Last week, Fats posted for IMM (In My Mailbox hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren) during Christmas Day. It’s my turn now to share some of the books I bought during the Holidays, and a few books that I got from recent book bargains here in Singapore.
Bargain Books in our Church
Every week, I try to scour through the bargain bins in our local church after Mass, and on occasion I do find some treasures such as these worth 1 sgd (or 2 sgd) each:
Ever since Joanna Marple (one of our lovely book-blogging friends) and my book club girl Älvi mentioned Michael Morpurgo as one of their favorite authors, I have been intrigued by him, being quite unfamiliar with most of his works. Thus, I made sure that I am on the lookout for his books that are on sale. I’m glad to have found this title My Friend Walter - which seems to be a fitting novel that can be added to our Paranormal and Carnivale theme this January and February. Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren is also a steal at 1 sgd.
Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes was sold for 2 sgd – in contrast to the other three books, maybe because it was relatively thicker than all the others. I did not mind since I was just all-too-pleased that I found the sequel to Ginger Pye, a book that I already have on my bookshelves.
Book Sale on Campus
Occasionally, we would receive emails from the NTU Community about book sales hosted by visiting professors or lecturers who would soon be leaving Singapore. Here are some of my recent book buys from within the NTU Staff Housing – books cost only 2 sgd each: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (reviewed by Iphigene as part of the South Asian Reading Challenge for 2011), The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (also reviewed by Iphigene) and House of Glass by Pramoedya Ananta Toer.
More Books from Bras Basah and Popular
For those who have been following our IMM every Sunday, you would know how addicted my now-ten year old daughter is with Goosebumps. Naturally, she just had to buy Invasion of the Body Snatchers Part 2 and Attack of the Jack-o’-Lanterns by R. L. Stine.
Mister Monday by Garth Nix is the first book in the series of The Keys to the Kingdom which I have heard a lot about. Might as well read it from the top, right? I also found John Flanagan’s Book One: The Ruins of Gorlan from the Ranger’s Apprentice Series. I hope I like both books.
I have seen the film adaptation of this book Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce – an award winning book which I feel we can also include in our own Reading Challenge, so I am anticipating that I would enjoy this one. I am also a huge sucker for Modern Classics books, and so I buy this one by Joan G. Robinson entitled When Marnie was There.
I was also glad to have found the book version of Bridge to Terabithia, the Newbery honor novel by Katherine Paterson. It was great that I was able to share this novel with my Gathering Readers book club a few weeks back. I am also a huge Jerry Spinelli fan so buying the hard cover of Eggs for 2.90 seemed like a sweet deal. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede also seemed like a good book to add to our paranormal/carnivale theme this January/February.
Now I got this brand new book from Popular Bookstore which is currently having a 20% markdown sale. It was still a tad expensive at 8 sgd but I knew I had to purchase it: Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Wind-up Girl. I’ve heard so much about Bacigalupi (particularly his Shipbreaker) that I know I had to own at least one of his works.
James Finn Garner’s Politically Correct Stories found on SALE
Ever since our featured Academic for our Fractured Fairy Tale theme, Professor Tuting Hernandez, recommended James Finn Garner – I have been aching to read Politically Correct Bedtime Stories for myself. I found this book in the church bargain bin for 1sgd. The sequel, entitled Once Upon a More Enlightened Time I found in Bras Basah for 5 sgd. Then I was able to unearth Politically Correct Holiday Stories for 6 sgd also at another store in Bras Basah! I feel like I am a bounty hunter indeed, finding these lovely treasures.
Novels-in-Verse from Margarita Engle
I also feel immensely privileged to receive this advance review copy from Margarita Engle’s publisher for her upcoming book, The Wild Book to be released on March 2012. We have featured two of Margarita’s works for Nonfiction Monday the past several weeks: The Surrender Tree and The Firefly Letters. To say that I have fallen in love with her writing would be an understatement. I look forward to reading this lovely book. And just several days back, I received this package from the mail from Margarita herself!! Such thrill!
Such a privilege. I feel deeply blessed that GatheringBooks has led us to many authors far and wide, and to fellow bibliophiles, educators, poets, novelists, artists whose sensibilities resonate with ours in our passion for the written word.
My 10 year old Daughter’s Nerdy Christmas Loot
Two weeks ago, I shared quite a number of our Christmas Par-tey photos with GatheringReaders, a book club for young readers that I initiated here in Singapore this December. Here are some of the books that my daughter received from the gift-giving: A. A. Milne’s The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner with Decorations and Full-color Illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard. She also received Dust City: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? by Robert Paul Weston – a book that I myself, am excited to read.
I suppose it’s pretty obvious that we love Terry Deary in this household – and since she’s been a (relatively) good girl, she has the entire bloodcurdling boxed set of Horrible History books and Horrible Science too!
That’s an amazing loot, baby girl! We are not such huge fans of techie/gadgetries/gaming – but books, we lovelovelove obviously.
And since she’s still on a Big Nate fix, she also got Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce – which she devoured in three hours, tops.
My Own Christmas Loot
And because I’ve been extra-good this year, I got these lovely goodies from my enabler Santa (err husband): The Chronicles of Harris Burdick compiled by Chris Van Allsburg and Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls - perfect for our new bimonthly theme connected to all things paranormal this January/February.
I have been fascinated by Clive Barker for the longest time. I already have a copy ofAbarat: Book One, but I was angling for the illustrated version – my husband mistakenly bought yet another copy of the non-illustrated one. I honestly didn’t mind. I was looking forward to re-reading my copy of Book One – and it’d be good to have a ‘new’ book in my hands. I was also ecstatic to receive a copy of Absolute Midnight, Book Three from the Abarat series. Does anyone know where I can get an illustrated version of the first book in Abarat? Fats and I are dying to find out.
I literally jumped up and down with glee when I saw Art Spiegelman’s Meta Maus.Cheapskate that I am, I would not have bought this for myself, since it’s quite expensive. It also comes with a DVD. Lovely! Thank you to my very own Santa!