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.
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 Bellies, and 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 McKean, Stephen 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 Curious World Of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Darkness Be My Friend by John Marsden. So these brand new books are priced at 3 or 4 dollars each. Not bad.
Zom-B: Fugitive by Darren Shan, Zom-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 Barcella, Dear 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.
Faeryland: The Secret World Of The Hidden Ones by John Matthews with art by Matt Dangler, J. 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.
Graphic Novels Galore
Dorothy And The Wizard In Oz by L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower and Skottie Young, The Marvelous Land Of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower and Skottie Young, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Eric Shanower and Skottie Young.
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Robert 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.
Because one can never have too much of illustrated Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio illustrated by Sara Fanelli and Translated by Emma Rose, Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio illustrated by Robert Ingpen, Around 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.
Omega: The Unknown by Jonathan Lethem with Karl Rusnak and Illustrated by Farel Dalrymple and Colored by Paul Hornschemeier, The Strain Book Two: The Fall by David Lapham and Mike Huddleston and Dan Jackson.
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 Eluria, Stephen King’s The Gunslinger: The Man In Black.
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.
Say You’re One Of Them by Uwem Akpan, That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott. I have a feeling these novels would be perfect for our Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge 2018.
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?