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I cannot remember when I started reading or when my interest in reading books emerged. As far as I can remember, my mom told me that I started talking and reading younger than other children could and I used to talk fast too. Well, even now. The reason why I always sound “bulol”. Hahaha…
I can still remember those days when we were still selling peanuts across our house and I was the one manning the store. I would read every book or magazine aloud while there was still no customer. There was one time I feel so ashamed that I did not recognize the presence of the customer in front of me because I was so engrossed reading an English magazine, and mind you, loudly!
Since I am now talking about books, I want to share to you guys about one of my favorite thrift book shops (aside from Book Sale). I happen to know Bookay-Ukay late last year while my boyfriend and I were wandering the street of Maginhawa in UP Teacher’s Village (our favorite to-go to place after a good run in UP Oval).
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Bookay-Ukay is located at 55 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City. Their shop is on the second floor of a commercial building and just beside the famous Tomato Kick restaurant.
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Their shop is just a small place, probably the size of a “bodega” in every office. If you guys are familiar with Book Sale in SM North Edsa, the size of their shop is just the same with Bookay-Ukay. The only problem with Bookay-Ukay is the arrangement of their books. Maybe due to lack of work force and continuous arrival of the books they sell, most of the books do not have a price tag and were not properly arranged according to genre or author. But hey, I think that is the essence of a thrift / second hand book shops. There is this sense of adventure in finding that book you like and something that can arouse your interest. It feels good to scan those dusty piles of books and see something interesting. You would not know what treasure you could find until you dig deeper to those boxes and boxes of books.
What you will really love about their store is that they offer a wide variety / genre of books. From mainstream to old English literature and even Filipino authored books, they do have. Whenever I will visit Bookay-Ukay, it is as if the shop is a common library of every wide reader people. Every book is interesting. They also sell hard to find CDs of songs, keychains, magazines, clocks, etc. Really, Bookay-Ukay is a heaven for me. God knows how I want to have a library of my own!
This book of Sidney Sheldon (one of my favorite authors) was my latest buy from their store after we had lunch at Crazy Katsu last 8.26.2013. I bought this book for only P80.00! I was also able to buy a book of Sophie Kinsella long time ago while boyfie bought a hard to find CD of Electro City. Sometimes, when we got no budget, we will just visit the store, scan some books, and just absorb the good vibes brought by being surrounded of good books!
I try to read every genre of books, every interesting book. Mainstream, old literature, Filipino authored books, fiction, non-fiction, etc. You name it.
Reading is definitely my passion and Books are my obsession.
How about you, do you love reading too? If yes, what is your favorite book? Tell me and let us talk about it!
For those who are interested to visit and know more about Bookay-Ukay's store, visit their Facebook page at Bookay-Ukay Pilipinas.