While I have been absent on my blog (for various reasons), I just HAD to talk about this book sale.
I kid you not, it is the BEST sale/event I have been to in Sri Lanka. The sale is real, you get value for money. Very well, and I can not stress this enough, organized. And in case you were wondering, yes it can be a family outing. I definitely recommend checking it out whether you are interested in fiction, non fiction, children’s books, or just in the mood to browse.
So a little break down of what it’s like,
It’s been open since the 5th of October, and will be going on till the 15th of October 2017. It’s a 24hr sale, so yes you can walk in at 2am and expect the sale to be open. No need to rush, no need to crawl rush hour traffic, you can take your own sweet time.
It’s not the standard stall concept, so you get a shopping cart at the entrance, you can pile it with books, carry around your toddler in it as well. It’s basically an open area filled with crates of books all very well organized. Whatever you are looking for, you can find. Once your done, you have to walk up to the cashier, make your payment (both cash and card are accepted). Don’t worry about standing in line because it’s organized in such a way that you barely have to wait. Pass the security checkpoint, and then they give you a very handy service of storing your purchases with a token number, till you go and bring the car around to load your purchases.
Great children’s selection, definitely recommend it to all moms and dads, especially if you have been looking for good activity books (I know I have!). On average you could get something for about between Rs. 400 – Rs. 600. The Disney themed ones tend to be a little more.
They’ve got biographies, religion, philosophy, science, medicine, gardening, home improvement, fiction, non fiction, pretty much all aspects covered. A very good selection of cooking books, and I can confidently say, they are affordable (yes we went crazy with the cooking books). On average you could get multiple cuisine books between Rs. 500 – Rs. 1500. Just to let you know the Rs. 1500+ books are all very big, classic books written by chefs (including Michelin stars).
Adult coloring books, I feel this has been one big target because they had 3 separate areas for it and even got me interested. The problem is, it over whelms you, I spent 45mins just trying to figure out which books were the best to get coz, well there were so many and they all seemed so good! Range was between Rs. 270 to Rs. 1000.
The amount of excitement I feel for this event is a little difficult to put to words, simply because I love books, and then I love great events.
Now I wouldn’t say every single book is available. There are a selection of titles. You can check their site for more information. Overall I can say there is something for everyone.
There are 6 days left and I really feel everyone in Sri Lanka, well at least Colombo (it’s been raining crazy) should go and have a look.
P.S. For all comic book lovers, they have a lot of special compilations and anniversary books of characters as well as arcs (both DC and Marvel). It ranges from about Rs. 2000, but well worth it.