It’s Sunday! Time for us to share the books that have called to us and found their way into our hands through charming book covers, enchanting blurbs, out-of-the-ordinary packaging and what not. I was supposed to continue sharing my finds from the various book fairs here in Singapore, but I thought that I should interrupt that flow with my book loot from the recently-concluded Singapore Writers Festival (see here for my detailed account of the event).
Book Buys from the Singapore Writers Festival 2013
I was not kidding when I said I fell in love with Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry read-alouds during the festival. I immediately headed to the Pavilion right after listening to her and bought all of her remaining books: Rapture, The Bees, New Selected Poems (1984-2004), 101 Poems for Children: A Laureate’s Choice by Carol Ann Duffy.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’m excited to get to it soon: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson.
There goes my so-called budget. But wait… there’s more.
I listened to Xiaolu Guo’s panel entitled Tongue Ties, Tongue Tied and so I decided to purchase her A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. And how can I resist Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.
Book presents for my eleven year old daughter who fell in love with Singapore’s greatest kid-detective: Sherlock Sam and the Sinister Letters in Bras Basah and Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning. The notebook was given by the generous A.J. Low.
Sherlock Sam and the Alien Encounter in Pulau Ubin was a lovely present by Adan Jimenez and Felicia-Low Jimenez, the husband and wife tandem behind Sherlock Sam’s huge success. Now we have all the books in the series! Yay!
I am very intrigued by this graphic novel also from Singapore: Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng. Very excited to read it!
Freebie from Pansing
I am also very happy to receive this lovely book from Pansing Books: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Truly looking forward to reading this and The Raven Boys.