One of my favorite parts of each week is the hour-long register shift that I work every Tuesday. Although customers comment that they are sometimes surprised to see me behind the counter, there is no place I'd rather be. I get to see what people are reading, talk to regulars, see what's happening in Downtown Santa Cruz, and catch up with booksellers. I also get to hear so many amazing Bookshop stories from customers. Just this week, one customer told me that he and his wife have a decade-long tradition of buying Valentine's cards at Bookshop. Each year they do separate trips to the store and not only pick out a card for the other, but try to guess which card they think they will receive. They have been right about their partner's picks each of the last five years! Another customer told me that they buy several of our Blind Date with a Book picks and take one on each vacation they take during the year. Once they are on the plane or hit the beach, they unwrap their blind date book and get to have a surprise reading, which makes their trips even more memorable.