#BookmarkMonday: Happy 20 years, #HarryPotter!



Can you believe it's been 20 years since JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter? I can't. Nor can I believe that my daughter grew up on this series. Two years, I wrote about my nostalgia of finishing off the last Harry Potter movie - I waxed poetic then and now, here I am again.

This series opened up the wonders of reading to a new generation of readers. We're all the better for it. Alohomora ... indeed! (My two versions in dip pen calligraphy - which do you like better?)

Thank you, JK Rowling!


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#SockSunday & #BooksandSocks (1): Gagamba, Agatha Christie and Gabo


I noticed that books and socks seem to be thing over on Instagram and Tumblr and I couldn't resist its appeal. Ever since I (re)started on Instagram (@guiltlessreader), I've photographed some of my more interesting socks and paired it with some great books.

Since I don't think I will ever amass enough socks to do this every Sunday and knowing that I'll likely have the urge to post when I actually am wearing the socks, I'll be compiling a few of these photos at a time. Wanna join in? Leave me a comment and I'll go visit your socks and books.

Gagamba by F. Sionil Jose + Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist 

I read Gagamba in 2014 in an attempt to read more books by Filipino authors. Gagamba, which translates to "spider" in Tagalog (or Filipino) is a bundle of vignettes of ordinary people who come to a restaurant in Manila, tied together by an earthquake. It's an interesting way to tell a story! The author, F. Sionil Jose is a Philippine National Artist for Literature and is the most widely translated Filipino author. Read my review or check out snippets to get a feel for his writing.

Now on to the socks: Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist. I'm over the moon I was able to get a pair of these because I think Picasso's Blue Period produced some interesting pieces.


Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie + Library card socks

I bought both this vintage Agatha Christie book and this brand new pair of "Due Date" socks by Out of Print in the very same thrift store! Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors; I was introduced to her by my grandmother and I haven't stopped reading her ever since that first acquaintance.

Get some snippets of Poirot Investigates over on Instagram, including how precariously dainty this book is - only I would buy a book that is starting to fall apart. Or are you one those types of people too?


Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez + purple socks

I read Love in the Cholera for my perpetual Travel the World in Books + Read the Nobels challenges. I am so in love with the Vintage editions of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books that I've made it my personal mission to collect them all. I love that little hint of purple in the parrot, which I matched with my lavender socks!


So that's it for this round! Do you like books and socks? Share them with me - I'd love to see your pairings!

#BookmarkMonday: Nostalgia (and a hedgehog and a bunny)



I chanced upon by The Elegance of a Hedgehog in my piles of books and suddenly felt a wave of nostalgia, remembering how much I loved it. I read this after a long blogging hiatus and it struck a chord in me with it's simple messages of friendship. Check out my review here.

I decided that it was the perfect thing to show off my blue bunny bookmark, a gift from one of my nieces (she knew I liked kawaii).  I think he looks quite cute with his head poking out. And now, I'm missing my niece.


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About The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery*: We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

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#BookmarkMonday: Neil Gaiman, leather and calligraphy!



I just started reading Neil Gaiman's new book – non-fiction!!! – The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-Fiction*. I got this late for a TLC Book Tour but am reading it nonetheless because of course, this is Neil Gaiman. As a bookmark, I have an old leather tag from an bag I bought. I have a hard time tossing away product tags when so much thought obviously went into them.

On another note, I've been caught up in a new-old hobby, calligraphy, and haven't been blogging as much as I'd like. I am getting those creative juices going again. If you'd like to sneak a peek, check out my Instagram account titik.at.tinta. Here's a sample:


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About The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-Fiction by Neil Gaiman*: An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on myriad topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style.

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman—offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

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#BookmarkMonday: Summer, Agatha Christie and watermelon!



Another of Frida Kahlo's artworks in a post-it makes it again this week as a bookmark. This week it's all about summer ... and I can't think of anything summery than watermelon! I'm in the backyard taking in some sun and some Agatha Christie.*

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About The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie:* There's a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim's corpe the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place. Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught - until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans.


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