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Kinokuniya Value Buy


day 1: RM54 (RASL alone was RM25!)

day 2: RM76 (Yoshihiro Tatsumi!)
Every year, the Kinokuniya Value Buy is my favourite book sale event. Sure, Big Bad Wolf has millions of books, and Bookerville or whatever it was called was government-backed, and Popular has lots of popular YA titles, but. Where else would I get academic books on fairy tales? Or comics by Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Osamu Tezuka? Kinokuniya’s value buys aren’t as big, and at first glance seem to have nothing much, but for those who know what’s good, there’s always treasure.

My second favourite book sale would be MPH’s warehouse sale, but unfortunately I missed it this year. Their fiction & non-fiction offering’s kinda meh, but if you go really early, you’ll find all sorts of neat stuff at the comics section. Not Yoshihiro Tatsumi, unfortunately, but I’ve found several volumes of Fables there before.

I always stock up on comics at sales, since they’re so pricey. Two days ago I discovered Comixology, though… and bought the first volume of Saga. I’m running out of shelf space, so I’m going digital for now ^^

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Popular Bookfest 2012

Normally I don’t shop all that much at the Popular Bookfest, but this time their YA selection just kills me. Because there are a lot of titles that I either have wanted for quite some time (Orson Scott Card’s Pathfinder, Dan Well’s Partials), or titles that I’d wanted to try but wouldn’t normally get (Lauren deStefano’sWither and Fever). I even ended up getting a second copy of Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels because it’s in a cover I don’t have yet ^^; – for the record, I only collect different covers for books I really, really love.



These books, I bought the first time I went, earlier this week. How to Ditch Your Fairy, The Haunted Castle, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and My Big Fat Manifesto are to give away to some of my younger cousins. The rest are mine.



These are today’s loot – today is the last day of the Bookfest, by the way. All mine, mwuahahaha.


I think I shall go on a severe book buying restriction – only one book per month – for September and October. Kinokuniya’s Christmas promotions will start in November, after all, and there’s the Big Bad Wolf sale in December!

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Payless Books Warehouse Sale


Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block
The original Witch Baby! This was just a great find! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it tucked between a baby-sitters club book and a book about a pony. The only thing that could top this was finding Block’s Primavera or Ecstasia. Of course, that was WAY too much to hope for, hahah.

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
I already have a more recent, Dell version of this book, which I adore very much. This is the movie cover version. I first grabbed it because I wanted to release it for bookcrossing, and because I really just can’t leave books I love unbought (even if I already have it). But now I’m starting to want to keep it because I don’t have it in this cover, so I might just keep it or give it to my sister (who loved the movie).

Holes by Louis Sachar
I have wanted to read this for awhile now. When the movie came out, I keep seeing the movie covers, and regret not getting the original version before because I rarely see it now. Today I get to correct my mistake. (I never watched the movie, btw. Dunno why.)

The Indian In the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks – 2 copies
The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
I’ve been wanting these for so long! I had read one of the books when I was a kid, but couldn’t get my hands on the rest. Now I’ve lost the one I originally had, but I have the first three books! So I just need to hunt for The Mystery of the Cupboard and The Key to the Indian, and I’ll have the complete set. By the way, I bought two copies of the first book for bookcrossing purposes.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
Bought for bookcrossing. I already have this version, that I bought at the Junk Bookshop. My sister has one, too. She found it at the Ampang Point Pay Less Books. This is my favorite of the Time Quartet books, and is one of my absolute favorite YA fiction. I also bought the first edition hardcover awhile back, from Amcorp Mall.

Paddington Abroad by Michael Bond
Charlie loves the Paddington books, so I figure at RM2, I should give it a try. Plus it’s cute!

Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
I received this book from my mother for my 10th or 11th birthday present. I think it was the 10th, because I’m pretty sure she gave me Anne of Green Gables on my 11th. Or maybe she gave me both books on my 11th. Anyway. I really liked Judy Blume back then, and this was one of my favorites (I think it was because I liked the color of the book though). But like most of the books I had back then, I lost it. So now I have it again. Yay!

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit Paula Danziger
I love Paula Danziger! One of the most memorable kiddy books I’ve read was her Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon. That belonged to my sister (present from our mother), and we both adored it. I saw a lot of her books at the sale, but this one I want to read the most.

In total, 11 books (1 book bought in duplicate) for RM29.50. Not bad, eh?

If I had brought more money with me, I would have snapped up all the Anastasia Krupnik books I saw. I really really wanted them!!! Oh well, I’ll try my luck at the next warehouse sale.

~ originally posted at blogspot