Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book Haul #1: Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2012

 BBW's facebook page
Why the sale is named as Big Bad Wolf Book Sale?  I question this every year myself.

I think it was at the end of last year. Or was it early 2013? I'm not sure, I'll just go with 2012 edition. I went two times I think to this awesome book sale. It's awesome for me because the books they had for sale was very very very cheap! It's dirt cheap. RM 8 for a book? Just shut up and take my money.

They had new books at that -- not new release, just new as in not-in-second-hand-condition. You won't find any recent releases at the sale. Some of the books have 'contengan' like it's been marked with permanent markers, but I don't have problem with that. The books felt new anyway.

You won't find prices like that anywhere in Malaysian bookstores. I've wrote before, about English books in Malaysia being an expensive species. And, I, being a poor person with not much money to spend on books that normally priced around RM 40 - RM 60 - (that's the standard price for a paperback, which is around $12 - $18) - am so grateful that some kind souls finally manage to organize this book sale, and lessen my gripe on bookstores here

(No, no, no, I still love you, Popular and MPH, just that, I wish you guys would reduce the price, so that they are affordable to many).

I was told that the wolf will be coming back to town again, this December. Oh yeah! And I'm so excited that the next thing I know I was writing this post, teehee.

On to my haul *drumrolls*.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
The Ask and The Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness
Monster of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness
The Z-Z of Great Britain by Dixe Wills
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder (Inspector Singh Investigates #1) by Shamini Flint
Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next #2) by Jasper Fforde
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
BZRK by Michael Grant
Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver
The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) by Lemony Snicket
The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) by Lemony Snicket
The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13) by Lemony Snicket
The History of The World in Bite-Sized Chunk by Emma Marriott
Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Dear Fatty by Dawn French
Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Sleepless by Charlie Huston
This Is Graceanne's Book: A Novel by P. L. Whitney
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
One Second After by William R. Forstchen
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon #3) by Dan Brown
Secrets of My Hollywood Life (Secrets of My Hollywood Life #1) by Jen Calonita
Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicles #3) by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
The Ironwood Tree (Spiderwick Chronicles #4) by Tony DiTerlizzi &  Holly Black
The Wrath of Mulgarath (Spiderwick Chronicles #5) by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black

A whopping 26 books for RM 130 more or less. For the record, I paid for around RM 30, and the rest are free (not really free, it's that my government decided to give out book vouchers worth
RM 200 to university students, to fish out more votes for the incumbent party during the last general election, but in reality the money comes from my parents and other parents and adults alike who paid taxes -- okay, let's drop that political comments here before I ragequit this country).

So, yeah. The point is I paid RM 100 using that voucher, which resulted in RM 30 loss or investment (as I'd like to say) from my own purse.

Nonetheless, I was a happy girl ;D Usually, with that amount of money, I can only get 3 books, or 4 at the most, which is meh.

This is the part of which I should be ashamed of myself. I have read only a book from this huge haul. Okay, make that two books, If you could see clearly in the picture, there's a bookmark on The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket. I'm currently reading the book. So, 2 books out of 26. I need to learn to speed read, I guess.

The wolf will be invading the town again this 6th to 15th December at The Mines International Convention Centre (MIECC) in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. I can't wait to burn my purse this time, or my dad's wallet, hehe. I shall see you there, Cap'n Wolf!

 BBW 2013

May peace be upon you :)


  1. Hye there, Farhana!
    Oh.My.God. I am soo jealous. This is soo not fair!! :'(
    Btw, I am a Sabahan so what I meant about not being fair is that book sales rarely happen here whereas in KL there could be 3-4 times a year! I cried everytime I saw an ads about the book sales that won't be happening near my place. :'(
    Heyy, maybe we should write a petition to whomever responsible so if they can please(!!!!) lower down the book price! It is outrageous!
    PS Your book haul looks awesome!! :D The Ask and The Answer looks promising!

  2. Hai Marshiee! *waves* ;D
    Oh. My. God. (sounds unoriginal, eh? xD) I didn't know people like you existed. I mean, fellow book bloggers from Malaysia. I thought I was alone. *sits and cries at a corner*

    I know, right! Everything about books in Malaysia is generally unfair, in my opinion. The price!, the unavailability of BBW or other awesome book sales in East Malaysia, Kindles, to name a few. I'd hate it myself, if I was in your shoes.
    If it makes you feel any better, I had to take an hour ride to the nearest bookstore, plus RM 3.10 for toll fee (RM 6.20 to and fro), plus RM 2.00 parking fee (excluding petrol price) whenever I feel like buying books. I iz sadz :(

    I second the petition! I had a draft already in my mind:
    "Dear bookstore, please make my dream comes true. Please sell affordable books to us, if not I'll send my army of Death Eaters to your door."
    That was a lame draft, I know. And, how could I send Death Eaters to bookstores? I should be sending them to night clubs instead ;P

    Look at this essay-like comment! *runs*

    Anyway, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. You're my first commenter, I think I shall be forever in love with you, not in a creepy way, of course ;D

  3. *wave* :D
    Hahah when I first started (about 2 yrs ago? Couldn't rmmbr exactly when! xD) I thought I was alone too! I rmmbr finding a fellow book blogger from Malaysia and I was so excited! I didn't know such things existed! xD I am honoured to be the first Malaysian book blogger you've encountered! :D

    Well, I didn't have to go an hour long ride to the nearest bookstore but still I can only buy about two books at a time (if my mom and my budget allows me to!) and there were just so many that I wanted! :'( I'm sad too!

    Hahah yes! Death Eaters! Absolutely! Who else should we send?
    It's funny isn't it how Malaysia is trying to encourage its citizens to read whereas the book prices are forever skyhigh! They should let us run the department! xD

    Heyy my comment is getting too long too! xD Better stop now!

    Heyy I am glad I've stop by! It's not always we can find a fellow book blogger from Malaysia! Keep in touch okay? :D

    PS Lurve you too! xD

    1. Hmm.. Let's send Gred and Forge! Think about all the mischief they will cause. Haha! Toilet seats flying around in bookstores may actually be the final resort to lessen the price xD. I know right, and the library isn't helping either (at least it's like that in my place. There's not many choices, but then again that was like what -- 10 years ago? xD). I think I should give the library a chance.
      I can now reply yo your comment! I know it may be nothing to you. But, it's a big accomplishment (for me, haha).


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