Food for the soul doesn’t have to be academic or sophisticated and it certainly differs from person to person. Books and any reading materials are great means to satisfy the hunger and quench the thirst of one’s soul. If it is food, then the maxim of “one man’s meat is another man’s poison” must hold a lot of truth here!
23 April is World Book and Copyright Day. The chosen date “is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.”
In conjunction with this worldwide “hurrah for books” event, BookXcess has thoughtfully launched a promotion from 20th April till 1st May 2012. On any day, rain or shine, books at BookXcess are already generously discounted up to 70% off. This Malaysia-based book store spans across an area of no less than four retail shops.
So imagine what kind of joy you will get browsing, reading and shopping at the bibliophile’s haven. As part of the promotion, Best Value Super Deals of 50% discount off 60 titles is one of the highlights to drool for! Oh wait, don’t “die” yet, there are other splendid offers to die for, such as buy any book on architecture & designs, arts & photography, automobile and history and get the second one at 50% off! Guess what, most of them are hardcovers or coffee table books with beautiful illustrations!
Now let’s get a little personal by checking out the food for my soul that I have triumphantly garnered from BookXcess. The first four from the bottom are related to…… ok, you can see the titles for yourself, aren’t they awesome?
Maya ~ Divine Kings of the Rain Forest, BookXcess normal price: 49.90 Ringgit Malaysia (RM)
The Complete Illustrated History of the Aztec & Maya, RM39.90
The Aztec World, RM39.90
The Illustrated Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, RM39.90
Then comes Making Mischief ~ A Maurice Sendak Appreciation! Normally priced RM9.90, it’s an eyebrow-raising collection of alternative depictions of famous artworks, past and present.
Author Chris Anderson wrote in his book The Long Tail (RM19.90) that “The Long Tail is… an entirely new model for business…”. I think so too, as the world becomes more affluent and discerning consumers are not exclusively from the elites. Then again, can the environment and its resources take the toll?
The Art of Civilized Conversation is one that I chanced upon and added to my shopping bag without even reading the words on the jacket flaps. I am curious to know what distinguishes a civilized conversation from other types of conversation, if any.
Last but definitely not least, An Open Heart by The Dalai Lama. I have heard so much about the man and his words of wisdom, it’s time I read one of his books I suppose.
If none of the titles said here moves you at all, I am not surprised, because you know what’s your favourite soul food. Even if you cannot name it, you will know when you see one. Read, my friend.
p.s. the cute and unique wooden stools stationed there do not just attract your behind, they are pretty artwork to behold! No photos, they are reserved for bona fide visitors.