Hello Guys !
So… I FOUND A BOOKSTORE SELLING ENGLISH BOOKS !
I’m beyond excited about this, this is like finding water in the desert or something. This might sound dumb or silly to some of you, but I’ve been looking for so long. I really struggle to find book around here and if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’d know that most my books are ebooks. BOOHOO ! One day, scrawling through Instagram, I stumble across a Moroccan Bookstagrammer called @Oneinamillionbook and we got to chat a bit, she’s the one who showed this bookshop to me. Thanks a million girl ! (See what I did there? hehe)
It’s nothing fancy, just a little independent bookstore called ENGLISH BOOKSHOP that sells new as well as used books and the owner is the most awesome old man ever. I had the honor to chat with him for a little while and let me tell you, having and keeping an English selling independent bookstore is far from being an easy thing in Morocco, he managed to keep it running since 1985, 31 YEARS GUYS !! A little farther down the article I’ll share with you some pictures as well as some of the things we talked about.
As you can see on the picture, there are piles over piles of books, it is overwhelming and I was a little intimidated at first, I didn’t know where to start, what I did is I started by the desk and worked my way to the back. I found the whole Lord of the Rings series, the Hobbit, the Hunger Games, the Maze Runner, Rick Riordan (I wanted the first Percy Jackson but he didn’t have it) as well as Cecelia Ahern books, a Gazillion Paulo Coelho, Agatha Christie and Roald Dahl books and the whole John Green collections. And many many others, these are just the ones I could think of from the top of my head. He was also selling some academic and research books, and a wide range of genres.
I went in promising myself I would just look around and buy nothing, I actually didn’t expect to find anything that I wanted to get my hands on. Boy, how wrong I was! As soon as I set foot into the little shop I found 2 books (well 3 but I only got 2) that were highly recommended to me. The first is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Husseini (70 MAD = 7 USD = 6.5 EU) which was Fatima @ Noteable Pad‘s doing, she talked about it in an interview thingy I’ll be posting saturday which immediately put it under my radar. The second is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson (80 MAD = 8 USD = 7.5 EU) which is probably the most popular mystery book ever and was recommended to me by a fellow Moroccan bookworm. He also had a full A song of Ice and Fire set that took all my willpower not to squeal or cry because it was waaay out of my price range but I’ll go back for it, I VOW IT!!
The owner is such a sweet man. I obviously asked his permission to take all of these pictures and he was genuinely interested in my blog when I brought it up explaining why I wanted the pictures, he even helped with some haha, the idea for the first picture was his. After that, we talked about the struggles he faces to get books, with his clients etc… I really admire the man’s passion, patience and perseverance, he truly touched me. Here are some of the things he told me:
- Some publishers can refuse to send him the books the requests even knowing that he is obviously paying for them.
- Some books get lost, others get stolen. He said that at some point, he had 10 bags coming and he only got 6.
- Some clients get pretty mean when they request a book and it takes time to arrive even though he tells them that they take time.
Luckily now, the problems he faces are relatively less significant, as he found ways to work around them. He doesn’t take requests nor does he disclose the books that will be arriving (believe me I tried asking him) but when I asked about the Book Thief (duh!!), he said that it was on its way and that supposed to be available by the start of next month so I asked him to hold on to one for me in case I can’t make it then, which he will do. SO YAY !!
- Adress : 7, Rue Yamama – Rabat.
- Number : +212 537.706.593
- Prices: From 50 to 200 MAD the book .
So, this was a little different from what I’m used to post, but I just had to share this morning’s adventure with you guys !
That’s it until next time.
Do you struggle to find English Books too? I’d love to chat some more in the comments.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.
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