Edmonds Booktalk: ‘Tis the season for great gift ideas

No idea what happened to October. [Or September to be honest…] But here we are: November! Ready or not. We are getting ready for all of the holiday festivities… a bit more every day. So many great books and all kinds of other great gift items on shelves everywhere in the bookshop: calendars [wall, engagement, …

Edmonds Booktalk: Here’s our list of Big Fall Books

It is fall once again! Our favorite part of fall is always the great books coming in the next few months. We don’t necessarily love it getting dark earlier and earlier… but all of the beautiful new books kind of make up for it. Here is a partial list of Big Fall Books. It includes…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrating the Freedom to Read all month long

Banned Books Week is officially Sept. 18 – 24, 2022. We will be celebrating the Freedom to Read all month long. Stop by to admire the new window display featuring an amazing Phoenix and many banned books, which we of course have available to purchase. Along with all of the books, we have really great…

Edmonds Booktalk: Summer Book Bingo ideas for kids

August! Plenty of reading time left for Summer Book Bingo! There is a great list to help with Adult Summer Book Bingo in last month’s column, here. Both the adult and the Kids summer Book Bingo lists are available to download on the Seattle Arts + Lectures website, here. This month, we have a few…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate summer reading with Book Bingo

July! Let summer begin. Plenty of reading time for Summer Book Bingo! This month, we are helping with some of the categories on the Adult Bingo card…. [stay tuned for next month… we will tackle the Kids Summer Book Bingo list…] We have the Adult Bingo card available at the Bookshop for you to pick…

Edmonds Booktalk: Reimagined myths and fairy tales celebrating strong women

Happy May! Spring has arrived. We know because the rain and hail are a bit warmer. Yikes! We are finishing the so-very-fun Independent Bookstore Passport Challenge – we had 10 days this year – clear until May 9. We loved seeing all of the people finding all of the bookstores. And truly – we loved…

Edmonds Booktalk: Collections to enjoy during Poetry Month 2022

Poetry Month 2022: Following is a brief list of poets of note, award winners, and recent books of poetry — enjoy! Rena Priest is the Washington State Poet Laureate until 2023. She is the first Indigenous poet to assume the role, the announcement about that is here. Priest’s literary debut, “Patriarchy Blues,” was honored with…

Edmonds Booktalk: 50 years in the book business — and still going strong

50 years ago in movie theaters:  50 years ago on our radios [‘cuz that’s all we had!]: American Pie [Don McLean]; Nights in White Satin [The Moody Blues]; The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face [Roberta Flack]; Brand New Key [Melanie]; Song Sung Blue[Neil Diamond]. Details of life in 1972: A gallon of gas…

Edmonds Booktalk: Books to love in February

There has been evidence that spring will eventually arrive: The days are getting longer [sunset after 5:15 p.m.!]; and all of those daffodils bulbs are starting to sprout in Edmonds flower boxes. Of course, it’s dangerous to get ahead of ourselves; we all remember that snow sometimes happens in March… So while we are looking…

Edmonds Booktalk: Nonfiction books top Edmonds bestseller list

Welcome the New Year!! Such high hopes. 2022 has to be better… right?? Right…? In the December column we shared the bestsellers for the year through November at Edmonds Bookshop. We found the December best seller list really interesting, so we thought we’d share it with you. It ended up being a mostly non-fiction Christmas…

Edmonds Booktalk: Lists and lists of books for holiday gift-giving

Ready or not, it is December! We have almost made it through another crazy year… this is where the fun part of crazy begins for us… We have books. We have great recommendations. And: We wrap the books you are gifting for free. [We will wrap books that you are gifting to yourself, too. We…

Edmonds Booktalk: Books for the holidays — in stock for gift giving

‘Tis already the season! You’ve been hearing about the troubles in the supply chain, and it has indeed hit the publishing world. Luckily: We have many great books to recommend and they are available and actually in the bookshop! Here is a partial list of great staff recommendations for holiday gifting. We all have so…

Edmonds Booktalk: Spooky books suitable for the season

Greetings and happy October! We are already being warned about “supply-chain issues.”  So, we are passing the warnings on to you, and recommending that you make plans to shop a little bit earlier than usual for any of the holiday festivities in which you plan to partake: October is the new December. As cliché as…

Edmonds Booktalk: Great new books in store for September

I’ve probably said it before; I still believe it to be true: September is the best of all months. Among other reasons, is the fantastic lists of books, scheduled to be published in the next few months that get talked about and recommended and compiled by all kinds of people and publications and media outlets……

Edmonds Booktalk: Books for the ‘dog days’ of summer

The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major. To find Sirius, draw a line through Orion’s Belt and extend that line toward the…

Edmonds Booktalk: Nonfiction choices for summer reading

For those of you who enjoy all things true, as well as those of you who enjoy mixing it up, we are pleased to present: Summer reading — the nonfiction edition! A few staff recommendations to start: Mary Kay recommends: “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  Mary Kay agrees with Jane Goodall! “[she] has written an extraordinary…

Edmonds Booktalk: How do you define summer reading? There’s a book for that

Summer reading time! We will begin with staff-recommended summer reads, and then add links to a few fantastic lists to keep you in books clear into fall. You may define “summer reading” any way you wish: A fun/light read. Doesn’t matter if you are interrupted by other fun… it’s easy to pick up where you…

Edmonds Booktalk: So many new books about sisters

There are so many new books featuring sisters and many of them are getting great reviews. I felt the need to make a list! Many of these titles are fairly new; there are of course, a few classics. The list is mostly fiction, with a couple of non-fiction titles thrown in; and mostly adult titles,…

Edmonds Booktalk: Poetry bestsellers in honor of National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry. Visit the poets.org site for ways to find and connect with poets and poems. You can sign up to get a poem-a-day in your inbox! There are poems for kids and teens; ways for kids to interact directly with…

Edmonds Booktalk: Quick reads, staff favorites, author event

It only takes six minutes of reading to lower your blood pressure. For your consideration, we present all kinds of short stuff: stories, novellas, essays and poems, some of which we recommended during our staff Zoom event last month. Which you may watch on our Facebook page any time, here! Alphabetical by author. Enjoy. “Dreadful…

Edmonds Booktalk: The benefits of reading before bed

Don’t you just love it when something you do anyway proves to be pretty good for you? Red wine? Dark chocolate? Reading before bed! With information gathered from the Mayo Clinic and Sussex University studies. Reading before bed is definitely one of the best habits you can have. It not only betters your sleep quality…

Edmonds Booktalk: Best-selling titles of 2020, and notable books coming in 2021

2020 was a year like no other, and honestly, we’re pretty glad to see it go. More than ever, we turned to books for entertainment, comfort and information during tough times. Reading kept us connected to our friends, families and communities, near and far, opened our eyes to new experiences, shed light on our shared…

Edmonds Booktalk: Holiday shopping, with your safety in mind

Everything is still way harder than we wish it were. But it there is hope on the not too distant horizon, so let’s continue taking care of each other and staying safe out there. At Edmonds Bookshop we are doing our part to keep everyone healthy while still enjoying the holidays. We require shoppers to…

Edmonds Booktalk: This month, escape into other people’s stories

If some days it feels as if our own life is just too much, why not escape into someone else’s life?  For your consideration this month, I present a list of other people’s stories. Some will be better, some worse. Some interesting. Some inspiring. Some educational. Some make us grateful for what we have [or…