Monday, May 27, 2013

Mailbox Monday: My Latest Bookish Collection

My latest acquisition over the last few weeks

It's Monday and it's time to syiok sendiri the books I bought between last month and this. I have been waiting for some time for Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home (ISBN: 9781444757781) to be available on paperback, and I was beyond happy when I saw the edition at Borders with a discount! I've enjoyed tremendously her inspiring and very readable The Happiness Project (read my posts here). This time, Rubin takes it to the next level and goes deeper into matters for home. I read the first chapter "Preparation" while having dinner earlier tonight, and loved the recap and introduction to this new endeavor.

While reading Agnes Keith's Land Below the Wind which I bought during my Sandakan trip last weekend, I was inspired by her sketches and drawings. She had reminded me to start drawing again. I have my own sketch books and crayons and color pens and stuff. I wanted to draw but I don't know what to draw. Until I saw Michael Nobbs' Drawing Your Life (ISBN: 9780399161131). What's so great about this book is that it's a guided journal that encourages us to discover the meaning and joy in the mundane. I've finished reading the whole book, pending execution i.e. to actually DRAW in the book based on the suggestions on what to draw.

Speaking of the mundane, another book that caught my attention is Keri Smith's The Pocket Scavenger (ISBN: 9781846147098). There's nothing "mundane" about the book, but to "go on mini adventures no matter where they are, especially in the most mundane of circumstances." There you go. I was very attracted to this book the moment I saw it. I loved the idea! I'm planning to "integrate" the idea of scavenging with my upcoming vacation to Langkawi.

So... from the look of things, Drawing My Life and The Pocket Scavenger will definitely be following me everywhere I go, especially this Saturday when I leave for yet another weekend vacation trip. It's going to be exciting. More about this soon!

The other books in the picture above to have made their way into my personal library are:
  • White Man Returns by Agnes Newton Keith
    Description: This book relates how, after the release from captivity of Agnes Keith, her husband and her young son during the Japanese war in Borneo, they returned to the shattered British colony in North Borneo.
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
    Back cover: Book Two of the All Souls trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night. The pair's mission is to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew's past tightens around them they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.
  • Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
    Back cover: Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

    When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.