It’s the smell that gets me. Every time I step into a bookshop (most bookshops anyway), I feel like I’m snuggled in between the pages of a book. (You know, when you buy a new book and you bury your nose in its pages, and even run your thumb across the pages to fan the smell of book paper–I love that!) And for anyone who loves books, what could be more satisfying than stepping into a small shop that just smells of books and have shelves and shelves of it.
On my last day in Singapore a few days ago, while my friend K and I looked for a place to have lunch with the girls, we explored Duxton Road in the Tanjong Pagar area. As the past trip to Singapore last year proved, I am a slut for shop houses, and when I saw that Duxton was lined with lovely shophouses, I made sure to explore it.
I was told that the conservation shophouses along Duxton used to be occupied by a number of seedy bars. Well, after it cleaned up its act, different businesses have opened up shop, including Littered with Books.
K was the one who pointed it out. With a name that conjures a lovely image of a room strewn with books, we went in and there it hit us. The wonderful smell of books.
It had a pretty good selection of fiction and non-fiction books, travel, and (I’m told by friends, though I didn’t check it myself) sci-fi titles. I spent most of my time in the second floor where the non-fiction and travel section was. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Rob Sheffield book I was looking for (Talking To Girls About Duran Duran), but one of the staff was very helpful.
In this shelf (below), I got a copy of Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of the Hills. (After finally getting to read Never Let Me Go back in January, I told myself I have to read more of his works. Just heartbreaking, mind-blowing and brilliant.)
I also adore the lovely interiors of the place. The glass skylight and the large windows upstairs allow for a substantial amount of sunlight to fill in the 2-story shophouse. I would definitely come back to this place when I find myself in Singapore again.
Littered With Books
20 Duxton Road, Singapore