Christmas is the busiest time for shopping. If you're a serious reader, books are often the go-to for presents for everyone on your list, making for an often hectic experience in stores. An entire industry revolves around our quest for the ideal gifts.
Those who return to bookshops after New Years do so for completely different, more personal reasons.
For us, a book shop becomes once again that quiet retreat, a place to browse, to take your time, to discover your own pursuits, whatever they might be. And those are exactly the kind of readers we encourage. So take your time.