BookStore Reviews

Find my unbiased opinion of customer care, product prices and service delivery of various physical and online bookstores in Nigeria.

ONE, TWO, MANY NOTEBOOKS

My old closie clocked 21 in September. Thinking of what to gift this fantasy fiction, stationery, skin care loving Gem. Made me remember I hadn’t published a review of Littartbyai and JustJournal_ng and their notebooks. Growing up, exercise books were filled with secrets, aspirations, class notes and my fiction stories. Its why I’m delighted Aviva exercise books have books with African comics from Comic Republic at their back covers.

I digress. Fast forward to when I began journalling my to-do-lists, goals-book blog ideas, daily expenses etc . Getting chic hardcover notebooks became a necessary expense for my health, creativity and much more. When my Rovingheights notebook from the Christmas Poetry Set finished I was so sad. I searched out Littartbyai on Instagram since i really liked that notebook. Being a stationery lover I was confused on who I should get my new notebooks from. JustJournal_ng, a Nigerian positive self-affirmation, stationery account I follow or Littartbyai, African fabric notebook makers. I decided I can’t have two many notebooks or books. I reviewed the notebooks and the maker companies in order of how I received delivery. I placed my orders and transferred payments on the same day.

LITTARTBYAI

Firstly, I must commend their unique, artsy books and Instagram account. Placing my order was simple enough. After viewing, lusting and liking notebooks on their page I sent a dm. They had notebooks from their new collection, Sanaa, available for sale at a launch discount. I ordered Anike and Ewa notebooks. Customer Service was prompt, polite and engaging. My text messages were responded to. They sent dms and called until my books got delivered.

Ewa Notebook, Littartbyai

Anike Notebook, Littartbyai

Delivery was made the Tuesday after the weekend I ordered. Each A5, ruled cream colored,100 pages notebook cost N1,500. There are also A6 sized ones. The delivery fee was reasonable until the delivery app messed with it. I had to pay an exorbitant price but Ifeoluwa offered to refund the N800 excess after apologizing. I love the notebooks themselves. The packaging was really beautiful.

Each notebook had positive quotes. Its an artistic package with a hand written thank you note from Littartbyi. I highly recommend their notebooks. Asides being great for writing. These beauties make stunning book flatlay props. Littartbyai has liked pictures with their notebooks on my Instagram. Don’t forget to use the #littartbyai hashtag.

Aren’t the African print covers just so exotic!

 

JUST JOURNAL

Corny Adult-tins by AmethystShotX

I fell in love with this notebook months before I bought it. Corny Adult-tins is one of my favorite pictures. I took it two days after the notebook was delivered to my Faculty of Law at Lasu Ojo Campus in Lagos, Nigeria. The notebook came with a cute pen that writes. Both were packaged in that thick brown envelope sealed with a sticker. Just Journal has liked pictures with their notebooks and my Medium posts featuring Corny Adult-tins.

Just Journal notebooks are simple and cute. I love self improvement and their notebooks offer just that. I enjoy reading their posts on Instagram because I learn a lot about productivity and random life facts. This notebook comes in spiral spine but I wanted it bound. Its nice I could get this option. It has white, ruled 100 pages in their signature A5 sized notes. I had to wait a bit for it to be back in stock. I paid N2,500 for this notebook. Its order was placed through Instagram direct messages. I got the delivery late due to certain issues. But I received apologies. I’ll still share more pictures when I begin using this notebook. I’m saving it for Law School. The Customer Service was polite and accommodating..I changed my delivery address thrice! Plus I got a direct message inquiring about my exams progress, how thoughtful!

I don’t think many logistics companies in Nigeria know they play a vital role in business. Without their efficiency SMEs will lose customers. They need to step up big time. Anyway, I ended up giving away the Anike Notebook to the celebrant. I hope this review is helpful.

