Tote Bag Library

A newsletter about books except for when it isn't about books.
Created 13 Jan 2021
  • The Tote Bag Library Gift Guide
    03 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    There’s been a lot of ink spilled on the commercialisation of Christmas and the consumerism that comes with it. I can see that. But if you’re like me, someone who loves giving gifts, it can be nice to...
  • Reading Feminist Thought Part 2
    30 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Hello my dear friends, I am back! I apologise for my two month absence. I have no real excuse other than I didn’t feel like doing much of anything and my brain felt like soup. The New York Times calls...
  • Reading Feminist Thought Part 1
    01 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 5 0
    An article detailing the abuse and harassment present at BooksActually, a veteran independent bookstore in Singapore, was published this past weekend. The exposé is an important read, especially for a...
  • The Latest Sally Rooney Novel
    19 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 4 1
    I feel bad for Sally Rooney. Sally Rooney, the author. It must be difficult to be one of the biggest names in literary fiction if you care deeply about your craft. It is a challenge to create the spac...
  • Disco Elysium
    08 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    For two weeks in August, I put all my books away and played Disco Elysium. It wasn’t intentional; I just found the game so immersive that I could think of little else when I was away from it. I descri...
  • Singa-Pura-Pura
    22 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    I was sent a copy of Singa-Pura-Pura in exchange for an honest review. This review contains spoilers. If you’d like to read the book first, it’s available for pre-order from Ethos Books at
  • Why I'm Not Writing a National Day Listicle
    09 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    9th August is Singapore’s National Day. In the book world, this meant waking up to posts from businesses and bookstagrammers doing their yearly Singlit round-ups. I get it. National Day is a public ho...
  • Reading Blocks
    06 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I’m hoping I can attribute this to the latest lockdown but I just can’t read right now. Moving “seamlessly” between work, leisure, and nothing has left my attention span ragged. Right now, rather than...
  • Children's Books
    30 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    Hello, welcome back to Tote Bag Library! I don’t interact with children at all so children’s books are a big book world blindspot of mine. We’re doing something a little different today — I’ve intervi...
  • Trigger Warnings
    19 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Every now and again, when I worked at the bookstore, a customer or a colleague would suggest that I implement trigger warnings for our books. The suggestion was always well-meaning — they had just rea...
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