January 2024 Newsletter

December Bestsellers

1. Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons by Charlotte Gray
2. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
3. Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein
4. 5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver
5. The Wager by David Grann
6. Prophet Song by Paul Lynch
7. The Fraud by Zadie Smith
8. The Duel by John Ibbitson
9. The Road Years by Rick Mercer
10. Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy New Year!! Welcome to the first month of 2024! It’s certainly been a snowy one so far! While we love everything about the holiday season – the joy, the lights, the snacks, the books – there is something nice about getting back into the swing of things come January. Despite the snow and nippy air outside, it’s hard not to feel at least a little bit optimistic about what the weeks and months ahead can bring. So, here’s to a year filled with light, love, laughter, and piles and piles of great books!

As a slightly underappreciated month, we’re so happy to that we can show January a bit of extra love and attention by having it play host to two of our biggest sales of the year – our long-standing Annual Inventory Sale and our second annual Puzzle Month Sale! Both of these great sales are now in effect, doing their bit in our never ending quest to scan as few items as possible during our yearly inventory count. This year’s Inventory Sale features a store-wide discount of 25% off on all books, gifts, games, and stationery. Exceptions include magazines, CDs, DVDs, the Globe and Mail, and special order items. You can take advantage of our sale both in person here in the store, or through our online store. When shopping online, be sure to enter the promo code INVENTORY as you’re checking out to ensure that the discount is applied to all items in your cart that qualify. Our Inventory Sale will run from now until the end of the day on Saturday, January 20. Following our sale, we will be doing our inventory count on Sunday, January 21. We know we’re usually closed on Sundays, so if you happen to be walking by our windows that day and catch sight of some wayward booksellers wandering around the shop, don’t panic! It will just be us, making sure that every single item in the store gets scanned and counted so we can start the year with a nice clean slate!

Although January can traditionally be a very snowy, gray, and cold few weeks, it’s also National Puzzle Month! To celebrate this fact, we thought it would be fitting to have a special Puzzle Month Sale! So, from now until Wednesday, January 31, all our in-stock jigsaw puzzles will be 25% off! As an added bonus, if you shop on Monday, January 29National Puzzle Day – you can enjoy an extra 5% discount! Whether you enjoy a comforting 300 piece puzzle, a challenging 1000 piece puzzle, or something even a little more difficult, we’ve got you covered! With all kinds of different designs from a wide variety of companies including Ravensburger (On the Water 1000pc puzzle), Pomegranate (Seventeen Cats 300pc puzzle), Cavallini & Co. (Bees & Honey 1000pc puzzle), Cobble Hill (Busy as a Bee 500pc puzzle) New York Puzzle Company (Summer Painting 1000pc puzzle), The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild (Shakespearean Insults 1000pc puzzle), Piatnik, Heye (Lighthouse 1000pc panorama puzzle), Workman (Gopher Baroque 500pc puzzle), Janet Hill Studios (Ladybird 100pc mini puzzle), Laurence King Publishing (The World of Agatha Christie 1000pc puzzle), and Eeboo (Still Life with Flowers 500pc round puzzle), there’s a little something for everyone!

While our January has quickly been taken over by inventory concerns and the planning of two big sales, there are still lots of other fun things to pay attention to – like all the great new books that are arriving, despite the year being very young. Although January is often a slow retail month, that doesn’t mean that the publishing industry slows down any. We’re still receiving boxes of exciting new books on a daily basis and we can’t wait for you to come by to see them. There are lots of great new publications to look forward to in the coming weeks too! Here are just some of the recent and forthcoming titles we’re most excited about: Deadly Game by Michael Caine, How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix, Midnight by Amy McCulloch, Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Weird Sisters by Olga Wojtas, How to Be a Renaissance Woman by Jill Burke, Oh Miriam! by Miriam Margolyes, Maud Horton’s Glorious Revenge by Lizzie Pook, The Fury by Alex Michaelides, An Irish Country Courtship by Patrick Taylor, Murder at an Irish Bakery by Carlene O’Connor (January 23), Unraveling by Peggy Orenstein (January 23), Everyone On This Train is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson (January 30), Interesting Facts About Space by Emily Austin (January 30), The Women by Kristin Hannah (February 6), The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder by C.L Miller (February 6), A Meditation on Murder by Susan Juby (February 6), One Hour of Fervor by Muriel Barbery (February 9), The Phoenix Crown by Kate Quinn and Janie Chang (February 13), Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan (February 13), The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo (February 13).

We know the last few years have been a bit on the challenging side, and it’s unlikely that this new year will be without its own set of ups and downs, but January always seems to bring with it a strange sense of hope – hope that the coming year will be filled with health, happiness, light, and love. That it will be rejuvenating, relaxing, and enriching, and, of course, that it will be filled with wonderful reads to make us laugh, touch our hearts, lift our spirits, and feed our souls. As your local booksellers, we promise to try to make the store and our stacks of books tick as many of those new year’s boxes as possible!

