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Quota Reached!

December 12, 2008

53221.50 / 50000 words. 106% way way done!

My legs hurt from running up and down. ._. I have to, if I want to make any semblance of work and promote the bookfair.

Anyway, we reached quota! It’s the best that we can hope for (last year we actually made twice as much), but we’ll keep on boosting our sales (and pimpin’) on our last day to get more books in the library.

At the same time, we’re going to help the three other branches meet quota, so consequently I made more additional purchases. Yeah, I’m not doing a great job in keeping my budget tight.

I bought:
1) Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
2) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

That makes for 6 new YA books (that I usually won’t buy in a bookstore…all for a good cause!).

Further Updates

December 11, 2008

OUR BOOKFAIR QUOTA

41145 / 50000 words. 18% left!

We are making it!! The day started out rather slow but we had a boost during the dismissal and afternoon classes. Friday and Saturday will be certified busy days so I’m pretty excited!

Pressure allowed us to boost our sales and be even more aggressive. We’re trying to reach out to the community and I hope it’s not too late to get results from these.

We have more books that need to be loved and taken home.

Still, this may be the school’s last bookfair in a while. All of our 4 branches must make it to the quota and I think 2 of these are not doing so hot. I’m helping one of them by buying a couple of books (our former ally).

Yes, I haven’t actually bought anything yet *eyeshift*. I’m waiting till Saturday. But I’m almost sure to buy the following:

1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – From the other branch
2. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale – From the other branch (I KNOW. Everyone thinks it’s a stupid book because of the title but hey, it won the Newbery and…the reviews are quite raving. I’m intrigued!)
3. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh – I used to have this, but my mom gave a lot of my books during my young adult days and so I was not able to read (why she did it, she could not even remember!!). It was even the movie version.
4. Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis – I like sister books.

Scholastic Update

December 9, 2008

OUR BOOKFAIR QUOTA

14445 / 50000 pesos. 81% to go!

Actually, that isn’t encouraging. Last February I think we’re already at 19T by our second day. We were hoping that we’d get more sales because it’s Christmas but I suppose there’s the market condition and the profiles of the current customers to consider. I don’t think our parents are as book savvy as last year’s where we had parents buying every day till Saturday. Then there’s the economic situation and of course, we do not have the help of one of the centers who gave us a boost (they are kicking ass in their own bookfair. Everyone’s earning more than we do actually.)

So HRM.

Tomorrow would seem to be another slow day too, since we are not expecting afternoon students.

Nevertheless, we still have 4 days to go and I fervently believe in our products. There’s this colorful gossipy book on extraordinary women, the Horrible Histories series, The Giving Tree, Calvin & Hobbes, Noah’s Ark Finger puppets, I still don’t know what to think about 39 Clues…I wish I have a reason to buy the books for gifts but there’s…just no one.

We have new titles coming tomorrow (by order of me, and them too of course). So that would be fun tiemz.

Scholastic Splurging!

December 2, 2008

I work in a school.  This late our school has been inviting Scholastic Bookfair over to help give our library that much needed push (and also to promote literacy among our parents and students).  It’s been an overwhelming success so far, and the it’s been a very very delightful experience.  I’m so pleased to have them back this Monday, December 8, 2008 (till the 13th). Despite creeping closer to our Christmas program week (aka clobberin’ time week), I can’t wait for next week to come around.  The bookcases have arrived and I’m ITCHING to see what they have in store! (crowbar anyone?)

I did find out though (because the box was a give-away) that we will be selling “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by JKR.  This is quite amazing. It’s just in the classroom right now (I gave a tip there, didn’t I?). I’m like, “Wow, a LOT of people would love to have these RIGHT NOW.” It’s just sitting there, innocent and hot off international shipment. A box like any. I’m feelin’ like an exclusive distributor :DDDDDDD

So here’s to another 50T (our quota) next week and selling the most books like last year (we overtook the leading branch 😀 by making TWICE our quota!) But it will be much more challenging this time. One of our strong ‘allies’ will become a ‘competitor’. Plus, the parent who bought a good chunk of our books including a Harry Potter box set isn’t around anymore.

But still, fight fight fight!

New stores!

