Tuesday, February 17, 2015


I was caught by surprise to find there is this little bookstore BOOKTIQUE at Citilink Mall last night.  My first impression was with the fierce rental at such prime area, not even MPH could survive here, how can an indie bookstore with seemingly sparse selection of titles can sustain ?

Lingered a longer while and soon I realised the selections are mostly books on books, books on writing and writers, novels by local writers and some classic literary works.  Also few children picture books on books.  Very specific genres which surely attract bibliophiles (booklovers) and writers.  Thus the slogan "Where Writers Shop".

But still, I wonder if such population is big enough. Singapore's reading scene is not as compelling like in the West or Japan where so many readers can be seen in parks or in trains. Hmmm.

Anyway, I walked away with My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop edited by Ronald Rice as a gesture of support.

In celebrating of Chinese New Year, Booktique is giving out a red packet when you shop with them.  No lucky numbers but bookish quotes which can be used as bookmark.  Sweet.

Mine is :
I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

An online check afterwards then I learnt that the place is merely a pop up store till May 2015.  They are still searching for a permanent space where writers could go and be fuelled by the books and people.

Keep it up!

Go to their official website booktique.weebly.com to find out more of their stories.

From 1st February to 14th February, Booktique is launching a campaign asking readers from all over the world to compose a love letters to their favourite book. These love letters can be handwritten or typed and delivered or emailed to Booktique. They can be in the form of prose or poetry. The letters will be displayed across the white walls in our shop and thereafter a book will be planned for a selected collection of letters.

“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” ---- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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