I love books. I get really really excited around books I like. Books are one of the reasons I’m not really good at football. We’ll discuss that in a future post. I always get crestfallen when any of my friends make this statement, “You know I’m not a reader.” Please, for the love and mercies of God, don’t you ever say this about yourself. You are a reader. You just don’t know it yet.
Nevertheless, in spite of my great love for books, I’ve had a hard time reading a book for the past few years. It must have begun in SHS. With all the notes we had to learn, who could read story books like they did back in the carefree days of JHS? When your ominous Biology notes were waiting for you, hands akimbo? Times were hard, then. Still, the love of books persisted. Even though I knew it would be hard to read them, I would still buy book after book, hoping that this affliction would leave me and I would start consuming books by the truckload. I even tried to scare myself into reading by making this book tower:
But I have a strong feeling things are about to change. See last week, I went to Book Trust.
If you’re in Kumasi and you love books even half as much as I do, then you love Ghana Book Trust. There are two great things at Sofoline in Kumasi – the beautiful new interchange, and Ghana Book Trust. People keep telling me there’s a third awesome thing there, but I don’t know about this. Just kidding. Prempeh College is there too, and I hear they’re all right.
But Ghana Book Trust is the bomb. I’m having second thoughts revealing this so publicly. For those of us in the know, Book Trust is a sort of haven. A place to be at peace with yourself surrounded by beautiful books. And the prices are unbelievably low. They’re going to increase their prices soon. Guess how much they’ll charge per book when they do. GHC5? 7? 8?
They’re going to increase from GHC 2.5 to GHC 3. If you find better prices anywhere in the city for this quality, the books were probably stolen. Book Trust is probably my favourite place in Kumasi. Even more than Golden Tulip and their awesome buffet.
So anyway, I went to Book Trust and I was not disappointed. Here’s a magical fact about Book Trust. Well it’s magical if you’re into books; if you’re not it’s just going to sound nerdy. Anyway, here it is – say you have some books that are constantly on your mind, and you wish you had a copy to read. It is a guarantee that within 5 minutes of searching, you will find at least one of such books. Now let’s take a look at the books I bought there. Mind you, a new consignment is expected soon. This means that most of the goodies had been taken out by voracious book worms when I went there.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a book I’ve wanted for a while. It’s been so long that I had forgotten about it. And since I was still in a reading rut when I discovered it, I hadn’t been to Book Trust since then or I might have found it earlier.
Of Mice and Men is one of the books I put on my ‘Books to read this year’ list at the beginning of the year.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a thirteen book series. I own the first and the last books, which I’ve read. I am constantly looking to fill the gaping void in between. I found two.
I could keep going on, but you get the picture. In spite of the depleted stock it was a pretty good harvest. I think I will be returning to my old ways. I’ve already finished Oscar Season and got started on The Lovely Bones.
So anyway, to the uninitiated, consider this a long overdue introduction to the wonders of Ghana Book Trust. And to my co-sojourners, just know that a new consignment is to be released soon. I will provide you with the when – soon after I have gone there to take the first sampling. There are two books I’m looking out for: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship Of Her Own Making. The latter is a children’s book, and I still read them because I want to write them. I love the unbridled creativity in children’s books. If I manage to find Chimamanda’s Half Of A Yellow Sun, I will consider myself a lucky and blessed man indeed. Happy reading!