Last weekend, Jackie @ Farmlane book blog, Bookie Mee and I prowled through the streets of Bracknell in search of books. Jackie had kindly offered some of her books to us and I picked up the bottom 3 shown here on my stack, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Fordlandia by Greg Grandin on the rise and fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City and Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli.
Although I have worked in Bracknell for two years, rarely do I go into town as my workplace is about 20 minutes away. When I do, I targetted some of the charity shops I visited within a very limited span of time before I catch my next train home, dismissing Oxfam as “expensive” and never knew that there are shops selling new books for £1. A shop which actually sells mobile scooters and gym exercise machines and bits and bobs. 😉
So it is to my amazement that Jackie showed me the way to three more stores that offer amazing value for books.
Oxfam Bracknell – 5 books for £1.49. I bought The Short History of Ukranian Tractor by Marina Lewckya for a friend in Canada, Fasting and Feasting by Anita Desai and recommended by Jackie, The Siege by Helen Dunmore. I have always wanted to read something by Helen Dunmore, and this looks like the best book to start.
Bas Book – A shop that looks too organised and posh for used books. So posh that I dismissed it as expensive. 🙂 I bought Microtrends by Mark J. Penn from there. The book talks about the small group of people that are causing big changes in our lives today, how different we are and how wrong our expectations can be and how the end of uniformity (and certainty) as we see it going forward… I have always been drawn to books with stats and charts to prove an argument and this one looks set to thrill the nerdy side of me.
No Name shop selling mobile scooters at storefront! – I bought The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and short stories collections of Paulo Coelho’s Like the Flowing River, which I have read in 2008 and love it (can’t say the same for all his books!). This store sells new books for £1 and there are quite a good selection of titles available.
I may have exercised a lot of restraint from buying books on the prowl but I’ll leave you to have a private chat with Bookie Mee who hauled back 9 books and hope that she enlighten us with a summary of her purchase! 😉
A note to say that this has been my first in the company of book lovers and experienced the joy of sharing and recommending book titles to each other in a profound way. I felt elated at having kindred spirit with book lovers who actually know the bookish stuff I am talking about. All I can say is…
When book lovers gather, to the bookshops we flock together! 🙂