New Book Smell

Today, I bought a book for the first time in quite a long time. For the last few years, I’ve been doing all my reading on a tablet in an effort to reduce any travel weight whenever the time came for me to move country again. It’s definitely convenient, but it just isn’t the same as reading an actual book.

I was a bit surprised to find out that books are still expensive — particularly when it’s a newly-released hard cover book. Luckily, you can get some pretty good discounts if you pledge your allegiance to a bookstore by means of a membership card, which is precisely what I did. Extra bonus was that the membership was free (unless the woman just forgot to ask me for my money to pay the membership fee).

So now I have a lovely new book to sniff, and I was actually pretty excited when I was unwrapping it. It was perfect in every way, until I realised… that the discount sticker didn’t come off with the plastic cover… and that it was stuck directly onto the book sleeve.

You monster.



ELT Library

Next month will mark my third year anniversary for teaching online–unbelievable how quickly time flies. I’ve managed to acquire a mini-library of ELT reference books since then, and they have been invaluable resources not only for CELTA, but also for everyday teaching needs.


I never actually took any of the TKT Modules, but my intention with this book was to study the content and do the practice tests inside until I was confident that I could pass without actually taking it. I don’t know if it would be useful for me to do the TKT Modules since I already have CELTA, but it’s something I’ll look into, and if it’s worthwhile, I may just do it.

My favorite in the collection is Michael Swan’s Practical English Usage. It’s basically my ELT bible capable of answering any English language questions I have. Highly recommended.

This small library of six is already quite an investment on its own (reference books are not cheap), but I’d love to see it grow in the coming years.