The Sunday Meme In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren is a perfect way to share the book finds we have over the past week (or so): books bought, borrowed, recovered, shared, delivered to your doorstep, chanced upon you from the wayside – or what not. And yes, I admit defeat. I can’t get enough of Bras Basah Complex here in Singapore. Here are my recent book acquisitions:
Adult Literature at 2 for 5 sgd
William Butler Yeats’ Fairy & Folk Tales of Ireland I believe is quite a find. I have a special fascination with folktales having shared about Asian folktales on two conferences. I am also glad to have found Jhumpa Lahiri’s interpreter of maladies which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000 – perfect as well for our very own Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge (have you signed up yet? Do join us, if you haven’t). Ever since Iphigene has done a review of Unaccustomed Earth, I have been interested to read more of Lahiri’s fiction. It was also cool to have discovered Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South (which Iphigene reviewed here) as well as Joanne Harris’ Chocolat.
YA Fiction – again 2 for 5 sgd
I think of myself as a book hunter. For the past several weeks now, I have been quite lucky in finding bargain books for several series that I am collecting. Here is one of those: Lady Friday by Garth Nix. I knew about Eugene Trivizas through Fats’ review of her Three Little Pigs – I did not know that she also wrote YA: The Last Black Cat is then a cute find! Small Memories by José Saramago, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, I think should be great for Nonfiction Monday. My husband was dismayed to have seen Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke here for sale (at 2.50 sgd) since he bought it for me as a present in its original price. Hehe. I thought that I might as well purchase one – perhaps for a giveaway? Or a gift for a good friend.
My daughter has been on a Gene Luen Yang streak for the past several weeks now. She positively devours Yang’s books – her favorite remains to be American Born Chinese. So when she found this Animal Crackers on sale (at 5.90 sgd, it still is not bad given its glossy pages), she could not let it go. She had to have it. 🙂
Freebies from Pansing Books
Needless to say, I was very happy to receive these goodies from Pansing Books for review: Red Glove by Holly Black and Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands & Teeth. I am hoping to read more YA literature this year. 🙂 We shall see how that goes.