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Some Selections for our Keep Out! Stay Away! Diaries Special (with a bit of binge bookbuying on the side)

To celebrate having Adeline Foo as our Featured Storyteller for the Month of October (October 15-November 15, 2010), GatheringBooks decided to have a Diaries Special for the month. In preparation for this lovely October of deardiarywriting, here are some of the books that I borrowed from the Community Library, some I just bought, some I already have, and some generously given by Adeline Foo herself (Diary of Amos Lee Books One and Two). Hopefully, I will find the time to do a write-up of at least half of these yummy books for our October feature.

As I have noted, the Amos Lee books are from Adeline. Thank you so much Adeline. My daughter has been bugging me for months to have copies of the Amos Lee series, and she was ecstatic to receive them. She really is on a Diary Rampage. Surprisingly, I also found another Diary book from another famous Singaporean author, Shamini Flint, entitled Diary of a Soccer Star from the community library. I borrowed it as well so that we could include it in our Special for the Month.

My eight year old has been enamoured with Amelia since she was around six. We bought these two books while we were still in the Philippines and she has acquired four more from her godmother from Canada (Thank you Ninang Veejay for the cool Amelia gifts).

Max’s Logbook is something that I have also borrowed from the nearby community library. Max, as far as I know, is a friend or classmate of Amelia (I still have to read through this). So it’s like a boy’s perspective in journaling, hence it’s not a diary or a notebook or a journal, but a Logbook. Hmmm… should be an interesting read as well.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend is YA fiction, hence quite a lengthy read – I got this from the NIE Library. I really wish I have 48 hours in a day, so that I’d find the time to really read through each and every one of these books and do them justice in my review. Regardless, at least my intentions were pure (and well-documented here, haha!). If I can’t do them all, at least there was the intention to do at the very least half of these books. The academic in me is itching to develop and discover some major recurring themes in the literature that I’d be reading and see whether they have any developmental commonalities and parallels – but I doubt if I can do a real academic treatise on this given the overwhelming demands on my time and the multiple tasks that I have to do besides. The Roman Diary, Journal of Iliona by Richard Platt – is something that I am looking forward to reading. I took a peek and the pages are bursting with so much life and such lovely lovely illustrations. It’s also based on historical facts – so aside from being regaled with good narrative and colorful artwork, I think I would also learn a few things here and there which hopefully I get to share with the rest of the GatheringBooks readers. I also just discovered that Richard Platt has two more book diaries (Pirate Diary and Castle Diary) in our nearby community library – hopefully I get to borrow them before someone else does.

Since we also have plans to do a Haunting Tales Special for the month of November, I decided to buy a few more books from the Lucky Plaza Discount Bookstore (which apparently will change management by mid-November, so their books and the prices would most likely not be the same any longer – so do visit before November).

Since both my two girls from GatheringBooks (Mary and Fats) used to be Goosebumps fans, I might as well see what this previous addiction to RL Stine is all about. I also thought that it might be something that would interest the little girl, so we shall see. The books are only for 3 SGD each in the Lucky Plaza store that I have blogged about previously – click here to be taken to that post).

Kate Culhane is a book that we already have from way before – and yes, it is a bit disturbing and haunting. Perfect for our November special.

The Ghost of Shanghai, I bought around two weeks back, and yes, the tale is light and not really eerie as much as the others. Hopefully, I get the time to really review all for November.

The Mystery of Mineral Gorge is a fairly recent acquisition (I bought it yesterday – only for 2 sgd I think, also at the same shop) – and one that is bought especially for the November special feature that Mary instigated.

Hopefully, we get to feature James Lee, the famous author of Mr. Midnight for our November special. This is my first acquisition (from Harris bookstore) of the Mr. Midnight series. I am bracing myself for some real-time shivers and spine-tingling tales.

These three books are totally not related to any of the themes that we are doing, but I just can not help myself any longer. I just have to get all three. Lordknows I can not afford to do binge buying at this point, and I technically have ZERO time to really read through all these, plus the many unread book piles in my shelf but *Sigh* this must be an illness of sorts.I just can’t not buy something once inside a book store. I just comfort myself in noting that I will buy these books anyway, at one point or another. Might as well buy them now. And given its popularity, I doubt I’d get them for a dirt-cheap price similar to the other ones that I just recently bought. Oh well.

Cheers to Reading and More Reading. And yes books and more books. =)

Do share with us what are some of the books that you have just recently bought (borrowed, or stolen). We’d love to hear them. =)

PS: I forgot to include these two books yesterday:

Caela has read the first few pages and decided to bring the first book in school today. She seems to enjoy it. Hmmm.. Looks like I have my reading for the month cut-out for me. Uh-oh. Why do I bring these things upon myself, seriously.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “Some Selections for our Keep Out! Stay Away! Diaries Special (with a bit of binge bookbuying on the side)

  1. Mary of GatheringBooks

    I’m totally in denial. I’ve been purchasing books. I purchased quite a number but refuse to write a blog about it. Hahahaha.


    • myragarcesbacsal

      I actually forgot to include Dork Diaries in this list. I honestly have no idea whether I can review all of these books, but I sure am going to try. Thus, my intentions of posting them here just to remind myself of what I have subjected myself to for the month. Hahaha. The Roman Diary is a classic. I looove it, I started reading it last night – will borrow Castle Diary and Pirate Diary tomorrow if I find it in our community library.

      And don’t think I forgot what you mentioned about your own book-buying spree, do post! So that I’d go green with envy knowing how cheap books are in the Philippines. =)


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