[A READER’S LIFE] The Bookshop at the end of the street //my first time reading used books//

At first glance, I couldn’t IMAGINE any way this little shop housed thousands upon thousands of books. From the floor up to the ceiling, from left to right and all around me – paper bound stories were all the eye could see. 

It was heaven. I could feel the excitement of all those characters – bursting with stories to tell. Bursting with love. Or hate. Either way, they seemed to loathe being wrapped inside those covers. They wanted to come out and gatecrash my mind, make me fall in love with them and then just…leave. How could anyone be so mean? I whimpered at the thought.

“RAIN! It’s getting late. I gotta reach the class before SHE DOES. Or it’s another detention for me!” Sid’s voice brought me back to reality.

I looked at him with a knowing smile and he understood. Trouble ahead.

“You…aren’t going are you?”

In response, I just left his hand and went running inside this majestic shop – my new love. Of course he had to stay now. He sat on a nearby chair – a gesture of his resignation – letting me browse as many books as I wanted. ❤

That was how I found out about that magical place. I knew right there that this was going to be my favorite hangout – for a long, LONG time.

The owner was a wrinkly old man – exactly like the movies. He could have been Gandalf in disguise, I AM TELLING YOU. I half expected him to ask me if I wanted to accompany him on an adventure! 

Anyway, 4 hours later, we finally left the place with our hands full of books, my pocket feeling a bit too light, and me? Well, I felt a weird sense of accomplishment! 🤣

When mumma saw me entering with more books than I could count on both hands, she put a book- buying ban on me which meant I was to walk by the street with dreams in my eyes but no courage to act on them. For a whole month! Funny how the very person who encouraged me to love books would now resort to such practices to keep me away from them. *sulks in the corner* 😦

AH! MY LITTLE HEART! It broke. And it stayed broken for a month. Somehow, the fact that I was not allowed to buy any new books was keeping me from enjoying the ones I had already bought. Yeah, I am bit obsessive that way.

The memories of my visits to that bookshop are as vivid to me as the present moment. Some of my favorite reads came from there. I always came back with a gem or two hidden away in the dusty corners of that little bookshop.

I wonder now if my reading habits would’ve been as refined as they are today if it wasn’t for that bookstore because although I was already a classics lover, finding used and yellowed copies – with notes and lists and personal experiences written on them made it all so much more fun somehow.

That place can also be blamed, partly at least, for my aversion toward hyped books or new releases in general. I became so enchanted with all those books already containing memories of having been read before that brand new copies sort of paled in comparison, you know!

That bookstore was and will always remain the first “bookstore” love of my life. Even a Penguin one doesn’t inspire the thrill I used to feel as soon as I set foot in – the bookshop at the end of the street. 

50 thoughts on “[A READER’S LIFE] The Bookshop at the end of the street //my first time reading used books//

  1. I love small bookstores, they just have something magical! Unfortunately, my favorite one closed down two years ago, but I will always fondly remember the times I spent browsing the shelves when I was waiting for my bus to arrive 😊

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    1. YESSSS!!! Absolutely magicall!! 😍😍

      AWWWW!!! That’s soo not fair!! 😔 But hey, the memories you have of visiting there are priceless!! And it’s soo precious that you used to browse while waiting for the bus – reminds me of carefree days!! ❤️😍😍😍

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  2. There is definitely something to be said for small local bookshops. They feel so intimate and like they hold secrets within their shelves that are just waiting to be uncovered 😍

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  3. I wish there was a bookstore like that near me😫 All we have our huge three story bookstores that often resemble a mall. It sucks up alllll my energy whenever I want to go. Enough of my complaininggggg this was yet another beautiful post and I am in love with it.

