It's the first day of the Rooster year, a lot of stores and restaurants are closed. Like. many other Taipei residents that didn't travel south to visit families during Chinese New Year, I went straight to Eslite.
Missing bookstores in Taiwan from the States happens quite a few times a year. Physical bookstores in the States are dying, a few of my favorite independent bookstores in New York have closed their doors in the past few years. As a book lover, it's a torture to have no good bookstores to go to.
I have to say, book design in Asia is no joke, everything from the covers, illustrations, type setting to quality of paper are top notch. Plus I can see quite a few books from the UK or Australia, so yes, I could hardly control my book binge buying every time I am back in Taiwan.
I'm bringing all Chinese books back this time, some main ones include a book about vegetable and fruit cooking in Chinese culture, book 3 and 4 from the Valdimir Megre's Ringing Cedars series, a book about the Tokyo bookstores by Shinobu Yoshii, a novel about life in Shanghai from 1960-1990, a book about being a Chinese Foodie, two books about Zhuangzi, and a book about Myofascial Lines and stretching effectively.
Chuyi (first of new year) was a great day. It was warm with clear sky, breezy with sunshine, hoping for good weather like this for the 10 full days we're here. Happy new year!