1. The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr
2. A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin
3. A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
4. Front Page Ottawa by Bruce Deachman
5. The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
6. John Turner by Steve Paikin
7. Lifesavers and Body Snatchers by Tim Cook
8. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
9. The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz
10. Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris
Greetings Book Lovers!
Happy December! Well, there’s snow on the ground, a nip in the air, and so many great books to read, it’s impossible to keep up! With just under two weeks to go until Christmas, it’s safe to say that we’re in the festive home stretch here at the store and we’ve got the finish line in our sights! In an effort to help with your holiday shopping (and general winter reading needs), the shelves here in the store are loaded down with great books and fun gifts, the most we’ll have all year! So, whether you’re just getting started on your holiday shopping or trying to cross those last few to-dos off your list, our store elves are all set to go, ready, willing, and happy to help in any way they can!
As we’re less than two weeks out from the 24th now, we’ve already passed the majority of our guaranteed Christmas delivery dates for book orders, but that doesn’t mean that books will stop arriving. We still expect to receive lots of deliveries between now and Christmas Eve, but if there’s a certain book you were hoping to order, there’s a chance we may not be able to get it in time. It never hurts to ask though! Orders to our last couple of “in time for Christmas” suppliers will be going out on Thursday of this week (December 15th), so be sure to contact us before then if there’s something specific that you’re looking for and we’ll do our best to get it for you. If we can’t get it, we can also see if any of our fellow independent booksellers has access to whatever title you’re looking for – just one of the perks of sharing a database with all our sister stores! With a huge selection of incredible books currently in the store, rest assured that our staff are still more than happy to help you find that perfect something for that special someone from what we have on our shelves!
In other holiday news, our annual 12 Days of Penguin Random House Christmas promotion is back again this year! From Tuesday, December 13 to Saturday, December 24, we will be featuring one Penguin Random House book each day at 25% off! This year we’ll be counting down the days to Christmas with the likes of Lessons by Ian McEwan, The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell, Prisoners of the Castle by Ben MacIntyre, Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel, and so many more! This promo will be available in store and online, and each book will only be discounted on its specific day. Keep your eyes on this space and our social media pages for daily announcements on when each book is stepping into the spotlight! (Please note that since we’re closed on Sundays, our December 18th promo will be available online only.)
Speaking of store hours, we will be maintaining our regular hours of operation (Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm) in these last two weeks leading up to December 24. On Christmas Eve we will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm. As in the past two years, we’ll once again be closed for a week between Christmas and New Year’s to give our staff a well-deserved rest. The store will be shut from Sunday, December 25 through to Monday, January 2. Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
As booksellers, we love every time of year, but nothing quite compares to the holiday season. Once September comes, ushering in the season of prize nominations, “Top 100” and “Best of” lists, and high profile book reviews, it’s hard to focus on anything but all the great new books you want to add to your reading pile! Seeing our overflowing shelves and tables groaning under large piles of wonderful reads is just the cherry on top! It’s something that never fails to make us smile! Add to that the arrival of all sorts of fun gifts, games, and puzzles, and it’s hard to imagine a more exciting time of year!
Although in many ways 2022 has felt a bit more like the pre-pandemic days, it’s still given us some tough moments to navigate. From staff illnesses to shipping issues, unforeseen power outages to printing delays, there have certainly been a few hurdles to clear this year. Despite all the challenging bits though, we’ve made it to the home stretch and that’s really down to all of you. Thank you so much for sticking with us this year through the ups and the downs. We really love what we do and there’s no way we could do it without your unflinching support. Thank you for always being there for us and allowing our little store to be a part of your lives. Bookstores are wonderful on their own, but it’s their readers that make them a community and we can’t thank you enough for making Books on Beechwood what it is today!
So, no matter what you celebrate, here’s to a festive season filled with health, happiness, and lots of great new books!
Take good care,
The Staff at Books on Beechwood
Christmas Eve: OPEN from 10:00am to 3:00pm
We will be CLOSED from Sunday, December 25 through to Monday, January 2 (inclusive).
Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.