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[BHE 381] Books That I Hand Carried With Me From Singapore to Al Ain, Our New Home

The First Few Books I Hand Carried With Me To Our New Home In Al Ain.


Myra here.

Most of you may not be aware that a major change has just occurred with me. My family and I have just recently moved to Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. I have been offered an Associate Professor position with the Special Education Department at the United Arab Emirates University. While it pains me to leave our home, Singapore, for the past eleven years – I also know that we always have to move onwards, upwards, in order for us to be of better service to the larger community, our cross-cultural societies, and the world.

Our eleven years packed into over 300 boxes inside a 20-foot container. Please send positive energies and wondrous juju that all my books would soon find their way into our new home in Al Ain.

Books I Hand Carried With Me From Singapore

This BHE is unique since I have not done any book hunting expedition in our new place as yet. For one, the infernal 45 degrees has effectively discouraged us from walking around and finding nearby book shops or even libraries. And I heard it gets only worse in the thick of summer. Add the fact that we are focusing more on filling our new home with essentials, while waiting for all of our luggage to arrive soonest, with all my books intact.

That being said, I also hand carried with me quite a number of books from Singapore to Al Ain. These are the ones I wanted to keep by my side, with the hope that I will make some progress with them before the rest of their brothers and sisters arrive in the 20-foot container. Here they are!

Poso Wells by Gabriela Aleman (Amazon | Book Depository),

The Map Of Love by Ahdaf Soueif (Amazon | Book Depository) – which I am glad to say I have just finished reading two days ago!

A Winter’s Promise (Book One) by Christelle Dabos (Amazon | Book Depository),

The Missing Of Clairdelune (Book Two) by Christelle Dabos (Amazon | Book Depository).

Daisy Jones And The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Amazon | Book Depository),

My Year Of Rest And Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Amazon | Book Depository).

Disoriental by Negar Djavadi (Amazon | Book Depository),

The Bridge Of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart (Amazon | Book Depository).

Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir by Jill Bialosky (my current read) (Amazon | Book Depository),

Princess Priestess Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna translated by Betty De Shong Meador (Amazon | Book Depository).

The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (Amazon | Book Depository),

Healing Fiction by James Hillman (Amazon | Book Depository).

The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Amazon | Book Depository),

The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden (Amazon | Book Depository).

Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabo (Amazon | Book Depository),

Down Below by Leonora Carrington (Amazon | Book Depository).

The Woman With The Flying Head And Other Stories by Kurahashi Yumiko (Amazon | Book Depository),

The Lost Art Of Reading: Books And Resistance In A Troubled Time by David L. Ulin (Amazon | Book Depository).

The Book Of Runes by Ralph Blum (Amazon | Book Depository).

Do you have any recommended bookish places here at the United Arab Emirates for me – at least in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai area? Will appreciate any recommendations you may have!

1 comment on “[BHE 381] Books That I Hand Carried With Me From Singapore to Al Ain, Our New Home

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