The year went fast. It hopped about with anxiety many times. People came to the shop even when I was closed. People rang me and emailed me and texted me. People kept reading, increased their reading, and many people began reading.
Classic literature and poetry were purchased the most followed by history. Self-help sold the least. Fiction outsold nonfiction.
Locals and regulars became more and more important whether they purchased a book or not.
My landlord made it possible for me to stay even when I had to close.
Young readers bought the most books. Children still knelt on the floor and shouted to me that they had already read Peppa Pig, the same way they did last year.
Some customers purchased enormous stacks of reading to help me out, and thought that I did not notice this, but I did, and it did help me out.
Many of the visitors who came in angry in April were not angry in November.
It took three times longer to order in books for customers, but not a single person complained about it except me.
My fantasy and science fiction shelves need restocking. Everything by Anh Do sold out. I sold more Charles Dickens than ever before. I hardly sold any biographies except ones about dogs. I couldn’t get in any Asterix books.
I listened to a podcast about ancient Rome and took all the Roman history books home for myself. I discovered Iris Murdoch (and took all those books home too).
I was asked for Moby Dick about ten times.
A mother who loves reading came in with her son and said that mothers who read always have sons that read. Not so with daughters. Until much later.
Two customers died this year and left two holes there.
I never saw young people work so hard as the young people did this year in Woolworths across the road. This is not a reflection on Woolworths. It’s a reflection on those young people themselves.
I cleaned about 3000 little handprints off the front door, same as any year.
Trucks still park across the driveway, same as any year.
People still come in thinking I’m the bakery, same as any year.
None of these things annoy me anymore.