So many books, so little time

The library system is amazing! Unlike in the Philippines where you’d only see dusty outdated books in the occasional public library, the libraries here in Australia offer audio CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMS, graphic novels, magazines and of course, books! Although they may not have the new releases immediately available, we sometimes only have to wait several weeks before they get a copy, specially if the author or artist is popular.

Another plus, they have online catalogues that you could browse and reserve items that you could borrow. Libraries from neighboring suburbs join forces, which enables them to offer a much bigger collection. If the item you want is in another library, they could transfer it to the library near you for your convenience and you could pick it up once they notify you by email or snail mail, depends on what you prefer. Some libraries would levy a small fee for reservations ($1.10 for the City Library) while others would do this service for free, like the Port Phillip library near our apartment.

Meaning… we could borrow most books from the public library and save on money without giving up reading. We could borrow a book and see if we like it enough to buy it. That way, we could save on bookshelf space as well as shopping money.

Below are the books that I’m currently reading (or have recently read) that are worth noting, even buying:

Travel writer Bill Bryson’s attempt in explaining the Big Bang, universe, and evolution in plain language. Some readers of this book have complained that some details have been glazed over but for a layman’s version of a highly complex subject, what do you expect? Sure it won’t make you an expert but if you’re really into these things, you could always pick up other books that would elaborate on the details. Treat this as an introduction or maybe even the cliffnotes version. Nonetheless, Bill Bryson’s writing style is entertaining and makes science and astronomy exciting and interesting again.

The Lucky Shopping Manual was put together by the staff of fashion magazine, Lucky. Their strategy of buying clothing staples and building your wardrobe from there is great! Tips on what to look for when shopping for particular items are very helpful (they have separate chapters for each item of clothing) and the glossy photos/drawings make it a good idea book (think mix and match tips, different styles and shapes to look for, etc). I liked this book so much I wasn’t ready to let it go when my 3-weeks with it ended. Great for people who’re clueless when it comes to fashion (read:me) or people who likes to shop for clothes (what woman doesn’t?)

Another great find, this book features recipes from several Asian countries. Arranged by country, the featured recipes are accompanied by colour photos that would just make you salivate over it and make you want to try out the recipes ASAP! Loaded with tips and special sections on sauces, finger foods and even drinks, this collection is simply gold. Chapters are separated by country – China, Indonesia, Singapore & Malaysia, The Philippines (often ignored in Asian cookbooks!), Thailand, Laos & Cambodia, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, India & Pakistan, Burma and Sri Lanka. Absolutely a treasure-trove of good food!

Anyway, I have to finish this blog as I still have to do some serious reading!

Published in: on February 4, 2005 at 11:55 pm  Leave a Comment