My Favorite Book Resources
I am not a big spender. I save most of what I earn. If there is one thing I do spend on, it is books. I love to add to my treasure chest, and I keep some amount of money from each month’s earning to buy books. At times, it is to add to my collection of books from a particular author. At times, it is to support a friend who has become a newly published author. And of course, I buy books to gift to my bookworm friends. So when it comes to resources I use, the first and perhaps only thought that comes to mind is a bookstore.
Bangalore has a few bookstores I love to haunt. But I don’t always have the time to go to those stores, so I do buy books online as well. For today’s post, I’m going to write about 5 such resources for books, my favorite bookstores, both onsite and online that I use.
1. Blossom Book House
This is my heaven. Blossoms has two branches, both on the same street. One has been open for many years, and the second one just under a year. I love both places, and both have memories attached to them.
The old branch is the one I visit more frequently. It has aisles cluttered with books, both new and second-hand. They are arranged genre-wise, and then alphabetical order of author’s first name. I have found a few wonderful books randomly just walking along, window shopping. This branch is where I met many friends for the first time.
The new branch also has a lot of books, but it somehow lacks the charm of the old one. It seems neater, and the fragrance doesn’t linger yet. I’ve been part of two published anthologies. The book launch for the second one happened at this venue. So that is a treasured memory.
The books are priced quite nicely too, not too heavy on my wallet.
2. The Bookworm
The Bookworm is on Church Street too, just like Blossoms. And just like Blossoms, The Bookworm has two shops as well, both quite well stocked. I have attended a book launch here, and it was where I met one of the authors I admire – Anita Nair. I also met a couple of friends for the first time at that launch, and had a lot of fun.
The Bookworm is not a store I visit as frequently as Blossoms Book House, but yes, the prices are quite acceptable here too. I had been hunting for a particular edition of a book, and I found that at this store on the first try. So that memory is a treasured one for this store.
3. Books-by-Kilo Sales
This happens maybe twice a year at a hall near MG Road. As the title says, the books here are sold by the kilo…100 for a kilo, 200 for a kilo, 250 for 2 books etc. And they are second-hand copies. There is not usually a big selection of authors or genres either.
Books from authors like Danielle Steele, Jodi Picoult and Lee Child are the ones that I find more often than not. Romance is the genre that seems to rule the roost. Some good quality second-hand copies can be found though. I found a mint condition hardcover copy of A Christmas Carol and other stories at such a sale. It is one to visit when it happens.
BookChor is an online shop. It has mostly second-hand books, but at times there are new copies as well. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the prices are dirt-cheap, but they are quite low. The copies aren’t tattered or scribbled on, and I haven’t been disappointed with the dozen or so books that I’ve bought from them. A post-it note with a warm message usually accompanies the books. It makes me smile. Also, there is a Sunday Market where the prices drop even lower than they usually are. They deliver the books on time, and there are no delivery charges if the cart total price is higher than a certain amount.
Yeah, I know. It had to be there, didn’t it? It doesn’t require much explanation. There are discounts. I’m an Amazon Prime member. If I find a book I love, and a cover-art I love, I buy it more often than not. I also have a Kindle, and a Kindle Unlimited library subscription. That Kindle purchase, one I wanted very badly, is the treasured memory associated with this store. Also, I know many new authors who go to self-publishing and to do it on Amazon is their usual choice. So it’s a good investment.
There are some other cherished memories when it comes to Amazon too. Most of my Agatha Christie collection was bought from here, as was the Harry Potter Illustrated books in my collection as well as those I gifted to my sisters. I’m hoping the upcoming sale there has some good deals too.
Do you have any favorite book resources? Or have a favorite bookstore you visit quite frequently?
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
6th August, 2017)