Book Hunting Expeditions

Because Green Apple in San Francisco is Looove

When my good friend who’s a resident of San Francisco/San Bruno brought me to Green Apple a year ago, I vowed to return. And so yes, here I am braving the winter cold, the rainy/stormy weather and the traffic – traveling all the way from the safe suburbia of Brentwood to vibrant and colorful Frisco to see my Green Apple yet again.

We arrived 15/20 minutes before the store officially opened – hence, there was time for some photo shoot

I am thankful that my sister in law and her husband (not to mention my own husband) have been very patient with me as I pore through stacks and stacks of luscious/yummy books on the shelves. Special thanks to Kuya Mon for driving all the way to SFO (a good 90-120 minute drive with the fog, the slick road, and the wet weather).

And there is the tiny Asian at Green Apple, buying books books and more books
You can have Barnes and Noble, i’d take this little shop any day of the week, any month of the year..
It’s good that our temperamental GPS turned out to be fairly reliable this time around. Err, this isn’t our ride. hahaha.
Truly well worth the travel. Two bags of goodies!
Christmas Presents for Family and Friends – I love Polar Express and this tiny Snicket picture book. Hipira has the makings of a real Japanese animation classic. And yes, the time traveler’s guide is perfect for teenagers. Need I say more about the Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka?
More presents for family – yes, it’s a Book Yuletide Season for the kiddos (and a few of the grown-ups too).
Yes. These are presents yet again. I particularly love Lane Smith’s Big Plans. Twas a swift, amusing read. Classic. I figured that Neil Gaiman would be a shoo-in for the teenagers and yes Ursula Le Guin.
Special Books for Special People – and to think I ordered Maus I and II via Amazon. Apparently Green Apple has several copies. A hundred Dresses is simply heartwarming.
Now these precious ones are mineminemine. I’ve been meaning to read the Moominland series of Tove Jansson since Fats has mentioned that several weeks back. I also have been hankering on getting my own copy of Desperaux and yes the Nicolas Flamel alchemist series. Fairest also intrigued me, and at less than 5 dollars it’s a good buy.
Finally a Sandman Graphic Novel. I don’t care anymore whether I get to read them in order. What matters is I already have a copy. Hahaha. I am also intrigued by The Neddiad. The Theodosia Book has been bugging me from the shelves for months now, and at 1.90 how can I say no to that? And yes, the Wimpy Kid Movie Diary is a special gift for the soon-to-be-9 year old along with The Ugly Truth. I decided to let go of this lovely book The Old Lady who swallowed a Fly although I was loathe to literally let go of it. I am particularly happy with The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by Lane Smith and George Saunders – and yes, it’s an autographed copy for 4.90. How’s that for a bargain?
The two books below at 50% off seem to be a collection of best American stories in the years 2007 and 2008. The fact that they’re edited by Dave Eggers caught my attention. And at 3 dollars how can I not buy this. And yes, there’s an academic book on becoming an artist at 1.90 and a beautifully illustrated hardbound Trickster tale across the centuries at 5.90.

Special thanks to Santa for granting me my Christmas wish: More Books! Thank goodness I’ve been a good girl this year. I have a feeling I’d go back again before we leave. Two hours just isn’t nearly enough. I need a whole day. 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).

9 comments on “Because Green Apple in San Francisco is Looove

  1. Maeve garces orille

    I am so jealous right now…can I tag along next time…huhuhu…
    Send some pls..


  2. Mary of GatheringBooks

    Love Love posts like these.
    That little vampire book I’ve seen before. I was suppose to buy it for our Haunting Tales Special but never got to. You got yourself a good set of books and while i’d say “i envy you” I know that I also have my own ‘green apple’ here in Manila. Though I’m sure if I ever find myself across the pond and in San Francisco I’m going to stop by this store and spend the whole day there. LOL.
    By the way… i can’t believe you were there 15/20 minutes earlier….addict! hahaha.


    • myragarcesbacsal

      We were actually trying to beat the rush hour that’s why we were a few minutes earlier. Hahaha. But I totally get what you mean. I was there again this morning. Will post my new hoard by tomorrow.


  3. Such a big collection of juicy reads!! I’m definitely going to visit Green Apple when Mikey and I decide to go to SFO. We have such diverse collection of books, I LOOOOVE IT. Maybe we should have a race of who gets to finish her collection first. Hahahahaha. All our goodies are HO-HO-Awesome. =)


    • myragarcesbacsal

      I am sure I would lose big time. I have a new set that I just bought this morning. Fiction for grown-ups this time around. Yipee!


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