I had a customer tell me she loved me. I had a customer tell me that we had the best customer service she had ever seen. I had a customer throw a temper tantrum because I wouldn’t sell her store supplies. I had a customer yell “this is contributing to the pussification of our children!” I’m not sure how to spell pussification. Someone who believed that the earth had stopped spinning. A senior who had decided to dive back into the world after her husband’s death, starting with taking every free class she could find. Attempted fraud and adults sitting on tiny, tiny furniture. Dancing in the aisles and impromptu singalongs. Shouting, laughter. Food. Lots, and lots, and lots of caffeine.
Oh bookstore, I love you.
Having apocalyptic weather pretty much creates reading time, since it’s a leisure activity you can do without power or heat. I’ve read a few great books of varying genres, which have helped me keep what little sanity I have left.
I love, love Alan Bradley’s character, Flavia De Luce. If you haven’t started this wonderful mystery series, do so now. A young chemist whose passion is poison, an old estate, and a series of dead people make for beautifully written, highly addictive books. The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie is the first one. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the most recent, and just as great as the first, which doesn’t always happen.
The Impossible Knife of Memory is a YA title, but definitely isn’t just for teens. Hayley Kincaid has been on the road with her truck-driver father for years. They have returned to their hometown so Hayley can attend high school. Her father, Andy, is struggling with steadily worsening PTSD, a legacy of his service in Iraq. Hayley is taking care of her father, while hiding the truth of his condition from everyone else, trying to preserve their independence.
A wonderful, wonderful story, funny and sad and dead on.
I have been re-reading the Chronicles of Elantra series, by Michelle Sagara. A combination of epic fantasy and police procedural, this is one of my favorite fantasy series, and I own every single one. Michelle Sagara West is a fellow book-seller and Torontonian (Bakka Phoenix, you should visit it if you’re in town), so I feel happy supporting her. She also writes as Michelle West.
More soon, and happy (non-apocalyptic) reading.