Book Hunting Expeditions

Barnes and Noble Post-Christmas Sale – First Book Acquisition for 2011

Just before I left California, I passed by Barnes and Noble in Lone Tree Way, in Antioch. Lo and Behold, they have an outstanding After Holiday sale with a lot of Bargain Books at 50% discount at that! Though I vowed that I would not be buying any more books after two trips to Green Apple in San Francisco, I can not help but get these three yummylicious babies:

Speeches, Fables, and Tolkien's Bestiary

Ordinarily, I do not buy books such as the one on the left, entitled “Words that Changed the World” which features 25 most famous speeches the world over. However, since I do give a lot of talks/seminars/workshops, I thought that I could at least learn a thing or two by seeing how these movers/shakers of the world string their thoughts together and have them lock into the hearts and minds of millions of people. And yes, it comes with a CD of the speeches. I got it for 6.50 USD. Not bad huh?

For Aesop’s fables, I was immediately drawn to the glossy pages and the fabulous illustrations, here are a few:

The Lion and the Mouse
This one is such a haunting image, I can not even recall reading this fable "Mercury and the Woodmen"
The Blind Man and the Lame Man

There is a surreal quality to the images that I am simply drawn to. I figured that I can entice my not-so-young one to read about Aesop if the images are as fantabulous as these.

Tolkien’s Bestiary is also a smorgasbord of visual feast. At 6.50 USD, it is so worth it. Here are some of the illustrations:

The caption says that this is the city of Tirion. I have a feeling that I'd need to re-read all the Tolkien books for me to fully appreciate these lovely drawings.
Must be the High Kings (they sure look like it)
I love how the hobbits were illustrated here.

To more books this 2011 and to an even more extensive range of reading list! I am so happy that we have initiated our 2011 Reading Calendar – it will help us keep track of the books that we’ve read through the months.

If you have Barnes and Noble in your country, do check out their bargain books. You won’t be sorry. Here is a link to their Post-Christmas Sale.

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 “Barnes and Noble Post-Christmas Sale – First Book Acquisition for 2011

  1. Yes, they go crazy on their after-holiday sales because even bargain books are discounted. The B&N website also has its own section of bargain books that are available year round, but for limited quantities. It happened to me a few times wherein I kept my books in the checkout bin for days and when I finally decided to place my order, B&N notified me that certain books in my cart were no longer available.

    Love the illustrated books you bought. Mikey would love the Tolkien book, since he is a Tolkien afficionado.


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