This is now our 19th post for In My Mailbox which is hosted every Sunday by The Story Siren. A great way to document our book purchases, books we have received as gifts, books sent to us for review, or those which we borrowed from the library.
Let me begin with my nine year old daughter’s book purchase. Since it’s nearly Halloween, she is able to justify her Goosebumps-buying-frenzy. She bought two more titles from Bras Basah Complex recently:
Titles are Monster Blood II and The Haunted Mask II. I peeked at her bookshelves (she has over 40 titles of Goosebumps now) – apparently she has Monster Blood I and The Haunted Mask I – makes sense for her to buy the sequel. Not bad. An A for continuity and potential love for series.
Award Winning Titles from Bras Basah Complex
I believe I have posted something about my love for Singapore’s Bras Basah Complex here – I try to avoid going there since I know I couldn’t leave empty-handed. Well, here are some of the rare finds I got during my last foray in this lovely lovely place.
Inspired by the recent announcement of the National Book Award Finalists, I was naturally drawn to this Nobel Prize Winning Title The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass (I think it has also been adapted into a film). I am also a huge fan of Octavio Paz and so when I saw this book In Light of India, I knew I had to buy it for myself. Plus the fact that I would be visiting Mumbai in two weeks’ time.
Iphigene has told me about Hoot by Carl Hiaasen previously – and I am glad to have unearthed this Newbery Honor book from Bras Basah. And naturally I could not resist a National Book Awardee Alice McDermott’s Charming Billy. The cover evokes a sense of peace and quiet. I have a feeling I would enjoy all these lovely books. And yes I got all four titles for 10 sgd (roughly around 7-8 US dollars). Not bad, huh? Hooray to discounted book shops.
In love with Singapore’s Libraries and Magic
I read this piece recently by Library Journal on “What to Read after Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus” and since I am banning myself from purchasing brand new books (that are a tad expensive), I thought that I might as well borrow the next best thing as recommended by Neal Wyatt from Library Journal.
I am ambitious, yes, I borrowed Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. The thickness is daunting and I have resigned myself to the fact that I won’t be able to finish this book in six weeks’ time – on top of all my deadlines in the academe – just isn’t humanly possible. But yeah, that didn’t stop me from tasting the book every now and again and stealing a few minutes of reading every chance I get. The Magician’s Study by Tobias Seamon looks less daunting and I have a feeling I can read it in a day’s time if I really devote all my time to just flipping through the pages (no blogging, no facebooking, no twittering, no googleplus, no TV series). I was also intrigued by The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day. I’ve always had a fascination with carnivals and circus and magic – thus, we were thinking of devoting January/February 2012 perhaps to this theme – carnivale, the paranormal, and the occult. We shall see how that goes. 🙂