*This is a month old post that I have forgotten due to adulting*
When the news of Big Bad Wolf coming to Cebu on July spread, I have already decided my fate! I’ve started saving money. Oh boyy! I am really bad at this but I was able to do it for the love of books.
Campaigns of the event started and my bookworm soul is so excited. I was able to get two preview passes for the event so I invited friends to join me.
The venue was filled with people coming from different regions, everyone has a cart- full of books, like how you do your groceries except that this time they’re books. All different kind of books gathered in one venue separated in their genres. And they’re on SALE! Massive SALE!
Have you ever been to a bookstore and see a book that interests you but the price is around 400-500 for a paperback or 800-1000 for a hardbound? Did you take that book with your or had to put it back? I know that feeling bro. Big Bad Wolf will actually empty your wallet too, however you will go home with more than 5 books with you. Most of the paperback ranges only around 160-190 and hardcover from 230-290 (php currency).
On my first visit and that was preview day (I visited the Sale for three times), I was able to bring home 10 books with me for 2600. A great deal actually!! I was curious how on earth their books are cheap so I did a little research.
- books at the sale are ‘remaindered books’, at least 6 months to 1 year since these books are published
- unsold copies and BBW buys them from their respective publisher for a much cheaper price
- BBW founders want to advocate reading for pleasure (cos us Asians read academic books cos we’re Asians) for a much cheaper price
BBW has a great selection of children books, around 30 to 40% of their books are for children (and children at heart) and this is really great for parents to start hooking their kids into reading and try to minimize mobile phones and tablet usage of their kids. Another interesting section BBW has is the storage area where you can store books you want for 24 hours. You probably ran out of cash or you’re quite skeptical on choosing those books so you probably want to check them out first on goodreads at home. These books are reserved for you only for 24 hours upon checking them in.
The experience I had for BBW was almost perfect. Almost because I really wanted to hoard Haruki Murakami books, yeah just for that reason.
Just a tip for the next BBW, I’m positive they will be back. If you saw a book you like on someone’s cart and you can’t find that book, ask that person directly and I assure you they will be a big help. I did this a lot of times though I was hesitant at first.
‘Til the next book hoarding 🙂