A Trip to the BBW Book Sale + Tips on How to Control Yourself when Book Buying

Excuse me for being so awkwardly small here. I don’t know what happened to me, LMAO.

Hiya people! So last February 22, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale started here in Manila, Philippines! For those who do not know, the BBW sale is one of the world’s biggest book sale. For more info, the event poster is displayed below.

BBW book sale poster.

This is my first time to go to a huge book sale. There was also a BBW sale last year but I was not able to attend due to lack of funds. Last friday, I went with Angela @ Hiding Behind Books to hunt down some books.

The entrance alone gave me happy feelings! My picture above was before we entered the hall filled with treasures (books). I swear that I was in awe once I entered the sale. It’s like a giant room filled with books. Heck, I bet our house would fit in there. It smelled so good. Imagine a huge room that smells like a million new books. The smell of paper was overwhelming, I almost cried with joy as I ran to the nearest pile of books.

Looking back to this photo makes me want to go back to the event place!
Apparently, I attempted to take a panoramic shot. I’m so sorry if this is blurry one but I don’t have a better shot, LMAO. This was the best I could do to show you how many books there are in one place!

There are different piles. Non-fiction, Children’s, Fiction, Bestsellers and Featured Author (which is Rick Riordan). Of course, I immediately ran into the fiction pile, checked out a few books and graphic novels then ran into the Young Adult station.

There are a lot of unheard titles that I believe cannot be found in our local bookstores here but the prices are surprisingly low. They weren’t kidding when they said 50-90% discounts. Dudeee, 190 pesos for a paperback! That’s less than US$4! Hardbacks cost 230 pesos which are around US$4.5? I swear you’ll be surprised to see your cart fill up faster than you’ve ever imagined.

There are also book sets. I’m sorry that I haven’t had the chance to take photos of the other books because I was in cloud nine! I was in heaven! The Hunger Games Trilogy set costs 570 pesos (around US$11). The Maze Runner Series set is around 970 pesos (US$19). There’s also an Artemis Fowl series set and The Mortal Instruments series set that costs around 1500 pesos (US$30).

There are a few companion books for The Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series (prices are around 300-400 pesos or 6-8 US dollars). Above are a few photos I’ve taken during my hunt. I almost cried but I definitely ran when I saw the table with Rick Riordan’s books. Unfortunately, I was again unable to take a photo. HARDBACKS OF UNCLE RICK’S SERIES COSTS ONLY 230 PESOS! WHICH IS LESS THAN US$5! Greek Heroes Hardback costs 350 pesos only! Now imagine how I hugged those books and almost cried because of overflowing happiness.

Here are photos I’ve taken at the pile of graphic novels.

Here’s me and Ate Angela waving hello from the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale!

In hopes of avoiding long lines and to bring home more books, we went on the first day of the sale!

Featuring: my Haul!

The one on the left was my original pile and the books on the right are the ones I took home. I’m actually so proud of myself because I was able to control the urge to grab every book that caught my eye!

There are lots of great books there and I wish I’ve gotten them all but I had a budget. I had to follow my own rules to avoid having debts from my friends. I’ve posted my haul on twitter already and my friends are asking me what my secret was. How did I control myself when in fact, they go crazy when they go to book sales. AND DON’T FORGET THE CHEAP PRICES! So here I am now, sharing my secrets to my fellow bookdragons.

Book Buying Tips!

I am writing these tips as a broke college student. I am currently unemployed but I’ll surely be starting my job in April. TBH, my self-control is not that strong because my initial plan was to not buy anything and just meet and accompany Angela to the sale. This is mainly because I have no money and have only brought 1,000 pesos (US$20) for fare, meal and emergencies (like being unable to resist the temptation and buy a book or two). I think this list would also work for people who want to stay in budget or for someone avoiding to buy too many books at once.

