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[BHE 226] Book Hunting (but NOT buying) in Berlin, Salzburg, and Rome – And Books that Arrived For Me While I was in Europe


Myra here.

For the past several weeks, I have been featuring my book finds from Europe. This time, I am sharing my failed book hunting expeditions, i.e. visiting bookstores without buying anything. This rarely happens, seriously, so I thought it would be good documentation as well.

Book Hunting (but not quite)…

(1) Berlin

This was the very first city that my family and I visited this year during our Europe tour. Our first day, unsurprisingly, brought us to this place:


Universitätsstraße – from the street name, you could already tell that there is bound to be lots of books.




What are the odds that one of the first things that managed to find me during my first day in Europe was a massive book sale. I controlled my urges, though, and did not purchase anything at this point in time. 🙂

I also found out that this was a common sight in Europe – comics and these tiny books in a platter:

(2) Salzburg

Buchhandlung Höllrigl

My family and I spent a weekend in Salzburg and was enamoured with the beautiful sights and sounds of the place. Naturally, I was on the constant lookout for bookstores.


One of the biggest bookstores we found in Salzburg. See what’s inside:

Despite being sorely tempted, again, I exercised remarkable self-restraint (if I may say so myself).

Libro Salzburg

The word “libro” means “book” in Filipino. So imagine my excitement when I saw these signs – apparently, I was mistaken. This is more like a grocery/convenience store rather than a bookstore.

(3) Rome

By the time we were in Rome, our luggage was filled and I was in no condition to purchase any more books – thus, posing in front of La Feltrinilli Point would do.

Books That Were Waiting For Me In Singapore

This is, after all, our Sunday BHE post whereby we share the books that managed to find their way into our hands. As I tried to curb my book-shopping impulse in these cities, there were books gradually finding their way into my home in Singapore, thanks to good friends and Pansing Books.


Sula’s Voyage by Catherine Torres – Thank you again, Cathy, for sending this.


Let Me Finish by Minh Lê and illustrated by Isabel Roxas. Thank you, thank you, Pepper for sending this!


Very excited to read these two novels: The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.


The View From The Cheap Seats: Selected Non-fiction by Neil Gaiman.


Shtum by Jem Lester and Empire Of Dust by Eleanor Herman.

And I am saving the best for last:


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Based on an Original New Story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. Pansing Books is the best ever!

Other Books that Found Me


The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier.


M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman, Gothic! edited by Deborah Noyes.


Warp: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer, Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis.


Ah Sweet Mystery Of Life by Roald Dahl, The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier.


The Chocolate War and Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Daj Sijie.


Skin And Other Stories by Roald Dahl, More Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl.


The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich.


The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters by G. W. Dahlquist.


Chime by Franny Billingsley and Graphic Classics by Edgar Allan Poe by Rick Geary, Lance Tooks, Matt Howarth, Lisa K. Weber.


The Years with Laura Diaz by Carlos Fuentes which I chanced upon in a book sale.

Art Books




Nudes and Erotic Drawings


The Lover’s Companion: Art and Poetry of Desire edited by Charles Sullivan, Lovers in Art.


Self Portraits of the World’s Greatest Painters compiled by Elizabeth Drury.

Memoirs and Plays


The Journey Is The Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon by Dan and Kathy Eldon, Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over by Geraldine Brooks.

Life And Death: A Collection of Classic Poetry and Prose introduced by Philip Pullman, Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca in a version by Ted Hughes.


Shakespeare’s Stories retold by Beverley Birch and illustrated by James Mayhew.


An Inspector Calls: A Play by J. B. Priestley, Othello by Julius Lester, Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters: The Play adapted by Stephen Briggs, To Kill A Mockingbird Literature Guide.

Music Books for my Music Student


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory, The Encyclopedia of Classical Music


The Great Composers: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Lives and Works of the World’s Best-loved Composers by Wendy Thompson, How To Be A Hit Songwriter by Molly-Ann Leikin.


The Rough Guide to Classical Music: An A-Z of Composers, Key Works and Top Recordings, The GCSE Anthology of Music edited by Julia Winterson.

How about you, dear friends, what are the books that found their way into your bookshelves over the past weeks?

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