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NYRB Loot – Luscious Book Images, Page-flickin’ Good!

Before November 7 ends, I will be sharing photos of the books that I have borrowed from the community library and my own institution’s library for NYRB Reading Week – an event co-hosted by Honey from Coffeespoons and Mrs B from The Literary Stew.

While I clearly doubt that I would be able to read and review all for this week (what an impossible feat – I have papers to mark, classes to prepare for, and a conference to attend in Brisbane in two weeks’ time! and academic papers to write/refine/modify submit for peer review) – regardless, it would still be great to document the process of participating in this lovely bookblogging event. This photo-event has likewise been inspired by another book blogger, Thomas at My Porch’s photos of his own collection of NYRB books. Although I must say that we, at GatheringBooks, kind of do this (blog and post book photos) on a regular basis – especially when we share our recent book purchases from book sales and such (see mine here, Mary’s blog post here and Fats’ recent book buying spree here).

Since the official launch of GatheringBooks, one of our greatest joys is connecting with kindreds who have such evident passion for the written word. Truly a gift.

All Eight NYRB Books lying safely in my bed (they need space to breathe and cuddle)

Initially, I just thought about reviewing three books (see my earlier blog post here) but when I discovered that our community library has LOADS of hardbound, red-edged, NYRB Children’s books – I just went wild borrowing as much as I can – hence I now have eight books waiting to be devoured for the week (I’d probably end up writing about only around three or four more in addition to Frank Tashlin’s The Bear that Wasn’t which I posted today).

These five books were borrowed from our nearby community library (same building where my daughter has her piano lessons, pretty convenient for me)
These three books are the first few ones I borrowed from the NIE Library after finding out about NYRB Reading week a month ago
Only a true bibliophile can look at this mess and greedily assess how long it would take to read 'em all - yummy! page-flickin' good!
Do I have my work cut out for me or not?

As an end note, I would like to share this picture that my soul sister from San Francisco has taken from Green Apple, my favorite thrift bookstore in SFO. It highlights with such great panache how I feel about children’s books – and why I believe this should be posted here in GatheringBooks. Thanks Cha for taking this picture! And yes we shall spend an ENTIRE day in Green Apple when I come visit next month. =)

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).

4 comments on “NYRB Loot – Luscious Book Images, Page-flickin’ Good!

  1. I am really, really jealous of your library loot. My mouth is literally watering looking at your pictures. The red edges are beautiful, aren’t they? So far, I only own one–The 13 Clocks, which my 6 year old son started reading. I hope he keeps up with it, since it’ll be his first chapter book.

    But, by golly, by the end of next year, I plan to own enough of the NYRB Children’s Collection to fill a shelf. Then I’ll bequeath them all to my kids. Once I’ve had my fill of them, that is.;)


    • myragarcesbacsal

      Hi Honey, I heard from Mary how expensive NYRB books are in the Philippines – I don’t even dare look for these books in Kinokuniya and Popular here in Singapore, I am sure they would cost quite a small fortune. I am truly fortunate that the libraries here are just.. amazing, is the word really. One entire level for just children’s lit/picturebooks/YA fiction, and a spill over in the next level for YA fiction. And this is just ONE community library – it’s not even the main lib yet (which is in the city). The greatest thing is for a dollar you can reserve a book anywhere here in Singapore (so long as the books are available in the community libraries) and you simply indicate where you want it picked up. How cool is that. =) But yes, having a shelf filled with NYRB collections seems enticing indeed – will try to find bargain books in Green Apple next month. Hahahaha.


  2. Hi, Myra! I’m happy to tell you that you won the Best NYRB Photo contest that we had during our NYRB Reading Week! Check out our announcement posts here. Anyway, send us a DM via Twitter so we know where to send your prize to. Thanks and congratulations!


    • myragarcesbacsal

      This is wonderful, Honey. Thank you sooo much. I left a direct message thru Twitter. Truly excited to receive the book.


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