The Books Box Sale 2019 is Back
Shopping isn’t my favourite pastime by far, and as much as I can, I order supplies I need online. Yet, I’ve looked forward to the yearly SG Book Deals warehouse sales since 2015. When they skipped out on last year, I was bummed.
Then they dropped a surprise this year by hosting the Books Box Sale 2019 in March, rather than August, so I eagerly headed down to Ang Mo Kio and hauled home two boxes (one was sponsored, one I paid for).
Altogether, I filled my boxes with 44 books. I could’ve fit in another two or three books if I’d put my mind to it but I didn’t have much time left before closing on the day that I went. Plus, I figured the many recipes books I picked up were heavy enough, so I left with a bit of unfilled space.
If you’re keen on checking out the sale, you’ve got a few more days left. I recommend going early in the morning, so you’ve got more books to choose from. Also, bring along a trolley or a small suitcase, so you can wheel your loot home.
March 8–16, 2019
438 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
Industrial Park 1
Level 3, Pansing Building
Weekdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Each box costs S$50, which you may fill with books, so long as the box seals flat. If you’d rather not carry home a box that can fit 30 odd books, they are also offered at 1 for $8 & 3 for $20. Other à la carte items start at $1. For updates, you may refer to the SG Book Deals Facebook page or Instagram account.
My Book Haul
On to my book haul! Naturally, I went for the recipe and food-related books first. This year the non-fiction section is much better stocked than in the past. That means there are fewer fiction titles to pick from but the selection is still very substantial.
Oh, and before I forget — if you catalogue your books on Goodreads, LibraryThing or some other app, make sure you have access! I forgot my phone in my car but didn’t bother to go back and fetch it.
I was confident I knew which books I own. Well, I really do but I remember them based on designs. With that, I thought there was no need to check my catalogued books. That’s why I didn’t realise that I’d already owned The Foodie’s Guide to Falling in Love by Stella Newman, albeit under an alternate title, The Dish. Anyone wanna have my duplicate copy and buddy read? Haha.
Pulling these out of my boxes was fun when I realised the ombré from reddish orange to light blue.
Even though I was spoilt for choice, I still limited my fiction haul though. Without access to Goodreads since I didn’t have my phone on me, I was a lot more cautious about picking out novels.
I’ve read and enjoyed books by Jenny Colgan and Lucy Diamond, so I grabbed those without hesitation. Ride is the third book in a series of which I own the first two. The other three seemed like good fun.
Food, Drinks & Recipe Books
My main mission was to pick up vegetarian and vegan recipe books but as always, I couldn't resist all these baking-related ones too. As for the books on coffee and beer? I don't drink much of either but I'd like to learn more anyway.
General Non-Fiction Books
My sister's into art and craft, so I made sure to check out the hobbies section. She was pretty intrigued by the metal crafts book, and turns out, she'd been thinking of getting a couple of books on hand lettering and calligraphy. Yay for getting ahead of her!
I was also stoked about The Religions Book. The DK Big Ideas series has very eye-catching covers and I had been meaning to acquire a couple of these books. Now I've got my first.
Other than that, I grabbed whatever piqued my interest.