Hi my lovely followers 🙂
On Nov 21st, I found out about this amazing book fair called the Grand book fair, from my best friend. I decided to head there on the first day itself and find out more about it myself, before letting you guys in on it 🙂
Oh by the way, am a self-confessed bookworm. I absolutely LOVE books. I do try to attend book fairs a lot as the rates are way too good then!. The Grand book fair started on Nov 22nd and will go on until 1st Dec. I highly recommend you go there. Some of the books are priced at seriously unbeatable prices..
They have an amazing array of books. Prices start at AED 1, as advertised. Those are mainly books for children. Then there are books for AED 2, AED 5, AED 7, AED 10, AED 20 and so on. As it was the first day, the salespeople were still spending time putting the price stickers on the books. I found an amazing book in the AED 5 section and then found an AED 20 sticker on it. I clarified with the staff and he said, it is indeed AED 5. So tip number 1 : Don’t trust the sticker!. Go with the general pricing in that area or clarify with the staff. I did find many books with AED 40+ prices on it. As I was not planning on buying them, I didn’t try to find out the correct price.
I spend an hour there. I do have a list of “Want – to – read” books. I did find books by those authors but not the titles I wanted. That was a pretty sad scenario. I asked for a particular book to one of the staff and he basically rummaged through the same pile of books I been going through and finally said that those are the only titles available from that author. So tip number 2: What you see, is what you get!. Take time, go through all areas and just try to find what you want.
My favorite authors are James Patterson, David Baldacci, Cecelia Ahern, Danielle Steel, John Grisham among others. So I concentrated on those. There are many other well known authors featured. Also, just because everything is priced at amazing rates, I am not one who simply would go on a frenzy, buying everything that my sight falls on. I am very much in control even when I am surrounded by things that I lust for, like books!. So I bought only 3 books. Can you imagine the kind of control I have to have bought only that many!.. Hahaha 😀
Here are the books I bought :
- Along came a spider by James Patterson – Paperback version – 435 pages
- Black Market by James Patterson – Paperback version – 400 pages
- Hour game by David Baldacci – Paperback version – 721 pages
Now for the price!… I got all of the above for AED 5 each. Oh boy!.. Isn’t that a steal??… I have seen each of these books priced at AED 45+ at other bookstores. If you are more interested in hardcover versions, there are some available (of certain titles only, not all) for AED 10.
There are many different areas, which cover different topics. Fiction, Children’s books, Health and Fitness, Islamic culture, various kinds of dictionaries etc. The staff are keen to help, with the pricing inquiries. So that is a plus point. Probably because its the very first day, there were only a few customers there.
Here is a photo from the outside. Forgive the lighting. It was pretty dark out there.
Here is a map to get there.
I hope you do visit this book fair. Comment below and let me know whether you bought any books or your thoughts on this post and generally on book fairs 🙂
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