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[BHE 293] Big Bad Wolf Book Loot (Part 2 of 2)

Big Bad Wolf 2017 The Repeat

Myra here.

Every Sunday, we take pride in sharing the books that managed to find their way into our hands and shelves, and joined our family. I haven’t even gotten to our Jolabokaflod books yet (watch out for those), because this is technically part two of my book loot from the amazing Big Bad Wolf Book Fair held in Malaysia from 08 to 18 December 2017.

Big Bad Wolf Book Fair 2017 (the Repeat)

So, my husband and I did something extremely crazy. Since the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair is open for 24 hours, we thought we’d take advantage of this little fact. We left Singapore on a Thursday evening by bus (around 7 pm), arrived in Kuala Lumpur by 1:15 am, took a Grab directly to the Book Fair, got there before 2 am, and did our book shopping until 630 am. Then we took another Grab to the hotel where our bus will be leaving, had buffet breakfast, then left for Singapore at 9 am, and got back home before night time fell on a Friday with our beautiful new books intact.

And this is clearly because the best book hunters do their hunting at night, while everyone else is asleep. Truth be told, there were (surprisingly) quite a number of people doing their book shopping at this ungodly hour. This is literally, no sleep for books. If that isn’t commitment, I don’t know what is. On to my book loot, people!

Christmas Book Presents for Colleagues and Family Friends

The gifts that I gave out to colleagues this year: lovely notebooks and The Gloomster by Ludwig Bechstein and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, because cute.

The Numberlys by William Joyce & Christina EllisSpells by Emily GravettFlora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid bookmarks.

Superman Annual 2017, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped: The Graphic Novel adapted by Alan Grant and Illustrated by Cam Kennedy, Roman Dirge’s Lenore: Pink Belliesand more Wimpy Kid bookmarks – because you can’t go wrong with those.

The Comical Tragedy Or Tragical Comedy Of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Dave McKeanStephen King’s The Dark Tower Book One: The Gunslinger Born by Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, and Richard Isanove.

X-men Operation Zero Tolerance by Scott Lobdell and Larry Hama and John Francis Moore (for my daughter) and more Wimpy Kid bookmarks for her. This must be my most expensive buy in Malaysia (around 30sgd), but considering that its original price is over 100 sgd, I think it’s worth it.

Notebooks and Colouring Books for Moi

Because clearly, I can not resist notebooks! This is one that I really enjoyed finding that I bought an extra one to give to a special colleague: Life-Changing Magic – A Journal – Spark Joy Every Day by Marie Kondo.

Because I am a sucker for colouring books and they only cost roughly around 2.50 SGD each (original price around 15 sgd): Pictura versions of Anne Yvonne Gilbert’s English Country Home, Ian Andrew’s Aurelian, Anne Yvonne Gilbert’s A Knight’s Journey, Debra McFarlane’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helen Ward’s Hedgerow Year, Nicki Palin’s Reef.

Children’s Books and Illustrated Texts

The Lorax by Dr. SeussHow The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.

The Christmas Eve Ghost by Shirley Hughes.

Mysterious Traveler by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham and Illustrated by P. J. LynchAngela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt and Illustrated by Loren Long.

The Curious World Of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline KellyDarkness Be My Friend by John Marsden. So these brand new books are priced at 3 or 4 dollars each. Not bad.

Return To Augie Hobble by Lane SmithA Funny Thing Happened On The Way To School by Davide Cali and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud.

Irena’s Children: A True Story Of Courage by Tilar J. Mazeo and Adapted by Mary Cronk FarrellThe Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin.

The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer.

Zom-B: Fugitive by Darren ShanZom-B: Underground by Darren Shan. Since I bought three other books in the series the last time I went to this book fair, I thought I might as well find the other titles in what is apparently a 12-book Zom-B series by Darren Shan.

So I gave these two novels to my daughter for her birthday along with a few others I ordered via Book Depository (will share those next week): Fight Like A Girl – 50 Feminists Who Changed The World by Laura BarcellaDear Me: More Letters To My Sixteen Year Old Self edited by Joseph Galliano.

The Complete Illustrated History of World War II by Donald Sommerville. I got this for 5 dollars.

Mythology by Dan Green and Dugald A. Steer. Another awesome find at 4 dollars.

Charles Darwin by Alan Gibbons and Illustrated by Leo BrownExtraordinary People by Michael Hearst and Illustrated by Aaron Scamihorn.

