My 2016 Book Haul (so far)



14365450_10154683995447122_963726527_nBelieve it or not, I started hoarding all these books only around early May of this year  and no, I’m not rich. I did not blackmail anyone nor did I harass my husband to buy me books although I did give him the literally heaviest burden-carrying the books. I belong to the middle working class of the Filipino socio-economic hierarchy so you’re probably wondering how I acquired all these books in less than a year. Let me share with you what’s been keeping me busier than I already am.


For the past couple of months, I’ve been very busy not only with my eight hour office work from Mondays to Fridays, my full time reading hobby and my part-time (unpaid) writing career but I’ve also been busy with selling, trading and buying books with fellow bookworms both in person and online. Some of the books on the picture, I traded with my fellow Goodreads friends like Jobelle, Nicay and Neil. One book was gifted to me by my friend, Pearl and a few others were actually gifted by the authors themselves particularly from Ms. Kathleen Baldwin and Mr. Dan Krzyzkowski, the latter gifted me two books.

In order to earn funds to buy the rest of the books and this was actually the most difficult part of this entire experience, I had to let go of my previously owned ones by selling them online. I even put up a Facebook page to sell my books. Some of the money I collected was what I used to buy all the rest of the books I own now, of course the rest I used for personal/family expenses. I never imagined giving up my books, my babies but I learned to be a bit more practical. If I wanted to read new books, I had to let go of my old ones as much as it pained me to do so.

The following are the photos of the babies I sold in order to buy new ones. I sincerely hope that their new owners nurture and love them as much as I did. I wasn’t able to document all but here are those I was able to retrieve:





Perhaps, this post horrified you or perhaps it gave you an idea. Either way, my purpose in sharing this post is to give fellow readers  an idea on how to earn new books without having to spend anew.:)

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

6 thoughts on “My 2016 Book Haul (so far)

  1. You have uhm… 50.. ah no… 70…no 110 books… ahhh no..I lost count already!! I remember filling my shelves before (back when I wasn’t married yet) and my apartment was really small and all my books end up on top of my bed and underneath because my two shelves were already jampacked. My books were the ones residing in it, not me. LOL. Wow, that’s a lot Aj! For us, bookworms, it’s heaven!

    1. Hahaha. Thank you, Ate Claire. Your husband will probably complain if you still had those collections. hehe. I’m lucky mine is patient and very supportive of my hobby. Lol. Did shed a lot of sweat and blood to earn those books though. hehe

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