Book Hunting Expeditions

Charming Little Bookshop in Berlin

During my last full day in Germany, our host took us to these little out-of-the-way areas of Berlin where we had the chance to walk around and see the East Berlin Wall art that was truly fascinating. Once I get back on my feet in Singapore, I would be sure to devote a blog just for the graffiti artwork in Berlin as well as the Mauthausen Concentration Camp that we visited in Vienna.

It was purely by chance that we came upon this charming little book shop in one of our endless (and largely aimless) walks in the streets of Berlin (very Ute Lemper). I was trying to stay away from large bookstore outlets, so this one was truly a find. The book shop attendant was this extremely helpful British lady who was kind enough to give me book recommendations upon knowing that I have a website on children’s lit and YA fiction.

I might as well take a picture since I am afraid I’d have problems with the spelling. =) Here are some of the titles that I saw from the book shop:

I spent quite a long time looking over at the book Her Idea because it really seemed like something that my teachers back in Singapore would like and be interested in, but I had to resist.

Very interesting artwork in these books as well.

The book Tools by Taro Miura was recommended by the book shop lady and she showed me the really lovely illustrations found within the pages. I particularly liked the one, though, by T. S. Spivet.

More children’s book titles.

This book also appealed to me, illustrations seem cute and unique.

The traveling geek who has fallen in love with Europe.

With all the lovely titles, I am afraid I was powerless to resist buying at least one. It does not help that my travel companion is such an enabler who also loves books. I know that I’d have difficulty finding this graphic wordless novel by the Hamburg author/illustrator Moki when I go back to either Singapore or the States. So who am I to say no?

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).

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