Filipino Friday #3: The Pinoy Book Drop


As much as I wanted to participate in the book drop activity, I couldn’t. Happily, there’s two questions in today’s Filipino Friday so the non-participants can join in still.

Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience. Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place? If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? Where do you get your books nowadays? Do you still go to bookstores, or do you buy/order books online?

My main source of books are still the bookstores. They’re easy to go to and these days, many already have the latest releases nearly on the same date as the Western releases, so it’s not hard to find something you want. I can’t think of a specific memorable book buying/hunting experience though. I’d like to think that each trip I take for books is fun and memorable in its own way.

I do, however, love visiting secondhand bookstores and diving into the bargain bins. I also love exploring places along Recto that sell used books, but many of which are still in fairly good condition. These places are also where I find books that are no longer in print, or haven’t been reprinted and sold in the regular shops. It’s also a great place to find good books at bargain prices. I love looking for books here so much that I have a post about secondhand bookstores and buying books from there.

I’ve had plenty of luck finding great books in bargain bins and secondhand bookstores. I’ve been able to complete series thanks to these jaunts. My friends have taken to bringing me along when they want to find specific books, because I somehow uncannily find them without really exerting much effort.

I’ve done some buying of books online too, but this is mostly for secondhand books as well. The only books I’ve bought over sites like Amazon are digital books, which I read over my Kindle.

If I find a dropped book, I definitely take it home and read it. Unless, it’s something that I’ve read before and then I’d probably leave it for some other person to find. On that note, I’ll try to drop a book over the weekend. Just because the Filipino Friday question has been done, doesn’t mean I can’t continue it. 😀

Filipino ReaderCon 2013

Don’t forget that the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon: What Do Readers Want? will be on November 9, 2013, 8:00am to 6:00pm at the Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University. See you there.


  1. I’m a regular at secondhand bookstores too! I also love it if they’re sort of randomly arranged, making the book discovery more serendipitous! Hope to see your post on your book drop. 🙂

    1. The same fact that the books are arranged randomly is also what makes me a little frustrated at time. But I do love stumbling upon those lovely books, and I do enjoy aimlessly browsing most of the time. 😀

      Thanks! I shall do it over the weekend.

  2. I just made the deadline! –Good for you! Enjoy the book drop over the weekend …the awkward part for me was taking pictures ..I felt like people might think I’m up to no good dropping off a bomb or such. 😀

  3. Now I know/remember why you won’t be free on the 9th. 🙂

    I always look for secondhand of books I want and, if I can’t find any, I will only settle for brand new. Sometimes the books I get secondhand have different covers which I prefer because… Uhh… I just like my books to be different. 😛

    1. If you can go on the 9th, do. 🙂 A friend is going to try and drag Drew along. I’ll be doing some volunteer duties that day. 🙂

      OC ako sa book covers. They have to be uniform… just so that the display is nice hahaha.

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