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Jan's Newsletter   *  April 2021   *   Edition No. 141
40 baskets to celebrate 40 years. March was a lot of fun. We raised $1k+ for the Pass It On Program, so I now get to go buy books for our community groups! We went through some history and had a good time remembering the years that have passed. Thanks for supporting the store for the past 40 and here's to 40 more! 
Hello from Lori
March was busy like I haven't been busy in a year! Baskets took over my life, I am glad we all had so much fun, but I am happy for the break on making up baskets! I hope you were able to swing by and participate! 
I had my first day off since August, as in a full day I didn't come to the store and work. It was wonderful. I did nothing but sit on the couch and read. It helped clear some of my brain fog that I've been having, which hit home how hard I've been working this year. So plans are in the work for me to relax a little more often and maybe not hit so far rock bottom energy levels. 
Outside of baskets and anniversary, not much else going on at the store this month, so I'll move on to what I read! It was a really good month for reading, I read a lot and most of them were GOOD! 

The Switch by Beth O’Leary - after LOVING The Flatshare I was really looking forward to this one. It was good, but wasn't quite what I was looking for. Was more of a "getting comfortable in your own skin" kind of novel with less interpersonal interaction. But would be good for anyone looking for an older heroine. 

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert - The 3rd book in the series, I was REALLY looking forward to Eve's story and it was everything I wanted it to be. So so good. 

Slay by Brittney Morris - YA bookclub. I'm not a fan of video games, so those parts were lost on me, but I enjoyed the characters and the story quite a bit. 

Garden of Hope by Daphne Bloom - Romance bookclub. Did not enjoy this one at all. 

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang - This is the 2nd book after Kiss Quotient, which I liked, but the blurb on this one just never convinced me to read it. One day I just went for it and I'm really glad I did. I loved this. Super sweet, with people that had to spend some quality time figuring themselves out before they could make a relationship work.

The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozadi - A cute little romance, starts in Portland before going to the East Coast. 

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert - you're gonna sense a theme… I am on a Hibbert kick. I enjoyed this book and appreciated that it dealt with some larger issues in a way that didn't feel heavy handed. 

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams - This has such a cute premise. A group of famous alpha males start a romance book club and help men salvage their relationships by using what romance books teach them about what women want. It was very well done, just enough humor to offset some of the seriousness dealing with relationships that are failing. I'll be reading the rest of the books in the series. 

A Taste of Sage by Yaffa Santos - Been on my list a while, it was ok. I won't be running for more by this author, but I didn't hate it. 

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren - so cute. Lots of dialog, which I love. A friend group that is basically family, which I also love. I had a total gut wrench moment with this book, which obviously means I was invested completely in the characters. 

That Kind of Girl by Talia Hibbert - see, what did I say. On a Hibbert kick now. It was good. It's not as good as the Brown sisters' books, but it's good to see the growth of Ms Hibbert's writing style. 

Debbie's Corner
Happy April! I never thought about it much but I have to say April is my favorite month. The flowers are popping out and everything is so green. The weather isn’t bone chilling cold and the sun peeks out often. My next favorite month is July, more on that in July.

There isn’t much to report, things are getting back to “new normal”. We found a new favorite fish and chip place. Fisherman’s Corner in Garibaldi. Portside Bistro just across the street is also excellent. The bakery in Rockaway is open once again, the cinnamon rolls are very delish. 

I took a trip up to Warrenton, went shopping at Costco with my rewards money and I got so much free stuff 🤭. Yes the excitement is overwhelming. Oh, I also got my vaccination.

I did have plenty of reading time.

The Last Straw by Sharon Sala, this is the final book in the Jigsaw Files. I’m sad but I’m sure the author will come up with something even better.

The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr, I know but I just can’t stop reading her.

The Summer that Made Us by Robyn Carr. This is the final Sullivan’s Crossing book.

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. A new author for me and I liked it.

A Matter of Life and Death by Phillip Margolin. This in my opinion is his best book yet.

That is all for now have a great month and keep reading!


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