In Inkheart, there’s this one character that I could really relate to. No, it’s not the brave and resourceful daughter or the father. It’s the spinster aunt who owned a house full of books! I imagine that I would turn out to be just like her in five years time – a spinster with a house full of books. But instead of the old and Gothic Victorian mansion, I would only have a small two bedroom apartment. Gee I wonder where’s the fun in that? Hmmmmm, but anyway…
I am crazy about books and I buy them like crazy. When I was young and perpetually broke, I usually restrict my book buying to the most rare and brilliant books out there. Back then, I would never buy books that get less than 4 stars rating at Amazon.com. I was a book snob. I would never read anything but highly recommended literature and I would never ever buy a book without reading the reviews given by other readers at Amazon. I don’t know what happened, because somewhere along the way I’ve completely forgotten about my book buying rules and I suddenly I find myself buying books without much thinking. Maybe it’s because I am old now and I am no longer perpetually broke so I could definitely buy any books I want. Through this new habit I’ve discovered some books that I really really enjoy like the Twilight Sagas and the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, so it’s not really all that bad. But there’s a downside to this book buying mania – I’ve recently moved into a much smaller apartment and I actually have to leave half of my books in my old apartment because there’s no room for more books in my room! You have no idea how painful it is to leave half of my precious books behind – It feels like I have left a part my life behind! But I really had no choice.
I’ve refrained myself from buying any new books since the beginning of this year because I really hate to sacrifice more space for books when I still have about eighty books stuck in my old apartment. But a few days ago, in the spirit of FREEEEEDOM from final exams I’ve decided to let go and buy Wally Lamb’s latest book – the book that I’ve been wanting to buy since early this year, the book that I would longingly stare at everytime I make that almost weekly trip to Harris, 1Borneo – it is THE book. Written by one of those authors whose books I would buy without even thinking twice. For me, there are only few writers that fell into this category and they are Paolo Coelho, Mitch Albom, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Wally Lamb, Haruki Murakami, Douglas Coupland, Donna Tartt, John Knowles, Ayn Rand, Khaled Hosseini and Jon McGregor. With that said, I could definitely understand why I felt like I need to break my own rules – I mean, waiting for over four months to buy the book is like an insult to my favourite author and to the avid reader in me.
So here’s the thing. I’ve been thinking hard about this and I’ve decided to stop denying myself the pleasure of reading a good book just because I want more space in my room! It’s insane! I am taking a drastic measure to make more space for new books. I think it’s pointless to hold on to things. So I’ve decided to perform one massive RABCK next month and I wish to get rid of all the books that I could easily buy in any bookstores in Sabah should I feel the need to read any of them again. People say that if you love something, give it away. I am doing just that.
RABCK stands for Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness. If you have never heard of Bookcrossing.Com you should head there and read up their intro. It’s the best book sharing community on the planet because everything is free and everyone is phenomenally generous. A long time ago in KK when the only good bookstores around were Maggie’s Bookshop and Eaton’s, Bookcrossing.com was like a shining beacon of hope for people like me. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in RABCK. I am very exited about this. I’ve been thinking about this since early May and I think this is the best way to part with my books.
So if you’re still wondering what I am babbling about here, let me emphasize the word FREEBIES, because God knows how we Malaysian loves that word and the meaning word. I am giving away free books. Yes, they’re absolutely free! As long as you’re willing to come and collect them yourself. But if you’re in Sarawak or Peninsular Malaysia – I might feel generous enough to ship the books to you, if you ask nicely. But please bear in mind that I won’t ship ASAP so if you want to them to be shipped immediately, you have to be willing to foot the postage fee yourself.
If you’re in Kota Kinabalu area you can pick the books up in School of Science Technology, University Malaysia Sabah or I could arrange to leave the book somewhere in 1Borneo where you could pick them up i.e under table near counter, Starbucks, 1Borneo – because God knows how socially inept I am and how much I hate meeting people I’ve never met before. You cannot, I repeat, CANNOT come to my apartment to pick up the books, even if you know where I live because I have no social skills and my home is always in the state of phenomenal mess.
This is only the first batch. I will offer more RABCKs after I got rid of these. This offer stands for three weeks from the date of this blog post. Afterward, all unwanted books will be released the Bookcrossing way all over Kota Kinabalu… by that I mean,all over 1Borneo shopping mall. Do you have a space for a little piece of my life?
1. Broadcasting, Cable, the Internet and Beyond: An Introduction to Modern Electronic Media, Joseph R Dominick BCID: 316-7235744 | Amazon Review
2. Computing Today w/ Student CD, Timothy O’Leary, Linda O’Leary BCID: 114-7235769 | Amazon Review
3. Using Information Technology: A Practical Introdution to Computers & Communications, Fifth Edition, Brian K. Williams, Stacey Sawyer, Brian Williams BC-ID 994-7235784 | Amazon Review
4. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Conceptual Approach, Albert B. Bennett, Ted Nelson, BC-ID 524-7235791 | Amazon Review
5. Little Women (Wordsworth Collection), Louisa May Alcott BC-ID 206-1001045
6. Cold Mountain : A Novel, Charles Frazier BC-ID 956-1296100 | Amazon Review
7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams BC-ID 587-1848103 | Amazon Review
8. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg BC-ID 349-2087123 | Amazon Review
9. Crooked Little Heart, Anne Lamott BC-ID 649-1914782 | Amazon Review
10. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby BC-ID 461-1895709 | Amazon Review
11. Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow), William Gibson BC-ID 726-1777689 | Amazon Review
12. The Crazed, Ha Jin BC-ID 172-1714005 | Amazon Review
13. The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger BC-ID 491-7237418 | Amazon Review
14. Speak Softly She Can Hear, Pam Lewis BC-ID 195-7237431 | Amazon Review
15. Wilderness Tips, Margaret Atwood BC-ID 888-1533901 | Amazon Review
16. Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins BC-ID 542-1697698 | Amazon Review
17. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, Mitch Albom BC-ID 326-996092 | Amazon Review
18. You Shall Know Our Velocity, Dave Eggers BC-ID 872-998475 | Amazon Review
19. Wishful Thinking, Melissa Hill BC-ID 654-7237452 | Amazon Review
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