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January 2020 eNewsletter

"In January it's so nice while slipping on the sliding ice to sip hot chicken soup with rice.
Sipping once.
Sipping twice.

—Maurice Sendak

2020 is here! I remember when Liuci, my third child, started school and realized with awe and delight that she would graduate high school in the year 2020. Feels like yesterday, the way the time has passed so quickly. Even the latest holiday season flew by with the joy of wrapping and recommending gifts. We had such a great time helping you find the perfect stories to share with your loved ones.

We have a handful of interesting and engaging events this month, including Mikaela Kiner, Julie Blacklow, and our Open Mic night at Barrels Wine Bar. We will end the month with Bookstore Yoga sponsored by our friends at the Mercer Island Athletic Club and taught by Marni Seneker. All are welcome.

It's also time to return to our regularly scheduled Storybook Corners, PJ Story Times, various book club meetings, and local author events. Come by and see us soon!

As tradition has it, we compiled our Top 40 "hits" of the year -- the books you have purchased the most from us in 2019. Two local authors are featured: Melinda Gates and her book, The Moment of Lift gets the top spot with Garth Stein's movie tie-in cover of The Art of Racing in the Rain a close second. The rest of the list is linked here. Stop by to see our Top 40 display!

We hope 2020 brings you a year of great reading, much happiness, and the opportunity to surprise yourself. As we look towards the new year, we invoke Neil Gaiman's new year blessing:

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

Laurie Raisys