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Fancy Nerd Finds Great Secondhand Bookstore

A delicious shelf of classics

A delicious shelf of classics

My weekend began with a perfect fancy nerd outing with my brother, consisting of great coffee and hours lost in a second-hand bookstore, Book Mark, in Takapuna (North of Auckland). I was lured there on the promise of a 20,000 strong collection of used books, and they delivered. I emerged from the stacks of aged and contemporary books with a Jane Austen biography that has been on my “to read” list for a while, Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin. Unfortunately I couldn’t source a collection of Donne’s poetry or a copy of Pride and Prejudice with first edition text, so they remain on the “really want to buy” list. They did have a beautiful, gold-edged paged omnibus of the Bronte sisters’ novels and an illustrated history of English Literature that I couldn’t liberate this time.

We followed this with a chaser of new books at a bookstore beside our parking spot, just because we were in a new area and are nosy!

A great start to the weekend!

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