Big Bad Wolf: Book Shopping tips.

I went to the Big Bad Wolf book sale today! You must be wondering how I bought books. The techniques, the process, the intention. Oh, you weren’t wondering about that? Well since you’re reading, I’ll tell you anyway. With the sale ending THIS SUNDAY, I hope these tips help you get the most out of your time there.

STEP #1: Focus, but not too much.

Decide if you’re a fiction/non-fiction person, and go to that section. Look out for the signs that have your preference on it, but note that some of the tables don’t have signs. Also, spend time to quickly browse through other categories too. You may unexpectedly find a book to your liking.

STEP #2: Take pictures.


HAH, I love that guy.

Put the books that you conlanfirm want to buy into a basket; but; take pictures of books that are 50/50. Beware, the number of pictures you take will skyrocket in no time! You do this to make your trolley lighter. Once you’re done exploring every nook and cranny, it’s time to settle down.

STEP #3: Filter.

Find a nice spot, settle down, and bring out your mobile device. It better be equipped with data because you’re going to do a lot of research in a short period. Not sure if WiFi is provided there though. Filter by searching for reviews of every book you’re thinking of buying. I like to use Amazon and Goodreads. Just google something like ‘How To Get What You Want book review goodreads’ and you should find a rating.

Sometimes, reading up on newspaper reviews are good too if the book’s really important to your work, studies or interest. Journalists from The Telegraph, The Guardian, Financial Times, and The Economist create reviews often, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to find an in-depth analysis.

STEP #4: Get rid of the rubbish, collect the winners.

Remember all the photos you took? Time to remove the ones you don’t need or find suitable. Narrow down your choices to the ones with the best reviews and ratings. By now, you should have a good grasp of where to find the books you took pictures of. If you’re me, you probably will find it again by luck. To stop this from happening, take a picture of the cluster where the books you’re interested in are. Now, collect the best ones.

STEP #5: Should/want.

Should and want are not the same. Take each book, look at it, and decide without overthinking whether you want to or should read this book. Want, makes it easier for you to finish a book. Should, drags it and makes you realise that you shouldn’t have bought it in the first place.

What’s the first thing that came up in your mind? I should read it? I want to read it?

The answer should always be ‘I want to read it’.

Other things to consider:

Bring recyclable bags that can withstand a lot of weight. Bring large empty backpacks too, so carrying the books becomes easier after you’ve bought them. Bring snacks to keep you going throughout the day, and water to rehydrate. It sounds like you’re gonna go for a marathon, because that’s what it is!

2-3 hours of walking, lifting books and pulling trolleys. Best be prepared!

Travelled a lot. Used the KTM from Subang, and walked to MIECC from the Serdang KTM station. It takes about 20 minutes of walking to reach the exhibition centre, so it’s definitely much more than what the BBW website says…

“Walk across to MIECC” Ok.

Finally, prepare to be asked questions regarding vouchers. Hong Leong Bank is offering them! So if you want to concentrate on only the books, act really busy. 

Happy book shopping!

The good buys:

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