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Jan's Newsletter   *  December 2020   *   Edition No. 137
Hello from Lori
We're chugging right along.  2020 is almost in the books.  What a year to be a business owner! I have learned so much this year about flexibility in your business model.  Downtown Beaverton has been a boon to the store that no one could have predicted, especially during Covid. 

My Thanksgiving holiday was good, not as restful as I wanted, but good. The store got decorated for the holiday season! Those bright red trees are back for everyone that enjoyed those, and my large collection of stockings are up on the wall. I'm still waiting for someone to fill the stockings... ha, nope, would never let someone on the ladder at the store, but it's funny to imagine. 

The new freeze rules for the last part of the month ended up not affecting the store, retail just got put at 75% maximum, which... doesn't touch the restrictions I put into place in March. So, business as usual at the store. 

I think people are finding a rhythm with Covid, which is good for us all mentally. I had to settle into what I consider the "normal" for now and stop expecting things to get better.  I think, for the store at least, this will be the routine for most of 2021.  I hope you are all finding the same in your worlds. 

I actually read quite a bit in November. I discovered a new author from our romance bookclub that I really enjoyed and I just went right through 2 series. I'm still in my re-read of JD Robb's In Death series, I just finished #27. 

Picture It by Jana McKewen - A local author's debut book, with a mention of Jan's in the thank you's, so of course I had to read it.  Very cute romance. It's labeled as steamy, but not overly in my opinion. 

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall - This has been on my TBR list for a bit. The topic focuses on how the feminism movement leaves groups behind, specifically Women of Color.  I thought the author did a good job at showing the growth of a movement inside of a movement, but overall I thought the book needed an editor to help connect points together. 

Alien Warrior Academy Series – Some Like It Read Rogue by Tana Stone, Rebel by Hope Hart, Reckless by Miranda Bridges, Ruthless by Kyra Snow - Rogue was our Beyond Borders pick for November and it was such an easy cute read, that I just kept going with the series. Been a really long time since there has been a series I had to tear through like that. The downside of this series is that only book 1 is available in print. 

Possessed and Plundered by Tana Stone - Same author as Rogue, I told you I liked the author so much I went on a tear.  They are alien/human romances, but really light on the science fiction portion of the writing. Just really easy cute reads without too much meat to them. 

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed - The YA bookclub selection, this book was set in LA during the LA Riots in the early 90's.  The riots themselves was more a peripheral storyline that caused a few things to happen to the main characters, but no one was actively involved in the riots. It was more a coming of age story, so quite a bit of narration, less dialogue than I usually enjoy.  It was interesting to visit that time frame as I lived there through the riots as well, but a completely different perspective for me.  I would have liked more dialogue (as always with me), but an easy read. 

Hope to see you soon! 

Debbie's Corner
My “grand adventure” has ended and I am back at home in my junk trailer in my mom’s driveway. It wasn’t the trip of my dreams but it was wonderful anyway. The apartment in Maryland was so much more than I expected. It was cozy and comfortable and practically in the River. We were on the Chester River. It was so quiet, I watched the birds and the chickens when I sat on my little deck to read. In Georgia we went to the Georgia aquarium, if you have a chance to go do not miss it!! The reason for going to Georgia was to visit my daughter and a very dear friend, mission accomplished. Next up was a few days in Tampa, then on to Mississippi. Mississippi had just gone through another hurricane. We visited my former next door neighbor from England. She lived in the other side of our duplex at RAF Bentwaters. We had such a good visit. COVID-19 kept us from doing a lot of things I would have liked to do. We picked up Route 66 in Oklahoma and spent some time driving along parts of it. The highlight was the Wigwam motel in Holbrook, Arizona. By this part of the trip states were talking shutdown so we stepped on the gas and rushed home so we wouldn’t get stuck.

It was a relaxing trip, I got a lot of reading done. Now it is time to get ready for Christmas.

In November I read I Gracie by Sharon Sala, it is the story of a daughter who puts her life on hold when her mother is diagnosed with dementia. Sounds like a downer book but it isn’t. I love everything this woman writes and while this book is very different it  is well worth reading. (Warning! It was ebook only when I read it however there were plans for a paperback)**Note from Lori: It is in paperback now**

All About Evie by Cathy Lamb, I love her books.

The Highway Man by Craig Johnson, I’ve been told I need to read this author so I did, I had to work to get into but once I did get into it it was pretty good.

Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr. I love his series so much. I can’t wait to get started in the second season on Netflix.

That’s a wrap on November. Let the Christmas shopping begin!

Happy Reading!

The Wigwam Hotel
If you need to order books for the holidays, please email me as soon as you can!  Used or new, I'll respond with options.  But I don't want to wait too long and then not be able to get the books!
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