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For bibliophiles of the Instagram generation

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Book Xcess Sunsuria Forum

It didn't take long for Book Xcess' 8th bookstore at Sunsuria Forum in Setia Alam to draw stares of glee from all quarters – once inside, guests are greeted with a dramatic book tunnel housing nearly 500,000 books. Opened in 2019, the store offers bookworms all the familiar creature comforts: a cozy cafe, plenty of private reading nooks and even a book maze located at the Children's section. The Book Xcess outlet at Gurney Paragon in Penang also boasts several stunning backdrops for your Instagram feed.    

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Citè Book Garden

Located in Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Cite Book Garden ticks all the boxes for book lovers with a taste for nature.

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Lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves of magazines and various selections from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, Cite Book Garden also has a dedicated events space on its second floor for book readings, wellness activities and other great events.  

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Junk Book Store

Call it a humble second-hand bookstore in Kuala Lumpur's Jalan HS Lee, but Junk Book Store has entertained countless visitors since it first opened in the late 90s. Not only is it a well-known haunt for book lovers, but its time-worn interiors burst with a rustic charm that many find comforting, regardless of age.

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Monsoon Books

An off-the-grid independent bookstore in Petaling Jaya's Section 17, Monsoon Books merges well into the neighbourhood with its discreet location above Wild Sheep Home ice cream store. The bookstore boasts a curated collection of Chinese books, along with a few English titles as well. A great spot here to snap photos or curl up with a book (and some ice cream if the weather permits) is the leafy green outdoor seating area. 

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Monalisa Bookstore

This eye-catching 3-floor bookstore in Bukit Jalil is a fierce contender amongst the rising trend of Instagram-friendly bookstores, bedecked in its warm colour palette with accents of red, blue and gold furnishings blending Eastern and Western influences.

Book lovers won't mind spending an entire afternoon exploring the store's dazzling interiors, including a chic café concept on each floor, and a children's section on the third floor where a book-lined 'Tree of Life' stands proudly.    

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Opening In 2022: Eslite Spectrum bookstore

Soon to open at The Starhill next year, this iconic bookstore from Taiwan will soon be the haunt of Malaysian bibliophiles, taking up the entire first floor of the newly revamped mall in Bukit Bintang. Important, the new Eslite Spectrum bookstore in KL aims not just to be a bookstore, but a versatile space for small events and laidback gatherings for creatives everywhere. 

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