"The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking."
"Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes / Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear / Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes / How do you measure, measure a year? "
As I drove up to Steven's Pass last month, I couldn't get the song "Seasons of Love" from Rent out of my head. Where has 2017 gone? I was making a list and checking it twice–my list of Top 10 favorite Island Books-related moments this year. Here they are:
10) Throwing an Independent Bookstore Day champion party
9) Reading Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome and then being in Rome to finish the book
8) Parking a ridiculously big truck in front of the store to feature Finn Murphy, author of The Long Haul
7) Joining up with other local businesses for the Where’s Waldo competition
6) Hosting local legend Nancy Pearl to discuss her first novel, George and Lizzie
5) Paying it forward on our second annual Book Fairies mission around Mercer Island
4) Sponsoring the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market and guest performer Caspar Babypants
3) Welcoming author Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of one of my favorite novels of the year, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
2) Celebrating the anniversary of our 500th blog post!
1) Most of all, feeling the community support we received to win the Best of Western Washington award. I feel like a broken record but you know I’m so grateful!
There was so much to relish and appreciate in this last year. We’ve hosted some fabulous author events, weekly story times, open book and cookbook book clubs, and our quarterly local author festival. The store has been reworked and revitalized in small special ways and we’re so happy to see each of you come through the door as often or as little as you can. We welcomed a handful of brand new itty-bitty baby customers this year and we lost some dear ones as well. (Bruce, Saturday morning just isn’t the same without a hug and a kiss from you.) It truly has been a season of love.
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 2018.