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Bookworm struggles: 1st world problem

Some says, reading is like dreaming with your eyes open. That you read to escape the cruel reality but to be honest, sometimes, being a bibliophile can be pain in the ass.

Today, I am going to enlist all the hardships we, bookworms go through or at least what I can think of and all the Google can provide.

1. Constantly being ask what’s your favorite book of all time.

Why? Because for every genre, I have like two or three favorite books. I just can’t choose one. There’s this book I love when I want to cry, to laugh, or to whatsoever.

2. People actually thought you’re super smart.

Little did they know, I always search for the unfamiliar words in the dictionary. That I am too lazy to even read the required reading in our literature class.

3. Torn between wanting to make your favorite book as a movie and not.

It’s because we are all afraid we’ll not like it. That they’ll change a bit in terms of the plot and the casting is not really your cup of tea. I mean, my imagination regarding their faces are already set, no need to change it.

4. You have an unending tbr list.

Let’s face it, despite the fact you have billions of books slowly rotting in your shelves, you still kept purchasing books. Why can’t we just stop?

5. Reading in public is a struggle.

You know why reading in public is so hard? Because people will constantly ask you what you’re reading even though you know they know that you’re in the midst of reading. Of course, you’ll just show them the cover but they’ll ask another question and that is, what is it about?

6. Bad covers

This is not all about cover shaming and believe me, I do believe you should not judge a book by it’s cover but there are just these books that have an amazing plot and characters but have a sucky covers. Type of covers you’re embarrassed to take pictures of or read in public because they’ll thought you’re reading a fantasy version of fifty shades.

Plus, you cannot release your emotions. You can’t cry right in public for fear they’ll gonna judge you.

7. Waiting a year for the next book to come out.

Patience is a virtue but too much waiting is agony. You know what’s worse? You’re waiting too much to the point you forgot what you just read and by the time the book is released, you need to reread the book.

8. When you accidentally rips a page out of frustration.

The author just brutally murdered your favorite character, what do you want me to do? And since you don’t want to be called book monster, you pretended as if nothing happened.

9. Expensive books = growling stomach.

Am I the only one who starves myself(not to the point I’ll die though) just to afford the books I badly want? By that, I’ll just survive by free foods from my family and even from free tastes.

And that’s it, folks. I am already sleepy and I am too dumb to think of another struggle. Perhaps next time though.

Now, how many of these have you experience? And if you have your own struggle of being bibliophile then don’t hesitate to comment down below.

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My Second Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) Experience

Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is definitely one of the most anticipated event of us, booknerds. It’s our very version of early Christmas, to tell you the truth.

I can proudly say I am one of the bibliophiles who seriously take this event seriously to the point as soon as the event ended, I am already saving and counting the days till MIBF began again.

My friends and I were supposed to attend the said event at Saturday. Unfortunately, due to the very gloomy weather, we decided to just postponed our plan and go the day after that despite how we all know last day will surely be packed and boy are we correct.

The whole place was so jammed to the point I have to say excuse so many times, no kidding. My friends and I lose each other countless of times, to be honest, I was hesitant to approach the Customer Service and request if they could page my friends but alas, that would be really embarrassing. In case you’re wondering, no, I don’t have any load to text them. Also, my life is as sorted out as the books on the discounted section. Ha!

Anyways, regarding the books, I can say I am a bit disappointed with it. Let’s start with Fullybooked. All of the books that are in my list can only be found in them and boy am I a bit blue because they were all out of stock. Nevertheless, I still manages to score two classics in them so let’s just forget the first part. Aside from that, all their books are on sale so that’s something you want to applaud Fullybooked for.

Now, let us talk about National Bookstore, the first thing we noticed as soon as we stepped inside was how jammed it is. No kidding, we only managed to stay for like 5 minutes there because we need to buy the first book of Noah Shaw in them. Nevertheless, it was all still worth it because NBS books are way cheaper than Fullybooked’s, no kidding. Also, I get to have free tote bag so who the hell am I to complain?

For the most awaited part which is Book Binge Bazaar, I can say I am torn between disappointed and satisfied with it. Why? Simply for the reason the selections of books were not really good though don’t get me wrong, I still managed to gain like a book which I am so excited to read. Personally, I do prefer the previous Book Binge Bazaar than this one.

One thing I also noticed was their marketing strategy. They mostly sell 2nd and 3rd book on a series instead of selling the 1st book first for us to know if the series is worth continuing and if it’s worth our cha-ching.

Right after we finished our little shopping galore, of course, we searched for an instagrammable areas to shoot but sadly, they were none. Well, we found a pretty clean wall right beside the comfort room but the security guard told us to get the hell out. Kidding, she just said we should move somewhere which we did without any complains. Luckily, we did managed to shot each photos for us three.

My friends and I were desperate enough to enter Book Binge Bazaar once again to sit right in the corner and shoot a couple of photos there. What do I mean by couple? Uhm, let’s say about 150 photos? Hahaha.

This is me, by the way.

Most memorable moment of this year’s MIBF for us? It would absolutely be meeting Nico Tortellini right in the escalator. To be honest, my friends and I were totally bewildered at the sight of him to the point all we did were smile and wave like a bunch of fools. Alas, at least we don’t need to queue to see him up close. To be fair, my friend wanted to buy his poetry book even before we met him but it was a bit expensive for us so pretended we saw nothing. Haha.

If you’re reading this, Nico then I just want to grab this opportunity to say…Fancy hat you have there, ma fren.

Before I end this, I just want to commend all the staffs. I envy the very sharp memory of Fullybooked’s staffs and the enthusiasm of the security guards’ of Book Binge Bazaar. The real unsung heroes.