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January 2019 eNewsletter

"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
—T. S. Eliot


Happy New Year! Community is one of the words we like to use to describe Island Books and this holiday season it has rang true. We had friends wrapping, dropping off bagels and chocolate treats, and assisting with our supply of the ever popular peppermint M&M's for the counter (thanks, Molly!). We love that you make us your community bookstore, and we look forward to seeing all your faces whether it's once a year, once a month, or every day of the week.

That being said, the return of new release Tuesday is welcomed. Already so many new and exciting books have been released, and many of us in store are reading ahead to the ones to come. For example, local author Elise Hooper will be joining us on her release date January 22nd to sign copies of Learning to See from noon to 1pm. Make sure to pre-order your copy online or by phone so you can snag a signed copy.

We are happy to announce our newest team member Caitlin Baker, who joins our already currently amazing staff. You can stop by anytime and say hello, but this Sunday we’ll be hosting a meet and greet with coffee and donuts from 10a.m. to noon. Come chat with Caitlin about what she has on her staff pick shelf!

Before we introduce the Top 40 bestsellers of 2018, we want to share our Top 5 Non-Book Items of 2018:

1) Needoh—Glow in the Dark
2) Rainbow Twirler
3) Speks
4) Star Cube
5) Globby

As always, we tallied the totals and ran down the numbers to look at your favorite books this year. We saw titles repeated from last year like A Gentleman in Moscow and Amy Snow that kept their strong hold as favorites in our community. Educated was our number one bestseller with Becoming as a close second. We love seeing local authors on the list too, like Laurie Frankel, Elise Hooper, and Jane Meyer Brahm.

In the Kids and Teens department we also saw some repeats, such as The Hate U Give and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. We were delighted as well to see favorites such as The Digger and the Flower and Refugee sell so well through recommendations and word of mouth. It is what keeps this community so special!

Besides all the new releases we are looking forward to in 2019, it's also time to return to our regularly scheduled Storybook Corners, PJ Story Times, Open Book Club meetings, Cookbook Book Club meetings, and local author events. Come by and see us soon.

Laurie Raisys
Island Books Annual Top 40

As tradition, here are the Top 40 best-selling books this past year. Our customers are frequently the inspiration for our hand-selling, and this list shows it like none other.

Yearly Top 10: Kids and Teens

Take a look at our bestsellers from the children's department from the year 2018.

Counter Intelligence: Caitlin's January Pick

Caitlin recommends Fox by Dubravka Ugresic, a novel comparing the writer to the fox and both of their complicated connections with femininity in episodic expeditions and meditative adventures.

See More Staff Picks
Reading-Related Rambles
In December, Lori recommended some personal essay collections for when you're short on time, Kelleen discussed uncanny reads for the holidays, and Miriam reflected on her eight-year journey with Island Books.

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January Events

Tues, Jan 1: 

Wed, Jan 2, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Jan 2, 4:30pm:
Crest Learning Center Poetry Night

Sat, Jan 5, 6:00pm: 
PJ Storytime with Nancy Stewart

Wed, Jan 9, 10:00am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Jan 16, 10:00am: 
Storybook Corner

Sat, Jan 19, 9:00am:
Northwood Read-a-thon
Tues, Jane 22, 12:00pm:
Elise Hooper, Author of Learning to See

Wed, Jan 23, 10:00am:
Storybook Corner

Wed, Jan 30, 10:00am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Jan 31, 7:30pm:
Open Book Club: Eleanor Oliphant is Complete Fine by Gail Honeyman

Open Book Club


For our January Open Book Club, we'll be reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, a funny and well-written novel about a woman struggling with social cues whose journey teaches her to open her heart.

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.