There goes my self-control: the first of my MIBF loot

Every year, the plan is to pace myself, especially because I’m at the Manila International Book Fair every single day.

Of course, every year is somewhat of a fail, but I don’t think it’s ever been as epic a fail as this year! I normally buy one or two books during the weekdays, and reserve shopping for the weekend, but when you’re in the company of enablers *cough cough Flippers cough cough Team WAADO cough cough* it’s really hopeless.

So I might as well show you what I got (quick, before the guests I am waiting for get here!)

Here’s the loot from Days 1 and 2 (and I am sorry to say I have added another load today)… I am trying to ignore my running tab. Most of these are bargain bin finds P100 and below, but well, the sheer number adds up.

Comics, graphic novels, and manga

Tintin comics (NBS bargain bin). I actually have them, so I bought for a friend.

Zodiac PI (NBS bargain bin), because I loved Kitchen Princess so much

Metamo Kiss (NBS bargain bin) – Funny story, overheard a teenybopper
excitedly telling her friends about it so I grabbed a copy.

Squee! Graphic novel! (NBS bargain bin)

Alan Moore sampler – 50% off! (PSICOM)

and my absolute favorite:

Studio Ghibli postcard book! Squee! Squee! (MegaViz)

Picture books (Awesome stuff for my collection!)

Lane Smith’s It’s a Book (NBS bargain bin) — OMG, this book has been on my wishlist
ever since it was released.

Fancy Nancy (NBS bargain bin), because I love paper dolls!

Not completely sure I don’t have this yet. But just in case. (NBS bargain bin)

 Was completely sold on this (NBS bargain bin)

The bronies are recruiting me. Might as well. (NBS bargain bin)

Very pretty watercolors! (NBS bargain bin)

Had to get this — it’s the first time I saw a pop-up Roald Dahl + Quentin Blake.
Don’t ask how much. But got it 20% off! :D


I don’t have this Peter Mayle yet (NBS bargain bin)

“Doing a Blooey” (a.k.a “upgrading”) on my paperback (NBS bargain bin)

I still have another bag at home that I forgot to take pictures of — stuff from Tahanan. Also bought a staggeringly heavy bunch of books from A-Z Direct this afternoon.

I haven’t gotten my annual stash of locally published books yet, mainly because there are more signings over the weekend. I also have my eye on more specially-priced books. And yes, the bargain bins of NBS keep replenished. Work calls now, but the weekend awaits. Will show you the rest of my MIBF loot in another post, hopefully not too many more!

See you at the MIBF this weekend!


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21 thoughts on “There goes my self-control: the first of my MIBF loot”

  1. Your MIBF adventures always amuse me, Blooey. :D I can’t wait to see the rest of what you got and will get this weekend. :)

    I’ll be there again tomorrow, hope to bump into you somewhere. :)

    1. Very pretty talaga, I couldn’t let go of it.

      Oh no, my Prisoner’s Dilemma is hardcover na. Couldn’t wait eh :D Looking for Book 2 in hc though.

  2. Grrr Blooey!!! You were the one who bought the Mysterious Benedictine Society?!!! NBS staff told me all copies were sold in the first day of MIBF.

    I know you have been lurking at the NBS bargain boxes. In case the Benedictine Society book (I have the Book 2) is available, pls. pls. buy it for me!!!

    I’m also drooling at your pop-up Charlie & Chocolate Factory!

    1. *it’s Benedict :D
      I only point that out because I studied at St. Scho and “Benedictine” puts a whole new meaning to it :D
      A secret society of nuns!

    1. Myra, haha, it cancels out. I was drooling over your library sale finds.

      … I’m afraid this is not the half of it, though!

  3. That Studio Ghibli book is a find! I’m jealous.

    Speaking of Japanese books, are you familiar with Kanae Minato’s Kokuharu (Confessions)? Do you know if it has been translated to English? I loved the movie and would love to read the book as well, but I don’t understand Nihongo.

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