Book Hunting Expedition (2): More Bras Basah Love

It’s that time of the week once again when we share some of the books we hunted down during the past week (or so). Fats has graciously opened our new section here in GatheringBooks last week called BHE or Book Hunting Expeditions where we are planning to feature books that we have bought, borrowed, stolen, were given to us, flew into our unsuspecting laps during the past weeks. Since we think of ourselves as fearless book hunters, we are eager to share with everyone some of our treasures.

The Beauty that is Bras Basah

I have been writing about this lovely place here in Singapore for quite a bit now, and I thought that the launching of our Book Hunting Expeditions is as good time as any to share a few photos of the place with you. Strategically located right beside the Central Lending Library and at the heart of the city, it is quite accessible to quite a number of people. I made sure I took a lot of pictures from my recent visit so that I can share them with you here.

While there are a whole lot of other bookstores in Bras Basah, this is my absolute favorite and where I get most of my treasures. One of the reasons why we love going on book hunting expeditions is to literally hunt down some books that we are collecting as part of a series (e.g. the Tillerman Cycle Series by Voigt, the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix just to cite a few) or to bag treasured finds such as the ones I will be sharing with you today – for such a cheap amount.

Here are a few books from the shelves. I took photos of them just in case you may be looking for them.

As the sign above says, these books are sold at 2.90 each, or 2 books for 5 dollars.

There is an entire section just devoted to these Margaret Weis and Dragonlance goodies. As tempted as I am to purchase them, I’d like to hear your thoughts as to whether you think it would be a good thing to collect these. Has anyone read these books? Our sci-fi aficionado friends and readers?

These lovelies are being sold at 1 dollar each. Yup. No joke. If you don’t mind buying used books (you just have to be careful about the condition of some of these reading materials), this place is for you.

Books, books, and more books! Lots of great titles to choose from if you have a good eye and you know what you’re looking for.

Two huge stalls. One of my favorite places here in Singapore. Hands down.

On to My Book Finds: Young Adult and Middle Grade Books

Another thing I like about this particular store in Bras Basah is that their stocks get replenished quite regularly. Here are my wonderful finds: Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (almost brand-new), Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson. The books are also perfect for our current bimonthly theme on Festival of Asian Literature and the Immigrant Experience as well as wonderful add-ins to our very own Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge (do sign up here if you haven’t joined us yet).

I am also excited to read these middle-grade novels: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen and Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary.

Three of the books here have been chosen by my ten year old daughter: The Diary of Amos Lee: I’m Twelve, I’m Tough, I Tweet by Adeline Foo; Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary; and Mr. Midnight by Jason Lee. I picked Debi Gliori’s Pure Dead Brilliant.

I was also pleased to find Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’ve heard a lot about it so I’m pretty excited to read it. I also found How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse by Cressida Cowell.

Glorious Adult Literature

I have no idea when we’d find the time to read more adult literature, but it’s good to have them on hand: V. S. Naipaul’s The Mystic Masseur and Simon Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman: A tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. These books sound so posh and so smart!

It was also good to see Michael Chabon’s Summerland and J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Shaping of Middle-earth. Whew! Thick books!

I remembered falling in love with Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being when I was in my early 20s, I have a feeling I’d also love The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. I was also happy to find Scott O’Dell’s The King’s Fifth.

Finally, I got myself a copy of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. My eyes also lit up when I found Lost by Gregory Maguire buried in Bras Basah’s bookshelves.

Featured Book

YES YES and another resounding YES! I found the sixth book from the Tillerman cycle: Sons from Afar by Cynthia Voigt. Now I am only looking for Book 4 The Runner and Book 5 Come a Stranger. Don’t you just love going on a book hunt?

How about you? What books found their way into your hands this week? We’d love to know.

6 comments on “Book Hunting Expedition (2): More Bras Basah Love

  1. Great photos! Weedflower, Esperanza Rising, and Dragonkeeper look really interesting. Glad you found some awesome books on your book hunting adventures. Enjoy!


  2. Lots of my favorites here for the middle school crowd, Myra: Ender’s Game and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy are continual favorites. The bookstore is amazing. I’m not sure I could visit very often; too many lovely buys! I just visited our local favorite indie store with my 3 year old granddaughter yesterday. She chose Mo Willems Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late. Fun, fun! Thanks for sharing!


    • Hi Linda, I’ve been hearing so much about Ender’s Game, I’d probably bring this book when I travel to the States next week, just for me to have a feel of it. Yes, the bookstore is definitely amazing. If and when you decide to visit Singapore, I shall bring you here. Mo Willems is a great choice for your 3 year old grand-daughter! I’m sure she enjoyed the book! 🙂


  3. I love Toad Heaven and Esperanza Rising! Gotta check out some of the other books there.


    • Erik! Aren’t book hunts just fabulous? 🙂 I love Pam Munoz Ryan so I’m sure that I’d be enjoying Esperanza Rising. 🙂


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