2 New Books Published

ImageThe Casual Vacancy (J K Rowling)

Have been wondering and asking everytime I’m at a bookstore when this book will be out, finally now it’s launched for pre-order in our local bookstores Popular & Prologue. But then first launch always comes in hard copy, and selling here at SGD$49.92 and with a 30% members’ special. This is the first novel by the author not about the boy wizard. Will there be paperbacks coming up?

ImageThe Time Keeper (Mitch Albom)

Another one by an author whose books I’ve always enjoyed reading, and inspired, such as Tuesdays with Morrie, For One More Day, and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Have A Little Faith is his only book I have which is hardback. Bought it when it first came up on Borders’ shelf. I’m looking forward to reading this new fantasy on time and tide waits for no man, but will also have to wait for paperback version.

Sunday Salon: May reads

Hmm…haven’t being writing anything in Sunday Salon since the last one I posted in March.  Have definitely been reading but slow in pace – not my own books but those from other side of the world which through Bookcrossing I got to read them.  If not for all these books that I have signed up, think I could be lazy sometimes reading my own.  And though this sharing by mailing has digress a little from the original Bookcrossing theme of leaving books in the public for someone else to find, but at least the books get read and journalled instead of being “lost” somewhere out there not knowing in whose hands the books have gone to.

Anyway, back to this sad read received from a fellow bookcrosser about an air-balloon tragedy in 1897, how a group of three Swedish explorers set off to the North Pole by air and never returned, only 30 years later in bones, as some parts of their bodies were being taken as food by Polar Bears.  I’m always fascinated in reading adventure stories about people participating in dangerous expedition, and admired their courage and determination to achieve their goals against all odds.  And for those who did not succeed, but ended up in injuries and deaths, I’m also amazed that their bodies could be so well-preserved by the cold climate, and looking at their faces just couldn’t help to wonder what was in their head at that point of time facing death in such kinds of unforgiving environments.

Another more delightful read also from bookcrossing was JK Rowling’s new fantasy book ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’.  The stories are all very creative and interesting and I especially like “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” and “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”.  The first I thought was quite like the muggle world fairy tale “Emperor’s New Clothes” excluding the magic.  Just wonder will all these new magical short stories be make into a film as well.

Currently I’m reading “The Bookseller of Kabul” but in a snail pace.  Nothing to do with the book, it’s interesting but though slow at least it keeps me going because it’s a bookcrossing book and knowing I have to pass it on after I’m done.  And also reading other readers’ reviews make my day.