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    1. Awwwww!!! I TOTALLY get that, hon! All those malls just…lack the INTIMACYY!! They are WAY TOO CROWDED – and one can almost never browse in peace. 🥺

      Awwww!! THANK YOU THANK YOUUUUUU Erin!!! You are the bestest and your comments always brighten my dayy!! 🥺😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Aww, what a lovely post!! You made me so nostalgic, it has been a while since I’ve visited a bookshop. I agree there is magic in bookshops and lovely it was owned by a Galdalf lookalike! 😁

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    1. Thank you SOO SOOOO MUCHHH for your lovely comment, Star! 🥺😍😍❤️❤️❤️ I am sooo very glad you liked it!! YESSS!! Old bookshops are THE BESTTT!!! 😍❤️

      Haha!! HE DID! The same beard and all…he just wasn’t tall enough! 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  5. Second-hand bookstores are my favourite too. There’s nothing more satisfying than finding that beautiful little gem that no one else found yet. The feel, the smell, the sensation of it belonging to you at the end of the day? Too good to be true. I don’t remember the first time, but I know every time I go in one nowadays, it always feels like a first time hahaha 😀

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    1. YESSSS!! You always find the MOST AMAZING books in second hand stores – filled with notes and thoughts which make the whole experience EVEN MORE SPECIALL!! 😍😍😍

      Hahaha!! I can relate with that. It’s always such an adventure – no matter if it’s the first time or not!! 😍😍😍😍

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      1. Hahahah yes, it was my idea of blending “book” with “antidote”. It’s to illustrate the very nature of books and how they allow us to cure many things in life, from boredom to a drought in creativity. It’s an escape from reality, a safe one, that allows you to solve the largest problems of life! 😀

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  6. Practical reasons (read: lack of shelf space) pointed me in the direction of ebooks several years ago, and I don’t regret that decision – still, I sorely miss the experience of walking though a bookstore, taking books down from the shelves and examining them to decide it they fit my reading tastes, letting myself enjoy those enclosed spaces filled with books. Only a book lover can understand that, indeed… 🙂

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    1. Hahahah!! Lack of shelf space is SUCH AN ISSUE – with every reader, I am sure! You won’t believe – my dad is always surprised whenever he comes into my room. He says that between each consecutive visits, my room seems smaller and the number of books seems larger!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I take it as a compliment OBVIOUSLY! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

      Seriouslyyy, Mads! ITS SUCH A MAGICAL EXPERIENCEEEE!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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      1. Ah well, the situation of your book-filled room might be described with that famous “Aliens” quote: “They’re coming out of the damn walls!!!”
        Thankfully books will not imprison you and plant their eggs inside you… 😀 😀 😀

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    1. AWWW!! Thank you SOOO much, N!! 😍😍😍 and I get youuu. I haven’t been able to get out much, due to the lockdown and all and ITS SOO FUCKING ANNOYINGG! I miss it!! 😭😭😭🥺🥺🥺🥺

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  7. I really love used bookshops! I have a few that are favorites and I really miss visiting them–this pandemic is the worst! On the other hand at least my TBR pile is growing a lot slower than normal since I can’t visit them haha. Great post!

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    1. YESSSS!! Oh my god this COVID has ruined it all – even the simple pleasures of life!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭

      Well…that’s….I wish I could say that! IT’S ALL THAT AMAZON’S FAULT!! 😡😡😫🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤣

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    1. Awwww!! Thank you so very much, Allison! I am glad you liked the post!! 😘❤️❤️ and yes, a used bookstore is truly a magical place!! Thank you for such a sweet comment! 😍❤️

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    1. Ahhhh!! I FEEL YOUR PAIN, hon! Because I am in exactly the same condition!! I MISS MY USUAL BOOKSTORE TRIPS soo muchh!! This whole year has been…IGHSHSISHSJGSAHHSKAJS 😭😭😭😭😭😭 Thank GOD for Amazon though!’ 😍❤️

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  8. I love reading used books! I don’t have such a shop in my near vicinity but I loved borrowing old copies from my university library — I always looked out for the oldest edition in case it would have some hidden notes and for the smell of the yellowed pages ❤ I wish to have a collection of old editions of Penguin's classics, especially Shakespeare's dramas, on my shelves someday!! 😍

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