34 Struggles Only A Pinoy Bookworm Would Know

July 3, 2017Krisha
The life of a bookworm is hard, especially where we’re from. Here are 34 *struggles* only Pinoy book lovers would know. Share if you can relate! 🙂
  1. Browsing through National Bookstore or Fully Booked but can’t find the book you want
  2. Browsing through NBS or FB and finding ~too~ many books you want
  3. Entering NBS or FB, find the book but your wallet is empty so you have to leave your babies behind. T_T
  4. Running your hands through their spines and whispering “I’ll come back for you~” and earn a weird look from other customers
  5. Hiding Strategically placing the books on the shelves and praying to God no one picks them up until you have enough funds to buy said hidden book
  6. Risking varicose veins because you’re reading the books on the aisles for hours on end
  7. Why don’t we have public libraries that have actual books, anyways??
  8. Seeing a really rare edition of a classic (hardbound, gilded pages, the works) and falling in love with it. Then you see the price tag and collapse into a fetal position and cry
  9. Wondering how many lunch breaks or jeep rides you’ll be skipping just to add to your Book Fund
  10. Doing other people’s homework just to add money to the Book Fund
  11. Selling a body part just to add money to the Book Fund
  12. Spending 4 hrs at Booksale in search for a good read but all you find are old versions of Twilight :/
  13. Selling your book babies because you need school books
  14. Scouring the internet for cheap books and trying to determine if this shop is a scam or not. Also why do they call me “sis”.
  15. Encountering the words abbreviations HM, SF and VGC for the first time (They mean How Much, Shipping Fee and Very Good Condition, respectively)
  16. Using all the haggling skills you learned just to get the lowest price
  17. Waiting a solid month or two for the mailman to deliver your books
  18. Going to the post office just to find out u have to pay extra (!) for the books. I mean, seriously?!
  19. Meeting up with strangers in malls and jeep terminals because they’ve gots the goods
  20. Waiting 30 minutes for said strangers to show up and taking 5 seconds for the actual transaction to happen.
  21. Learning how to send money through Palawan express lol
  22. Camping outside the mall for your favorite author’s book signing
  23. Keeping pesky receipts just to have your books signed, too.
  24. Not making the cutoff for book signings!
  25. Spending a small fortune on merch
  26. Those subscription boxes look so cute but the Book Fund is steadily dwindling so you have to think of other creative ways to supplement it.
  27. Finally deciding to try a subscription box but they don’t ship to your area T_T
  28. Looking at all those cool bookstagram shelves  and realizing youre too lazy to organize your pile of books on your shelf
  29. Wait, you don’t have a shelf
  30. Losing your book babies to a typhoon
  31. Losing your book babies to people who borrow them but never return them! That hurts so much worse.
  32. Letting people borrow your beloved books and people return them with creased spines or dog ears. Monsters!
  33. Parents or peers not understanding your “obsession” for books. They’re insisting you spend your money on other “important” things instead, like clothes. AS IF.
  34. Trying your best not to buy books but you simply can’t stop.


Anything else I missed? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Comments (7)

  • baliwantravels

    September 4, 2017 at 3:13 am

    yes. so true. the struggle is real.

    1. thirdworldbooknerd

      September 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Too real, bruh T_T

  • thirdworldbooknerd

    September 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Oh, I didn’t get charged. My friend did. IDK why sad. 🙁

  • minimalith

    January 15, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Smuggling your Book Sale buys to your room because you know that if your parents see you coming home with yet another book haul you’ll get low-key judged for wasting money 🙁

    1. thirdworldbooknerd

      January 16, 2018 at 2:05 am

      Omg this is too true!!!

  • jadeemelee

    July 6, 2018 at 5:03 am


    Meeting up with strangers in malls and jeep terminals because they’ve gots the goods ;

    >and lrt stations and places you’ve never been before to try to get the best out of your money, when you choose not to ship!

    1. thirdworldbooknerd

      July 6, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Insane, right! Kaloka haha

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