November 12, 2008

This weekend, I discovered new bookstores in my favorite malls. In SM North Edsa, we chanced upon a newly relocated Booksale, and in EDSA Shangri-la hotel (across Shangri-la Plaza) we found a newly opened Fully Booked branch. This is also the story why the last of my October paycheck is wiped out clean.

Booksale is the most prominent second hand thrift shop in the country, where I feel less guilty about spending. It’s literally treasure hunting because the books overlap each other and over flow the shelves. Raking, lifting, pushing, crawling, and the presence of a taller individual (my sister) are usually necessary to find the rare gems surreptitiously shelved with the Robert Ludlums, Tom Clancys, Danielle Steels, Sidney Sheldons, and among other mass marketed paperback fictions.

I emerged with “Anna Karenina” by Tolstoy, “Mona Lisa Overdrive” by William Gibson and “How I Live Now” by Meg Rosoff. All of which just costed me 275 pesos (roughly 6 dollars/4 pounds). The most elating find though was “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See which my sister had been stalker for a while already. She had been waiting for a cheaper edition to come out, and lo and behold, we see it on sale for only 40 pesos (not even a dollar yet compared to the original selling price of roughly 11 dollars!).

Fully Booked is probably my favorite bookstore as far as environment, selections, and service go, but I usually doublecheck if the items I wanted to buy are on sale in the other bookstores because Fully Booked tends to be more pricey (but on rare occasions it sells cheaper editions). There are also those times when I’m completely confident that I won’t see the book elsewhere and that I need to get it before it vanishes. That’s what happened when I bought “The Secret of the Chess Machine” by Robert Lohr. So now I’m hoping I don’t see it on sale in the other cheaper bookstore…anytime soon.

I totally take into heart the money I would have saved if I see the books I bought at a cheaper price elsewhere. Yes, I am a cheapskate.

I guess more than the actual treasure, it’s the thrill of the hunt I always look forward to. I always end up learning interesting things just by book browsing. It’s a conquest in its own for that one special book that could change life forever.

Now, to actually read the books is another story entirely.

For every book Nikki reads, Nikki buys 20 more.

November 1, 2008

I can’t remember how and why I started buying books but I remember when I started getting addicted to it.  It was during the fad of young adult books such as Sweet Valley, Nancy Drew and Fear Street.  I’m that type of kid who won’t be going home happy if she doesn’t have something new to bring home, so I always end up with one to three books every Sunday.  In no time the shelves were filled with those books, and then I eventually outgrew them.  I’m quite sure I haven’t read half of the hundreds of books I was able to collect then. 

Now my bookshelf has a mixture of things.  I explored the fantasy genre (because I was into those super hero and adventure things) then the sci-fi genre and eventually some fiction started leaking in.  Yeah, I had a V.C. Andrews and Sidney Sheldon phase too.  Then I took Literature for my college degree so my collection looks more credible and impressive now as it well should be.  It has award-winning books, it has books that had been abandoned in the sale rack, it has popular new releases, and then there’s those with the pink pages and crumbling covers etc. etc.  Each of them has a story behind their acquisition which is what this blog is going to be all about.   As that tagline on the header goes, I buy more than I read.

It was Neil Gaiman who inspired me to buy with more gusto.  During his first visit to the country, he shared this tip for wannabe writers (which I am, for better or for worse) to read anything and everything.  Encouraged, I did start to buy anything and everything from popular bestsellers to young adult fictions and unheard-of writers.  I took in recommendations from friends and just picked up whatever meets my fancy.    This is easier now because I have income.  My bookstore trooping continues with increasing fervour that it ticks my mom off (a mall visit is not complete without visiting its National Bookstore, its speciality bookstore and its second hand bookstore.) 
I like buying books because I do love to read.  Each time I find something interesting, there’s that excitement of  bringing it around and reading it.  The trouble is, I don’t get around to doing that right away.  So until then, the book shopping goes on and the books accumulate.  There’s also the part about owning books.  The mere act of falling in line to pay for a book is such a thrilling experience.  Watching them inserted into plastic or paper bags makes me feel like a kid at Christmas…no wonder a lot of my books are still in their packaging, stapled with the receipts.  I think I’m sort of fixated at bookstore bags themselves.

So I end this brief introduction with the hope that I could update this regularly with stories of my book finds that people may find interesting.  😀  I hope you stick around!