I left the office today hoping to buy A. S. Byatt's latest novel from my favorite quaint bookshop, A Different Bookstore, when I noticed that it has closed. I didn't even see a sign that they're renovating, so I'm assuming that another small bookshop bit the dust.
I'll miss A Different Bookstore. They had titles that I didn't find in Manila's big chain bookstores. So now I'm asking myself if I bought enough books from this branch to keep it from closing. Well, apparently I did not.
I love small bookshops. Their books may cost more than those from large retain chains, but nothing beats their homey feel. They even take the time to text and email their loyal customers about promos and new titles. Also, I recall the sales staff at A Different Bookstore engaging me in lively conversation. They really know their books.