Will Travel for Books!


#sol19- December 24, 2019


You may recall that I had few plans for this break. My last post (skipped last week, you will read why here) noted that sometimes not deciding is deciding and I was okay staying put. Well, that was true for the first afternoon (where I indulged in a celebratory 2 hour massage- so cheap here and so lovely). Saturday morning my body clock had me up bright and early and I decided to head out a mid-afternoon movie (Downton Abbey, yay!). But then I realized that maybe endless days of absolutely no plans would make me a bit restless and I REALLY needed to do some book shopping. 

There are some book stores here with English books, but I really wanted more choice. Thanks to Air Asia I knew I could even make Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur (the closest cities with more book choice) an easy day trip. Considering traffic and my local knowledge I opted for KL and alerted a friend (who insisted I extend my trip to two nights). A few texts later and it was sorted- a mid-week trip (sorry to those wonderful friends who made time to catch up in their last week of term) based around my need for books. I came away with 14 new books (and even trekked to IKEA to buy more book boxes). Seeing friends was a definite bonus, but I was clear about my book shopping focus. 

Yesterday (five days since my last bookstore visit, that’s good, right?) I made it to two book stores in Phnom Penh in search of a book for our upcoming unit that will focus on local history since independence, but sadly neither had it (and neither does the larger, farther away book store). Somehow I managed to pick up seven more books (and talked books with a student I ran into). I wish I had known about the book earlier, as later today my son arrives from the US and among other things he is bringing me another 15 or so books (hurray, our Mock Caldecott and Sibert Smackdown book piles will be complete!). I will have to be content borrowing the book from our school library. 

This is definitely one of the hard things about living away from a plethora of English bookstores- I want to buy allll the books! In the meantime, I will travel for books. Which reminds me- I better look online and see if we can visit a bookstore when we go to Hoi An later this week…

In the meantime I am spending lots of time over break reading- another way I love to travel!  

5 thoughts on “Will Travel for Books!

  1. Thanks for sharing your thought process that took you far and wide for books. Living in the DC area and having a great public library system, I am spoiled. I’m also a little jealous of you having to travel and getting to travel while buying books. Happy reading and Happy New Year. I just picked up 15 books on hold at my public library for my Mock Sibert Award unit which you taught me how to do. Thanks to YOU, I am all set when I return to school on the 6th. So glad I met you here!!

  2. Hi, do you have any books to recommend that give a real feel for Cambodia? maybe with a ‘then and now’ slant to them? I’m researching South East Asia for a project and want to give it a true sense of place.

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