The annual National Book Store Cut-Price sale is on!

I’ve been shopping at the NBS cut-price sale since I was in college, and I always manage to take home a great haul over the  three-week sale season. I’ve even developed a strategy for it over the years — I’ve learned to pace myself, because otherwise I’ll just go crazy (not to mention broke).

I spend the first week scoping out a couple of branches, and I usually don’t buy anything (unless it’s something I absolutely must have for my collection); I just check out the books on sale. And then I do my first round of shopping at the one branch, where I do the bulk of my cut-price purchases. Over the next few days, when I have the chance, I drop by the different branches, and see if there are one or two books I still want to buy. And then, at the tail end, I drop by another branch and scrounge for more books — sometimes the prices drop towards the end of the sale!

Today was roughly the second week of the sale, and I knew I was due for some shopping. I mulled over some branches and decided on the Harrison Plaza branch. The mall is rundown, but I love the NBS branch there because they have a bargain area all year round, and it’s ten times better during the cut-price sale. And then after Sunday mass this morning, I craftily conned my siblings to do the groceries at the hypermart at that mall so I could go book shopping (*evil grin*).

I made the right choice — it was awesome. There were at least seven bargain tables there, one long back to back shelf out front, two smaller shelves in the main bargain area, and another shelf by one of the counters!

In ten minutes flat, I had a stack of books in tow!

Check out my loot:

The Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher –

I’ve been eyeing this in the bargain bins for over a year now!

Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson,

the book that comes after Peter and the Starcatchers

Trade paperback boxed set of The Giver, Messenger, and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

I’ve always wanted to read this series!

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss and Bonnie Timmons,

companion to The Girl’s Like Spaghetti

the beautifully-illustrated The Little Red Fish by Taeeyun Yoo

and The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

And then because I went past (hahaha way past?) the P500 purchase, and it was raining cats and dogs outside, I couldn’t resist getting availing their golf umbrella, too. Haha, my first bookstore umbrella! And it’s delightfully huge!

Happy day! I went home grinning from ear to ear.

From what I’ve seen so far, they’ve got quite a lot of good titles on sale this year. I’m glad I still have a couple of weeks to do the rounds!