The book I am currently reading will be finished soon so I need to prepare the next book to read by now. Kinokuniya Plaza Senayan is the regular bookstore I visit. It is the largest bookstore in Jakarta to purchase imported books but I am starting to feel their collection is too few. I often ask my sister or friends who live abroad to order my book via bookdepository.com. I created account there and added some books to my wishlist. Although bookdepository.com offers free delivery to Jakarta, I do not enjoy online purchasing in Indonesia. It takes very long time to wait for the delivery. Furthermore, I feel paranoia about the book condition.
There are already a lot of books I have added to the wishlist. Since, I am ordering it through others, it needs a purchasing strategy. I prioritize at most three books before adding it to shopping chart by its content, price and size. It is easier for me to control my desire to purchase dress, make up or games. But to me, books are the greatest investment. I permit people to borrow someone else’s money for books. On the other hand, I know there is a ‘Tsundoku’ nature in every bookworm. Ergo, I often remind them to make a purchasing strategy just like the way I do.
After a long thought and some meditation, I am finally adding this books as my top 3 most wanted books:
- Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century – Joel F Harrington
This book contains journal of sixteenth century executioner. Quoting from the resume descibed in amazon:
But the portrait of Schmidt that gradually emerged was not that of a monster. Could a man who practiced such cruelty also be insightful, compassionate―even progressive?
Purchasing Rationale: In Indonesia, one of the hottest topic was execution of drug dealer. It was a great debate whether death penalty should be banned or not. Those who are on the pro-side argue that death penalty in a country help to restrict law. On the other hand, some people oppose because of humanity reason. While this issue is rising, I wonder the executioner mind. What if he actually opposes the idea, but he must do it because of his profession? Therefore, I strongly wish to read the book to understand deeper about death penalty from an executioner point of view.
2. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements- Sam Kean
No need to guess further what the book is all about 😉 the sub-title has clearly mentioned it.
Purchasing Rationale: As it is described on bookdepository:
The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it’s also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession.
Can you imagine! The material you are currently touching, wearing, or sitting has darker drama involved? I am engineer, and my sister is a measles researcher. Both of us have least knowledge in chemistry. Sam Kean already proposed an interesting approach to make me desired reading it.
3. The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History- Oliver Tearle
I am having difficulties to choose my third priority. My first and second priorities are serious topic, so I am expecting to order something lighter like Colour by Victoria Finlay or Seven Flowers by Jennifer Potter. But temptation is real. I read the summary on bookdepository.com and it successfully raised my curiosity.
What links Homer’s Iliad to Aesop’s Fables? Or Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack to the creator of Sherlock Holmes?
Purchasing Rationale: In Indonesia, some books written by Pramoedya Ananta Toer are destroyed. Each time there is a finding of his original writing, it will be treated as if it is an old fossil from billion years ago. Another case, the letters of R.A Kartini that are bundled into a book and published at local bookshop are actually not completed because of some letters are missing. As you can see, hunting a fine book is actually difficult although there is bookdepository. com or amazon.com or bol.nl. If I have earlier shared my personal experience on book shopping in Jakarta, this book illustrates further about collecting book (and about book itself).
In total, my top three books can be in total 70 Euros. One book is hardback, the rest are paperback. I have spent much money last month, and I am sparing my money to order the following books. But, I don’t mind if you are willing to purchase the book for me 😉