Shoot That Book: Lersta Reading Lamp

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

A couple of months ago, I moved to the room that I’m currently renting and wrote about the aspects of the move related to reading and blogging. In that post, I mentioned that I couldn’t really read in the reading corner where my armchair is placed because there’s not enough light at night. I had a desk lamp that I used to balance on the armrest but even that has given up on me (the switch is broken). I also mentioned that I thought about buying a stand lamp but the ones that I saw in Ikea were too expensive. The other day, my friend mentioned that she saw a lamp that was only SGD19.90 and I wanted to get one as soon as I heard about it. So today, I dropped by Ikea after work and got a Lersta reading lamp.

Ikea Lersta and bulb

This is the cheapest stand lamp that is available in Ikea. All the other ones are a little pricey. Now I’m berating myself for not searching through the online store to check if there are cheaper alternatives to the ones I saw in the physical store. This lamp is just a bit more expensive than the book light that I bought a few months ago (which has also died and I didn’t bother replacing the batteries since it wasn’t any good)! Anyway, just wanted to give a quick update because I’m happy that I now have a bright and shiny lamp in my reading corner:

Ikea Lersta lamp with armchair

Now I just need to decide what to read next…

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Shoot That Book: The Book Thief

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

I started reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak a few weeks ago and I’m still not done reading it! I previously mentioned that it’s partially because I have the paperback copy and nowadays, it’s a lot easier for me to read on my Kindle (which is why so many of my physical books have remained unread) so that’s one reason. Another reason is that I’ve been really busy with work the past few days and by the time I get back to the flat at night, I don’t even feel like reading. But I will definitely finish it this weekend! Whether I’ll be able to post a review of it is another matter. In the meantime, here are a couple of Instagram shots that I’ve taken of the book:

The Book Thief plus latte

Last weekend: my copy beside a hazelnut latte

The Book Thief the Standover Man

I was pleasantly surprised by the illustrations inside the book.

The Book Thief Word

I also really like the definitions of certain words.

What about the rest of you, what are you currently reading?

Shoot That Book: Foxing

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

Last week the blog was pretty quiet because I flew home to Manila, this week I haven’t been able to blog because work has been so busy (overtime and late night calls). I want to post a review but I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write one. I still don’t have the energy to write a review but I thought it would be nice to put up a Shoot That Book post since I haven’t posted one in the past few weeks.

I’ve talked about how I find it frustrating that I don’t have all of my books with me, where I’m currently based. What makes things worse is coming home to find that more of my books have started turning yellow with age and have spots called foxing. Don’t know what foxing is? Here’s a description from Wikipedia:

Foxing is a term describing the age-related spots and browning seen on vintage paper documents such as books, postage stamps, certificates, and so forth. The name may derive from the fox-like reddish-brown color of the stains, or the rust chemical ferric oxide which may be involved. Paper so affected is said to be “foxed.”

I grabbed my copies of Elizabeth Wein’s Lion Hunters series from my bookshelf in Manila and here are some pictures (with no Instagram filters) to show what foxing looks like:

Foxing

Foxing Telemakos

Foxing The Sunbird

This is another topic that I’ve also discussed in the blog before (here and here) but I haven’t been able to find a solution. I’ve tried covering books in plastic, storing them in bookshelves with glass covers, placing closet dehumidifiers in the shelves, etc. It just makes me sad to see books in this state because I feel like they would only last a couple of years before breaking apart completely. I need to keep reminding myself to be more mindful in buying physical books, I should probably buy more ebooks because they’re easier to keep. I’ve bought and ordered used books from the States and even though they’re older than some of my books in Manila, they’re in much better condition. So I’m assuming that the heat and humidity causes books to have this very vintage look. My books here in Singapore haven’t started foxing because I’ve only been here for a little over a year and I turn on the aircon every night. I wouldn’t be surprised if it starts happening eventually.

Do you worry about your books aging like this? Do you get foxing in your books or is it a problem on in hot and humid areas?

Shoot That Book: Ritual Magic

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

I haven’t done a Shoot that Book post in ages! I think that’s partly because I have been reading a lot on my Kindle lately so I haven’t had the opportunity to take nice pictures of books. Today’s shot is a Kindle edition so I apologize if it’s not that creative, there’s not much that I can do when taking pictures of ebooks. I’m currently reading Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks, the tenth book in the World of the Lupi series:

Ritual Magic Kindle edition

I wanted to post this because it’s been more than three weeks since I started reading the first book in the series, Tempting Danger. Almost a month has passed! That’s quite a stretch, isn’t it? I feel like this series and I have been going steady so it seemed like a good idea to celebrate that by paying tribute Ritual Magic, which is the installment published this year. After I finish with this one, I have to wait ONE WHOLE YEAR for the next book. That will take some getting used to when I binged on books one to ten. Good thing I’ll have other books to distract me, huh? I’ll work on posting a review of the series as a whole when I’m done, I definitely need to convince more readers to pick this up.

Shoot That Book: The Book of Lost Things

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

On my last trip home, I grabbed my copy of The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly because it was chosen for our next YAckers discussion. Now, I find it a little funny that I’ve had my copy of this book for YEARS and I still haven’t read it. I can’t remember the exact date but it was probably in 2007 or 2008, I know I bought it when I was still in my first job. I didn’t have a blog then and I thought the cover, designed by paper-cutting artist Rob Ryan, looked pretty. The premise looked like something I’d enjoy reading as well. Since I think the book looks great, I thought I’d take some shots before reading it.

The Book of Lost things cover

Check out my copy, still wrapped in its plastic cover! It looks brand-new.

The Book of Lost Things_boy reading

I really like the details of the artwork in the cover particularly this boy reading a book.

The Book of Lost Things quotes

A couple of lovely quotes to start us off…

The Book of Lost Things chapter headings

I like how the chapter headings (or should I say first letter of the chapter instead?) give off a fairy tale vibe.

How about you, have you encountered any books with beautiful covers lately? Do you have books that have been waiting around in your TBR pile for years now? And let me know if you’ve read this book, it would be good to know your thoughts about it.

Shoot That Book: How to Save a Life

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

Shoot That Book nail polish edition is back! I always take advantage of cheaper nail salon rates whenever I’m in Manila. Everything is much more expensive in Singapore so I’ve never gotten a haircut or had my nails done here. I went to a nail salon with my friend and she said she was getting a colored French tip and it looked nice so I got the same thing. Incidentally, the colors that I picked matched the cover of a book that I recently received: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr.

How to Save a Life

This book reminds me of The Fray song that has the same title. Wonder if it fits the story? My nail polish posts are easy – I just choose a book that has a cover that matches the colors of the nail polish that I have on. I wanted to highlight a blogger who does amazing nail art. Mandee is the girl behind The Bookish Manicurist and she does beautiful artwork with her nails. What’s even better is she matches her nails to the covers of the books that she reads. I love all of the nail art that she’s posted because they all look so pretty and nail art based on books – what’s not to like? You have to drop by her blog to check it out. I wish I was half as good as she is when it comes to painting nails.

The Bookish Manicurist

Shoot That Book: Laura Florand’s Chocolate Series

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

My good friend Michelle of See Michelle Read recommended Laura Florand’s contemporary romance novels when I met up with her a few weeks ago. I hadn’t heard of this author before but was immediately curious when Michelle mentioned that the books are all about chocolate, romance and Paris. What’s not to like? Fortunately, I was able to order copies of The Chocolate Thief and The Chocolate Kiss before flying back to Singapore. I’m still in the middle of The Chocolate Thief and thoroughly enjoying this decadent read. Since I think the covers for both novels are pretty, I wanted to feature them here on the blog. I like how the two covers match each other:

Laura Florand1

The iconic Eiffel Tower is included in The Chocolate Thief’s cover to represent the setting:

Laura Florand2

I like the details of the two covers – how one woman is (almost) holding a bag of chocolates and the other a stack of macarons (yep, another favorite dessert aside from chocolates):

Laura Florand3

And of course, I had to include a snapshot of the French word for chocolate:

Laura Florand_chocolat

Lovely covers, don’t you think? I always like covers when they fit the story within the book. It kind of makes me sad that the third book in the series doesn’t match these two:

The Chocolate Touch

I’m still excited to read it though! Have you read Laura Florand’s novels? Would love to hear what you think of them if you have.

Shoot That Book: Just One More Day

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

I’ve been savoring Gayle Forman’s Just One Day for the past few days. I just finished reading it a few minutes ago. I’m still processing what I think of the book but hopefully, I can review it soon. It reminds me of other contemporary YA novels that I’ve enjoyed before: Graffiti Moon because of the one day/night thing, Anna and the French Kiss because it’s also set in Paris and Wanderlove because of the meeting a guy and traveling with him aspect.

Just One Day

Just One Day on top of my suitcase, I thought it would be fitting

Initially, I wasn’t a fan of the cover. I thought it could have gotten a better design but now that I’ve read the book, I feel like the cover fits the story. It represents Allyson’s thoughtful moments while traveling around Europe – because it shows a girl hanging out in a cafe and thinking about life while enjoying a cup of coffee (or is that tea). Even the gigantic watch plays a part in Allyson’s story. I also like that the picture shows a hazy reflection of what she can see outside the window.

Just One Day Shakespeare quote

What about you, what are you reading right now? Have you paid any attention to how the cover of that book relates to the story?

Shoot That Book: MNL to SIN Stash Part 3

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

Suitcase December 2012

Aside from the books from my recent shopping spree, I was able to include a couple more in my luggage back to Singapore. I was actually a bit surprised that I was able to squeeze in so many. Once I realized that I hadn’t reached the luggage limit, I just kept adding books to increase my suitcase’s weight. Here’s the final pile:

MNL to SIN stash January 2013

Deerskin by Robin McKinley (my last unread McKinley novel)
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer
The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart
Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart
Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant
Green Jasper by K.M. Grant
Blaze of Silver by K.M. Grant
Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend by Sarra Manning
Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (yep, haven’t read this yet)
Eon by Alison Goodman
Eona by Alison Goodman

Now, I just need to re-arrange stuff in my room to find space for these books. I wonder when I’ll have time to read these? Next time I go home, I probably won’t get a big luggage limit (also because I had a hard time lugging my suitcase around) so I can prioritize reading these. Any particular titles that you think I should bump up?

Shoot That Book: Dorothy Sayers

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

I have recently decided that I need Dorothy Sayers in my life. I’ve heard good things about her books from Sounis so I know it must be an excellent series. Looks like Lord Peter Wimsey is a great character. These are the Dorothy Sayers books that I have copies of:

Dorothy Sayers Dec 6 2012

I asked around and heard that it would be good to start with Strong Poison, which is why I bought a used copy ages ago. Check out the old school cover:

Strong Poison cover

According to credible sources, I should bump this up the TBR pile because the romance between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane is comparable to the love story in my favorite YA series of all time: the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. Shouldn’t be surprising since I did mention that I heard about the books through Sounis.

A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery

So now I want to grab copies of the three other Peter-Harriet titles (Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night and Busman’s Honeymoon) because I want to read them together. Unfortunately, the books aren’t available in the library here in Singapore. I even dropped by two bookstores today to see if they have copies but they’re out of stock. I need to find out if these are available in Manila – otherwise, I’d just order them from the Book Depository. Have you read Dorothy Sayers’ books? Feel free to share your thoughts about them.