This Book Hunting Expedition is long overdue. I meant to post it earlier but I’ve been busy since 6:30 AM yesterday. Then I went to bed early so this was never drafted. Heh. Anyway, let’s go over this really quick. I bought most of the books from the clearance rack of Barnes & Noble. The others were bought at regular price but all were worth it.

Picture Books

Yay for two more Elephant & Piggie books: Watch Me Throw the Ball! and Elephants Cannot Dance! You’re probably tired of hearing me say it but Mo Willems is simply brilliant. Adorable series. I can never say it enough. Hehe.

Abe Lincoln’s Dream is Lane Smith’s latest book. Each page is bombarded with words and images. While I love the fonts used, the story, and the illustrations, I thought the layout was a little too much for the eyes. BUT. It is a Lane Smith book, so forget what I said in the previous sentence. HAHA. I wouldn’t exactly say that this book is timely for the election but it certainly reminds us of what America had gone through over the last few decades. As for Jessie Hartland’s Bon Appéttit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child, we here at Gathering Books would like to send our million thanks and warmest hugs to Jama Rattigan (and to Monsieur Random Integer Generator, of course!) for that fabulous Julia Child contest. I received the book in the mail a few days ago. Which reminds me… It took me a while to find that blog where Jama declared Myra a winner. And look what else I found…

Well, that dinner will have to wait… Maybe I can bring my boyfriend to Singapore and we can double-date with you and your husband, Myra. =) In all fairness, I was really ecstatic when I received that book in the mail. I just saw it being featured in one of last week’s It’s Monday What Are You Reading? posts.

YA Books

I am happy to announce that I have finally completed the Secret series of Pseudonymous Bosch! When the paperback for book 5 – You Have to Stop This – was finally released, I grabbed a copy right away, along with book 3 – This Book is Not Good for You. I will re-read the first two books, and hopefully get done with the series by the end of this year.

Fiction Love

Don’t be fooled. All these books were sold for $2 each! YAY!!! I already have a copy of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, so I was really happy to find Alan Bradley’s The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag. I haven’t ready any books by Alexander McCall Smith. When I saw La’s Orchestra Saves the World, I simply had to grab it. The same goes for two memoirs I dug up in the clearance box: Michael Chabon’s Manhood for Amateurs and Isabel Allende’s The Sum of Our Days.

Sherlock Holmes Love

Sherlock Holmes… Need I say more? I’ll always be a fan of the world’s super sleuth. It’s nice to finally own Graham Moore’s The Sherlockian, and happy to see The Sherlock Holmes Puzzle Collection being sold for a cheap price.


Two spooky short story collections in time for Halloween. Snow White, Blood Red redefines fairy tales in this grim collection. While I don’t read books about vampires, Women of the Night seems like an interesting collection of female vampire stories. Of course, the main reason why I bought these two books is Neil Gaiman. I have not read the stories he wrote for these books so I’m really excited to get started on them. How much do you want to bet that I would skip all stories and jump to his first? HAHA.


OHHHH YESSSSSS!! Catherynne M. Valente’s sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making has finally made its way to my shelf! The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There follows September as she makes her way back to Fairyland. This time, however, she comes face to face with her own Shadow who plans to take over Fairyland for good. (Or does she plan to destroy it altogether? Dun dun dun dun…) I love how the storyline coincides with Miyuki Miyabe’s The Book of Heroes (the reading of which I have to put on hold at the moment). It’s shorter than the first book, but definitely still has the charm. Oh, in case you missed it, here’s a photo of Catherynne M. Valente (center) with Neil Gaiman (far right) at the 2012 Hugo Awards… (I swear, Catherynne M. Valente looks so much like September…)

Delayed though this post may be, hope you enjoyed browsing through my loot this week!

Until next time! =)

2 comments on “BHE (25): Bargain Loot from B&N

  1. Glad you finally received the book, Fats. The publisher was a little late sending it out. A double dinner date sounds perfect! 🙂


  2. Lots of great books here, Fats. And don’t worry about the delay, I wasn’t even expecting you to post given your extremely ‘busy’ schedule, so thank you baby girl for putting this up. While all the titles appeal to me (the Lane Smith one caught my eye in particular) – what I am most intrigued in is Isabel Allende’s memoir. I have her “Paula” here which I haven’t finished reading yet, so I hope I can get a copy of this one as well. Is this recently published? The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland looks really great. I haven’t even read the first book yet.

    Enjoy your ninja! 🙂


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