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In My Mailbox – GatheringBooks Dives In!

This is the first time that GatheringBooks would be joining the meme In My Mailbox which is hosted every Sunday by The Story Siren.

While we have done our own personal blogposts about books we have recently bought, borrowed, stolen, acquired through devious means – I must admit that Story Siren is quite the genius in collecting all of these links together every Sunday. And over 200 participating blogs at that! Do join in the fun! Since there are three of us running this site (Mary Iphigene from the Philippines, Fats from US and myself from Singapore), we shall see if we can continue participating on a weekly basis.

Since I  have just recently donated 100 books for our 1:4:1000 Blogiversary Book Drive, my shelf is missing a few books to keep it in balance (alignment of the book chakra). Here are a few photos on some of my recent acquisitions.

Now if you were wondering after posting those page-flickin’ yummy books – why so many? 35 books! Aha. I got all these fantabulous books during the most recent garage sale in my staff housing within campus. Most of the expatriate lecturers/professors who are about to leave put their stuff up for a ridiculously low amount (not that I’m complaining, I love it!) – these books cost 0.50 cents each. Yup! Not even 1 sgd. I kept the books which are not for children, and the others I bought I donated as well for our 1:4:1000 Book Drive.

I also bought several from another ‘stall’ in the garage sale – these books cost a dollar each:

I also received two books during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content here in Singapore. The lovely authors (Rosemarie and Holly Thompson) gave a signed copy of their books to me and I shall truly treasure these.

Thank you so much Rosemarie and Holly!
My 9 year old daughter with YA Author Holly Thompson. Thank you for Orchards, Holly!
Her very own signed copy of the book. I can sense that there is going to be a read-aloud session during our nightly ritual!

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).

8 comments on “In My Mailbox – GatheringBooks Dives In!

  1. This looks like I lot of fun (just been over to the Story Siren to read the blurb about In My Mailbox). What an amazing deal to pick up all those books for less than $20! The fun thing about such cheap books is that you pick up ones you wouldn’t normally buy and are often surprised by books you didn’t know you would enjoy. I haven’t read it yet, but I bet you and your daughter will enjoy Orchards.


    • Hi Joanna, you should join the meme on Sundays! You’d also get a chance to see other blogs and salivate over the books they’ve bought or were given to them during the course of the week. I know I’d love to see yours!


  2. Yay for cheap books! =D


  3. These seem like some great reads! Thanks for sharing. I’d love if you’d check out my IMM too 🙂

    Btw, I’m loving the blog. I’m not sure if we’re fellow followers, but I follow you!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads


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