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Merry Christmas

I just wanted to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas!

...And to apologise for the slight delay in reviews. I do have plenty to catch up on, but it's been a busy few weeks. I have another couple of very busy weeks ahead, then it's all change for me. My branch of Waterstones is closing tomorrow, which is incredibly sad. I've worked there since it opened in 1995, with only a brief foray into the Piccadilly shop during 1999-2000. So, it's a huge emotional thing, to say goodbye to this part of my life. Tomorrow will be my last bookselling shift for the foreseeable future. We have a little time after Christmas to pack up the stock, then that's it, the end of an era. But, change also creates opportunities. I'm planning to spend more time working on my thesis, and I have a couple of little projects up my sleeve. I will definitely be reading and reviewing. If I get a mo, I'll post a review before New Year, otherwise I'll be back very shortly afterwards. I have some plans for 2013! For now though, thank you to everybody who has taken the time to read my blog this year - I've enjoyed setting it up and writing the reviews.

Have a Wonderful Christmas

Sarah

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