Book Fair Loot :)

I and my sis were on our way to shopping on Saturday evening. When we were waiting for the Traffic light to turn green we noticed a small board on the opposite side of the road that said “Book fair”. We decided to check it out. We entered a small alley and we could see a couple of tables stacked with books. Honestly I was disappointed. I thought this is all there is. And anyways there are next to none books fairs in my city, so it wasn’t like I was very hopeful.

But as we went close we noticed that the shop was actually shaped in such a way that more than half of it was not visible from the main road. Needless to say we had a great time. I had never seen so many cheap books in my life. Okay, maybe a couple of times in Bangalore but not here.

This is my book fair loot. Half of the books in this stack are for Rs. 25 (that’s half a U.S $) and half of them are for 1$.


I’ve heard a lot about V.C Andrews but never actually read her books. So when I saw a stack of them I picked up 3 randomly. I wanted to pick all but I was a little hesitant as I hadn’t read any of her books before.

  • Pearl in the mist
  • Ruby
  • Unfinished Symphony
  • All three of these are series books so I might go back and pick up all of them after all. Lets see.

    I am really excited about Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. This book was on my wish list for a long time. I had searched in all the bookstores here but didn’t find it, and for it to turn up in a book sale at dirt cheap price was a little surprising.

    Another couple of books I’m excited about are

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and
  • Wolf by the ears by Rinaldi.
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins is a children’s book but it’s a Newbery winner, so it might be good. Wolf by the year is a young adult novel which was “An ALA Best Book for young adults“.

    sweet_potatoI was really attracted by this books cover and title, “The Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love” by Jill Conner Browne. I have no idea what the book is about other than it’s about ‘The sweet potato Queens’ from Jackson, Mississippi. There’s even a website dedicated to them.

    Have you read any of these? Are you planning to?

    P.S: Oh did I tell you we went to a nice Lebanese restaurant after that and had some yummy Lebanese food. Then we went to Venus Traders, one of the largest stationary chains here and bought some frivolous, unnecessary and expensive stuff like Paper Quilling kit, some shiny pouches, water colors and the like.

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      1. This is like the best offer ever. Thanks Gautami, I definitely take you up on that. I’ve been to Delhi before but haven’t been to the Book Bazaar.

        10 Rs. a book? Now thats something 🙂


    1. What a great surprise! I am glad you happened onto the book fair and that it turned out to be more than you expected.

      I read Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan years ago and enjoyed it. And Island of the Blue Dolphins was a favorite of mine when I was a child. I haven’t revisited it and so I can’t say whether I would enjoy it still today. I have fond memories of it though.

      I hope you enjoy all of your new books! have a great week!


      1. Glad to know you liked Waiting to Exhale. I’ve been wanting to catch up with childrens books, Island of the Blue Dolphins looks like a good choice.


    2. I read every single Virginia Andrews book when I was about 16 – 20. I loved them! I’m not sure what I’d think now, but they were great romances, with the family saga plot making them really satisfying reads – make sure you read them in order (although it doen’t matter which series you start with) I’d love to know what you think of them!


    3. What a lovely haul, Violet!
      I haven’t read any of the books you bought, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them!

      Happy reading! 🙂


      1. First I look at the title, then the cover, then the summary and then the author. If I have already heard about the author from somewhere or have already read of his/her books, I might pick it up without thinking. But mostly it’s instinct and impulse. Besides they were at dirt cheap prices, so even if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t loose much 🙂


    4. I’ve not read the Sweet Potato book, but I have heard several co-workers rave about it. I’ll be interested in hearing what you have to think. You got some really great stuff, Violet!


    5. I absolutely LOVED Island of the Blue Dolphins when I was young – I wonder if it will appeal to adults as much as it did to me back then. I read it several times, so I do hope you enjoy it.

      And I’ve heard lots of good things about the Sweet Potato Queens – that should be a fun one to read!


    6. You never know what might happen at a traffic light! A great way to spend the afternoon with your sister – books, food, and frivolity 🙂


    7. That sounds like a fun day of shopping. Yay for unexpected book fairs! I really enjoyed Island of the Blue Dolphins when I was younger – I hope you like it!


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