So, the UsedBookAThon is finally here. It starts form today to next Friday.
I participated on the TropeAThon last week, and yeah let’s not talk about that! But this is fresh new week with a fresh new concept.
The challenge is to buy books from Used-book stores that fits the tasks given in the bingo board and finish reading them within the next seven days.
I don’t generally much care, whether it is a used book, second hand book or a new book as long as it contains something I want to read. But I mostly prefer used books because one, they comes in cheaper price, and two, there is something unexplainable about second hand books, not to mentions the pencil scribbles on the corner of the pages!! Aaaahh!!! Love them.
I hate that so many of my favourite authors are not Indian, therefore the physical copies are excessively expensive including the international shipment charge. Phew! If I buy as much new books as I want/do in physical copies, I will have to sell my house and live in the streets. So, Most of the time I either buy them on Kindle, which comes in a much cheaper price, or wait forever for Amazon to drop the prices.
Then, miracle happened when I visited my second favourite city Mumbai last summer and found BooksByKilo. As the name suggest, they sell second hand/ old books by weight from their outlets and bingo you can also order books from their website as well. They have a huge collection of Danielle Steel, Sophie Kinsella, Nora Roberts, Stephenie Meyer, Jodi Picoult and Ceclelia Ahern to name a few. There is no delivery charge if someone is ordering books worth rupees 1000 rupees ($ 14) and live in Mumbai.
If you are unfortunate like me and live outside Mumbai, then the good news is, the shipment charge is just nothing in comparison to the gems you get to have. They deliver within a week from ordering and keep regular contact with their buyers throughout. I bought few from the shop when I visited, then ordered a few books back from home. All the 16 books I own are mostly in good condition.
I know there are a few store and websites selling used books in India, but my most favourite is BooksByKilo. Mostly because, with my very busy schedule it is next to impossible to visit used book stores all over the country to buy books in cheap price.
No, this is not at all promotional post, they did not ask me to say good things about them. This is my own experience and independent opinion. This is my way to say thanks to them!!!
Anyway, this is the Bingo board.
Can you believe I just bought a book that fits almost ALL the prompts given!
And the book is Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.
How? Let me explain.
It was first published in the year 1998 and the cover I won has been reprinted in the year 2002, that checks two of the prompts, to read a book 10 years or older and the cover has been changed for more than twice till date, it is written by Nora Roberts, hence romance book. Amazingly it is the first book in the Chesapeake Bay Saga and though I own a few of Nora Roberts books but never read them (I know! Please don’t hate me), technically new to you author. It is an old book and has reddish pages and the end of the spine is a bit cracked, damaged book! Yes, it is a mass market paper back, and I bought it in less than 100 rupees which is less than 2 dollars, and the cover has a sun-setting behind sea-side picture, so, I have water in the cover, it is set in Maryland USA (takes place in a different country) and finally I ordered it from BooksByKilo, a used book selling store/ website.
For the tasks, I have to go to work for the most parts of the day so reading after 8 pm seems perfect to me, for reading in the candle light well, will see. I do cook bookish snack, enjoy them while reading, what I am going to cook? Nothing decided yet, I will let you know once I do, in the next chapters. I am planning on giving the book to my sister, so it does count to donate, right?
For the last task, to buddy read a book, well, truth to be told I have no one in my regular life who loves to read romances as much as I do or own the book, so, with a heavy heart I am going to pass that.
If you want to join me and participate in this challenge with me, let me know in the comment section below.
You know I love you,
P.S - Do you live used books like me?
Or if you know addresses of used/second-hand book stores or websites, I can order cheap price books in India, let me know in the comments section.