I usually don’t get the chance to go out of my way to check out warehouse sales, but the everything-for-ten-pesos Books for Less Warehouse Sale was simply too irresistible to miss. After all, my main target was to get books for the twins and as I saw from blog and instagram posts from Nanay’s Trip and The Binondo Mommy, there are plenty of children’s books available.
So Don and I checked it out Saturday morning. On the way over we decided we’d be willing to get as much as 50 books, but at the end of the excursion I can’t say that I’m not happy with the 23 books we got to take home. Aren’t they beautiful? 🙂
the day’s book harvest. thank you Books for Less!
Going in, my mental list of criteria were:
- Preferably board books so my 20 month-old twins won’t end up destroying them within 2 minutes
- To suit the twins’ age and attention span, books that provide short, snappy lines per page and teach useful concepts or vocabulary.
- And of course, books that are in good condition even if they’re already used
I would say around half of our purchases fit these criteria, but I also ended up with some that didn’t make the criteria at all but ended up in my book bag anyway.
These two activity books have some stickers missing, but there are still plenty remaining and for P10 and given the twins’ fondness for stickers, I’m not going to be that picky.
activity books. lots of stickers and Bible characters on one, and instructions for kids on setting up their own party in the other!
This elephant book from Jane Goodall’s Animal Series got my attention because 1) the twins already recognize elephants from drawings and plushies I thought it would be nice to show them a book with real elephant pictures, and 2) there are twin baby elephants featured!
Elephant Family, by Jane Goodall
In general, I usually prefer reading the books before watching any film adaptation, but HBO’s Game of Thrones was one of my few exceptions, because the show was so good that it was such a treat to come into each episode with no idea what was going to happen next.
However, after three seasons, the show’s ever growing popularity makes it really difficult to avoid stumbling onto spoilers online, and I’ve had to watch several episodes with a sigh of resignation because I accidentally read a spoiler some scumbag posted online.
So now I’m hitting the books. I already read the first one after watching Season 1 when it first aired, and the plan was to read the second book after watching the second season, and so on. That was the plan, at least, until life (read: pregnancy and twin babies) got in the way and I was never able to finish the second book. But now, armed with a new iPad that allows me to read in a dimly lit bedroom with a baby asleep beside me, I’m fast catching up. As in fueled-by-the-recently-aired-season-fast. As in still-suffering-withdrawal-syndrome-from-the-recently-aired-season-fast. Only a few chapters to go until I finish the last book! And then I join the ranks of those eagerly awaiting the publication of the next book but afraid to rant about the delay for fear that George R.R. Martin would kill another Stark if we keep pestering him about it.
In the meantime, in honor of the books and books in general, I collected some choice quotes from A Song of Ice and Fire, searched for some cast photos, et voilà. A little tribute to the written word. Because reading books really is something, no matter how good the film adaptation is.