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Review of BooksActually

BooksActually
Ranked #28 of 596 Shopping in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: BOOKSACTUALLY (est. 2005) is an independent bookstore specializing in Fiction and Literature. This includes Poetry, Essays, Literary Journals, alongside obscure, critical works and antique/rare editions. We also stock titles from various subjects we like: History, Biography, Current Affairs, Human Sciences, Math/Natural Sciences, Travel Narrative, Food Narrative, Aesthetics, Music and Film. BooksActually also houses the largest collection of Singapore literary publications including some out-of-print titles.
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

not a place to get the top international fiction n non-fiction books. this place focus on local theme and Asian theme books, with interesting titles. heard they also have occasionally meet and greet with the author sometimes.

besides the books, they also sell souvenirs such as cup, tote bags...and a vending machines that sell books ranging from $10 to $19...and they're labelled mystery book 1,2, 3...and so on...never tried yet, will it be bargain??? lol

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank yesphua
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Indeed a great find! I love the vibe of this bookshop, and actually met the friendly owner and their two (rather grumpy) cats, Lemon and Pico. Their book collection is nice and rather obscure. I like how they especially highlighting local writers, indie publishers, and books about local culture.

In the back of the store, they have a small space that selling little and interesting gift, such as matches, mugs, tin jars, etc. I ended up buying their tote bag, a book, and Lemon (the cat) pin.

They also have a vending machine for books, in which you can select a random and mystery book for a couple of dollars. A nice touch!
Unfortunately, Pico the cat was not in the good mood when I came, as I wanted to pet him, he just meowed loudly at me and looked so angry at me! hahaha gotta love Pico although he doesn't love me back :')

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank dinaocto
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

What a great find. We read about this neighbourhood in the Lonely Planet about Singers. I loved the neighboorhood with its young population of locals mixed with a dash of expats.

The bookshop is a great experience. Local authors with unique stories and a fantastic service by the staff. The lazy cat to be found in the shop added to the identity of the shop. Many curious patrons picking up books to find the one for them. As a true teenager my son was bored after 15 minutes. However for those armchair adventurers and psychologists, a great find!

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

It's a must visit for literature lover. I was literally dragged to leave this heaven. I purchase their Singaporean Literature and book bag. If you walk further to the back you will find out another treasure.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank B2606TLelizabethh
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

Nestled in the quaint, hipster neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru, this humble bookstore boasts an awesome selection of Singaporean writers, and the most intelligent collection of good books for savvy readers anyway. Also look out for create and nostalgic local souvenirs. Don't forget to say hello to Cake, Pico and Lemon - the cats of BookActually!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Adrian T
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