"There was only one place I could go to for help. I needed to go to the bookstore."
Another holiday season is over, filled with bookselling moments great and small. With each present wrapped and customer problem solved, we spent December fully dedicated to the spirit of giving. The excitement, extended hours, and relentless pace pushed us every day. Victor solved a major delivery screw up and even drove to Portland and back to make sure our customers had their books (and he brought Voodoo Doughnuts for the masses, no less).
We had special friends helping us gift wrap, long-time-no-see customers back in town for the holidays, and gifts galore we wanted to take home for ourselves. If we had a dollar for every Happy Hanukkah or Merry Christmas exchanged we could probably have taken the whole island out to dinner. Marni even dressed up as a Christmas tree.
After picking our favorite books of the year in December, when January rolls around we always take a look at your choices. Thus it's time to round up the most popular titles amongst our customers in 2017. We consider it a testament to Lori R.'s bookselling taste and skills that our top seller was Amy Snow. While we all cheer for our individual favorites, collectively we always find it good to see authors we've hosted, like Nancy Pearl and Taylor Jenkins Reid, Open Book Club choices like Homegoing, The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, and Just Mercy, as well as local subjects, like Mercer Island History, on this list (read about the test trip James took with Seattle Walks on our blog).
In the Kids and Teens category, Wonder, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and (to an extent) The Hate U Give were all driven to their position by strong appeal to adult readers as well as kids (and Wonder came out in the movie theater and was our pick for Open Book Club last July). It's also worth noting that those were the #WeNeedDiverseBooks titles on the list.
The white Christmas that blanketed Mercer Island last week seems like a good omen for things to come. Besides all the high quality reading we're looking forward to in 2018, it's time to get back to our regular Storybook Corners, PJ Story Times, Open Book Clubs, Cookbook Book Clubs, and a variety of author events. Soon we'll have a new neighborhood bakery next door, a swell of new gifts, and as always, plenty of community to welcome you here. Come by and see us soon.
Laurie, Victor, Marni, Cindy, Marilyn, Lillian, James, Miriam, Lori, and Nancy