Bought myself a bookshelf today. Not that it validates anything. But at least it reinforces my desire to read because the sight of all my books piled one on top the other is spine-tingling. I’ve been running my fingertips on the book spines already, and though my little collection is still quite modest as compared to those lucky and wise enough to develop the habit of reading at a young age, I’m proud I paid for more than half of the titles staring at me right now. I don’t think I’ll be shelling any more money this year on books because I already have enough to last me up to next year (although I really want Mario Vargas Llosa’s Language of Passion). I don’t want to overdo my resolution of reading at least six books a year. And I don’t want to hoard books and end up not reading them because I bought new titles again.
However, I’m already planning ahead and thinking that aside from novels, I should also invest on anthologies, philosophy books, atlases, compilations of short stories and essays - both in English and Filipino. I’m also looking into academic compilations too like essays on the American Industrial revolution, or commentary on social reforms in Asia - books where aside from being inspired to write, I will also learn a thing or two about history. I’ve been out of educational system for over a year now and reading has been my only way of being mentally robust. Working can certainly blunt mental acuity.
So yes, I’m going to spend my next money on other things I need as well. Maybe if I find a good deal for the kind of books I’m looking for I will purchase them but I’m really aching to buy a new pair of shoes, and some nice shirts for office use as well. I might also buy a few more maps too (guilty pleasure). But overall, I just want to keep my life in proportion, something I learned from Forster. A good balance of the romantic and pragmatic.