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So I organized my books last Saturday.

It was a lot more work than I thought it would be, as it seems I have accumulated far more books than I thought I had over the course of many, many years. And it was well into the fourth hour of my clean-up — I kid you not, it took literal hours to do this thing — that I realized I only had a limited amount of space in the apartment I share with the rest of my family.

There really was really only one thing left for me to do: Sell my books.

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Read ALL the books!

Victory!

I don’t know about you guys, but I found 2011 to just be a very bleurgh year, to say the least. It seemed like there was just a general malaise that seemed to infect the world the past year — earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, flooding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one happy to see the back of last year.

And yeah, there’s that whole Mayan apocalypse thing that’s supposed to happen this year, but you know what? I’m going to be a freaking optimist about the whole thing. World’s going to end? Then I’m going to read ALL the books.

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Your week in books #14

It’s been a really busy week for me, with several interviews taking place one after another, that it’s been a little difficult to update this here blog. But I’m back now, O Faithful Readers in the Threes!

There’s been a post I’ve been itching to write for two weeks now that I hope you guys will really like. Watch out later in the day because I will definitely put it up before the weekend. But for the meantime this round-up of news will have to do!

  • Wesley Scroggins

    If there’s one thing that really gets me riled up, it’s censorship. I don’t like it when it’s done to movies and I most definitely do not like when it’s done to books. It’s even doubly frustrating when these shenanigans go down in this day and age. So you can just imagine my contempt for the man on the right, Wesley Scroggins, who successfully campaigned to have Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five”, Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak”, and Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer” removed from a high school library and its curriculum. If there’s any silver lining in this, those kids will be searching the internet for ebooks of those three novels because that’s certainly what I would if somebody told me I couldn’t read something because it’s “dirty”. (Source)

  • The Man Booker longlist is out, and this year’s list looks a little different as four of the novels included are debut works. There also seems to be more “genre” books this time around, which I’m certainly happy about. If a book’s good, it’s good, even if it’s “just a thriller”. (Source)
  • I’m sure most of my readers from the Philippines notice that paperback books arrive really early here on our shores. Aside from the fact that it’s a tough battle to sell hardcovers here (I asked), it also looks like publishers are really pushing for paperback editions to come out earlier, mostly as a reaction to the rising popularity of ebooks. (Source)
  • Finally, Lady Gaga, along with fashion photographer Terry Richardson, will be collaborating on a book of photographs chronicling a year in the Mother Monster’s life. (Source)