Ahem, everyone, I…uh, may have gone on a massive book buying spree in the past few months >.< I’ve been using the library for the past year so, there wasn’t a good reason to buy books. Until this year. Because of the pandemic, I wasn’t willing to risk going outside, and now I’ve moved to another city. I MISS THE LIBRARY.
The buying began when I gifted myself an Eid-ul-Fitr present(a few months back), which continued when I spied a few good deals on a Chinese second-hand shopping app(XianYu 闲鱼, literally means ‘idle fish’) which then went on to coming across another second-hand app on wechat, and finally stumbling upon a Chinese second-hand books app(KongFuZi 孔夫子, meaning ‘Confucius’). It was the rabbit-hole of ALL rabbit-holes.
So, I’m breaking apart the entire haul(I didn’t buy them all at the same time, ok. Even I’m not that crazy. Or rich. Yet.) and this is what I’m sharing with you guys today! (P.S. Did you know, there’s this Korean actor, Yoon Shi Yoon, who owns over 2000 books??)
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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!
The mystery in this intrigued me. I recently came across an upcoming book called ‘The Inheritance Game’ that sounds like a YA version of this which I’m hoping I can get approved an ARC for!
Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
The premise is an odd one, and seeing it being so popular on the online shopping site here in China has made me want to see just what it’s all about.
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
Oh man, I see this mentioned A LOT. Plus, it’s about time-travel! I haven’t watched the movie either but I want to read it first. Whenever there’s a book that has a movie I prefer to read it first as there wouldn’t be much reason to read it if I already know any spoilers. Even if I knew any spoilers I wouldn’t mind watching the movie after the book as films have an added entertainment factor of seeing the visuals come alive.
The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
When Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
It’d be impossible to be in the YA book scene without hearing about Cassandra Clare’s books. I checked out the first few pages of her Mortal Instruments series but the writing tone didn’t vibe with me(it had that element of Wattpad fiction I don’t like). Then I came across people saying that her Infernal Devices series is the superior one compared to her other books, and with a cover like that(I am in LOVE with the guy pictured on the first book. I know, bit weird to crush on a fictional illustration, haha. Something about his stance, the cut of his shoulders and dark hair just gives me the butterflies 😛 ), I decided to jump in and check out if Cassandra’s works are gush-worthy as everyone says it is.
The Gone series by Michael Grant
In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .
I’ve been a fan of Gone since I was 18. I love post-apocalyptic stories, and while this isn’t exactly a worldwide apocalypse(at least as far as I am in the series), it still has those elements that I like to read about: danger, mystery, survival and strangers banding together to get through the ordeal. BUT, I recently started re-reading the first 2 books as a refresher before I get to the next ones(have never read the other 4 yet) I noticed that it’s quite bleak. I found myself mentally tensing before starting a new chapter as I knew nothing good could be happening in the next POV. My sister has already plowed through the series recently, and she says things got progressively worse/serious. Yikes. Not very encouraging, huh? If I ever write a book, I’m never hiring my sister as a marketer xD
And that’s what I got for Eid a few months ago. I’m excited to show all the other ones I got! They range across various genres so you’re bound to be interested or have already read one 😀
I’m curious, when it comes to books and their adaptations, which one do you prefer to read first?