 

 

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BOOKSTORE REVIEW: Alaroro Books

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Alaroro Books is an online bookstore on Instagram. They sell used and new books, classics, bestsellers and newly released books of Nigerian, US, UK authors in Nigeria. Their page is filled with consistent updates of pictures of delightful book flat lays and stacks. On their #throwbackthursday  feed I saw Wayward Men and laughed at the book cover picture. Its 80s fashion highlights ie. the mom jeans, floral crop top, fat, long neckties are recycled into today’s fashion. Curiosity and the novel’s title made me purchase it for my short break read.

Placing the order for Wayward Men was easy. Alaroro Books was prompt, effectively communicated with me and understanding. The next day the parcel was delivered to Ikorodu by friendly Temi of The Book Peddler.

Although, I had issues with my bank Alaroro Books was patient. For me to sort it out and transfer the book price and delivery fee (within Lagos)of N1,000 to their account. I liked the experience, Victor’s warmth and brown wrapping paper.

 

BOOKSTORE REVIEW: Roving Heights Books

It all started with Ayobami Adedayo’s Stay With Me. A hurried search might I add. I wanted to buy the book but remembered Glendora Bookshop didn’t have it last time I visited it’s Ikeja shop. After a chat with an Instagram African Literature books flat lay photographer. I got referred to Roving Heights Books. Dumping skepticism at the foot of curiosity I searched Roving Heights’ Instagram page.

Roving Heights also RH Books is an online bookstore for all books fit to read. They are based in Nigeria. I liked three things about buying Love Does Not Win Elections for my Cuteness from them.

Love Does Not Win Elections by Ayisha Osori had a captivating synopsis which reminded me of my dear friend fondly called Cuteness. Very few female politicans in top Nigerian political positions write books about their experiences. With the Nigerian political landscape based on nepotism which favours male candidates. Ayisha Osori’s run for House of Representatives and it’s disappointments birthed this compelling book. Cuteness would be in Lagos two days after I sent a direct message to RH Books and he wanted the book. A lover of politics himself, he wanted to read Ayisha’s story. My quest for Stay With Me halted as I began an order.

“Why don’t you buy books online?” Is a question no one really asked me. I love walking into a bookshop, climbing tall, dark wooden shelves with my eyes and caressing multiple print textured books. Ignoring the higher level of excited anticipation of an online order. I liked these three things about this online bookstore.

Roving Heights has prompt service delivery. A lot of online businesses lack this. Most times it’s feels like the business went to use the bathroom while you are negotiating the logistics of your order. After my inquisitive direct message they shared the book price and payment medium. They also collected my name, phone number and address. The book cost N3,800. A reasonable price as African Literature books cost between a range of N1,000 to N5,000. You can pay through whatever means into their given bank account. I did just that immediately. The delivery fee I paid to get the book the next day was N1,000. They stated if I waited till Friday to get the package it would cost N750. Impressively I’d never transacted that quickly with an Instagram business account before.  RH Books prompt service didn’t end with placing my order. I got my book delivered before noon the next day! I was elated.

Packaging is everything!  is a popular millennia saying. Roving Heights have that all brightly presented. I loved the bright coquelicot illustrated paper bag the book was placed in. Peek at the image above to see this eye catching red-orange gem. Tucked in between the leaves of the novel was a custom RH Books bookmark. Next to reading while eating is my love for bookmarks. I even collect clothing tags as bookmarks. Check my Instagram page to see some. I didn’t expect a bookmark.

Lastly, their Bookstagram page is all hearts and likes. They do sell a variety of books. Prose, poetry, memoirs from authors based on the African continent and beyond. In other words Roving Heights online bookstore is the one stop store for contemporary African literature reads. Their book photography and testimonials are beautiful and real. They interact with their over two thousand followers.  The fact that my purchase supports a steadfast company and the economy is pleasurable. #buynigerian

This weekend try a new way of doing something you normally do. You might have as much fun as I did. If you do, comment below to let me know.

Image Source: amethystShotX