A Case of Bibliolepsy

Posted: March 7, 2007 in All and Sundry, Musings

it’s official: i am a certified bibliophile and a major geek at that. i suffered my first ever attack of bibliolepsy (not the gina apostol kind) when i literally hyperventilated over a book last sunday at Victoria mall. i mean, literally.

i had to catch my breath and stopped myself from fainting when i saw gloria anzaldua’s la frontrera/borderlands in between a row of secondhand books for sale. when i touched it, my lungs started constricting, and i began making wheezing noises. my mind was reeling. and if it weren’t for recursive who kept telling me to calm down, i would have needed a grab bag or would have been rushed to the nearest clinic because i nearly fainted.

how geeky is that? you tell me.

my first major “excitement anxiety” attack happened back when i was a freshman in college. i hyperventilated over the news that my crush also had a crush on me and the possibility of us being together excited me. that was typical for an adolescent. there were several attacks of hyperventilation that ensued after that in the course of my teen years but most of them were stimulated by really mundane, if not common reasons–crushes passing by, getting an A in a subject, discovering that you can actually do something with your body, winning in a competition and so on.

last sunday was the first time i hyperventilated over a book. not just any book, mind you. it is a book i’ve been wishing to buy for so long in amazon.com but couldn’t afford it. now, i bought it for 35 (friggin) pesos only! how cool is that?

aside from la frontreras, i was also able to purchase a book collection of annie dillard’s three major works: piligrim at tinker creek, an american childhood, and the writing life, for only (drum roll) 70 pesos. adding to the list are a granta collection of murder stories, and virginia woolf’s a room of one’s own, each for 35pesos.

i left Victoria quite satisfied and a lot calmer. never mind that the night before, i also bought a bunch of bargain books at SM. at least, i thought, that when i get back to my place, i’d be staring at my newly bought books, smelling the pages, and enjoying the whole ritual of writing my name on it as a way of marking my territories.

if you’re not a book lover, then you don’t get to snicker at me now. stop reading this entry and leave. if you are, i’m sure you’ll be smug enough to think that i’m such a drama queen. but if you have any ounce of humility/modesty in you, or less hypocritical, you’d probably admit that you’re capable of hyperventilating over a book after all.

Comments
  1. leicia says:

    yep i am capable =) did the same when i saw a hard-bound mint condition prodigal daughter of jeffrey archer in books for less…

  2. ella says:

    “i was also able to purchase a book collection of annie dillardโ€™s three major works: piligrim at tinker creek, an american childhood, and the writing life, for only (drum roll) 70 pesos.” –> WAH? I bought An American Childhood at Victoria last year too, hahaha. Pero yung dalawa! WAAHHHHHHH. I must go to Victoria everyday! Baka meron pa. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I LOVE VICTORIA PLAZA’S SECOND HAND BOOKSHOPS. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. go now! im sure you can find a copy. bumili nga si john. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. jazzonthursday says:

    claire! you’re one lucky girl! annie dillard’s the writing life?!lucky you!

    also bought neil gaiman’s coraline (P50) and douglas coupland’s girlfriend in a coma (P70) a few months back at victoria. the latter costs more than 500 bucks at national ha! saya!

    …and i sort of hyperventilated too. claire, ur normal! bwehehehe!

  5. clee says:

    If you can’t buy one, at least, STEAL one! That’s the ultimate geek. Hahaha.

  6. hahaha. im not gonna admit to stealing. but… let’s just say, the silliman library is a treasure trove of “stealable” books. hee ๐Ÿ™‚

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