BHE (7): Book Hunting in New York – Featuring the Strand and Book Off in New York, New York!

I am excited to feature some of my book finds while I was in New York a week ago. Aside from doing the touristy thing (Ellis/Liberty Island, Broadway, meeting up with beautiful friends who live in New York), I have to do my usual book hunting and visit the bookstores!


With my daughter looking closely at the titles – such a deal at 1dollar! 🙂

Once again, I had to restrain myself from purchasing too many books since I know I’d be able to find most of the titles anyway in our libraries back in Singapore. Add the fact that we were traveling through the East Coast via Megabus, we definitely can’t afford to be lugging around way too many books, my husband would go ballistic!

Lots of titles, yes.
Look at that buffet of books on display.

And so as per usual, I just took photos of books that caught my eye, and here they are – books to be added to my wishlist!

I’ve been reading a lot of good reviews about this book, so I’m hoping to find this in our libraries when I return to Singapore.

I was not able to find a book that ‘spoke’ to me. My daughter did find one of the Goosebumps titles that she’s been avidly on the look out for, but I’d leave her Goosebumps-book-hunt for next week.

Book Off in New York

My daughter was disappointed that she was only able to find one book in the Strand, and so when we got back home in Jersey City, she actively searched for other discounted book stores in New York, and lo and behold, she discovered that there was a Book Off branch in New York! Naturally, we had to visit the store the next day!

Well this time around, I hit paydirt!

Rows and rows and rows of bookshelves priced at 1 dollar! This time around I threw caution to the wind and bought the books that managed to speak to my sensibilities. Here are my book buys!

I thought that my visit would not be complete without a few picture books about New York: … If Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine and Illustrated by Wayne Parmenter. Since we have just visited Ellis Island the day before, I knew I had to get this book. I also found a number of Tomie De Paola titles: 26 Fairmont Avenue and Miracle on 34th Street story by Valentine Davies.

And because I am a sucker for award-winning books, I couldn’t let these beauties go: The art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle and Yolonda’s Genius by Carol Fenner.

I have fallen in love with Eve Bunting’s prose and so I had to purchase The Ghost Children. Sid Fleischman’s The Whipping Boy is also perfect for the Newbery Medal Reading Challenge and I was caught by Patricia McKissack’s The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural – all for 1 dollar each!

The Naomi Shihab Nye title is a little more expensive at 3 dollars, but I simply couldn’t resist a Nye title: Habibi, A Novel. I was also intrigued by Katherine Paterson’s Of Nightingales that Weep.

My daughter has this thing with Stink and so she was very happy to have found this book: Stink, the Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. I also have a growing collection of Polly Horvath books, and so The Trolls caught my eye.

These are my daughter’s book choices: Erin Hunter’s Warriors Fire and Ice, Nightmare Hour by R. L. Stine and Hank Zipzer Who Ordered this Baby? Definitely Not Me by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

*** Featured Books: awesome book finds ***

I was privileged enough to see Karen Hesse during the Children’s Literature Association Conference in Boston and I knew I have to read more of her books. Naturally, I bought Stowaway and The Music of Dolphins, simply because I lovelovelove her works.

How about you, dear friends? What are your book finds this week?

7 comments on “BHE (7): Book Hunting in New York – Featuring the Strand and Book Off in New York, New York!

  1. Love these pics! I have given away around 500 books over the past month and packed the rest on boxes. I am on a book fast. ouch! it’s worse than going without food. 🙂


  2. Ooooh, great finds! 🙂


  3. Wow, you found some good titles this time, Myra. I have done a lot of book shopping this week, mostly at the library & my best find, right on the shelf, was Insurgent, the next book after Divergent. I had assumed it was on a hold list for weeks, but not so at my neighborhood library. I was lucky. I also picked up a few picture books, including more Babymouse titles and two Margaret Theis books about slavery times, plus How To Make A Night which I’ve seen reviewed, and If Nathan Were Here, about the death of a young boy’s friend. I was happy to find these ‘free’, although I did buy a few at the local bookstore too. Glad you found some you love too, like the Karen Hesse books-always a treasure. Thanks!


  4. Oh, nice treasures! Especially excited about the Horvath book :).


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  7. Wow, this collection of books is AMAZING! The cover on THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND is so beautiful, and on THE ART OF KEEPING COOL, don’t you think it looks like a young Ethan Hawke?


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