Read Before You Buy

What I like about is that I can download extracts of a book from their website. Yeah! You can now read the first few pages of a book if you are not sure if you want to buy it or not. You’ve got to register first before you can download extracts there. Registration is free and easy.

I’ve just downloaded extracts from 2 books: Un Lun Dun by China Mieville and The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. Not bad. For the Un Lun Dun book, I get to read until page 22 for free. Yeah, until page 22 but still, it’s page 22! At least I get the idea of what the book is about.

Well, I actually prefer to read from a real book rather than staring at a computer screen. But, like I said, if you’re not sure if you want to spend a few bucks on some book that you’re not sure that you’ll like, then it’s a good idea to download extracts.

It’s also suitable for those lazy people who don’t go to the bookstores often. =D Or maybe for those who don’t have transport to go to the bookstores to check out new books. Whatever….

The Un Lun Dun book has illustrations! Something which is missing from most books nowadays.

P.S. This is NOT a sponsored post. =)

Read My Blog In Your Language!

I’ve just added an Altavista Babel Fish button at the left side of my blog. You can now change this blog’s language to any of the 8 languages that it is able to change to.

If you want Chinese, click on China’s flag:

If German:

Next, Japanese!

For French:

If you want Italian:

For Korean:

If you want to read in Portuguese:

And finally, if you want espaƱol:

There, you have 8 languages! This is a good flag lesson for me too. Now, at least I know which flag belongs to which country.

And no, you don’t click on the flag’s which appear on THIS post. You will need to click the flags in the small button on the bottom left of the page. The button is just above my Bookaholic Blogring box.

Monsters of Templeton Book Cover

When I saw this book cover, I was like….’WOW’! Sort of like that. =)

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

Well, what do you think about it?

When I see an interesting book cover, I will want to read the book. How about you? Do you judge a book by its cover? The book, for instance, has a beautiful cover. But, we don’t know if the story inside the book is just as nice as the outside, do we? The only thing left to do is to read the book!

Here is the book description from

“The day I returned to Templeton steeped in disgrace, the fifty-foot corpse of a monster surfaced in Lake Glimmerglass.” So begins The Monsters of Templeton, a novel spanning two centuries: part contemporary story of a girl’s search for her father, part historical novel, and part ghost story, this spellbinding novel is at its core a tale of how one town holds the secrets of a family.

In the wake of a wildly disastrous affair with her married archaeology professor, Willie Upton arrives on the doorstep of her ancestral home in Templeton, New York, where her hippie-turned-born-again-Baptist mom, Vi, still lives. Willie expects to be able to hide in the place that has been home to her family for generations, but the monster’s death changes the fabric of the quiet, picture-perfect town her ancestors founded.

Even further, Willie learns that the story her mother had always told her about her father has all been a lie: he wasn’t the random man from a free-love commune that Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely. Someone from this very town. As Willie puts her archaeological skills to work digging for the truth about her lineage, she discovers that the secrets of her family run deep.

Through letters, editorials, and journal entries, the dead rise up to tell their sides of the story as dark mysteries come to light, past and present blur, old stories are finally put to rest, and the shocking truth about more than one monster is revealed.

This book is available at Acmamall (they do have everything, don’t they???) and it costs RM87.98!!! Ah…no way! No way!

Dreaming Of More Books

Get 22% off for 2 items, 28% off for 6 items.

That’s the promotion for the month of February at Yup, you can get books at discounted prices if you buy 2 or more. Did you notice the words that they used to describe their discounts? Like ‘Rewarding 22% discount’ and ‘Smashing 28% discount’.

I think that the discount will only be ‘smashing’ if it’s 50% or 70% off. 28% off is not really ‘smashing’.

The only thing I don’t like about Acmamall is their delivery charge. RM7.50! Ridiculously expensive. At least MPH’s is only RM4.90. Why do they have to charge so much for shipping? I like Acmamall because of their wide selection of books. You can find books that are not found in local bookstores.

Anyway, I checked the price of Stephenie Meyer’s 3rd Bella Swan book, ‘Eclipse‘ at Acmamall and it’s only RM66.96 (hardcover). Other places are selling it at RM76.90. So, if you buy it from Acmamall and then you add the shipping price, the total would only come up to RM74.46. A little bit cheaper than RM76.90.

Yup, like I said. I can only dream of buying books now. Perhaps tomorrow I will suddenly own 1 million dollars out of nowhere. Then, I would not need fuss so much over Acmamall’s RM7.50 charge for shipping. =D