I went to visit Lit Books in Petaling Jaya, and spent a nice morning chatting with the owners Min Hun and Elaine, both former journalists with The Edge. They are now living the dream, running their beautiful bookshop together.
The selection’s really cool and I was green with envy at the Folio Society boxed sets they had brought in. Gorgeous!
Elaine can often be found behind the counter of the little in-store cafe, and she’s fun to chat with about all things literary. She estimates that, between the two of them, the couple have read 60% of the titles they stock. A section on mythology takes centrestage once you come in the door.
There’s a kids’ book section, but you won’t find any Harry Potter titles, as Elaine explains that they would rather use the precious shelf space for titles that cannot be easily found elsewhere.
In the end, I left with a second-hand hardcover copy of The Odyssey (RM40), from the library of Min Hun’s late uncle Michael. I loved that there was a personal connection to these well-kept books. I also bought a card game about Malaysian elections, called Politico. And a couple of fabric book covers.
There’s a gourmet supermarket nearby, so in Auntie fashion, I stocked up on groceried before taking a Grab back to RD.