The Smell of Paperback and A Growing Library

This article has been delayed for almost 3 weeks. I’ve been meaning to publish it sooner but since it’s a self requirement to put pictures in every article I write, this was the only time I was able to take a shot of the books I have on my current shelf. It is also timely to post this article for 2 reasons: 1) To pay tribute to the 2 huge bookshops in Singapore that have recently closed; 2) To appreciate hardcopy, printed pages before we lose it. 

Aside from reading them, I love the smell of book leaves. I appreciate how technology can turn these pages into an e-book but until I get my iPad (and even if I had one) I won’t trade it for the luxury of smelling old, rustic, dusty books. You can say I’m a bit old-fashioned, but I can’t imagine myself reading on a bench, in a park, holding an iPad instead of a real book. It seems like there’s something wrong in that picture. That was why I was threatened when popular bookshops in Singapore started closing. What will happen to my dream of having a personal library? I already have an idea of what bookshelf I’m going to buy!

I should thank my friends who donated these books for my library. I read Confessions of a Shopaholic, so I’m really thankful for receiving this stack of books from my friends. I do have a dilemma though whether to cover it or not. I have this obsessive-compulsive behavior of covering my books first before reading them and I always try to avoid getting creases especially on the spine. So since these are not originally my books I’m not sure if the practice applies to them.

Disclaimer: I don’t think I’m reading Twilight. I hate that movie.

These were the books I bought so far. I received 2 Dan Browns for a birthday gift and a NatGeo coffee table book for a Christmas gift. You may have noticed I got 2 copies of Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore.

Here’s a closer look . I have 2 journals which I have yet to fill. The spiral bound has been with me for the past 4 years which means I really have some catching up to do with my writing. To add, I’m currently re-reading Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. 

The book on top is an SF writer reference book. It’s a comprehensive guide to the different styles of writing from academic to literary. It’s also a fully illustrated form of handbook so it’s not really a boring stuff to read especially for a reference material. I got photography books for my studying, 2 coffee table books and Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, which was the first book I bought in Singapore.

I read this article on Facebook several times about dating a girl who reads and I think it really holds true for a book lover-reader like me. I don’t squeeze in and haggle clothes in a flea market, nor do I get excited on a shopping day, but I rummage through book sales, drool over the limited edition Paulo Coelho’s book set, and get thrilled as Harry and Ron tries to escape the Whomping Willow.


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