This is our 16th post for the Sunday Meme In My Mailbox which is hosted every week by The Story Siren. It’s one great way to keep track of books that you have bought, borrowed, or were shared with you over the week.
Borders 70% Warehouse Sale
Yes! We also have a Borders Sale in Singapore. Sadly, I did not know that there was an even bigger warehouse Borders sale several weeks back (early part of September).
I was only able to catch this 70% sale through a friend’s SMS which reached me during the last day of the sale itself. This means no more children’s books or YA fiction for this sad little girl (except for a few which I was able to grab from off the shelves). And here are my finds, voila!
Knucklehead featuring Jon Scieszka is, I believe, a nice find. Perfect as well for Nonfiction Mondays. I am a HUGE HUGE fan of Jon Scieszka and I think I’d fall in love with him all over again after I read this lovely graphic novel that talks about Growing Up Scieszka.
Angie Sage’s Darke is a must-have because I already have Books 1-4 of the Septimus Heap Chronicles. I know I must also buy Syren, Book 5, I’d probably look for that today. My only problem is that I’ve read the chronicles two years back. I hope I can still remember the plot, the character and the narrative as I read Syren and Darke.
Alison Wong’s As the earth Turns Silver is a new find. I have not read any Alison Wong book as yet, but I was taken by the book cover and I am on the look out for more Asian authors. I am hoping that this would turn out to be a riveting read.
Willa Cather is a must-have. I own several of her books – some I’ve already finished reading, some I haven’t yet. And My Antonia seems to be just the kind of reading material that would keep me on the edge of my seat.
My Daughter’s Find (from her school library)
We have also finished reading Shel Silverstein’s Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. It makes perfect sense then for her to borrow Falling Up which promises to be a wonderful evening read for the both of us.
My Own Finds from the NIE Library
As always, I am on the lookout for lovely picture book biographies. I thought that Robert Byrd’s Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer might be a good match for my The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis last week. I have a feeling I can not technically use the fictionalized biography of Pablo Neruda for Nonfiction Monday since it’s technically not a factual retelling of his life story. This picture book though by Robert Byrd seems like the real deal.
Harlem was something I could not put down. I am fascinated with the art work of Christopher Myers. I also thought that this would be a wonderful addition to our Persons of Color Reading Challenge.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Broken Ear is an experiment on my end. I have not read any TinTin graphic novel before, and I figured now is a good time as any to begin. Plus, my daughter might enjoy it.
For greater geekiness, let me include this academic book that I just recently reserved and borrowed from the library A Cultural Psychology of Music Education. I am working on this manuscript that I am hoping to finish this coming week – I have a feeling I’d be able to use some of Margaret’s chapters in my paper and the book proposal that I hope to complete this month.
Last-minute Pick-up from the Community Library
Yes, the NIE (National Institute of Education, my academic institution) Library is different from the Community Library. Sadly, we have a much more limited selection when it comes to children’s and YA books – thus, I need to scoot over to our trusty community libraries to borrow books that are unavailable in my office.
I was also overjoyed when I received the email from the library asking me to pick up the book I reserved: Pablo Neruda’s The Book of Questions. Pam Munoz Ryan’s The Dreamer alluded to this book and it had me positively intrigued. First thing I did was to put this book on reserve, and voila, here it is!
A good friend has shared with me two of the books that he borrowed from the library (which I am naturally tasked to return in our trusty library dropboxes here). I nearly squealed in glee because I had a difficult time finding it in our Library Branch.
I fell in love with Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, so it was little wonder that I also fell in love with these two illustrated YA fiction books – I am loathe to call them picture books. It doesn’t seem to have that feel to it: Wingwalker by Rosemary Wells and Illustrated by Brian Selznick and The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick. I know that I’ve seen Houdini Box before in our library but I couldn’t find it any longer, for the life of me – and I felt it would also be a wonderful add-in to our Magical theme this September and October. I was able to finish both books in one sitting. That riveting.
How about you? What’s your IMM for the week?