Myra here. Last week, I made mention of the Singapore Book Exchange organized by the National Library Board.
Despite the fact that my husband was not feeling too well, he made sure that he still drove me to the public-library-turned-into-a-madhouse what with the long queues and the large number of people who actually brought suitcases, huge trolleys, baskets and assorted containers as they exchanged loads of their books.
Unlike last year when my heart skipped several beats when I saw a collection of Jasper Fforde novels lying unloved and I discovered quite a few nice picture books, I was not as lucky this time around. Yet despite this, I did manage to snag a few that I thought was worth keeping. I still have ten coupons that I did not manage to use though as there weren’t any more books that spoke to me, and it was just crazy what with the crowd. Despite this though, the organizers did a lovely job making sure that people did not wait too long in the queue and that everything was smooth, systematic, and orderly throughout.
I have read James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy several years back. In fact, I even have a copy of the sequel The Tenth Insight. However, I left my copy of this book back in the Philippines when we moved here to Singapore, so I thought that I might as well get this one. I am also slowly getting to know J. M. Coetzee’s work, and this one seems like a pretty good read: Disgrace. I have a few of Kiran Desai’s novels, so I thought I might as well know Anita Desai’s work in The Village by the Sea.
I own a few books written by Nadine Gordimer. The House Gun looks like a good addition to my collection. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville appears like an interesting, quirky read.
How can I resist an Albert Camus novel. I know I have read The Plague when I was an undergraduate student. It’s good to have my own copy. The enchanter by Vladimir Nabokov seems very Lolita-esque, I shall have to read the book to find out.
Children’s Books and YA Novels
I have Chabon’s Summerland, so I thought I might as well grab a copy of The Final Solution: A Story of Detection and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
These ones are for my 11 year old: Alive the Final Evolution by Tadashi Kawashima and art by Adachitoka, and her favorite series of all times: Goosebumps – Body Switchers from Outer Space by RL Stine.
Sadly, this is the only picture book I found. Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Two Bad Mice.
Beloved Book Finds
Finally, something to be excited about. Meetings in Ender’s Universe by Orson Scott Card and Douglas Adams’ The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
More whee! I have almost all of Clive Barker’s novels, so I am glad to see one that I still do not own: Mister B. Gone. I also have a growing collection of Discworld novels, so I am glad to have found Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett.