Surprise Your Shelf

Surprise Your Shelf is a fun little thing we do every two months, here's how it works: We invite a different person to pick a mystery book. We give you clues along the way, but you only find out what it is when you receive it!

Our curators all come from different backgrounds and walks of life, each with their own personal tastes and experiences. This way, each edition of Surprise Your Shelf always brings a unique perspective and you’ll never quite know what to expect!

SURPRISE YOUR SHELF #10 REVEAL IN JANUARY 2024

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    Oli Hazzard

    Lorem Ipsum

    Regular price $26.00 SGD
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    Lorem Ipsum
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    Ha Seong-Nan

    Bluebeard's First Wife

    Regular price $30.00 SGD
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    Bluebeard's First Wife
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    Julietta Singh

    The Breaks: An Essay

    Regular price $23.00 SGD
    Regular price Sale price $23.00 SGD
    The Breaks: An Essay
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    Norman Erikson Pasaribu

    Happy Stories, Mostly

    Regular price $23.00 SGD
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    Happy Stories, Mostly
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Past editions

Surprise Your Shelf #001: Lavelle

Bluebeard's First Wife
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Having worked in a bookstore and with a thriving Bookstagram of her own, Lavelle kicked off Surprise Your Shelf with the unexpected choice of Korean horror.

Surprise Your Shelf #002: Iris

Will and Testament

Iris was torn between a book set in her homeland Indonesia, and this — her eventual choice, for its "amazing study of trauma".

Surprise Your Shelf #003: James

The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet

Science-fiction with a heart... and the occasional inter-species romance.
James' pick is a big warm hug in a book.

Surprise Your Shelf #004: Alex & Judea

Lorem Ipsum
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This hyper experimental book is a bold debut written in endlessly flowing prose that deeply moved Alex & Judea.

Surprise Your Shelf #005: Natalie

The Breaks: An Essay

What does it mean to be a parent at the end of the world? Nat's choice of title is a raw and deeply intimate exploration.

Surprise Your Shelf #006: AJ Low

Gideon the Ninth

Lesbian necromancers in a delightful murder mystery that refuses to take itself too seriously.

Surprise Your Shelf #007: Nafisah

I Never Said I Loved You
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For once, someone's picked a memoir and it's a particularly compelling mix of humour and heartache.

Surprise Your Shelf #008: Alvin

Ghar

A photographer by trade, Alvin selects a photography book that considers the complexities of home, culture, and identity.

Surprise Your Shelf #009: Ain

I Want To Be A Vase
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Children's book collector Ain picks one of the most unique ones we've seen: a surrealist tale of a toilet plunger who sets out to be a vase.