So I went to Bangkok a few weekends back with friends and we had fun exploring the different tourist attractions!
And of course, whenever possible, I’d like to sample a taste of their local bookstores. We paid a visit to Dasa Bookstore, a popular hipster bookstore in Bangkok.
I got more excited knowing that it’s a secondhand bookstore which signals 2 things for me:
- Slashed prices for books because thay’re used books – Yay!
- Vintage books, how charming!
The store is very accessible, just a short walk from the train station. It has 3-floors of beautiful books of varying genres. Mind you, they even have ample dedicated sections for German language books! Although they are secondhand, a majority of the books are still in very good condition, it hardly felt like you’re buying damaged goods.
I also find it alluring that aside from the books, they also have a cozy café and dedicated space selling secondhand music CDs. I’ll admit that I didn’t bother to take a lot of photos, as I was too busy immersing myself in this irresistible store and hunting down titles that I probably wouldn’t get at the low price elsewhere.
So here also goes my book haul post – I ended up with 12 books!
1 & 2. Speaker for the Dead (1986) and Xenocide (1991) by Orson Scott Card
Everytime I went into a thrift bookstore, my heart always whispers creepily, “Orson Scott Card.” He is the one author whom my heart just keep reaching out for. I intend to collect as many of his works in physical books as possible.
While climbing up the bookshelves (yes, they provide stairs for you to climb on), I was so ecstatic that they have 4 varieties of Orson Scott Card’s works – which was a first time in my entire life! Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide are both sequels to the Ender’s Game and I have read them both. But of course, these are still must-buys since I’m now collecting the authors’ books.
3. Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card (1996)
It’s about a scientist from the future who would travel back to Christopher Columbus’ time and change civilization. Who wouldn’t like a time travelling and retelling of a historical moment in the world, right?
4. Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card (1987)
I don’t have much idea about this Tales of Alvin Maker series except that it’s about a boy who discovered magic and will be a hero in the future if he harnesses his power well. So far, I’m still in love with all of Orson Scott Card’s ‘child prodigies’ stories (cue: Ender’s Game and Songmaster). Hence, I’m pretty confident that I’ll get hooked on this one too.
5. Lord Loss by Darren Shan (2005)
I have the whole Demonata series sitting on my shelf (all in consistent size and covers- yay!). Lord loss is my second favourite book in the series and I remember that my brother lost it when I lended it to him. So this is a re-buy to physically complete my collection again.
6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Orson Scott Card)
I have a giant Neil Gaiman autobiography just waiting for my attention on the shelf, but I have yet to read a single one of his books. I figured what better way than to start with his more recent book that has raked up plenty of literary awards lately?
7. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking (2007)
Theory of Everything movie was very much hyped last year. I had a peek at the movie but find that the accent of the script a little difficult for me to make out. Hence, I’m opting to read the book that it’s based on instead.
8. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (2001)
I’m interested in the exploration of the fast food industry and I’ve heard good reviews about this one. It is apparently so insightful that it was said that whoever read this book will not be able to look at fast food the same way again. This excites me, yet scares me at the same time because fast food is just too convenient of a thing for me to give up on.
9. The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding (2014)
I’m a bit blurry on the details of this novel, but it seemed to be a true story about a guy who stole maps for… whatever his mission is? That set up just screams ‘modern day Indiana Jones’ to me for some reason and there were good reviews about this on Goodreads. Excited to start a new adventure with unconventional maps!
10. The Martian by Andy Weir (2011)
I’ve watched the movie and absolutely adore it. They said that the book has more details and explanations, as you’re really deep into the character’s thought process. It’s a no-brainer for me to grab this book for cheap at a secondhand bookstore.
11 & 12. Marlon Brando by Patricia Bosworth (2001) & Rainbow: The Stormy Life of Judy Garland by Christopher Finch (1975).
I do have a fascination in reading about accomplished veterans with problematic personalities. I’ve known snippets of Judy Garland and Marlon Brando’s diva antics from a few web articles and TV documentary. They certainly seemed like colourful characters that would make good reading content.
All in all, there are so many new and old treasures in Dasa Bookstore. I really wish I have a place in my home that is also so wonderfully curated and arranged, yet cozily affordably priced like this bookstore!
Have you been to Dasa Bookstore before? Are you planning to go to Bangkok anytime soon?
Or have you been bookstore hopping lately? Let me know in the comments below!