I rarely frequent the one mall that we have here in the city, but when I do, I make sure to try and drop by Booksale whenever I have the chance to. You never know when you’ll find a good find among its many shelves stuffed with second-hand books.
Last Friday, I dropped by the bookstore after running a quick errand. I wasn’t really expecting to find anything out of the ordinary apart from the usual 1-2 interesting romance novels that would be worth giving a quick read. But lo and behold, when I started going through the softbound section of technical books, looking for a Business Math book might I add, I found one of the day’s book finds – a copy of a Final Fantasy 13-2 Complete Official Guide (something like the image below, but with a different cover). Imagine my surprise when I looked at the back and it was just Php240! That’s under US$5 – a definite steal for a book with glossy paper and high quality printed colored pages. Not to mention that the book looked a little worn on the edges, but was practically new. According to Amazon, this could go from around US$20-30, maybe even a bit more! So yes, definitely a steal getting it for a mere 5 dollars.
Also spotted among the rows of books, a hardbound copy of a novel about some of Thomas More’s adventures, a Nora Roberts romance paperback, a softbound Jerry B. Jenkins book (I read and wrote a book review for another novel of his a decade ago), and a small book of poems that had some good comments and reviews on the Goodreads site.
Overall, I paid just a little over Php500 ($10) for the entire haul of books, so I was quite ecstatic to have gotten a bunch of good finds since my last visit to the place in March/April of this year. There’s always something about finding good books that gives me a shot of bookworm adrenaline. 🙂 Books are still, definitely, the way to good reading.