For the longest time I have wanted to visit the oft-blogged Bookay-Ukay in Maginhawa, Quezon City. The problem was its location, Quezon City, a place I rarely go and visit because its sheer immensity, winding streets, and its largess frightens me. But yesterday, I decided it was time to take that leap of faith and explore Maginhawa’s literary book scene.
In Bookay-ukay I found shelves lined with tomes and books filled with character. Every nook and cranny was filled to the brim with all sorts of books in a wide-array of topics. Every where I looked there was a book that caught my eye and I just couldn’t stop looking. Like Quezon City, the sheer immensity was enough to overwhelm me.
That still did not deter me from spotting interesting titles here and there, one shelf had a lot of YA and children’s books, and another had all sorts of titles on philosophy, politics, and gender issues.
Books were scattered here and there, which made the hunt even more thrilling, because you never know what book you might come across. The moment I saw Bookay-Ukay I spotted Phillip Pullman’s “Lyra’s Oxford”, a book I have been looking for since 2007. At Php. 50 it was a steal given the rarity and its condition, looks like its previous owner read it once and didn’t give a hoot after. That’s the thing about Bookay-ukay, because it caters to secondhand books, don’t expect any new novels, like the follow-up to Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm (which I want to get), and if any these would cost about the same if you got it in National or FullyBooked. Book conditions may vary, most are well-worn, heavily leafed, dogeared and paged through but all are loved and eager to bring you on a new adventure.
I could spend a whole day looking at all of the books in Bookay’s shelves and I would surely find another treasure, a gem, or a diamond in the rough. The possibilities are endless and that’s what excites me, the random and chaotic nature of Bookay-ukay is what I think draws people to shop for books. Besides the discounted prices, there’s always something new that you might have missed the first time you visited.
Bookay-Ukay is located at #78 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
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