"A house without books is like a room without windows."
June means the end of school and the start of summer. Our possibilities expand for cramming so much life into the longer days and nights. Where can I even start?
This past month I've read so many stories about sisters, like How to Walk Away by Katherine Center, The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner, and in preparation for our author visit from Rachel Linden, I've just started Becoming the Talbot Sisters. I grew up with only brothers, but I'm raising three daughters and so I can make good use of the insight into all of these female relationships. The stack next to my bed gets higher and higher with each month, but there are so many compelling books coming out. Later sunsets mean later bedtimes and more time to read.
June also brings Father's Day, and I'll be celebrating Victor and all the other devoted dads I know, especially the ones who walk through our doors with their children, grandchildren, or grown kids and share the experience of books. Good dads enrich their children's lives in countless ways. We take pleasure in helping customers find the perfect present to show their fathers how much they're loved.
Everyone is celebrating grads this month too, and we are here to help keep them reading and learning (for pleasure now instead of homework!) over the summer. With that in mind, we'll be kicking off our kids summer reading program in June, so keep your eyes out for upcoming details via social media and in-store.
We also have the Seattle Arts & Lectures Book Bingo sheets in now, so come by and pick one up. If you keep track of your summer reads from now until September 4th by writing the title and author in the matching square, you can submit your board by mail, in person, or through social media for a chance to win awesome prizes.
In the next few weeks I'm going to spend some quality time field-tripping around the Northwest to visit other independent bookstores. I'm excited to chat with owners, booksellers, and friends and explore how other stores work and what makes them special.
Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads and congratulations to all the accomplished new graduates!