While I still browse at Kinokuniya for its wide range of titles, I buy less from them and more from an independent bookshop just because the latter is prettier and I'm more inclined to spend time there, linger and soak in the literary vibes.
If the independent bookstores don't carry the titles I want, I use Book Depository and often, I turn to Amazon for e-books. But I still can't quash the need for instant gratification by buying books here and NOW! I can't get rid of the habit of buying books weekly.
Part of the afternoon with the friends was spent at Littered with Books. Lovely. This is what a bookshop should feel like. Surrounded by books and cosy colors, it's so inviting to just thumb through the pages of books that caught my eye. Wondering about the contents and how it would feel to read it and the sort of thoughts and emotions it would evoke, is just awesome.
This bookshops carries a small but pretty alright selection of children's books along with some beautiful illustrations by a number of talented illustrators. I'm not too sure about pricing though. Some friends have commented on the higher-than-average pricing. But for the non-children books, I'm okay with the stated prices. It's not a significant difference. Should they charge a little higher, I'm more than happy to pay because it means the business could sustain in the long-term. I just don't like contributing to the faceless chain stores for mega profits.
Today, I walked into the bookshop in anticipation of the titles that might interest the mind, and I strolled out a very happy customer with 2 paperbacks. Hey, at least I didn't buy the other 3 that were really fairly intriguing. Maybe next week. :D
PS: Is there something about books and cats? Of late, they seem to go hand in hand.