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Chain bookstores are nothing compared to this character-filled independent bookstore that sells BooksActually worth reading. Penny V lets you in to one of her secret hideouts.

If you’ve ever been the sort to say that you wouldn’t mind living in a bookstore, BooksActually would be a little slice of heaven for you and any other voracious reader.

BooksActuallyStepping into BooksActually is a lot like stepping into someone’s home personal library. Stuffed to the rafters with a variety of literary works that range from Nabokov to Umberto Eco, it’s also interspersed with quirky handmade stationery and vintage curios. Cosy and intimate, BooksActually just about warms the cockles of my heart.

The official bookstore for Singapore Writer’s Festival 2009, BooksActually also holds regular events at its premises that range from photography exhibitions and book launches to poetry readings and dialogue sessions to stir the continual love for the written word.

Run by duo Kenny and Karen, they also source out vintage stationery and painstakingly hand-stitch limited edition notebooks under their stationery arm Birds & Co. Proving that they’re in it for the long-haul to support the young literary scene in Singapore, they developed Math Paper Press, which publishes poems, essays and experimental novellas.

After being around for five years and feeding the soul with its fictional tales and creative art work, BooksActually introduced Polymath & Crust in May 2009, which offers non-fiction and theoretical works in the fields of nature and science.

Are you itching to get yourself down there and run your fingers across the stiff spines and soak in the smells of freshly turned pages? Head on over to 5, Ann Siang Road.

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