Buying Books in Kuwait

I can’t believe it, but next month, after the new year would mark two years of marriage and two years since I moved to Kuwait! You can almost say I’m a local now! After the success of my previous post Where to Shop for Books in Kuwait, I got a LOT of questions, so I decided to write down some of the tips I would have found useful when I arrived here.

I’ve went out of my way to find books in Kuwait and I discovered many interesting things; you see Amman is open, there isn’t many secret locations and underground ways to buy anything (as far as I know) but Kuwait is different, there are layers, surprises and many ways to locate what you are looking for.

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The way bookshops even arrange their books is chaotic to me. Upon entering a bookshop no matter where you enter, make sure to browse the WHOLE shop! You might find what you are looking for because the system isn’t accurate, a shop clerk might tell you: “We don’t have the book you are asking for.” While you are either holding it in your hands, or just stumbled upon it. This happened to me a couple of times in Jarir Bookstore and That AlSalasil, still, they’re my favorite bookstores in Kuwait, the staff are friendly, they’re clean and there are more options in both stores than any other place in Kuwait, also there is always new books to see every few weeks.

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The other thing is, if you like books in English, you must be patient, they are NEVER set together, they would be scattered. You might find a great fiction book set in the Young Adult section, or YA in Kids section and so forth.

If you are looking for the Arabic Classics be ready to be disappointed, your chances to locate a translated edition is higher than the actual book, many are prohibited which I find absurd like Kahlil Gibran and Alaa Al Aswany’s books! So if you have a list certain of books, I recommend Beirut or Cairo for the oldies, or sudden book fairs and small stationary shops, yup, you heard me, they have a LOT of great editions, because the merchandise are chosen by the owners. Still, many of my books are still from home, Amman.

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Another good way is to browse Instagram for individual sellers like Chapter One Bookstore and LAVENDER STOP, they both deliver to your house door and take a delivery fee. I bought a book from Chapter One, I felt it was over the price (I later found the same book, half the price) but the packaging was so cute.

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Another good place to find books is used bookstores such as Q8books, people from all over, giveaway and donate books, your chances are high in finding books as good as new! I used to buy books from Bayt Lothan but it closed, I found such great editions, it’s a shame.

In any case, if you have any other questions or inquiries, please comment below, thank you for reading!

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Visit Kuwait

On a softer note, after the heavy subject of the last post, I would like to talk about the new country I live in now.

Kuwait is so different from Amman in as many ways as possible… I’m not even talking about the weather! I’m talking about the buildings, the color of stones, the way the sun and the moon are so close and large! The weird U-turns and street and parking signs, the lights, and of course the sea, the heat, the people, the fashion, the nationalities, the radio, the number of accidents, the number of cars, the makeup, the style of entertainment, the decoration at homes, the different flavor of food, spices and onions, the small cooking pans, the smell of the city, the pulse of the streets, the early hour of dawn, the tiny apartments, the language barrier when ordering food or meeting a new person, the art, the ads, the music, the cats… everything.

But I’m falling in love with this country, I do miss home, and Amman will always, always be home, but I can’t deny how much my feelings have changed in the last few months.

Kuwait is not beautiful… it’s striking, you know what I mean? But once you know your way around, you know how to order your food, and know where to get things, and meet warm friends, you feel it could be beautiful.

In the next few months Kuwait’s weather will be amazing, more like spring than autumn or winter… perfect for tourists to enjoy their time exploring on foot like I did when I arrived here.

Amman is different, it’s beautiful, historic, and with so much diversity… but here the diversity lays on where to go and what to do and most importantly with whom, it’s like a scavenger hunt! Both countries are family oriented but they’re still different even in that sense.

It’s like figs and pepper… but they blend well together.

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From Amman to Kuwait: 4 Suitcases | 3 Weekenders | 1 Husband

As I moved my life from Amman to Kuwait, leaving home behind and carrying my dear possessions from clothes to shoes, accessories to jewelry, perfumes to makeup, I found myself in QAIA carrying an overload of 4 huge suitcases, stuffed 3 weekenders and my handsome hubby, my best accessory, trying to help me stop weeping while saying goodbye to my dear ones. The two of us were a picture. Picture perfect.

I not only looked horrible in my “goodbye photos”, I totally ruined my style! I had runny mascara, smudged red lipstick, red nose, messy hair and sad eyes.

Half of a good style is a smile; haven’t you heard “happy girls are the prettiest girls”? But, ugh, life happens!

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It was cold in Amman so I had on my H&M army green leather sleeved parka jacket with faux white hood fur and snap button fastenings through front, four pockets full of tissues, inner drawstring at waist to warm me as we waited in the air-conditioned airport.

Underneath I wore an American Eagle long-sleeved soft royal blue sweater with H&M half leather, half lycra leggings with ankle boots with four-inch H&M heels, carrying my leather Aldo bag that looks a bit like a Kelly. Have “Really Red” manicure and pedicure nail polish from Essie. Adorned with my Azza Fahmy wedding band, a breathtaking necklace, bracelet and ring from Swarovski, and a delicate Omega gold watch.

I went to the ladies room before heading on board, reapplied my MAC lipstick and added a splash of Chance Chanel perfume, walked out and got ready for my next adventure in Kuwait with style.

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