Summer has arrived to the Pacific Northwest in a flurry of beautiful and temperate weather, and this means it’s a time for celebration. Summer reading, Father’s Day, my oldest’s college graduation, and pride: June has so much to give.
Summertime books are my absolute favorite. Since the time I could read, I’ve devoured books while “laying out” or sitting at the beach to pass time. A typical vacation day includes slathering on sunscreen, hitting the beach with at least two books, taking breaks to talk with my kids, and only stopping for meals and cocktails. Then I read until I fall asleep. Sunshine, beach, and books: perfection. Here is a slew of good ones out right now (or very soon):
- Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand (Pre-order now from us!)
- The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
- The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo
- Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
- When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
- It’s Hot in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson
- Limelight by Amy Poeppel
- Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen
- And of course, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Bingo Cards: Make sure you come get your summer Seattle Arts & Lecture Bingo Cards. Our booksellers have great recommendations to fill up your card. There is a spot for some of the summer reads above, and of course the legendary “independent bookseller recommendation” spot is ideal for our input.
Bookmark Contest: Last month we took in entries for our bookmark contest; this month the voting begins! Next week, check out this link for our online poll or come into the store and cast your ballot. There are two categories: kids and teens/adults. The best of each category gets a limited run of printed, color bookmarks. Voting will last until the end of June.
Author Events: We are taking it a little easier with author events this month, but the ones we are hosting are worth your time. The Rummage Mamma Trunk Show is this Saturday, June 8 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Deirdre Timmons is coming by on Thursday June 13 to talk about her memoir Brain Candy. And of course, we will have Poetry + Wine (or Verse + Vino) June 25 at Barrell’s.
Where’s Waldo: Remember Where’s Waldo starts July 1st. You can find him all over Mercer Island stores.
Giveaways: Watch our blog this month for giveaways related to the books we are loving.
Dads we love you and love seeing you in the store with your kids, grandkids, etc.
Congratulations to all the graduates, especially Sofija, class of University of Washington 2019. We are so proud of you.