New Acquisitions: Kinokuniya Edition

October 11, 2010 at 8:00 am 6 comments

At the end of Term 3, I and two of my colleagues escorted half of the Library Club members to Books Kinokuniya on Orchard Road. (The other half were hosting a book circle with students from Nanyang Girls’ High School.) The objective was not only to acquire new titles for Kong Chian Library, but by having the students do so, it first made them more aware of our existing collection (as they had to make sure not to choose books we already have), and secondly gave them a sense of ownership and pride in the Library through picking the titles.

In two hours, four groups of students scoured the immense bookstore, filling up baskets with science fiction, fantasy, horror, adventure fiction, software manuals, science and philosophy writing, war stories, graphic novels, and DVDs. It was a fun experience, and only a handful of books had to be cut to stay within the Library’s budget. Following is the list of new English-language books that can be found in the Library, thanks to the students (organized in alphabetical order of author’s surname):

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  3. The Windup GirlThe Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  4. Weaveworld by Clive Barker
  5. Stone Spring by Stephen Baxter
  6. Jenny Green’s Killer Junior Year by Amy Belasen & Jacob Osborn
  7. The Reapers Are The Angels by Alden Bell
  8. The White Cat by Holly Black
  9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Haden Blackman, Brian Ching & Bong Dazo
  10. The History of Modern Warfare: A Year-by-year Illustrated Account from the Crimean War to the Present Day by Paul Brewer
  11. The Zombie Survival GuideThe Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
  12. Chicken Soup for the Soul : Teens Talk Growing Up by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen
  13. The Black Magician: The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan
  14. The Black Magician: The Novice by Trudi Canavan
  15. The Black Magician: The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
  16. Confessions of a Blabbermouth by Mike Carey, Louise Carey & Aaron Alexovich
  17. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
  18. Time Raiders Omnibus by P.C. Cast, Lindsay McKenna, Cindy Dees & Merline Lovelace
  19. Plato and a Platypus Walk into a BarPlato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein
  20. Can a Robot Be Human?: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles by Peter Cave
  21. Cryptography for Dummies by Chey Cobb
  22. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  23. Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
  24. The Good, the Bad and the Dumped by Jenny Colgan
  25. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins
  26. The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey
  27. Enemy at the Gates by William Craig
  28. Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by David A. Crowder
  29. Battlestar Galactica Trilogy by Peter David, Craig Shaw Gardner & Steven Harper
  30. For the WinFor the Win by Cory Doctorow
  31. Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  32. Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms by Douglas Downing, Michael Covington, Catherine Anne Covington & Melody Maudlin Covington
  33. The Canterbury Puzzles by H. E. Dudeney
  34. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  35. Maths for Mums and Dads by Rob Eastaway
  36. Moffat Museum by Eleanor Estes & Louis Slobodkin
  37. The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner
  38. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
  39. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  40. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
  41. True Love (and Other Lies) by Whitney Gaskell
  42. Solitude Of Prime NumbersThe Solitude Of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
  43. Paul Is Undead by Alan Goldsher
  44. Getting Into Singapore: A Guide for Expats and Kaypoh Singaporeans by David Goldwich
  45. Battle: A Visual Journey Through 5,000 Years of Combat by R.G. Grant
  46. Grimms’ Fairy Tales (Puffin Classics) by The Brothers Grimm
  47. Striker: Sudden Death by Nick Hale
  48. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton & Ray Bradbury
  49. The Scarlet LetterThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  50. The Enemy by Charlie Higson
  51. Blood of Honour by James Holland
  52. Virginia by Susan Hughes
  53. The Unencumbered Spirit by Hung Ying-Ming
  54. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington
  55. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  56. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
  57. A Pale View of the Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
  58. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cool Jobs for Teens by Susan Ireland
  59. Racing the DarkRacing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  60. Microsoft Excel 2010 On Demand by Steve Johnson
  61. The Fionavar Tapestry: The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
  62. The Fionavar Tapestry: The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
  63. The Fionavar Tapestry: The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay
  64. Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  65. Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King
  66. The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
  67. Excel 2010: Just the Steps for Dummies by Diane Koers
  68. Griff CarverGriff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg
  69. An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  70. Young Sherlock Holmes Death Cloud by Andy Lane
