If you don’t already know, the annual Books Box Sale is back again (4 – 13 August) and it’s a real book buffet. Just get a box for $50 and you can take as many books as you want (*as long as they fit into the box, and the box can be sealed flat, i.e. no bulges). I went for the media preview session yesterday and came home with 2 full boxes of books! In the picture you see above, that’s one box of books I packed myself. There’s a trick to it, which I’ll share with you in a bit. And yes, I paid for it! 😛 In one box, I managed to pack 33 books, and in another, 39 books. So each book costs less than $1.50! (@_@) What was more shocking was the selection of books available. Some of these titles I’ve actually paid FULL PRICE for in bookstores (usually over $20 each) and they are available at the Books Box Sale! What?! Like the book ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes‘ I reviewed two days ago. Ridiculous, isn’t it? I think I’ll adjust the amount I spend on books every year by saving up the money I usually spend on buying unhealthy stuff like bubble tea and during the next Books Box Sale, return home with four boxes of books! 😀 I really need a new bookcase!
*Tip for packing: First arrange the books you’ve selected according to height, then place them into the box as I’ve shown you above. Do not stack them up! Smaller books can be used to fill the tiny spaces remaining and really thin ones can be placed flat on top just before you seal the box. 😀
Available in both hardcover and paperback at the Sale:
*sniff sniff* You can get it at less than $1.50 when I’d already paid over $20. 😦
There’s Belinda Lee’s award-winning book too – Larger Than Life
I’ve reviewed ‘Larger Than Life’ as well, if you remember. Oh gosh. Just buying two titles at regular bookstores is the equivalent of getting an entire box of books at the Books Box Sale. Grrr.
And here’s another book that I already own, having paid full price for it:
There is one very Singaporean word that fully encapsulates how I feel about this: Sian.
There are books for just about everyone. Many of Richard Branson’s books are available, and there will be some from female authors you love as well:
I spent over two hours at the preview and my neck was aching by the end of it, from looking down at all the titles. There are so many! There’s everything from kids books to cooking, literature to pets, history to business. And lots of fiction books too.
I found Signed Copies:
Books I didn’t even know existed, written by people I know:
And lots of coloring books, even the famous (and expensive) ones from Johanna Basford:
*If you bought them at full price previously… well well well… you can pack dozens of them into a $50 box now.
And there are FREE books for students too! Read T&Cs:
And lots of kids and toddler-friendly books. Here are just a few:
Enough said! You have to head down to the Books Box Sale. Make sure you follow the organisers on Facebook so you can be alerted to things like flash sales, crowd situation updates, new stocks, etc: https://www.facebook.com/sgbookdeals/
It’s quite easy to get to the Books Box Sale by public transport. I took the train to Bishan MRT station, and crossed the overhead bridge to get to the bus stop opposite the MRT station. From there, I took bus 55 and alighted at the third stop. And the Pansing building is just across the road. 🙂 You can either take the stairs or the lift to get to the Sale at level 3. If possible, bring sufficient cash ($100 should be enough) and a trolley so you can pull it around while browsing and also for transporting your books home! 🙂
Happy Shopping & Reading! 🙂