A few days ago, I walked into a Blackstone Bookstore in a small town in England – which shall remain nameless for now – since I am here doing research for another story – and I have to say, I was caught completely off guard by the amount of foot traffic the store receives. At first I thought it was because of the rain outside and/or the cafe upstairs, but when I stayed about an hour to observe and appreciate the volume of books categorized so perfectly throughout the store, I realized, people were actually there buying paperbacks or hardbacks. It is definitely due to the holiday shopping, you might say, but after speaking to the clerks behind the check out counter, I was told the store was busy most of the time and very busy over the weekends. Oh what joy I felt.
Also, here’s a list of my next reads
and just in case you have a book-warm or a book-lover or an avid reader in your life – here’s a great link to some interesting gift ideas