It’s now past mid-March, only 13 more days to go before April 1. La Belle Aurore, a second-hand bookshop in Hernan Cortes, Mandaue, will be closing its doors to book lovers and literary patrons on March 31. They are having an ongoing sale with books priced as low as P10 and P30 and buy-one-take-one promos for books priced P50 and higher. I’ve only been to the Hernan Cortes branch twice and their now-closed Junquera branch once, so I have not created a lot of memories with the place. Nevertheless, because I knew the shop is closing and I might find treasures there, I took a last trip to shop and brought along someone who loves books more than I do — my grandmama. It was her birthday a few days after, so I gave that trip to the bookshop a birthday gift to her.
I took home books written by Black women and books on readings. I love stories on the American pioneer life (started with Laura Ingalls series), so I was very happy to find a collection of American pioneer writers, which included a portion on my favorite writer, Willa Cather.
Remember, La Belle Aurore closes on March 31 and the shopkeeper said they won’t be opening again, so hurry now.