Hidden in a little basement in the heart of Salmiya is one of the jewels of Kuwait. This little space is probably my favorite in the entire country. Discovered accidently on a lazy September afternoon two years ago, I fell in love with Better Books the minute I lay my eyes on it. It’s a second-hand bookstore which sells books at very affordable prices: any reader’s dream. The store also has its own residential cat called Frosty, and a rescue bird called Kiki who likes selfies and sits on your phone every time you pull it out to take a picture. It’s usually quite empty in there so I like to spend an hour or two just sitting on one of the couches with a book.
Every inch of the space is covered with some sort of intricate detail, from messages and song lyrics written on the walls to shelves and shelves of, well, books. And speaking of books, you’re bound to find one you like. They have thousands neatly categorized by genre, from children’s books to classics and everything in between. They even have a section of collectable first editions, which are absolutely stunning to look at and even nicer to smell (my old-book-scent lovers, where you at?). Some of my recent picks have been We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
You can find them on their Facebook page.
What’s your favourite bookstore?