Nothing beats the smell of new books. And nothing will ever beat a local event that offers over 3 million books for 50-60% less than their regular price.
Of course, I just had to be there — regardless of how fucking far the event location is at from where I live. (Just for scale, it takes about a total of 4 hours travel time back and forth — and mostly because of the insane Metro Manila traffic and basically because it really is that far).
And this event definitely did not disappoint. I was hoping for a few popular titles but what I found were some underground gems that most people haven’t heard of. And I love that!
I got 11 books in total and only spent less than PHP2,000. If you ask me, that’s definitely a steal given how most regular-priced books would cost PHP300-PHP600 each on average.
So here are the new books in my stash, all thanks to the Big Bad Wolf Books event.
I’m most excited about Trust Your Eyes and Seconds Away because I’ve read other works by Linwood Barclay and Harlan Coben and they were some of my favorite mystery/thriller books so I have a bit of a high expectation for these two. Hopefully, neither of them would disappoint.
If you’re a book lover and are currently here in the Metro, I seriously urge you to visit this event at the World Trade Center. It’s certainly one of the best. The books are well-organized, there’s a commendable system in their cashier area, there are millions of books available, and they’re all so cheap!
I would advise dropping by at night or in the early hours of the morning (since they’re open 24/7, anyway) to get the most out of the experience. There’ll be lesser people and you can basically have the place all to yourself and freely browse the books that they offer without the hassle of navigating towards a number of other people.
P.S. Make nice to the crew who are arranging the books. If you’re looking for a particular novel, ask them in an almost-flirtatious way (no joke) because they’d make a way for you to have the book that you’re looking for. Of course, granted that they do carry it.
Case in point, I was looking for “One Day” because I saw it in someone else’s cart and know that one is available somewhere. But for the life of me, I couldn’t find a copy. I approached this guy crew and I wasn’t even flirtatious but I asked in a reaaaaallyyy nice way (a way that would get me slapped on the face by my friends who know that I’m not actually like that to anyone) and he was like “it’s actually already sold out but luckily, I saved one just for you”.
It’s laughable and of course he didn’t actually save the book just for me but he did pull it out of a box that’s for “authorized persons only” so, hey, it pays to be extra nice. 😏😉