Today, I got a new stash of books for the children in class. I promised them that one of them would win a prize after the class test… JUST ONE (because books are not that cheap haha). But as I went book shopping a familiar gut-feeling kicked me to grab a few more. It is a small price to pay if a child acquires a love for reading, or a curiosity for the world around them.
Oh, how their faces lit up as they were handed the books. As they were captivated by the book summaries… I watched on as they held the books gently, carefully opening them so as not to injure the book’s spine.
It’s a heartening thought to know they’ll be occupied the next few days (PSLE marking days) with something without a screen – to have some time to navigate his or her thoughts and imagination, before being bombarded by others’ on the internet. And…. a few of them naughty ones didn’t come for class… I guess I could read the copy of Mr Stink that isn’t taken yet…. Right???
I first chanced upon the pop-up store, Booktique, at the Cathay – a quaint little shop tucked between Starbucks and some perfume store. The first thing I noticed the quiet shop was its signboard:
“Booktique: Where Writers Shop”
Crossing my fingers, I hoped it was not going to be a stationery joint for “writing”. Stepping in, I saw collections of interesting literature – Shakespeare, Poe, the Classics… they had it all. What made me most excited was when I reached an entire table on the right corner… an actual table stacked with books on WRITING.
In the past, I would only able to get my hands on Copywriting material from Basheer or Kinokuniya, and sometimes, Times. Here, the books seemed to be carefully selected, and meticulously wrapped too!
Then, I was encouraged to pick up a copy of Copywriting (Ha! Pun number 2, did you spot the first?). I already had an earlier edition of the book but delighted to know I would no longer have to go on a wild-goose chase to get another. It would all be available here…in the Booktique!
Over the months, I found myself visiting the store to get my next reading fix. Soon, Booktique ended its pop-up at the Cathay and moved on to Citylink Mall. And yesterday, it ended its last day at Citylink Mall – six months passed by so quickly! I managed to rush down last night for a last look at the shop, and get myself one last book there.
If you love writing, you have to visit them… Of course, they have a good selection of contemporary and local works for a casual reader too; I first saw Neil Gaiman’s ‘Fortunately The Milk’ here, and not in Popular. You neeeeeeeed to check them out… When they’ve found a new store location of course!
Pop-up again and see you soon, Booktique! I’ll just shop at uhhhh…I-don’t-know-where for my writing books till then…