  71. Introducing Lacan A Graphic Guide by Darian Leader & Judy Groves
  72. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart & Carson Ellis
  73. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart & Carson Ellis
  74. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart & Carson Ellis
  75. The Golden NotebookThe Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  76. Aztec: City of Spies by Simon Levack
  77. Monster’s Proof by Richard Lewis
  78. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  79. Liquid City, Vol 1
  80. The Age Of Zeus by James Lovegrove
  81. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
  82. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  83. Uprising by Scott G. Mariani
  84. Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel García Márquez
  85. Pretty MonstersLove in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  86. Weapons of War by Rupert Matthews
  87. Mortlock by Jon Mayhew
  88. ‘Tis by Frank McCourt
  89. Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  90. The Wisdom of Donkeys: Finding Tranquility In A Chaotic World by Andy Merrifield
  91. Spirit Hunter by Katy Moran
  92. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
  93. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  94. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter Of Mars: The Jesse Marsh Years by Paul S. Newman & Jesse Marsh
  95. Across the Wall A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories by Garth Nix
  96. FirebirdsFirebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction edited by Sharyn November
  97. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  98. Scott’s Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  99. Scott Pilgrim vs the World by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  100. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  101. Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  102. Scott Pilgrim vs the Universe by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  103. Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  104. Scott Pilgrim 6The Sleepwalker by Robert Muchamore
  105. Couch by Benjamin Parzybok
  106. Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger by Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner & Buzz Parker
  107. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick
  108. Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex
  109. Chasing the Dragon by Justina Robson
  110. Sandstorm by James Rollins
  111. The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
  112. Blood Brother by Malcolm Rose
  113. WhiteoutWhiteout Definitive Edition, Vol 1 by Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber
  114. Whiteout Definitive Edition, Vol 2: Melt by Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber
  115. Holes by Louis Sachar
  116. Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
  117. Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
  118. Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
  119. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
  120. The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan
  121. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  122. PowerPoint 2007 Graphics & Animation Made Easy by Sally Slack & Michelle Zavala
  123. PowerPoint 2010 For Dummies by Sally Slack & Michelle Zavala
  124. BoneBone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume by Jeff Smith
  125. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  126. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
  127. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  128. The Big Book of Humorous Training Games by Doni Tamblyn & Sharyn Weiss
  129. Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
  130. Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
  131. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
  132. Understand Philosophy: Teach Yourself by Mel Thompson
  133. A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  134. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  135. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne
  136. Understand Humanism: Teach Yourself by Mark Vernon
  137. When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind – or Destroy it by Jonathan Watts
  138. BoneLeviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  139. Office 2010 All-in-One for Dummies by Peter Weverka
  140. Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce
  141. Flora’s Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce
  142. Celtic Inspirations: Essential Meditations and Texts by Lyn Webster Wilde
  143. Let Me Tell You Something About That Night by Cyril Wong
  144. Animal Crackers by Gene Luen Yang

Entry filed under: News, Recreational Reading.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandy Fussell  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Now that’s my kind of shopping spree. Lots of wonderful books there!

  • 2. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  October 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Yeah, the students did quite a good job picking out lots of good books. And part of the fun was shopping for books, but not having to pay for them yourself!

  • 3. BK@hci  |  October 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Very encouraging that the library is staying up to date. Will be sure to visit more.

  • 5. Zen  |  January 4, 2011 at 3:30 am

    I’m impressed.

    • 6. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  January 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Surprisingly, very little of the book choices were guided by the teachers. The boys have good literary taste.


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