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[BHE 376] Book Hunting in Sydney and Bali

Book Hunting In Sydney and Bali.


Myra here.

This is a much belated post. I wanted to share my book hunting expeditions in Sydney a few months back, immediately right after my trip, but life (i.e. work) got in the way, as per usual. Plus, I changed phones which made it difficult for me to access my older photos. And so, I decided to just put my book hunting trips in Sydney with my recent expeditions in Bali.

Book Hunting In Sydney


I did not place an address for this Dymocks, because truthfully, I can not remember anymore which branch I visited.

I ended up not purchasing anything in this book store. However, I did take photos of titles I wish I could purchase. Here are a few of them.

With the exception of My Friend Dahmer, the other two titles could be a good fit for our #WomenReadWomen2019 reading theme.

Here are more titles that I feel would be perfect with our #WomenReadWomen2019. So many commendable biographies published in recent years.

I really debated with myself whether I should get this. However, I do know that even if I purchase it, I won’t get a chance to read it this year anyway given our 2019 theme, so might as well wait til next year: No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani.

Parliament On King –  632 King St, Erskineville NSW 2043, Australia

Since I stayed with wonderful friends in Erskineville, I also made sure I went to this hipster, funky cafe bookshop, which is a walking distance from their place. There aren’t really any books being sold, but the coffee isn’t bad, and it’s a nice place to hang out overall. Here is the view from the inside of the place:

I did order a coffee and bought a cookie to go with it – only to hear from new guests who just came in, who apparently are friends with the cafe barista, that the cookie is free if you purchase a cuppa. Seems like it only works if you know the barista.

I did try to read my book, but when the group of guests came in who knew the barista, the place was just too noisy for quiet reading. I had to stay for awhile though, as the rains became unexpectedly strong, and I was virtually trapped. The decor of the place, though, was pretty nice.

Blue Dragon Books – Shop C/11 Ross St, Glenbrook NSW 2773, Australia

My former students hosted me for a weekend somewhere in the outskirts of Sydney and brought me to this gorgeous place. Admittedly, this is my favourite out of all the bookstores I went to. Here are some of the titles found inside.

I salivated over the hardcover collection of Folio Society, but alas, I simply can not take them home with me to Singapore. I bought a few children’s book titles which I was not able to take photos of, as I gave them to my hosts’ beautiful children, whom I consider my grand kids. I am a young grandma.

Kinokuniya – Level 2 The Galeries, 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Naturally, my visit to Sydney would not be complete without me making a pilgrimage to Kinokuniya. The place is, as per usual, overwhelming, with so many awesome titles. I salivated over a few and took photos of them:

I did manage to purchase one title. First, I checked Book Depository whether it was already available then. When I noticed that it isn’t yet, I immediately snatched up the book.

When The War Is Over by Jackie French and Anne Spudvilas.

I also made sure I bought one of their delicious cakes – definitely pricey, but worth it. I paired it here with the library book I brought with me.

Goulds Books – 536 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

This is my second favourite book store in Sydney. I like their selections and how knowledgeable the store owners are when it comes to all things books. A few of the titles are not your usual mainstream books, hence I appreciated their curation. Here are a few photos I have taken of the place.

I did manage to purchase two titles here:

Sleep: Bedtime Reading by Robert Peacock and Roger Gorman, Fanny Hill: Memoirs Of A Woman Of Pleasure by John Cleland.

Book Hunting In Bali

Periplus Ubud – Jl. Kayu Aya No. 1, Komplek Pertokoan Seminyak Square Kav. 9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

It was sheer luck that we found this place while in Ubud. Naturally, I had to purchase a book (or two).

My Life In Bali: An Adorable Guide Book, Beauty Is A Wound by Eka Kurniawan.

I also purchased (most naturally) a Bali notebook while in Ubud – and this set of aromatic incense sticks.

How about you? What are the books that found their way into your shelves recently?

Buy No Friend But The Mountains on Amazon | Book Depository

Buy When The War Is Over on Book Depository

Buy Sleep: Bedtime Reading on Amazon | Book Depository

Buy Fanny Hill: Memoirs Of A Woman Of Pleasure on Amazon | Book Depository

Buy Beauty Is A Wound on Amazon | Book Depository

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1 comment on “[BHE 376] Book Hunting in Sydney and Bali

  1. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Portrayal of War in Picturebooks from Australia and Portugal – Gathering Books

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