At the Book Store

Reading is by no means one of Guatemala's most popular national pastimes. This unfortunate situation is undoubtedly the result of any number of social and economic factors, with one of the biggest being the fact that books prices are exorbitant. However, many bookstores engage in a practice that, in our humble opinion, discourages reading....sealing books in plastic wrap. While employees will often open the plastic wrapping and allow you to peruse the book (while keeping a watchful eye on you), the inconvenience is more than enough to dissuade many casual reader.