11 February 2005

Not your run-of-the-mill bookstore

Finally, after a couple of days' search for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, I found a copy from Books for Less. And this I found through the help of fellow blogger micketymoc in his comment to a previous post.

And not a moment to soon. For when I arrived there, I immediately asked the friendly people behind the counter if they have C.S. Lewis books, particularly Book2. They directed me to a table-like shelf, and I immediately saw the familiar covers. My face fell when I didn't see Book2 once again. Then one of the reps went to another section and promptly returned with a couple more. And with this batch was the one I was looking for! At only P149 pesos! Of course, it's relatively cheap because they sell not-so-new books but what the heck. A book is a book, so don't judge it by its cover. :-)

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And in my search for Narnia, micketymoc also gave me something worth discovering. From the outside, Books for Less in Greenbelt looks like a nondescript, boring-looking place. But inside, I immediately felt at home. It was like visiting the National Library in Baguio, or our library back in high school.

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There was the absence of heavy advertising stuff telling you to buy this and that. Just rows and rows of bookshelves neatly arranged so there is still ample space for a couple of chairs and tables. And there was also a coffee dispenser. Which led me to ask ...

"Ma'am, pwede be magbasa dito? [Ma'am may I read here?]"
"Opo (yes)", came the reply.
"Walang bayad? [No fee?]"
"Opo."

My face lighted up. Wow. I wandered around. Books of every topic, waiting to be read. Nice sitting corners. There's even a section where kids can read (with matching kiddie tables and chairs). It was simply relaxing. Nice, clean, quiet and simple surroundings. My kind of place.

I paid for my purchase and said I will be back. Soon.

[Aside from the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for my wife, I also bought Voyage of the Dawn Treader for myself. We started reading last night. It was wonderful. Books for Less Greenbelt branch is open til 9PM, and is located at the left side of Max's Restaurant]

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