Faeryland: The Secret World Of The Hidden Ones by John Matthews with art by Matt DanglerJ. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic, Vol 2 by Ramin Zahed. This was around 5 sgd, and its original price is somewhere over 40 sgd. It’s too bad Volume 1 was unavailable when we got there.

The Graphic Canon Vol. 1 edited by Russ Kick. Since I got Volume 2 during my first visit, this was a great find.

Funny Business: Conversations With Writers Of Comedy by Leonard S. Marcus.

Graphic Novels Galore

Dorothy And The Wizard In Oz by L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower and Skottie YoungThe Marvelous Land Of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower and Skottie YoungThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower and Skottie Young.

Jim Henson’s The StorytellerRobert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped: The Graphic Novel adapted by Alan Grant and Illustrated by Cam Kennedy – because I need to have my own personal copy, of course, apart from the one I got for a book gift.

Red Moon by Carlos Trillo and Eduardo RissoPride And Prejudice And Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith and adapted by Tony Lee and Illustrated by Cliff Richards.

Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book, Dave Berg: Five Decades Of “The Lighter Side Of – I believe I got these babies for 8 dollars each, three to four times cheaper than its original price.

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan, Before Watchmen: Minutemen and Silk Spectre.

Because one can never have too much of illustrated Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio illustrated by Sara Fanelli and Translated by Emma RoseCarlo Collodi’s Pinocchio illustrated by Robert IngpenAround The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne and Illustrated by Robert Ingpen. So, I got these for around five times cheaper when compared to their original price.

Hand-Drying In America by Ben Katchor. So I got this for 5 sgd, and its original price apparently is at 40.

The Avengers Vault by Peter A. David.

Omega: The Unknown by Jonathan Lethem with Karl Rusnak and Illustrated by Farel Dalrymple and Colored by Paul HornschemeierThe Strain Book Two: The Fall by David Lapham and Mike Huddleston and Dan Jackson.

Koma: Graphic Novel by Pierre Wazem and Frederik PeetersClassic Children’s Tales: 150 Years Of Frederick Warne.

Apparently, the two book collection I got from my previous visit was only the first part, so I have to get these babies – Stephen King’s The Gunslinger: The Little Sisters Of EluriaStephen King’s The Gunslinger: The Man In Black.

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin illustrated by Chris RiddellLittle Robot by Ben Hatke.

Compass South by Hope Larson and illustrations by Rebecca MockThe Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks and Color by Jordie Bellaire.

Bake Sale by Sara VaronHow To Keep A Pet Squirrel by Axel Scheffler.

Literary Novels

So all of these are worth 3 to 4 sgd each. How can you not possibly not go back to Big Bad Wolf, even at 2 am.

Frog Music by Emma DonoghueThe Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy TanIn The Lake Of The Woods by Tim O’Brien.

Twain’s End by Lynn CullenSalmon Fishing In The Yemen by Paul TordayThe Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende.

The Impossible Will Take A While: Perseverance And Hope In Troubled Times by Paul Rogat LoebFaithful by Alice Hoffman.

Make Something Up/Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck PalahniukIn The House Of The Interpreter: A Memoir by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.

Say You’re One Of Them by Uwem AkpanThat Deadman Dance by Kim Scott. I have a feeling these novels would be perfect for our Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge 2018.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading by Nick HornbyThey Poured Fire On Us From The Sky: The True Story Of Three Lost Boys From Sudan by Benson Deng and Alephonsion Deng and Benjamin Ajak with Judy A. Bernstein.

Last Night I Dreamed Of Peace: The Diary Of Dang Thuy Tram Translated by Andrew X. PhamYear Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

Dream Songs Book Two by George R. R. MartinNicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.

The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe HallStrength In What Remains by Tracy Kidder.

The Last Anniversary by Liane MoriartyPetals On The Wind by V. C. Andrews.

First Darling Of The Morning by Thrity UmrigarThe Artist Of Disappearance by Anita Desai.

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne EnrightThe Real Thing by Doris LessingThe Story Of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog by Doris Lessing.

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, A Song For Issy Bradley by Carys Bray.

Sister Noon by Karen Joy FowlerThe Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly.

I would most likely take a moratorium from book buying after this (not! joke joke joke).

Two suitcases filled with books. How delicious is that?

Happy New Year, everyone!

2 comments on “[BHE 293] Big Bad Wolf Book Loot (Part 2 of 2)

  1. That’s pretty committed. Love the pics!


  2. Pingback: How To “Fight Like A Girl” – Gathering Books

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