Thomas Aquinas once said, “Beware of the person of one book.” If that is the case, then heading to A. L. Thompson’s on Saturday to augment your home collection of novels and non-fiction would be an excellent idea.

In case you’re confused as to why this home store has suddenly got into the book selling business, let us clarify: The Cayman Islands Humane Society is holding one of its blowout book sales just outside the main doors of A. L. Thompson’s from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The charitable organization is bursting at the seams with tomes containing biographies, mysteries, romances and thrillers, along with puzzles and games for the kids.

Deals aplenty

Believe it or not, you can snap up five paperback books for $1. Yes, that was right! It works out to 20 cents a book!

In this day and age of electronic books, people might be more inclined to eschew the physical versions, but there really is still something to be said for reading a literal page-turner. (Get it? Literal?)

E-books, shmee-books

When asked his opinion of e-books, author Ray Bradbury replied, “Those aren’t books. You can’t hold a computer in your hand like you can a book. A computer does not smell. There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like ancient Egypt. A book has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. You put it in your pocket and you walk with it. And it stays with you forever. But the computer doesn’t do that for you. I’m sorry.”

From Sherlock Holmes to Shelley

You may think there will not be anything “new” there for you at the sale, but believe us – you’ll find a treasure or three. There is such a diverse population in these islands, with an endless variety of tastes, that you’re bound to find something that catches your fancy.

This is the perfect time to add to your library – in the summer months. It’s a quieter time of year, allowing you to immerse yourself in some new stories.

Positives of print

Want to know another benefit of reading a book, versus using an e-reader? It’s probably better for your sleep. E-readers that emit light can make it more difficult to fall asleep, whereas a printed version will allow you to fall asleep naturally.

So what are you waiting for? Head to A. L. Thompson’s this Saturday and snap up some books for a bargain. You benefit, the animals at the shelter benefit … it’s a win-win!

A favorite quote: “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” – P.J. O’Rourke.

What further incentive do you need?

For more information about the Cayman Islands Humane Society, see

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