Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Addict

I met up with a friend for an early dinner after work last week, and we talked amongst others, about books, of which I mentioned I still have about 50 books unread at home. He said I am probably addicted to buying books, and not as much of actually reading them.

I said, "Hell, no".

"So why don't you finish whatever books you already have, before you buy anything new?"

OK, I'll do that.

Of course, right after that dinner, I went into Kinokuniya (just because the restaurant was just next to it, NOT really because I need to buy any books), and OMG, I actually squealed when I saw Rick Riordan's "The Throne of Fire" on display, which is the second book in The Kanes Chronicle. I’ve been waiting for this book for months. I did not exactly gave the series’ first book, "The Red Pyramid", a glowing review, but I loved Rick Riordan and his Percy Jackson series, so I keep my hope alive for this.

But I remembered what my friend said, and after 30 minutes wandering around with the book in hand, I resolved, "This can wait. I should finish at least ten books before I buy this one". With a heavy heart, I put the book down.

So over the weekend, I stayed home and finished off three books (even putting "Secret Garden" drama on hold. Wait for me HB!), but by Monday, my resolution crumbled, and yesterday I came out of Kinokuniya with four new books, including "The Throne of Fire". Hehehe.

Oh yeah. The math definitely does not add up. Read three, buy four. At this rate, the list of my unread books will never decrease.

(BUT, at least I spent the money on books, which is much better than spending it on shoes. See, my shoe collection is not that much…)

So, a quick review of the books I read:

Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” (Autobiography) – hilariously awesome. If you are a fan of her work in SNL, Mean Girls and 30 Rock, or you just have a huge girl-crush on Tina Fey, you definitely have to read this funny book. I laughed from start to end. My only regret is that it is too short.

Emily Griffin’s “Something Borrowed” (Chick-Lit) – It’s a thin line between love and friendship, the book tagline said. The book is about a girl who falls for her best friend’s fiancĂ© (and horror, horror – she was supposed to be the maid of honor at their wedding too), and once and for all, has to decide which is more important: love or friendship? Will she sacrifice her years of relationship with her best friend to chase the love of her life? I was like, duhhhhh, I don’t need to read this to know how it will end. Of course la she will choose love over her friend. Doesn’t love trump all? Doesn't it? Doesn't it?!!

(And yeah, I was correct. The story turned out exactly that way. Hihihi, take yah beli la buku ini. Simpan duit tu, belanja I kat Chilli's, okay?)

Rachel Hawkins’ “Hex Hall” (Young Adult) – Rachel is now my new favorite author. Love, love, love this book, about a teenage witch sentenced to a special school for supernatural beings (witches, shapeshifters and faeries) to learn to control her power - complete with humor, love interest (I’m giddy thinking of Archer and Cal, hoho) and teenage angst. Kick ass! It reminds me of that awesome goodness feeling of reading Percy Jackson. “Hex Hall” is the first book from a trilogy I can described as a cross between Harry Potter and Twilight (heh, bukan pernah baca Twilight pun. Pandai je), but lighter, funnier and wittier – I can’t wait for the other two to come out.

(The second book, “Demonglass”, is very recently published, but so far, there’s only the hardcover version in Kinokuniya. Sooooo expensive. Anyone’s up for a very advance birthday present? Like seven months advance? No?)