Thursday, December 10, 2020


"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet."

Their physical shop is closed, but they still spend everyday packing your orders. So I realise, THEY ARE THE REAL SANTA WORKSHOP!

I hope Bleak House Books, the Independent bookstore is not something foreign/unknown to you by now!! This amazingly warm treetop space, has been standing its ground, in this city where even words are of increasing scrutiny.

Yesterday, I was in the same lift with the postman, and I so dearly wish that his parcels were for me, sadly it wasn't. But I smiled and knew, it's coming : )
I ordered 6 precious books from Bleak House Books magical online portal!

I never used to shop online, I guess covid-19 did changed me a bit even on this aspect, and it's not all that bad. I have vivid memories of carrying heavy groceries OR books.
Particularly during winter in Edinburgh or Cambridge, we tried to buy all these discounted stuff, and walked through the 30 km/h wind and rain, luckily I was with Phoebe, and we laughed through it.
(Well this also reminds me that we have even WORSE memories of carrying architectural models, cards, and even clay) in the wind !!! #architecturestudents

And then also carrying books from faraway libraries back home... thinking back it was half funny, but one time I almost wanted to cry hahaha I always borrowed too much, and still owe multiple libraries thousand of dollars oops... But Just being surrounded by books makes me so happy, i would smile A LOT just for that! (my friends all know that)

So I found some of these books that i have longed to own at BHB website!

Have you heard that some booklovers like to buy multiple copies of the same book? Mainly because... they are so good, and that they are just perfect give of love or nourishment to friends I love. (Well, if i give you a book as gift, then I truly love you)

The House on East 88th Street (Lyle) was one of these books I bought many times. It's just a really cute series, no major morals.

The story is about a family named the Primms who move into an old Victorian brownstone, only to find a performing crocodile named Lyle living in the bathtub. At first they are horrified...
I love these older books, the illustrations are so beautiful, when the virus is better, (and if my shy dogs and cats allow) I really wish to invite you all to come read picturebooks at my home. This story is the type that warms your heart from the inside after finish reading, and it only takes like 7 minutes to read a picturebook. But some are so touching it makes you cry.

Independent bookstores support core values of community, creativity, convening, civility, and contact. They provide a place to connect with like-minded individuals and to feel recognized in a world where we often feel like just another face in the crowd, a safe haven of comfort in our ever more fast-paced world.
It also means, that $$$, jobs, and taxes remain in your community.

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