Sunday, May 13, 2007

My First Time At The Chowrasta Bookshops!

It’s a pity I don’t live near to Jalan Chowrasta where there are bookshops selling second-hand books above the market. It’s even more a pity that I’ve only been there once!

Anyway, when I got there, I couldn’t wait to find the bookshops. I walked past shoe shops and empty lots and still no bookshop. But, I still continued walking and finally came to one, which was run by an old Chinese man. Well, he must be the owner of the shop.

I felt slightly disappointed when I took in the condition of the shop. The books weren’t arranged neatly either and most of them were Chinese books. There were comic books, revision books, and soon I saw a few rows of English books. While looking through the stacks of books, I was already sweating profusely as there wasn’t a fan around. The uncle should install a fan there.

A number of Sweet Valley books were available and many other kinds of novels. I came across a book called Party Frock by Noel Streatfeild and decided to buy it. Then, there was another green hardcover book with cute illustrations inside. The title is Love From Nicky by Hertha von Gebhardt. It should be an interesting book. Both the books only cost me RM4.00! Now, that’s what I call dirt-cheap.

After that, I turned left and saw more bookshops. Wow! I went in one and there were so MANY books!!! There were rows and rows of all kinds of books. And some of them were brand new too. I noticed many titles by Stephen King. When the shop owner approached me, I asked for Enid Blyton books. He brought out a pile of books for me to look through. My sister once bought Enid Blyton books from the shops there, so I’m interested in looking for more. Well, I only bought two Malory Towers books and they cost me RM6.00.

The shop next to this one had a number of interesting books too. The owner showed me many books ranging from books that will interest girls to horror books. I didn’t plan on buying anymore. But, I flipped through a book called The Gift by Peter Dickinson and spotted some illustrations in the pages. The man told me it costs RM5.00. When I told him I did not really want to buy it, he offered it for RM4.00. Haha! I still didn’t want to buy it! But, suddenly he said, ‘Okay lah, 3 ringgit.’ What an unexpected surprise! And I bought it. He said that I could come back and sell it to him again after I’m done reading it.

All the same, I only spent RM13.00 for 5 books. That’s a great bargain, isn’t it?


  1. You sounded like Yumiko Readman from the anime series "Read or Die!"

  2. Haha! Really??? Well, I guess I take reading really seriously! Hehe...

  3. Where is it? I wanna go! Is it in KL? Or Penang?

  4. princess shin: Haha! It's in Penang. Near Prangin Mall if I'm not mistaken.

  5. Do they sell new books?

    1. Hi Kirthana, I'm not sure as I haven't been there for a couple of years.


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