On the 30th of April, myself, along with a whole load of students everywhere who have received the BR1M book vouchers this year, crowded various bookstores to spend our vouchers upon hearing the news that from May 1st onwards we would no longer be able to buy fictional books or stationery anymore (read the online newspaper article here). I think it’s good that we are offered these book vouchers, but limiting them to only academic publications is not exactly a good option because after all one of the objectives of handing these vouchers out, as stated in the article linked above, is to encourage our reading habits. Books aren’t exactly cheap, after all, so this does encourage people like me to buy books to read.
I used to go to the library near Merdeka Square in KL frequently, but not anymore as I find the whole process troublesome. If I had my own books at home, I could just pick them up to read at any time I desire, and there’s no specified period of time where I have to finish it and then return it to a library. I don’t need to drive to the library, find parking, check if the book I want is available, and so on. Don’t get me wrong, libraries are good and I do enjoy going every now and then (though that’s quite rare and usually when I need to do research for academic assignments and projects, heh heh ^-^), it’s just that I prefer being able to read at home as and when I please. I’m sure a lot of other people do as well, and that’s why book fairs like the ever-popular Big Bad Wolf are always chock full of people buying tons of books gleefully.
I understand that some people misuse their vouchers, though I don’t personally know anyone who does such a thing, and think that of course some action should be taken to prevent that, but not in this way. There is an argument on the amended guidelines presented here. It’s true that a lot of university students use handouts and materials provided by the lecturers rather than textbooks, especially myself, though of course there are students who use both the materials provided and textbooks. Therefore, for students like me, it was a good thing that we were able to buy books other than academic books to read. I honestly do not know what to do with next year’s vouchers if they’re still going to give them out to students. There’s only so much academic books I can buy, and it wouldn’t be because I’m interested but more of me not wanting to let the vouchers go to waste.
Here comes the fun part!
My MPH haul!
I recently got introduced to Haruki Murakami’s works, and the first book I read was The Elephant Vanishes. I heard he’s quite the famous writer, so when I walked into MPH in Publika and saw his books I decided I’d get them since I needed to use up my book vouchers and I didn’t have any specific books in mind that I wanted to purchase anyway. I’m currently reading one of his other books, Kafka on the Shore, and admiring his writing style. The imageries presented in the book are lovely to read, despite the fact that Murakami’s books usually make me feel like “what on earth…..?”. It gets really strange a lot of the time, but it’s written very well all the same. So as you can see, I got Norwegian Wood and 1Q84 from Murakami.
I also got Through the Skylight by Ian Baucom, mainly because there’s a small review on the top of the front page that says it would be great for fans of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series. I absolutely loved the Inkheart series. I have yet to read Inkdeath though, particularly because I’m so fussy and want a specific cover illustration but haven’t found it yet. I’ll link a picture of it here.
Aside from that, I decided to get the Divergent series. I was contemplating getting the Hunger Games series but I’m more interested in Divergent than I am in Hunger Games and I wanted to spend more or less within the RM250 that I had received in the form of book vouchers so I didn’t have enough left over to purchase both.
I also got rulers and some pens, two of which are coloured because I fancied the colours hehe. One is black for formal use, to write in exams and fill up formal forms and things like that. Practicality lol. I qualified for a lucky draw and won a set of pencils, it was just a small thing but made me quite happy! The staff who helped me out was also very nice and helpful and efficient, and I was so pleased I filled in a feedback form praising her efforts.
The MPH is Publika is not very large, so it doesn’t have many choices of books as compared to, say, the Popular bookstore in Ikano Power Centre (IPC). I’m glad I went to Publika instead though, cuz my best friend was at the Popular in IPC and the queue was craaaaaazy long that day! MPH Publika was relatively empty in comparison, which worked out very well for me. I also got a complimentary booklet of vouchers from MPH! I doubt I’d be able to use all of the vouchers inside though.
I guess that’s it for now, byee! x