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Books, books and more books

Books, books and more books!

One can never have enough books, even if they are running out of shelving space. I must admit, it is a pain in the ass to clean up the bookcase, considering the amount of dust and animal hair that goes around in this house. Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Reading books on my Kindle

I am going for two things this year: pay off my debt (4 months to go) and completing my reading challenge (50 books). So far, I am on track with both of them. If all goes well, at the end of the year I will be able to say “I am debt free“, and also that I have cultivated my mind and soul.

While I do own a Kindle, I also listen to audio books and I also love reading the good all fashion way.

I am not prejudiced to any method of devouring the content of a good book. For a while audio books have been the obvious choice for me. Given the amount of work I put in, at my actual workplace and at home. Audio books free up my hands! I can do other things, like cleaning, cooking or even stitching.

Kindle helps me be a hoarder on my laptop, without killing my budget or filling up the house. It saves space, and I never liked a cluttered house.

But there are some books that I would rather own. Not many, but some I just love seeing in my bookcase.


I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie. If I ever get to visit U.K., most likely I will visit all the places that have connection with her and with Hercule Poirot. It is also my dream to have a book signed by David Suchet. He is the one and only Hercule Poirot! Following this logic, it was only natural for me to freak out when I saw this jewel in Carturesti Carusel:

David Suchet: Poirot and me
David Suchet: Poirot and me

I did try to get the English version, but they didn’t have it. I won’t complain, since it was such an unexpected find. I didn’t have the heart to remove the plastic cover. I think that will be done when I start reading it. I am keeping it for our August vacation.

In fact, in the last two months I managed to get my hands on a few volumes that are certainly interesting.

Book stash

There are more actually, is just they aren’t in the house at the moment. At work, we do borrow from others, but we also lent others our books. This is one of the things that I love about work.

M. R. Carey The girl with all the giftsDebra Driza Mila 2.0 Penguin Pocket BooksAndrzej Sapkowski

I did read “The girl with all the gifts”. It is the only one I got the chance to finish. In fact it was hard not to finish, since it captivated me so much. It took me just one Saturday. It was a well spent Saturday. I have no regrets about it.

In fact, I am thinking that once I do finish paying off my debt, I could invest in a new bookcase. The one I got from Ikea many years ago is still fine and can hold quite a few volumes of different sizes and shapes. My only problem is that there is no more room in our bedroom, so I will have to set it up in the living room. And yet, I can’t just have one bookcase there. It’s not symmetric enough. So, I will have to settle for two.

I can also use them as storage space, so that’s a win – win situation.

And yes, I am bragging with my lovely collection!


Bibliophile – n. lover of books; one who loves to read, admire and collect books.

Whenever I don’t get things done I blame my lack of free time. But I have a lot of free time whenever I don’t have to work over hours, I just seem to waste it by watching Futurama or Family Guy, or doing something silly on the Internet.

Procrastination is like masturbation.  At first it feels good, but in the end you’re only screwing yourself.

This is a sad truth.  Yup, I’ve fallen of the wagon once again and I need to get back on track. From my notebook I’ve picked 10 books that I really want to read:

  1. “The Body” – Stephen King
  2. “The Breathing Method” – Stephen King
  3. “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Collins
  4. “Catching Fire” – Suzanne Collins
  5. “Mockingjay” – Suzanne Collins
  6. “The Hobbit” – J. R. R. Tolkien
  7. “The Fellowship of the Ring” – J. R. R. Tolkien
  8. “The Two Towers” – J. R. R. Tolkien
  9. “The Return of the King” – J. R. R. Tolkien
  10. “Moulin Rouge” – Pierre La Mure
  11. “Peril at the end house” – Agatha Christie
  12. “Thirteen at Dinner (aka Lord Edgware Dies)” – Agatha Christie
  13. “Murder on the Orient Express” – Agatha Christie
  14. “Three Act Tragedy” – Agatha Christie
  15. “Death in the Air (aka Death in the Clouds)” – Agatha Christie
  16. “The ABC Murders (aka The Alphabet Murders)” – Agatha Christie
  17. “Murder in Mesopotamia” – Agatha Christie
  18. “The Mysterious Affair at Style” – Agatha Christie
  19. “Poirot Investigates” – Agatha Christie
  20. “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” – Agatha Christie
  21. “The Big Four” – Agatha Christie
  22. “Cards on the Table” – Agatha Christie
  23. “Stardust” – Neil Gaiman
  24. “Eat, Pray, Love” – Elizabeth Gilbert

And yes that’s the order that I’m going to read them. I know that I’ve kinda jumped in the “Hunger Games” wagon with all the media that is going on, but what’s wrong with that? Truthfully, I’ve read many articles on the Internet and not only did I got interested in the Hunger Games but I also want to read “Battle Royale” by Koushun Takami and “The Long Walk” by Stephen King.

Now all I have to do is upload the said books on my MP3 player/iPod and just get started. I also have a feeling that my stitching will see an increase in productivity.