We did it! We made it through August! It was a party from one end of the month to the other! Thank you everyone for such a great Birthday month! For those that missed some of the action; we had a goat join a signing, a packed paint night, a surprise birthday party, a 13-author romance signing, and the biggest sales day the store has seen at the new location! Moving in to September things are going to start slowing down in preparation for the holidays. Don't worry I still have some fun events in the works for you guys.
A HUGE thank you to everyone that came out on the 31st to help raise money for Valerie Dawn, owner of Encore Performing Arts. We were able to raise over $300 to give her. If you weren't able to make it, but still wanted to help, her GoFundMe page is still live: click here! (if you're just hearing about this and have no idea what I'm talking about, click on the link and get the full story.)
Getting down to business. Towards the end of this month, I'm going to sit down with the full 365 days of traffic counts and figure out what day makes the most sense for us to close the store every week.
Are you ready for the holidays? Don't worry neither are we. But, we're starting to get the store prepped, which includes clearancing all the gift items we have in the store to make room for new stock. If you want to take advantage of 50% off, get in soon!
For those that have been in the store, you know I've been dogsitting a lot this month. Strange thing about dogs... they don't understand reading time. TV, they understand, book, not so much. All this to say that I have NOT read that much this month. My brain is very unhappy with me at the moment. Oh well, hopefully next month will be better.
Re-reads: Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts, Luna and The Lie by Mariana Zapata
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: It was only a matter of time before I read this, since it made so many lists. It's really exciting to watch the romance genre evolve. This book features an autistic heroine and a male escort hero. The author did a fantastic job at making both characters relatable. It was an easy cute read. Perfect for summer as it's not too deep.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: This popped up on quite a few lists recently and it was intriguing enough for me to pick it up. I'm really glad I did! Fairwarning, it's m/m, but it's really quite cute, so if you ever wanted to dip your toe into the m/m genre this is a good one to try. Packed a bit more of an emotional punch than I was expecting in dealing with the coming out process when you're in the spotlight. Thoroughly enjoyed and I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: This was our YA read for the month. I had much trepidation picking up this book. It is SO loved in the YA world. I'm glad to say I didn't hate it... I had some issues with some of the character development and it was a lot of fantasy, but I can see why people love the series.
The Heiress He's Been Waiting For by Kaitlin O'Riley: This was our romance read for the month. And ouch, I'm sorry to say this one was a slog for me.
The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata: The latest by one of my favorite authors, unfortunately it's ebook only. Not as intense emotionally as she usually does, but still enjoyable.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: A friend and I did a swap read, where I read one of hers and she read one of mine. This is the book she picked to have me read. Again, very fantasy-based YA. The good points, she did a good job in giving you the backstory of all the characters without info-dumping, she created a world that wasn't too terribly hard to follow, and she invested in the emotional connection between the characters as much as the fantasy world. Still very heavy fantasy and I had a hard time accepting the ages mixed with the personality.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: This was our secret bookclub read this month. I had a lot of expectations of this book going into reading it. I've heard from a lot of people that it was full of emotion, so I was expecting tears! It was a good read, it just didn't have the emotional impact I was thinking I was going to get. So sitting back, it was a coming-of-age story about two boys in the 80's when being gay was even less accepted than it is now. I'm looking forward to our discussion of the book on the 3rd.