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It'll feel like it should.

The loot from the recent Times warehouse sale.

Well, well, well.

The first row of tables had stacks upon stacks of self-help books. So did the second. At the third, I felt a pang of worry. Good grief, did I just step into a book fair that sells only self-help books? Hey, I did not come all the way here for-

Oh, there. Fiction. Right up my alley.

During my previous visit more than a year ago, I was armed with a “to-buy” list – not that it did me much good, really. This time around, I went through the tables methodically, without expectations and not looking for any particular book to bring home – although occasionally, I was hoping to stumble upon some hidden gems.

Unfortunately, it was not meant to be – there was not a book that I really, really, really! wanted to buy. For all I know, I could have been browsing and stalking down the aisles with a furrowed brow, trying in vain to compete with the other shoppers, who already have tons of books securely stored in their shopping baskets.

Minutes ticked by; I was hard pressed for time, and it made me more defiant.

“Since I’m already here, I might as well grab something – anything – and not leave empty-handed!”

I came off with impulsive, on-the-spot purchases. It was a time as good as any to buy a book by the attractiveness of its… cover.

To sum it up – I have to say that I was slightly disappointed by the variety of books on sale this time around. The availability of fantasy novels was limited, and none tickled my fancy. A certain blogger walked past (I think!) and I just stood there gaping for a bit.

Still, I would not mind indulging myself on a second trip there. The sight of numerous books – either with crisp, new pages, or yellowed, dog-eared ones – all laid out untidily on the tables… it sort of brainwashes you and pulls you in. And should you leave with your pockets any emptier, you do so with a broad smile on your face.

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  1. Aieeee!! I just bought On Beauty last month or so. At 25% discount, I think. Dare I ask? How much did you get it for? Eeeeeps.

    spot | 18/09/06 04:10 PM



  2. Spot – Heh. You can heave a sigh of relief (I hope!). It goes for RM26 at the warehouse sale.

    Strizzt | 18/09/06 07:44 PM



  3. Phew. Think I got it for RM25.

    RM1 difference – Score! :)

    Am currently finishing Wicked, The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Give it a try sometime…a brilliant meld of fantasy, chick lit, socio-political commentary, alternative sexualities and comedic drama.

    spot | 19/09/06 11:32 AM



  4. i avoided the sale like the plague. Am already broke enough as it is, no need to burn my wallet to a crisp there.. :D

    eyeris | 19/09/06 01:02 PM



  5. Books … Glorious Books … can never resist them! :-)

    Money well spent, I’d say!

    pugly | 19/09/06 01:31 PM



  6. Spot – Ooh, the book sounds interesting – I’ll keep the recommendation in mind. Actually, I can’t remember much about Wizard of Oz…

    Eyeris – Wah… but I heard you guys just got a bonus! :P As for me, this shall be my one and only trip to a books warehouse sale for the year I guess…

    Pugly – Yep! I actually have a few books still left unread/untouched from my previous warehouse sale visit – which was like, more than a year ago. Eep.

    Strizzt | 19/09/06 08:29 PM



  7. I’m in the middle of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – Very good so far! I’ve also got a small pile of books to get through too. I’m trying not to go to any book sales at the moment.

    Nikki-ann | 20/09/06 02:57 AM



  8. Nikki-ann – Yep! The number of books bought but yet to be read keeps getting higher… I wonder if that’s good or bad. :D

    Strizzt | 20/09/06 07:22 PM



  9. Bibliophiles… I know how it feels.

    nocturnale | 21/09/06 05:19 PM



  10. Nocturnale – Looks like we’re all on the same ship…

    Strizzt | 21/09/06 07:36 PM



  11. hey, u got the latest murakami at a warehouse sale. weird, but congratulations.

    soporific | 22/09/06 03:16 PM



  12. Soporific – Yeah… Warehouse sales are where you (can afford to) make gambles and try out new things.

    Strizzt | 22/09/06 07:38 PM



  13. TRACKBACK – http://www.nocturnale.com/main/?p=8

    nocturnale | 23/09/06 09:56 AM



  14. Nocturnale – Ooh, a manual trackback. Heh heh. But do tell us what you got from the sale! :D

    Strizzt | 23/09/06 12:24 PM



  15. trust me. murakami is not a gamble.

    soporific | 26/09/06 07:31 PM



  16. Soporific – Wah. Okay, shall reserve my comments until I read the book (which, unfortunately, will not be anytime soon!)...

    Strizzt | 27/09/06 07:10 PM



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