Fiona Blond – Introducing Myself January 30, 2015 – Posted in: Blog, Thoughts – Tags: personal story
Hello there. I am Fiona Blond, the owner of Books of Buderim. I just wanted to introduce myself, and explain what I love most about owning a bookshop. Arriving in the morning the books are all stacked high and set up ready to be admired and appreciated, a shuffle of a book here, a replacement of another there and the shop is ready for another day. Then glancing around at some of the titles, finding so many that speak to me and encourage a closer investigation. I could stand around all day just enjoying the many subjects that surround me but alas the day has started and the customers are upon us. Luckily it’s the customer’s interests and investigations and the passions they have that really grabs me. The discussion you can have over a very complex topic of birds in nature or why they love the crime novels that they love. There is nowhere as unique as a bookstore for bringing out such a variety of conversations and types of people. It is by far the most interesting part of owning a book shop.
But of course I also love books but there’s bit more to it than that. I came from a childhood where books were all around me, adult books, too complicated for me to read. I just knew that I needed to be around them. They were like tentacles that just made me feel safe and secure. Even though I couldn’t read all my father’s books I would spend hours just sorting them, keeping them neat, keeping them organized for him.
It wasn’t until I was in university and my husband, introduced me to some fantasy novels that I started to really read. I now read at least 1 book a week and find any style of book or genre fulfilling and I can learn something from every book.
The option of buying Books of Buderim wasn’t really an option; it was the place that I needed to be. I have so many things I want to develop and learn of myself and of the bookshop over the next 15 years or so. For the moment I really want to get to know you, the customers. As a local in Buderim, I want to play a role in this marvellous community. I would like to make the bookshop a hub for writers, readers and people who like to converse on topics worldly, wise or just looking for some fellowship.
I aim to create an environment that you, your children, grandchildren, and friends will want to continually return to.