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:
2) Rainbow Twirler
4) Star Cube
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.