I am feeling a wee bit sad. Over the past months, I shared my book hunting expeditions around Europe. This is my last post from my book haul in that part of the world. It was great revisiting the places I’ve been. I deliberately saved the best for last: Munich.
The Munich Readery
Augustenstraße 104, 80798 München, Germany
One of the things I did when my family left for Singapore was to look for stuff to do after my work at the International Youth Library is over. So from a library, I head on to do even more book hunting in some of the out-of-the-way bookstores in Munich. This happens to be one of them. I knew it was a must-find since it features secondhand English books.
Truth be told, I still found the titles quite expensive – especially since I’ve done my book hunting in the US over the past years – and those are waaay cheaper compared to the prices at The Munich Readery. But it makes sense, since apparently, they get most of their books from the US too. But hey, they have a huge selection, as you can see below:
I especially loved how cozy it is – the couches are inviting, and the bookseller really friendly. She offered me a glass of water when it appeared that I clearly needed it, after looking for this place and nearly getting lost. I am no navigator, but when it comes to bookstores, I will find my way.
So what did I eventually end up buying?
Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book by Shel Silverstein and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.
Hugendubel x 3
(1) Address: FÜNF HÖFE, Fünf Höfe, Theatinerstraße 11, 80333 München, Germany
Hugendubel is quite possibly the biggest retail bookstore in Germany. And as such, we managed to visit quite a few in Munich. Here is the one in Theatinerstraße – fairly good English titles!
I did not end up buying anything during our visit here, but ogled the really good titles.
(2) Address: Karlspl. 11-12, 80335 München, Germany
The branch in Karlsplatz is WAY bigger, possibly the biggest one in Munich. See inside.
Again, I resisted buying.
(3) Address: Pasing Arcaden, Pasinger Bahnhofspl. 5, 81241 München, Germany
Now, this is the one closest to my place in Munich. Whenever I want a pick-me-up, I head on over and run my hands over the books.
Clearly, it is also my daughter’s favourite place. So, no buys from Hugendubel for this one.
Kunst und Spiel
Address: Leopoldstraße 48, 80802 München, Germany
One of our good friends (who also happens to be the Japanese language specialist from the International Youth Library) was kind enough to introduce us to this place. This book store specializes in children’s literature – definitely my kind of place.
Now this time, I was weak. I had to buy this book:
Monsieur Hulot am Strand by David Merveille and Jacques Tati
See our happy multicultural group coming from different countries, from left to right: Singapore/Philippines, Korea, Bulgaria, Moldova, Japan, Greece.
International Youth Library in Munich
Yes, the library in the castle does sell books on occasion.
And so my first book purchase in Munich is The Fish, The Piano, The Wind: An Imaginary Library found only in this part of the world. A collection of book ideas never before published created by award-winning illustrators from all over the globe. A wonderful Internationale Jugendbibliothek, International Youth Library find!
There were also books being sold during the White Ravens Festival – naturally, I had to buy a few, especially since the authors were there to sign and discuss their books:
The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour.
I already own a copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – but I bought this one especially for Iphigene.
My photo with the one, the only, Benjamin Alire Saenz as he was doing one of his many book signings over lunch.