Wishing you all the best in 2024!
Happy Reading!

– The Staff at Books on Beechwood


Hilary’s Bookshelf

What I’m Reading: The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary

“Since I first read The Flatshare, I have been a dedicated fan of Beth O’Leary’s sweet, funny novels about love, friendship, and the awkward spaces between the two. Her characters are quirky and endearing, and you can’t help but root or them!
Set in a run-down hotel in the lead up to the holidays, this story of Izzy and Lucas’ relationship is at once maddening and captivating. We guarantee that you’ll fall in love with them as quickly and easily as we did.”


December 2023 Newsletter

Top 10 Books on 2023

1. Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons by Charlotte Gray
2. Eleanor’s Moon by Maggie Knaus
3. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
4. Private Power, Public Purpose by Thomas d’Aquino
5. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
6. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
7. Best Hikes: Ottawa-Gatineau by Vickie Lanthier
8. The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
9. Snow Road Station by Elizabeth Hay
10. Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood

Greetings Book Lovers!

Happy December! Can you believe it’s the last month of the year already? Time has certainly been flying by! Although the weather has been a bit up and down recently, we can no longer deny that winter is here to stay. With the ice and snow piling up outside, and that nippy air starting to throw its weight around, there’s nothing we’d rather do than curl up at home with a good book! Before we can do that though, we do still have a few pre-holiday tasks to accomplish. Read on to find out what will be happening in and around the store between now and December 24th!

With Christmas fast approaching, our shelves are full to bursting with great reads, fun games, neat puzzles, and beautiful gift items of all shapes and sizes – in other words, lots of goodies for everyone on your holiday gift list! Whether your shopping M.O. involves detailed lists of gift ideas or casual browsing until something special catches your eye, our bookstore elves will be in-store and on-hand to help with all your shopping needs!

As we’re just over a week away from Christmas, most of our order deadlines for “guaranteed Christmas delivery” have now passed, but there are still a couple of suppliers who will be able to get books to us in time for the big day! So, if there is a certain special book you’d really like to have wrapped and under the tree this year, please don’t hesitate to ask us about it! There is still a chance we may be able to get it for you. Please note that our final “in time for Christmas” orders will be going out this coming Thursday (December 15), so be sure to contact us before then if there’s a certain title you’d like to order. If the book you’re looking for happens to be one we don’t have and can’t order, we’re always happy to see if one of our fellow independent stores might have it – just one of the perks of sharing a database with your other go-to Ottawa bookstores! Even though our order deadlines have mostly passed, that doesn’t mean that we won’t be getting anymore books between now and December 24. We’ve been busily placing orders daily with all our suppliers over the last few weeks, so there are lots of great titles and gifty goodies still winging their way to us. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages to get the latest on all our newest arrivals!

In other holiday news, our special 12 Days of Christmas promo is back for another year! Starting on Wednesday, December 13, we will be counting down the days to Christmas by featuring one great book each day at 25% off! This year’s countdown will include the likes of store favourite Charlotte Gray, fantasy superstar Rebecca Yarros, and Canadian sport hero Donovan Bailey, among many others. 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 will be closed on Sunday, December 17th, that day’s promo will be available online only.)

While we have you here, we also wanted to let you know what our store hours will be like over the next ten days. We will be maintaining our regular hours of operation (Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm) in these last days leading up to December 24, and while we will remain closed on Sundays, we will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm. on Sunday, December 24. After all the hubbub of holiday shopping is over, we will once again be closing up shop for a week to give our staff a much-deserved rest. The store will be shut from Monday, December 25 through to Monday, January 1. Regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2023.

While we love being in the store all year round, there’s just something extra special about the holidays. From the fascinating books arriving everyday to the seemingly endless “Best of” lists, the copious gift items filling our shelves to the many literary prize winners, there’s just an extra little frisson of excitement in the air. If we had to pick our very favourite thing about the store though, no matter the time of year, it would of course be all of you. While our bookstore itself is made up of bricks and mortar, and staffed by happy booksellers, it’s all our lovely customers that really breathe life into it. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love and “the little bookstore that could” wouldn’t be the community hub that it’s become. Thank you so much for your continued support of our little shop. It really means the world to us, especially after facing some unprecedented events over the last few years. We’ve encountered a number of bumps in the road since first opening our doors in the fall of 1994, but now as we approach our 30th anniversary, we know that no matter what we face going forward, we have the kindest and most supportive customers to help us along the way.

From the bottom of our book-loving hearts, we want to thank you for all that you do, and wish you and yours a lovely holiday season filled with peace, joy, and laughter! And maybe a few books too!

Happy Reading!
Take good care,
The Staff at Books on Beechwood