Wednesday, July 27, 2011


  1. Where is Better Books and Cafe located?
    Take 4th ring road to salmiya, pass 30, pass fire station on right, at light (amman street) take a right, through next light, see al rashid hospital on left, proceed ahead to roundabout where you take a u-turn coming back on amman street the other way, take the first right, another right (see veg store on left), then left, after 100 meters LOOK LEFT to see RED/ORANGE DOOR leading to basement.
  2. Do we offer membership?
    We are a secondhand bookstore not library so we do not offer membership
  3. What kinds of books do we sell?
    We sell all sorts of books ranging from collectibles to coffee table reads to work books for your kids. Our genres include: fiction,  biographies, history, study material, fashion & beauty, teen fiction, kids, baby books, classics and a lot more!
  4. What is the return/exchange policy?
    If you return the books you bought from here we will give you credit worth 50% of the book you bought. This means that if you bought a book worth KD 2.000 and you returned it KD 1.000 goes towards your next purchase or store credit. Store credit can be availed for any current or future purchases.
  5. What are the store hours?
    We are open everyday from 10am - 8pm. In case of public holidays or inclement weather please call us before coming. Our contact number is 66637351.
  6. Why buy a second hand book?
    Would you rather buy a book at Virgin Mega Store for KD 7.000 or buy the same book from us for KD 2.750. Our books are cheaper and lovingly maintained.
  7. Can you donate or sell books to us?
    Yes :) You can donate books to us. If you would like to sell your books to us we will assess them and give you store credit.
  8. Do you charge for tea or coffee?
    Absolutely not, your coffee or tea is on us.
  9. Who owns Better Books & Cafe?Me
  10. How old are we?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Interns review of 'Tuesdays with Morrie'

Tuesdays with Morrie
an old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson

At the risk of baffling one, I’d describe the book tuesdays with Morrie as both casual and profoud (oxymoronic? yet true). The story describes how Mitch Albom, the author finds his was back to his old professor Morrie Schwartz fourteen years after they last met. Morrie Scwartz or Coach, as Mitch fondly refers to him, is now diagnosed with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerolsis (ALS) – a disease that leads to neural degeneration. In his final few months, when one can easily be occupied with self-pity, frustration or regrets, Morrie instead chooses to surround himself with people who love him – he chooses to celebrate life and the relationships he forged. He refuses to have his loved ones read out affectionate eulogies to his corpse and held a living funeral in place of the traditional funeral, giving his family and friends a chance to tell him how much they will miss him and also giving himself a chance to truly value all the wonderful things that had to share. Our author counts himself as the fortunate few who shared Morrie’s last days. Morrie and Mitch called it their final course together and it took place on Tuesdays. There were no pre-requisites to the course, no books were required but Mitch drafted a final thesis – this book. Every Tuesday ‘Coach’ and Mitch talked and through this connection with his favorite professor Mitch was able to re-evaluate the world, relationships, work, marriage and the importance of forgiveness in new light.
Mitch Albom’s casual conversational style lends an earthy feel to the narration making the book not just easy to grasp but also tempting to read and difficult to put down.

We currently have two copies, come by and grab your copy soon! J
Price KWD 2.500

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Diary of an intern for the 2nd of July

Saturday is always our busiest day. Friday too, but now that the crazy dust stom has calmed down from the past few days we have had an incredible amount of customers in today. Thankfully we had some new interns who came in today (Bless their souls) and so the now diluted workload was much easier to carry and it was not one of those days which left me wildly pulling my hair apart out of frustration.
Along with selling some incredible books, we recieved some great ones like TONS of Sydney Sheldon, a couple of books by Marian Keyes' (!!), dating for dummies, a few by Jane Green, Twilight- New moon (There you go team Jacob!) etc from some amazing customers (Bless you guys too!). What was amazing about these  books were that they were all in INCREDIBLE conditions! Halfway through the books, I was shrieking with excitement. So much so that the customers started looking at me weird.
So yes, today was quite the action packed day and you might want to pop in ASAP to get a first look at all these books (Before I "Misplace" Them ;P)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review of "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink

This book, ladies and gentlemen, is about *drum rolls*... pedophiles! Allow me to explain. This book starts with a young boy of 15 years, Michael Berg, vomiting on the streets outside a house. The resident of the house, an older yet mysteriously alluring Hannah Shmitz then comes out and helps the young boy out and takes him home. What should have happened after? He should have thanked her politely when he got better and left it at that. What did happen after? He thanked her politely and then kept coming back because he couldn't stop fantasizing about her. This leads to Hannah bathing him, and then the start of a hot, torrid affair between them- a 15 year old and a 30 something year old.

Yes, he reads to her sometimes too. Yes, Hannah Shimtz is quite hot for an older lady when Kate Winslet plays her in the movie. Yes, this is an amazingly well written book that keeps you hooked throughout. But at the end of the day, this is about a pedophilic love affair. All I am saying is try and puke on the streets outside of a younger lady's house next time, future Michael Berg's!

If this is your kind of a read though, pick it up at better books for only 3.250, but hurry because we only have 2 copies left!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pictures of the new and improved store

Better Books and Cafe is a continuously evolving store and as such we have got new cubbies to accomodate the new and amazing books that we have been getting in (Thanks to you'll!). Do come in and check out our new store!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Book Review of "The Bourne Identity"

- By intern, Adeeb Mohd.
                This book is written by one of the greatest fiction writers of all time, Robert Ludlum. This book is part of The Bourne Series, which in my opinion is the best series of his.  All three books of the series have been turned into a movie. Even the movies are really good but the book, like always, is better than the movie.
                It begins with a man who is found in the Mediterranean Sea, complete with a bullet-riddled body and a blank memory, which as you know always makes up for a good read. His memory is so bad that he doesn't even remember his name. And all he has as to a clue of who he is, is a microfilm which is surgically implanted in his hip. This movie is all about him trying to find out about his past and as he finds out the dangers that come along with his past. There are people who do NOT  want him to find out about his past and will do anything, killing him included, to not let him find out who he really is.
                This is one of the best fiction books that i have ever read and i’m sure that anyone who even remotely likes fiction or adventure will love this book.  And it is available in Better Books in Salmiya in great condition for only 2.5 KD. Even “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” is available at Better Books in very good condition at unbelievable prices.

-By Intern, Adeeb Mohd

Review of the book “The Secret”

   By : Hassan A
        Hi, I’m an intern at Better Books Kuwait. I recently read this book called “The Secret”, which claims to speak out the secrets behind famous people’s wealth and fame. But what it’s really saying is that if you think a lot about something you really want and are looking forward to you will get it guaranteed. How you do this is , you look into yourself, you look deep down your heart for it and believe in it and you may receive it in matter of minutes. I know it sounds dumb, but it actually works!
The physics law of attraction states that like attracts unlike like in magnets, the north pole attracts the south but, what the book says is that the like attract like? The author explains it in this way, our body is a magnet and thoughts attract us, the more you think of it the more like thoughts get attracted. For example, when you think of a song, the song keeps playing in your head again and again and will eventually get stuck in your grey matters for the rest of the day!
To find out more about the secret, get yourself a copy from our store for just 2.5 KD.