
Inside it there’s Khalil Gibran, Yahya Haqqi, Tawfiq Al-Hakim, ‘Arrar, ‘Abd Al-Rahim Mahmud and many many more.
8. Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind
9. Micheal Morpurgo’s War Horse
10. Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club
11. Dashiell Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon
You know how rare this classic noir is? Dead effing rare.
12. Zoe Marriott’s The Swan Kingdom
13. Phillip Reeve’s Infernal Devices.
Its a steampunk series called Mortal Engines which I’ve heard about it before (because Cassandra Clare use its name as her series) but I haven’t pick it up until today. Apparently its a third book and was written with a 16 years gap between them. Which is fine to be read on its own I guess.
14. Ma Jian’s Beijing Coma
I’ve been searching for this book everywhere and I have The Dark Road on my Kindle.
They’re thick hardcovers which is why I left them. I’m still curious about Diana Gabaldon but boy she wrote thick books.
And finally, think about the book choice that you get. Was it impulse buying? Can you live without the books? Is it necessary to get the books? Will you read them within the year? Is it urgent? Does it have ebook version?
Don’t pick up the books and buy things you don’t need.
Some of the things I learn from my parents. Except that books fell into life’s necessity for and they don’t get it. Fine.
This does mean I probably will do another clearance sale. A proper thing with a table and stuff at a proper flea market… maybe
On the other hand, did you know who have completed her 2013’s GR challenge?
My reading average seem to hover around 16.7 books per month and its not even the end of the year. That was less that the amount of the books I get from these random book sales and a quarter of it was galleys. Admittedly, I tend to read through my ebooks more than the physical books I own because once read, if I hate it, it became a waste of space and I hate that feeling. Then again, my kindle is a bottomless refilling book pit.
But must I immediately finish through my own physical stash again?
No. It will turn on my OCD tendency and I’ll have to hunt Amcorp Mall for second hand books in every weekend.
Its totally okay if you haven’t finish all the books you’ve bought from Big Bad Wolf Sale. But if you read lesser than the amount of the months in the year we’re in, that’s a problem. If you need some help and motivation to read, I’m always active on Goodreads Malaysia and Twitter and Facebook’s book club. As soon as the new year strike, we’ll create a new reading challenge of the year, okay?