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Christian Charity Shop


5 minutes walk from the place I stay, there is a Christian charity shop named Christian Community Action (CCA).


I paid a visit with my family on Valentine’s day and my husband found some gem buy 2 days ago, cluttering our living space with one antique Chinese turquoise receptacle for wine and a porcelain soap holder, both costs £1 each. I wouldn’t say it is a clutter because I fell in love with the wine receptacle. The bottle cap serves as a cup and it is engraved with 4 Chinese characters that said “Wan Sou Wu Zhiang”, Long live without end.


The items found in the charity shop are so cheap. The cheapest I had ever seen among all the Charity organisation-backed resell shops in the UK. Used clothes not more than £6, even a good overcoat. Little porcelain items not more than £1, a teak wood TV stand at £5, rosewood cabinet at £30 and the books! Oh the books! Hardback at 80p and paperback at 50p. Dirt cheap. Oxfam would sell used books at £2.49. I got myself a hardback edition of Michael Crichton’s Next, which is in my “plan to read” list. I would read it and told myself if I can’t sell it over the Internet, I would return it back to the same shop, along with many of the books that I no longer want to keep. My way of saying Thank you and supporting charity. The shopkeeper didn’t let me go away without first showing me a card trick.


Later in the evening, I checked http://www.Amazon.co.uk for possible profit making from reselling of the books, there is not. Most book sellers are already selling at £0.01. If only I can find a way to ship these hardbacks to Asia, I would make a business out of them in second hand book shops.


For the time being, I am just happy to find another place to get cheap books!

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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