Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.
Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday is c ‘on tour’ and being hosted by Cindy’s Love Of Books
Singapore is a fantastic place for bookstores. I love that Kinokuniya is as full as a pub on Friday night and absolutely jam packed by 10:30am on a Saturday morning. I love that prologue sits in the same shopping centre as Louis Vuitton and that Times, Popular and Harris contain just as good ranges in a smaller area (plus the stationery! But that’s another topic for another day).
Despite the fact that I have a perfectly good ereader, some books were cheaper than the e version due to the strength of the Aussie dollar against the Singapore dollar. Some books were available in a small paperback format rather than the larger (and more expensive) format we get here. Some books were just new to me. I like having books as souvenirs from holidays!
Below is what I bought (and yes, my suitcase was underweight by 200g on the way home):
Top Row, L-R:
- In 5 Easy Steps, Lum Kit-Wye: A light Singaporean chick lit. Looking at a well-thumbed copy in prologue, this made me laugh out loud!
- Rules of Civility, Amor Towles: The story of a girl in New York City, 1938. Absolutely brilliant, watch for my review. I dropped everything and read and read…
- The Sealed Letter, Emma Donoghue: I enjoyed Room, but reviews on this one don’t seem too good. Part of the Orange Prize long list.
- Number 9 Dream, David Mitchell: This was about Japan and seemed quirky. Plus Times were refunding the GST (is this normal or do I look like a tourist?)
Bottom Row, L-R:
- The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh: This was so expensive at home – I thought. Then I looked at the junk mail and it was $10 at Big W. Oops.
- Do No Harm, Carol Topolski: The red dot says I’ll like this if I like Sophie Hannah. Sounds interesting, about ‘bad’ doctors with ‘secrets’.
- The Reader, Bernhard Schlink: No, haven’t seen the movie. But love the cover, part of Orion’s 20th year celebrations. (More on book series later).
- Rival Passions, Zoe Miller: Light lady-lit about a big house/hotel, warring families etc. Technically ‘free’ because I bought it at the airport with my GST refund.
- The Paris Wife, Paula McLain: Everyone’s read this but me. Another airport purchase.
- A Different Sky, Meira Chand: About Singaporean history, from ‘local authors’ section of Kinokuniya.
- Gillespie and I, Jane Harris: THIS BOOK IS BRILLIANT! MUST READ! I read this until my eyes hurt yesterday.
So that’s a very big mailbox! What did you get this week?