Last year, I had created a new post category on the blog called “Library Tour” with the intention of sharing more posts about libraries in and around my city, Chennai. Till now, it has a grand total of one post: Here
That’s mostly because there are hardly any good libraries that I know of in Chennai. Even the ones that are there, aren’t exciting like the ones I see on social media (usually located in a faraway city or country which might as well be Narnia) and don’t stock up on new releases often. Sad, isn’t it? So when I read about this Eloor Library in news, I jumped for joy. Only it was in news for the wrong reasons: the library is closing after 27 years due to a gradual decrease in the memberships. 😦 A silver lining was that they were having a library sale with really good deals so I decided to visit with my bestie anyway.
It was a beautiful old space with dusty, worn wooden shelves lined with well-thumbed and yellowed and fragrant books! The only sounds were the rhythmic and soothing creaking of the old fans, the muted chatter of readers, and flipping of the pages. I loved every inch of it!!!😍😍
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pray tell me how are these books ‘New Arrivals’😂 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Maybe we were too late for the sale, or maybe they didn’t stock up much in the recent years, or maybe I was just being nit-picky, but I felt like the offering was quite thin (both quality and quantity-wise). I didn’t find too many books that interested me (which, might I add, helped my book buying ban immensely??? so yay!)
That is not to say I didn’t buy anything AT ALL! Here are the books that I bought! 😀 I was so glad to find three hardcovers from the Series Of Unfortunate Events (with this, I only have one book to complete my collection! 😀 )
I’ve heard so much about Amy Tan’s books but never actually owned or read one until now, so I’m excited to read The Hundred Secret Senses. Got ‘Audition‘ because the blurb promised a bloody and compelling horror-thriller — and did not disappoint! I’ll put up my review of it soon.
So there you go. This trip has been an experience filled with fond memories – definitely enhanced by the presence of my bookworm best friend Madhuri!:D Even though I’ve known about this place for less than a month and visited only once, I feel like I’ll miss it once they close down.
Have you read any of the books that I’ve bought? How did you like them? I’d love to hear! 🙂