Since I’ve been trying desperately to cut down on my book-spending habits after I bought a staggering 82 books from the Singapore Library Warehouse Sale (check out my IMM for that one here) – I figured that I might as well make full use of the lovely libraries that we have here to satisfy my need to touch and read through new materials related to our Bimonthly theme here in GatheringBooks on “Everything Dahl and Magical.”
For the first time, ever, we are sharing books that we have borrowed from the library in the Sunday meme hosted by The Story Siren, In My Mailbox.
From the Community Library
- If we are looking for ‘magical’ and ‘surreal’ books, then naturally Neil Gaiman should be a staple. I’ve read this book several months back while I was browsing through some of the titles in our community library here in Singapore, and I knew that I’d have to feature this book here in GatheringBooks. Now seems to be the perfect time as any. A shout out to Fats and Iphigene who might want to also include his M is for Magic for review (can’t blame a girl for trying).
- I’ve been fascinated with The Wikkeling ever since I saw this in the library shelves. I am aware I have limited time to really go over thick YA books, I feel overwhelmed just looking at its thickness. But I figured, I might as well borrow it and see whether I can steal the time somewhere. We just see how it goes.
- I have this weakness for black-and-white illustrations and Small Change for Stuart. The subtitle after all says “Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure” – another thick YA book. Again, these are good intentions, yes? Whether or not I’d be able to read them and blog about them are different matters altogether.
From the NIE Library
- Now here are two books that I borrowed from my own institution’s library. I thought it would not hurt to borrow a Newbery Honor book that also deals with wishes and magic and enchantment, thus, I took The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain off the shelves. I am hoping that it would be a quick read.
- I have heard of Anne Fine but I haven’t had the chance to read through any of her works yet. And when I saw this Three in One: Genie Genie Genie – it has spoken to me – I knew again that it would be a wonderful addition to our magical theme this September and October.
- Could not possibly resist a Jack Prelutsky book that features magic and wizards. And an award winning book at that. I reckon that I’d enjoy The Wizard thoroughly. A wonderful addition to our magical book list.
- The Lost Happy Endings reminded me a little bit of our fractured fairy tale theme last month – but as I was reading through it I realized that while it made mention of fairy tales, it has its own distinctive stand-alone story that veers away from the classic stories that we know. Hopefully, I can get to feature this one as well.
For the Roald Dahl books that I borrowed from the library, click here to see some of the titles I ‘hope’ to feature in the next two months. How about you? We’d love to hear what books landed in your mailbox this week. If you have any recommended titles for our “Dahl and Magical” theme, we’d love to hear them too. Happy reading everyone!