Remember the (debatable) good ‘ol days of reading a book during the assembly period at school? While the hawkish gaze of irritable teachers may have made it hard to enjoy your choice of literature, the mark of independent adulthood has thankfully released you from such a fate. Imagine being at one of your favourite bookstores in Singapore, only to have a set of eyes looking over and silently judging you!
Of course, the real challenge of reading has always been finding good nooks of books. Libraries can feel impersonal at times and many of us crave that semi-isolated, yet adventurous feel of perusing small shelves that only independent bookstores in Singapore can provide. These small businesses are very much representative of the old guard – what life was like before the advent of massive book repositories and e-books. One has to admit that despite the advantages of modern conveniences, there is certain charm to actually holding the book in one’s hands and reading words printed on paper.
Thankfully, more are converting over from digital to analogue. While brick and mortar bookstores are few and far in between in this digital age, we’ve managed to track down 5 independent bookstores that still deliver on that promise of mystery and wonder:
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia SG.
The name of Epigram Books was thrust into the spotlight when they published Sonny Liew’s Charlie Chan Hock Chye and Amanda Lee Koe’s The Ministry of Moral Panic. While they are more well-known along the pop-up circuit, Epigram Books does maintain its own showroom along Toa Payoh North.
A household name amongst independent book sellers, Books Actually has been around since 2005 and stocks some nifty titles, including some rare out-of-print ones. It is also dedicated to supporting local writers through its publisher, Math Paper Press.
The Moon is very much the new kid on the block, but it’s proving that it has the chops to play with big boys. Its value proposition is unique – combining social initiative with your typical book service. The Moon stocks a heft collections of books from auteurs of various cultural backgrounds as part of its dedication to supporting inclusivity.
If diving through vintage stores are your thing, then you’re bound to appreciate what’s on offer over at GOHD Books. Musty tomes and yellowed pages are often irresistible in their own right and there’s honestly no telling what you might find when you drop by GOHD Books. You might even emerge a newborn bibliophile!
Nothing describes the feel of Littered With Books better than “quirky”. From its titles to the choice of decor, both adults and children alike will find joy in whiling away the hours in its two-storey shophouse. Perfect place to park oneself on a lazy Sunday!