A Very Bookish Christmas

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Christmas came early for me this year, because I’ve been off work since Saturday. My bosses are kind enough to not make us go to work this week. So far, I have finished wrapping all the presents and I’ll be off to start grocery-shopping for our Christmas Eve dinner.

It has been a great couple of days so far. Every night, my sister and I have been watching Christmas movies, including Love Actually and Home Alone. But during the day and before I go to sleep, I cuddle some heart-warming books in bed with me.

I have recently finished reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the nth time. I try to read eat at least once every two years, because it’s the perfect buddy during this cozy weather.

When my nephew came over yesterday, we read How the Grinch Stole Christmas Together. He loved it as much as I loved it as a kid. It’s a classic, and something no one can’t really outgrow.

Right now, I’m reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters From Father Christmas. I was surprised when I saw the book in a garage sale, because I didn’t know the one who wrote about middle earth also wrote about Christmas! So far, I’m enjoying every bit of it.

This week is turning into a great one, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be more chaotic as Christmas Day approaches. For now, I’ll just revel in the quiet confines of my room with my books.

Happy Holidays, everyone! Be merry and happy this season~ 🙂

Halloween Reading: Pet Sematary

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I’m a big Stephen King fan, but surprisingly, I still haven’t read Pet Sematary.

So this Halloween, I’m reading this little gem and enjoying every bit of it. It’s engaging and masterfully written like other King novels. I don’t think it’ll be a favorite (that spot’s reserved for Misery!), but it will definitely be one of the most remembered.

So far, here’s my favorite line from the book:

 “And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”

Stephen King novels may not be Pulitzer-material, but you must admit the king of terror knows how to build a world that’s terrifying and believable at the same time. I have a few dozens pages left  to read, and he has already impressed on me that this novel is one of his greatest works.

Anyway, enjoy your Halloween everyone while I devour the last pages of Pet Sematary.

The Bookshelf Project

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I’m currently renovating my room and my utmost priority is my bookshelf. As much as I love books, I’m afraid I don’t have a pretty nor a functional bookshelf to house my books, hundreds of ’em. So despite being low on budget, I’ve been working on it for a week now, and I’m nowhere near completion.

So here’s my plan:

  • Maximize space by installing shelves on my walls, like the pictured above. But I plan to paint the shelves white for a cleaner and more minimalistic look.
  • Install the shelves myself! I already bought the planks and next step is to pain them and install them with the help of friends.
  • Buy adorable book ends! I already bought two pairs but I think I’ll need a few more.
  • Sort my books by genre. This might be the most time-consuming thing I’ll do in this project.

I’m far from completion but hopefull I’ll finish this next week. 🙂