City Basement Books / Book haul

This morning I went to the city with the sole purpose of visiting City Basement Books on Flinders Street. It’s a really cozy second-hand store in a basement!


I first heard of Basement Books through LittleBookOwl on Youtube (link below). She talked about all the wonderful bargains on great books, and I couldn’t resist! The place is filled with very tall bookshelves, stacked with all types of books. There is definitely something there for everyone!

The people who work there are very kind and they keep everything organised. The books are categorised by genre, then A-Z by author. There were thousands and thousands of books! I mainly looked through the fiction, fantasy and children’s section. In all I was in Basement Books for nearly 2 hours.

The books I got from there are:

BookThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“It is 1939. Nazi Germany … By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object…It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook…With the help of her accordian-playing foster father, [Liesel] learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings…wherever there are books to be found.”

Unknown-1The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

“A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who involuntarily travels through time, and Clare Abshire. Henry and Clare’s passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the    strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.”

Unknown-2A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

“Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you’re dead.”

This is book is about a 130 year old ghost of a girl, Helen, who haunts a high school classroom.  After being invisible for all those years, she is surprised and intrigued when she comes across a boy who can see her.

UnknownThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

“Determined to receive a good education, Junior leaves [the Spokane Indian reservation] to attend an all-white school in the neighbouring farm town where the only other Indian is the school mascot.”

“Written with raw emotion…[Sherman Alexie’s] first novel for young adults, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one unlucky boy trying to rise above the life everyone expects him to live.”  

Not all books were in great condition, but that’s something you have to compromise in all second hand book stores. Overall, I was very impressed with City Basement Books, and am definitely going back in a few weeks to check on new arrivals. If you’re in Melbourne or Sydney, definitely go check out the store near you. It’s worth it!

If you have any questions or particular review requests, don’t hesitate to contact me through the comments section or via email.

Happy reading and book buying,


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