10th January 2007 - Put me in any bookstores with a sum of cash and I’ll be the happiest child in the region, how’s that. As a token to welcome the New Year, Calvin has generously offered to buy me books. I’ve picked three fascinating titles that I thought would last me for the whole month of January, but no, they lasted me for four days. *hehe*

Remember Perfume, the movie I was so anticipated to watch? Well, I AM an anxious thing when I want to attain something. Yeah, I’ve brought that book back home with me alongside with a bestseller’s The Historian, and The Amityville Horror (also a movie I’ve never had the chance to watch).

Among the three titles, I loved The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova the best. She earned two days of non disturbance for me to finish her book. A marvelous book I shall say. Who would have ever thought that the existence of Vlad the Impaler, Dracula, would have been true, what about the horrifying bite marks that would lead your entire life a miserable story? Here’s a part of Elizabeth’s note to her readers that earned her spot on my bookshelf:

”The story that follows is one I never intended to commit to paper. Recently, however, a shock of sorts has prompted me to look back over the most troubling episodes of my life and the lives of the several people I loved best. This is the story of how as a girl of sixteen I went in search of my father and his past, and how he went in search of his beloved mentor and his mentor’s own history, and of how we all found ourselves on one of the darkest pathways into history. It is the story of who survived that search and who did not, and why. As a historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history could survive it. And it is not only reaching back that endangers us; sometimes history itself reaches inexorably forward for us with its shadowy claw.”

It is unquestionably a book of recommendation for history or Dracula lovers, and it is definitely one of the best I’ve ever had. Also, it is a remarkable book to learn new vocabularies from a fellow historian.