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:
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).
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 When The War Is Over on Book Depository