New additions to the library

The trouble with having a reasonably well-stocked bookstore two streets down from your workplace is that once in a while, no matter how irregular it may be, you will find yourself wandering towards it. Even if it lies in the opposite direction from the subway station from which one takes an east-bound train to go home. In the last two months, I’ve made two such visits to this bookstore and added on to my growing collection of unread books. Having sat down to compose this post, it’s interesting to note the different genres my purchases encompass – amusing, given how my reading habits are entirely shaped by the kind of books I’ve previously encountered in a specific genre.

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman – My first encounter with Neil Gaiman was his hilariously entertaining collaboration with the late Sir Terry Pratchett, Good Omens. Then came American Gods and…I have never really ventured into his other works, especially his graphic novels. There’s still time to rectify that I guess. But what caught my eye with this book is the tiny inscription on the cover page, under the title. “Short fictions and disturbances.” I’m very selective about the authors whose short fictions I read – knowing Mr. Gaiman’s penchant for the bizarre and the quirky, I figured this ought to end up in my reading list. So far so good – he gives a great introduction to the book, including a breakdown of his own thought process behind each story contained within the pages.

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan – I’ve never read Kevin Kwan but I’ve heard plenty. He’s one of the few Singaporean writers who have achieved global fame for his book Crazy Rich Asians, an honest look into the quirkiness of Asian families. I’m not sure what to expect from this book, given I’ve not even read the summary of the other book he’s actually famous for. But I suppose one can never complain about reverent mockery of Asian stereotypes by Asian writers.

The Art of Rhetoric by Aristotle – Everyone, especially journalists, need to visit this book at least once in their lifetime. Of all the Aristotelian works I’ve read, as a result of a couple of Philosophy classes during undergad, curiously I’ve missed this out. (Which could explain the lack of rhetoric on this blog)

Inferno by Dante – Again, one of those classics that merit a re-read. And I’ve never owned a physical copy before.

Fables by Aesop – This I’ve been genuinely interested in, ever since I did a project on fables and fairy tales for a literature class few years back. Time constraints prevented me from looking into Aesop’s work as an examination of how fables and fairy tales evolve with culture. Perhaps if I dig up my old notes (hurray digitization!) from that project, I might have materials to compose a blog post where I can finally take a deeper look.

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