I am finally back with a tan, photos, great and sometimes – mostly – unexpected experiences, and a whole lot of things to say about my escapades. Whilst I get all the photos and notes sorted for that, not to mention my sleeping pattern and such, I can, to keep up this spirit of the blog’s original intention introduce you to the books I procured whilst over there in the sun. Also a quick thanks to Dreaming Robot Press who this morning offered me a review future copy of The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide 2018.
First a note on the bookshops, I only visited three surprisingly, one had pretty steep prices for second-hand books but seemed more reasonable for new books oddly; a chain called National Book Store, which was one of those shops that has more gift ideas than books. It’s always a sad state of affairs seeing the books diminish and the choice was lacking in my opinion, unless you are a fan of bestsellers that is. My taste for obscure gems I so love to find was reserved for Fully Booked which had the best selection and a sexy set of Penguin Classics that had me caressing the spines with a one track mind.
To the books though and there seems little point in going to a country if you aren’t going to immerse yourself in its past, especially one which isn’t so popular on Western shelves. Having chosen to start reading José Rizal’s incendiary classic, Noli Me tángere (Touch Me Not) for the journey (of which a review is coming soon), I nevertheless picked up some books which will give me some insight into this fascinating country, which I can’t wait to visit again.
Picking up Philippine Football: Its Past, Its Future, I couldn’t help thinking Sarah would be extremely proud of me, especially as I picked this up on the opening weekend of the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League. Lessons from Dad given to me by Crissy (more of whom in later posts) is an intriguing and wholly unexpected read which promises to be something different for me, dealing as it does with life and family lessons from the head of one of Asia’s largest and most diversified conglomerates JG Summit Holdings.
Dusty Trails, my final offering was found in a café that is full of books and I had to have this collection of true stories about ranchers, cowboys and pioneers of North Eastern California. For some reason I needed to have it and the owner of the private collection – that was just meant for reading whilst enjoying good food and drink – was kind enough to recognise the infatuation of a fellow book lover and let me buy it.
An interesting mix of books I hope you agree, I even left a book about Nicaragua and the Catholic Church amongst others on the shelves but then again that is one of the many reasons to go back. Full photo and posts will be up soon as will my slowly catching up with you all, it’s good to be back writing (although I have a suspicion that it could be written better) and there is plenty to recommend the people and places of the Philippines to the prospective traveller.
I did this a couple of times too…