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December 2018 eNewsletter

"Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience."

—David Levithan

November was an amazing month of celebrations. Thank you to everyone who took part in our 45 Days to 45 Years daily specials and to all our loyal customers for stopping in to share cake, champagne and community. It's been an extra special year of feeling the love and support from all of you.

Where did the year go? Once again, I've been making a list and checking it twice. Here is my list of Top 10 favorite Island Books-related moments this year:

10) Hearing our ads on KUOW, KEXP and now KCTS.
9) Hosting and passing out books at the Mercer Island Farmers Market Harvest Market.
8) As ever, an exuberant Independent Bookstore Day.
7) Chowing down at our weenie roast with the Seattle7Writers.
6) Hosting Kate McDermott for our Cookbook Book club.
5) A special Storybook Corner visit from Sparkle Leigh.
4) Partnering with KCTS to host Novels and Notables for the Great American Read.
3) Garth Stein asked us to be his bookstore for personalized copies this holiday.
2) Celebrating 45 years of community magic.
1) Receiving the Mercer Island Citizen of the Year Award and walking in the parade!

May the new year bring you all peace, love, and lots of joy. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and may it be a Happy New Year in 2019.

Laurie Raisys

December Featured Event:
John W. Lundin, Author of Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass

We're pleased to welcome local author John W. Lundin for a conversation and book signing for Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass, his extensive look at the sport's history in Washington and the history of the Wood River Valley in Idaho, where his great-grandparents settled in 1881. In Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass, John relives the exciting early days of skiing when Snoqualmie Pass was the epicenter of the sport.


Our Favorites of the Year 2018: Fiction

Every year we create a list of the fiction that stood out to us over the last twelve months, and every year we learn again that there's no such thing as a definitive list. There are so many good books to choose from, and so many of us with different tastes, that the task is an impossible one. Nonetheless, we persevere. For your amusement and enjoyment, we present our Favorite Works of Fiction for 2018, as seen through our eyes.


Our Favorites of the Year 2018: Nonfiction

We've read the reviews, listened to our customers, and racked our brains to come up with a list of our Favorite Works of Nonfiction for 2018. It was hard work, what with all the excellent choices, but the process was rewarding and so are the results. True story.


Our Favorites of the Year 2018: Kids and Teens

We consulted with both kid testers and young-at-heart-readers to curate a list of our faves for Kids and Teens. These books will open new worlds, make you laugh, and bring you to tears. All will be treasured for years to come.


Counter Intelligence: Kelleen's December Pick

Kelleen recommends The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, a literary novel about a lost man in search of connection, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present.

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In November, guest blogger and Pagliacci's co-owner Michelle Galvin shared some of her family's favorite reads, Miriam asked which passages could turn a nonreader into a reader, and Lori Robinson suggested some sequels that you'll enjoy as much as the first books in the series.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Dec 5, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Dec 6, 9:00am: 
Mercer Island High School Book Fair at Island Books

Sat, Dec 8, 10:00am: 
John W. Lundin, Author of Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass

Fri, Dec 14, 6:00pm: 
Jay Gillotti, Author of Gulf 917

Thurs, Dec 20, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover
(NOTE: It's a week early this month due to the holidays)
Tues, Dec 25: 

Wed, Dec 26: 

Mon, Dec 31, 4:00pm: 

Tues, Jan 1: 

Open Book Club

For our December Open Book Club, we'll be reading Educated by Tara Westover, our staff pick for best book of the year! Note we will be meeting a week early due to the holidays. This unforgettable memoir explores how we become who we are once we step outside the shadows of family.

Don't forget if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.


20% Off Indie Bestsellers

We always offer a 20% discount on the top ten bestsellers in non-fiction and fiction for the week, as reported by independent booksellers across the country.