Every Sunday, we share the books that found their way into our hands and hearts. This week, I am excited to share a few of my book finds from my recent trip to Oman where I conducted a 3-day teacher training on the social and emotional needs of the gifted and talented, as well as quite a number of awesome titles that Pansing has, which you should definitely find in the local bookstores either as Christmas gifts to yourself (you deserve it!) or to your family and friends.
Book Hunting in Oman
I had very little time to see the city as practically the entire day is taken up with various tasks. I only managed to go to the mall for a little over an hour where I found this medium-sized Borders bookstore. Naturally, I have to go inside and look for titles that would speak to me. Here is what the inside looks like.
Quite a number of English titles, yes.
So what did I eventually end up buying?
The Flea Palace by Elif Shafak (I have a growing collection of her titles, I particularly enjoyed her essays on motherhood and writing in Black Milk) and the Omani/Arabic version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid – female version from the looks of it.
I also managed to see a bit of the city, well at least one mosque while in Muscat.
Book Gift from the National Library Board Singapore (NLB)
My research team and I have recently conducted two professional development workshops with the National Library Board (NLB) in Singapore as part of our research dissemination initiatives. And this picturebook was one of their gifts:
It’s Never Too Late: A Kid’s Book for Adults by Dallas Clayton.
Edmund’s Personal Library Sale at Epigram
When I learned about Edmund Wee’s Personal Library Sale at Epigram, I made sure that I went there in the morning before I left in the late afternoon for Oman.
I still found some of the books a trifle expensive, but I did have a few indulgent buys. Here’s my loot.
The Marcos Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave – because it is important to educate one’s self always.
Not The Israel My Parents Promised Me by Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman with an Epilogue Written by Joyce Brabner, Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.
Then because I couldn’t help myself, here is my indulgence:
The Arabian Nights with illustrations by Detmold published by Folio Society.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book For Everyone and Nobody by Friedrich Nietzsche, translated and edited by Graham Parkes, Introduced by Jonathan Rée and illustrated by Peter Stuart, also by Folio Society.
One of the lovely things about being a bookblogger is receiving books in the mail to be featured here in GatheringBooks. Here are a few yummy titles that you should go find in your nearest bookstore as a gift to yourself or to family and friends – because books are the best Christmas presents ever.
The (In)Complete Book of Dragons by Cressida Cowell, Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran.
Middle School: Dog’s Best Friend by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts.
Long Dark Dusk by JP Smythe, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.
Invisible Planets: 13 Visions Of The Future From China edited and translated by Hugo Award Winner Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu.
A Closed And Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
Mistborn Book One: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch.
The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan, The Doll-Master And Other Tales Of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates.
The Spy: A Novel by Paulo Coelho.
Absolutely On Music by Murakami and Ozawa.
And the Throne of Glass Series! Short squee! Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
And the most special of them all….
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by JK Rowling.