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Littered with books

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20 Duxton Road Singapore 089486
 
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We are independent booksellers housed in a conservation shophouse with a range of carefully selected literary, non-fiction, crime, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy books, travel narratives and award winning childrens books.

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Attention all book-lovers: Prepare to get charmed

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"

This quote by Henry Ward Beecher epitomises my experience at the bookstore. If you're the kind of person that's into quaint little places away from massive human traffic, this is the place to go to. I stumbled across this amazing place while cafe-hopping along Duxton Hill.

The feeling is like a kid stepping into Disneyland for the first time. When I entered, the first thing that struck me about the place was that it had a "Harry Potter" feel to it, like it was magical. You're greeted by the smell of fresh books (I'm not kidding, you can smell them), you see books being shelved in their respective genres, and books splashed out on tables. They hang rows of their customised shopping bags neatly on the walls, and there's this tree structure hung with little decorations and furnished with books. On the second level (YUP, THERE'S A SECOND LEVEL), you see rows of mahogany shelves of pure books and a little cosy corner with a small sofa with a chandelier hanging above. But do note, I don't think the "cosy corner" is for us to sit and browse through the books - they're there simply to add to the decor, I believe. After all, they are running a business.

So, now that we all know the place is really pretty and vintage and magical, the real question is: Are the selection of books up to par?

My answer is that you will not be disappointed. Beyond the attractive appearance of the bookstore, what I really like about the place is the way they recommend books. You can find popular reads there, for sure, and all around the bookstore you will notice little scraps of paper stuck on shelves and the tables that display the books. Each scrap of paper recommends a read and gives a short description of the book itself. So if you enter the bookstore without any good read in mind, fear not - explore and hunt, you will find something. The place is really stashed with loads and loads of books and they categorise them as well, so if you do have a particular book in mind I'm pretty sure you'd be able to find it as well. However of course, if your sole intention is simply to get your book and go, I would suggest going to Kinokuniya or Popular would suit your needs more.

What I also like about the place is that the retail assistants there don't bother you at all unlike some places. They really leave you to yourself to explore the jems, so do not be worried about someone hanging in the periphery wherever you walk to. Of course, this is based only on the one-time experience I had there, so different assistants could have different treatments. But I have a friend who has been there a few times and I was told that she has never ever once been bothered by assistants, so I'm gonna make a bold assumption here that they are likely to be friendly.

All in all, I had a thoroughly charming experience at Littered With Books and to all you book-lovers out there, this place is definitely not to be missed.

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Charming, Wide selection of books
Branch Location:
Duxton Road
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(Updated: November 17, 2013)

Absolutely Mesmerizing

I was actually cafe hopping with my friend along Duxton Road before coming across this independent bookstore with stunning interior design. It certainly lived up to its name "Littered with books" since the whole place is literally designed with books artistically. You can see how shelves and shelves of books are neatly arranged based on their genre once you stepped into the store, and they have thoughtfully handwritten notes pasted onto the shelves that introduce some of the books sitting on it.

It is a really warm and cosy place that I never thought that it exist in Singapore, definitely a pleasure to browse through books there.

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Marvellous

My father brought me to Littered With Books one day because he knew I loved to read. Stepping into the shop for the first time, I was absolutely wonder-struck. It was like stepping into my ideal fairy tale land.

The place is beautiful. Shelves and shelves of books everywhere and the interior of the shop is designed to be cosy and warm. It makes you feel like you've just been dragged into a magical realm, and all the books just scream "Pick me up and read me!". It makes you want to stay there forever and just flip though every single book that they have.

I especially love the upstairs which is full of cookbooks and baking books. I don't cook or bake, but that's just what makes Littered With Books so special. It makes you want to read it anyway.

If you love to read, or simply just love to be surrounded by books, this is the place for you.

There's only one word to describe it- Marvellous.

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10
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Ambience
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An amazing place

Littered with books is the kind of place I want my room to look like.

I found this place by sheer accident and I swear I'll be back. I went in and was immediately greeted by shelves and shelves of books. It got a little tiresome to look through the sections one by one so I approached one of their staff and asked specifically for Audrey Niffenegger, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sidney Sheldon. And to my sobbing happiness, they had all 3.

There is a sale section that's under a prop staircase. I would love to read there and they probably should revamp that space to be a reading corner for the buyers. The whole place was very wood-ish and I sat down everywhere while looking for my books.

I ended up purchasing 2 books and even though the prices are steep, it's entirely worth it. I never been happier. Perfect books in a cosy place - my idea of literacy heaven.

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50
Branch Location:
Duxton Road
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Hunting For Beautiful Covers

I say value is 3 because I'm a cheapskate.

I'm an enormous book cover judger. And this bookstore, though quaint it may be, has a brilliant set up so they display book covers like if you were in a museum. It's a place to literally sit and stare at everything around you.

Though small, it definitely does not feel cramped. They have labelled, displayed and shelved things in a most organized manner. For the artsy or designy lover, it's a great place to get gifts for yourself if you fancy a nice spending day.

And after you've purchase a wonderfully illustrated book cover, you may proceed to try out one of the many cafes and spaces along the street. Excellent way to spend a whole day if you have one. :)

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Beautiful

I love a good read, it's just a pity that some books aren't able to be found in major bookshops or retailers - perhaps due to stock or label issues - leaving me frustrated. This is where Littered With Books come in.

This place is awesome and the perfect place for any book lovers. I have visited Littered With Books numerous times, including once just two months ago to get a book for a close friend of mine who loves Mick Foley. Although I searched high and low in Popular and Times, I wasn't able to find it, and yet, I managed to get it here.

Pure magic. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that there are a number of pretty ladies frequenting the place as well.

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(Updated: September 23, 2012)

A Quaint Bookstore with Great Titles

Littered with Books is a quaint bookshop that is located along Duxton Hill. It’s big, spanning 2 levels, and filled with many books that are neatly organized by genre and author.

I really like this bookshop because they’ve got a really good literature section. In fact, it is really difficult to find some of their titles at other major bookstores such as Kinokuniya or Times. I also like how they have recommendations along the bookshelves, with little synopsis of these recommended books. This comes in handy when you’re just browsing for a good read.

The service at Littered with Books is also really good. The staff is friendly, and very eager to help. When I had a query as to when a particular book would be restocked, they checked it up for me immediately and even gave me a time frame. This made the experience that much better.

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you could stay here for hours just browsing through this homely bookstore

Tucked along Duxton Hill is Littered with Books, an inviting bookstore with a wide array of books in what seems like a tiny space. It spans two floors roughly divided by fiction on the first and non-fiction on the second. There’s something for customers of all ages with a decent children’s section at the back. Their non-fiction titles span a variety of interests from history to travel and food. What I enjoyed most about the store was the attention to detail. Little handwritten cards could be found on each shelf, recommending selected books with a short description for each. They seem to have been written by the staff there and added a personal touch to the entire browsing experience. Though the price is probably similar to and the selection still considerably smaller than major bookstores around, the homely feel to this bookstore makes it an inviting place for customers to browse and select their next read.

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