New books

By on August 16, 2012

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I was surprised when Herbert’s package finally arrived a few days ago. I told him last week that it would probably take a month before the books would be delivered knowing how our public postal office takes to heart what ‘snail mail’ really means. Herbert assured me that it would arrive sooner than I thought, considering that his shipment to Atlanta only took three weeks. I consoled myself that at the very least, it would come with a good ol’ postage stamp, which is something that FedEx could never replicate.

The brown Manila envelope was suspiciously mangled but nonetheless, the books were in good condition. Perhaps the titles were not interesting enough to be stolen. What the petty thieves failed to realize is that these are great books on mountaineering, which are quite rare to find in this part of the world: Messner’s Free Spirit, Tabor’s Forever on the Mountain and Boukreev’s The Climb.

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Herbert must have spent a lot of time at Booksale branches in Cebu just to find all these. But finding one good book in this bookstore would involve some stroke of luck and tons of patience. He was then quite kind to allow me to borrow his precious finds. I remember that he also lent me his copy of Into Thin Air as a mental preparation of some sort in climbing Mt. Apo. Krakauer’s account of the 1996 Everest tragedy, placed in me a reverence for the mountains and a better perspective in climbing one.

I am quite excited to read these new books, especially The Climb which is Boukreev’s rebuttal to Krakauer’s account. However all these would also join an already long queue of titles that I have yet to read.

The irony of it all is that long before I decided to share my small travels and silly adventures,Β my first ever blog entry was actually about a book. Back then I was worried of coming up with just two paragraphs. So to fool everyone that it was a lengthy write-up, I placed Puddleglum’s reply which then occupied almost two-thirds of blog space.

In one way or the other, Herbert’s package reminded me of some of the things that I also enjoy doing – books, the outdoors among many others. I could only wish then that in the next few months, I would also be able to share some book reviews in this blog. But for the meantime, I must finish what I am currently reading, before I could finally dig into my new books.

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    August 16, 2012

    Ayayay! Books! <3 I'd really love to read your bookish thoughts, Engr! πŸ™‚

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    August 16, 2012

    How do you keep me reading til the end on something I didn't initially find interesting? "Ah, bag-ong books ra diay." But then, I can't stop reading once I started! You should write a book, Mr. Baktin! Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

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    August 16, 2012

    How do you keep me reading until the end on something I didn't initially find interesting? "Ah, bag-ong books ra diay." But then, I can't stop reading once I started! You should write a book, Mr. Baktin! Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

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    August 16, 2012

    atty, you're the authority when it comes to books, so i'll just take a page or two or more from you in that regard. πŸ™‚

    anonymous, thank you for the kind words. writing a book -> it's now on my imaginary bucketlist. πŸ˜‰

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    August 16, 2012

    The climber that started with a book. Sounds pretty nice actually. I guess you're officially a free spirit now. πŸ™‚

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    August 19, 2012

    I've read The Climb and The Places in Between. Tell me what you think of those two. Have fun reading!

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    September 11, 2012

    Hey Kim, it may take me awhile before I'll be a 'free spirit.' But I have been entertaining the thought of buying a one way ticket to somewhere and then never come back, or at least for a year or two.

    I'm now reading The Places in Between Khon. Remember our email thread on this, and then you casually said that you bought your copy in Booksale? Salamat ha. Grabe ko kasuya adto. πŸ™‚ Because of that, I forced, bribed, begged my sister to buy me one ASAP.

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    Nicole Foster

    September 25, 2017

    I didn’t read these books. Thanks for your post! Now I can’t wait to read The Climb as well. And if you need to write a book review, try essayrepublic.com company where well-educated writers will compose you a five star review.


Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play PokΓ©mon GO or not.

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