Hey everyone! I woke up this morning to massive stomach pains so this post is going out later in the day than usual, but I’m proud that I managed to get one up today!
Over the weekend, my partner and I went to one of our favorite used bookstores in Chicago, Bookman’s Corner, and walked out with 5 books for $15! This might be our biggest haul from there to date, but I can’t remember if we bought 5 books at a time once before too.
About Bookman’s Corner
If you’re unfamiliar with Bookman’s Corner, it’s a small book shop that is a hot mess but the books are super freaking cheap. While the stacks are generally organized by genre, the place simply doesn’t have enough space. Every time we visit, we basically end up going to the fiction section and squatting/sitting on the ground to look at all of the piles of newly stocked books that are taking up the isle.
It can be an arduous and stressful task working through these precarious piles that threaten to topple over at any second, but it’s definitely worth it in the end. I’ve never seen a book priced at more than $5 and there is basically always some type of sale going on, so your books are almost always a bit cheaper than the price listed. The owner, John, has had this place open for over 30 years, knows exactly where to tell you to look if you ask about a particular book, and is very kind (although a bit intimidating, I’ll admit).
Here are the books that Rob and I happily left with:
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- There There by Tommy Orange
- Majesty by Katharine McGee
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini