Some followers of TBTP are aware that I recently returned from a three week roadtrip around New Zealand. Since I was hellbent on seeing as much as I could of Aotearoa as possible, I vowed to limit my time in bookstores and not buy any books at all. While this proved to be a challenge, I did manage to limit myself to thirty minutes in any shop and succeeded at my goal of not purchasing any books to way down my backpack.
The fantastic BookMark in the gorgeous community of Devonport, which is just a fifteen minute ferry trip from downtown Auckland, tested my resolve. I have to admit that within a few minutes browsing the shelves of this secondhand shop I discovered at least a dozen books that I would have purchased if it were possible to carry them home or ship them at a reasonable cost. Sadly, I left the BookMark empty handed. But, if you are ever in Auckland, it’s well worth the ferry ride across the harbor to check out this exceptional bookshop.