Book Hunting Expeditions

BHE (24): Middle Grade Books, Graphic Novels, and Bradbury Love

It’s Sunday! Time for our Book Hunting Expedition Post here at GatheringBooks. Once again, I am sharing the books that I have borrowed from our positively-awesome public libraries here in Singapore.

Middle Grade and YA Novels

These two books are my ten year old daughter’s selections: Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) by Liz Pichon and Daphne’s Diary of Daily Disasters: The Vampire Dare! by Marissa Moss. She also borrowed an Amelia Diary book which she finished reading while we were still at the library, so she returned that one so we can borrow a few more. Yes, we’re greedy that way.

We’ve been hearing so much about Wonder by RJ Palacio so I thought that I might as well borrow it from our library. Of course, I sincerely doubt whether I’d find the time to read it, but perhaps my daughter can test-taste it for my benefit before I dive into it – and I’m glad to share that she has already finished the book and loved it! I am a huge fan of the NYRB Children’s Collection, and I thought that The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon would be a lovely addition to our Books about Books bimonthly theme.

My daughter’s book buy

I still am doing good with my resolve not to buy any books for the meantime (I can actually smell a book buying binge sometime soon), but my daughter had no such resolution. And so while I was doing my usual Saturday Sivananda Yoga, she managed to convince her father to buy this latest installment from the Dork Diary series for her: Tales from a Not so Smart Miss Know it All by Rachel Renée Russell. Daughters and their fathers. Pffft.

Graphic Novel Love

My daughter has not lost her taste for graphic novels and so we thought of trying out Sensitive Creatures by Mandy Ord. The Odyssey – a graphic novel by Gareth Hinds, I thought would be a great introduction to Greek mythology for my ten year old. We shall see how this one goes.

Ray Bradbury Love

I have fallen in love with Ray Bradbury’s writing in Fahrenheit 451, so I thought of borrowing more of his books from our awesome libraries: Something Wicked this Way Comes, Now and Forever, From the Dust Returned.

And because I am greedy that way, I just had to borrow his collection of short stories: The October Country and A Sound of Thunder.

Can you tell I’m smitten? More Ray Bradbury Love: Long After Midnight and The Golden Apples of the Sun.

Books from Anu Kumar

Our GatheringReaders activity this month of October is all about ‘meeting’ or getting to know an author, illustrator, book artist, storyteller. And I am truly privileged to have the lovely Anu Kumar as our guest in GatheringReaders – and she talked about her lovely books with the kids who were spellbound by the stories behind the stories. I am also very privileged that her generosity of spirit is such that she has given her beautiful books to me after the session, how awesome is that! Here are some of her books:


Atisa and His Time Machine: Adventures with Hieun Tsang, Atisa and the Seven Wonders.

These are her gorgeous nonfiction titles: The Mahatma and the Monkeys: What Gandhiki did, what Gandhiji said; Subhas Chandra Bose: The Great Freedom Fighter, On top of the World: My Everest Adventure by Arjun Vajpai with Anu Kumar; In the Country of Gold-digging Ants.

Quite a lot of Mythquest titles. Mahishasura: The Buffalo Demon, Sheshanaga: The Endless Serpent, Uchchaishravas: The Divine Flying Horse, Airavata: Elephant of the Clouds, Jatayu: Saviour from the Skies, Sarama & Sarameyas: The Heavenly Hounds, Jambavan: The Immortal Bear King, Banasura: The thousand-armed Asura, Mahabali: The Generous Asura, Nandi: The Divine Gatekeeper, Narasimha: The Great Protector.

How about you, dear friends, what books flew into your hands this week?

2 comments on “BHE (24): Middle Grade Books, Graphic Novels, and Bradbury Love

  1. Hey Myra! It was a great week because we had our book fair, which is held at my favorite local book store, starting Thurs. night. Poeple who buy & say it’s for the school rates us a discount, plus we choose boxes of books that ‘might’ be bought by someone. I spent way too much, but had a great time helping parents & kids choose too. I bought several editions of Choice Words for my interns, quite a few picture books, the graphic novel of A Wrinkle In Time, and Son by Lois Lowry, + a good friend works there & gave me 2 books for adults that are must reads. Ah-book stores! But, I am using the library too!
    Bradbury love!!


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