I have been away to my parents for half term. Had a horrid time. I came home Friday arvo, and worked yesterday. It’s odd having a Costa suddenly appear in the shop. It takes up half of the third floor and smells good. However even with their offer of 10 percent off for us book folk it is still more expensive to buy from them than to nip next door to the Pret. Plus Pret has nicer mocha and almond croissants. But, yeah, there’s the whole ethics thang, and Costa = good and Pret = big bad McDonald’s apparently. Hmmm, my book store employee’s wage just doesn’t stretch so…
I wasn’t the only one either, we guiltily tried to hide our tell tale take out bags as we walked by the coffee guys.
(We could always make our own in the staff room, but hey, it’s my Saturday morning treat, I take lunch from home dammit, I will not be deprived.)
The other problem with it is that it’s so darn noisy. Well of course, people chat over coffee, and they laugh too and yell and it’s all good. Except that it sounded like a big party was going on every time I picked up the phone which didn’t seem too customer friendly. Whatever, really I am all for coffee and book shop marriages.
I saw a new book of short stories yesterday that looked ultra enticing;
Magic for beginners by Kelly Link.
I am a little weary of some short stories, I have read so many that they often blend and become just more of the same, from what I could see this looked intriguing and fresh. Of course I haven’t actually read them yet! But anyhoo, worth checking out I would say.
She also has an amazingly gorgeous site at http://www.kellylink.net/index.html