  1. It is understandable to want to put lots of books in your cart at first, and that’s okay. Create a system for yourself that would enable you to explore every pile and put every book that catches your interest. Just put everything you want in it. This is going to be your initial pile. Well if you’re in a budget, of course, limit the books you put in your cart.
  2. This is going to be the hardest part. Once you finish putting books in your pile, go into them one by one. Eliminate. The KonMari method can work too! If it doesn’t spark that much joy, put it in the “no” pile.
  3. If you still aren’t satisfied with what’s left, do it again. Here are my own rules in buying a book:
  • If it’s not the first book in the series, no. As much as I know I can pick up the first book later, it still wouldn’t be a sure thing. It’s risky to buy a book that’s not the first one in the series especially if:
  • Limited edition (if a book series and not a complete set), automatic no. As much as it will surely look pretty on my shelf, I know it’d forever bug me to know that I wouldn’t be able to complete the set of a different edition. Also keep in mind that you may have bought a book from that edition for a cheap price from a book sale but if you’re going to hunt for the other books, the original price may or may not be too expensive.
  • If it’s a companion book (or a movie tie-in) and I don’t own the original series yet, down to the “no” pile.
  • Remember your own TBR pile. If you think that you wouldn’t be getting into this book soon or there’s a fat chance you won’t be able to read it at all, just don’t. Prioritize.

4. Once you’re satisfied, or it fits your budget, make yourself happy and do the purchase!

NOTE: I AM NOT TELLING EVERYONE TO LIMIT OR STOP THEMSELVES FROM BUYING BOOKS THEY WANT. THIS IS JUST HOW I STAY IN BUDGET AND IT’S UP TO YOU IF YOU’D BE DOING THE SAME THINGS I ALWAYS DO.

This is how I control and stop myself from going book-crazy! Bringing less money will also be helpful too! If you have a budget, stick with it. I know it isn’t easy but do not forget that you have a limited amount of money you can spend. I computed how much my fare and a meal would be. I’ll only bring that amount and my book buying budget.

This is me and Angela sorting through our pile! We managed to take less than half of our original pile!

TBH, I know I’d be buying more books once I start my job and heck my self-control might grow weaker but this is how I manage. I have to save up money for more important stuff and know that I’ll be rewarding myself with more books once I have my own money to spend. And my heart still hurts from not being able to grab a copy of Uncle Rick’s books. They weren’t a complete set and they’re hardbacks which would be really expensive when purchased at their original price.

If you’re from the Philippines too and haven’t had the chance to visit the BBW sale yet, then I encourage you to pay it a visit! Bring your own tote bag to help reduce the use of plastic. You can come anytime because luckily, it’s open for 24 hours!

Here’s me with our final pile!

Let’s Talk!

  • Have you been to the Big Bad Wolf sale yet? Or are you planning to give it a visit?
  • Do you also limit and give yourself a budget whenever you buy books or visit a book sale?
  • Have your own tips when book buying? Share it with us!

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7 thoughts on “A Trip to the BBW Book Sale + Tips on How to Control Yourself when Book Buying

  1. First of all, huge congratulations on getting the job. Second, goodluck on your first day sa April! Third, ANG CUTE NIYO TALAGA. Fourth, gaaaaah, you are a person who had sparked joy in me. Fifth, thank you for doing this. I had been lowkey waiting for this hence pushing you to DO IT. DO IT. I thought later in your wrap up na lang. ❤❤. Sixth, you inspire me. You shall be rewarded by those books you’ll buy for yourself with your own money. Seventh, lab yu gals. Eighth, MIBF!!. And lastly, I love your post, I love the insight you brought here. Parang kasama na rin ako JK ❤❤❤

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    1. AAAAAA! THANK YOU, JUSTINE!! And thank you for being the one who always pushes us to do things, haha! In a good way naman. Can’t wait for us to meet. Hopefully soon! You girls push me to be better and I’m so glad to have met you. So much love for you, precious beans!

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  2. Well done on the job!!! And that first picture of you looking small just made me smile so much because that’s so me as well lol. I’m not a big reader but this was so fun to read, and i loved all the pictures! You and Angela look super cute. Glad you enjoyed your day xx

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