Edmonds Booktalk: Bookshop now offering audiobooks through Libro.fm

We are thrilled to announce a brand new partnership with Libro.fm, the first audiobook company that directly supports independent bookstores. Libro.fm is the brainchild of two Edmonds-Woodway High School grads, and we are proud to join over 200 other independent booksellers in launching their membership service. The highlights: Your first audiobook is only 99 cents….

Edmonds Booktalk: Uncertain times call for hygge (and a good book)

So the good news is that we all survived January. And the world is still intact. At least mostly. Here is one good idea to help get us through the next month or two: surrounding ourselves with only good things and good people. The Danes have apparently perfected this way of life. They call it:…

Edmonds Booktalk: Book-related events to brighten your January

Welcome 2017! This year is sure to be interesting. I am going to do my part by making the conscience choice to be nice. And what could be better than starting close to home and doing something nice for my future self! Definitely something art or literature related. Care to join me? Start easy and…

Edmonds Booktalk: Who’s on your book-giving list this season?

Welcome to book-giving season! At the Edmonds Bookshop we are always happy to help you select a book for that special person on your gift list. This time of year we make a special effort to have an extensive and varied selection so we will be able to help you find a book for everyone….

Edmonds Booktalk: What books, authors are you grateful for?

For what book or author are you particularly thankful? And why? An interesting question to ponder, yes? As the season of thankfulness begins, Michelle has put together a beautiful window display at the bookshop, in which we all share books and authors for which we are grateful. I am thankful for the authors of some…

Edmonds Booktalk: Favorite novels from Edmonds Bookshop staff

I have been completely remiss in my first novel reviews, so I enlisted a bit of help. The following few titles are first novels that at least one of us at The Bookshop has read and liked. “The Girls” by Emma Cline. …perfectly captures the chaos & confusion of the ‘60s… Ron “The Glorious Heresies”…

Edmonds Booktalk: One month left for summer reading

I apologize for pointing this out, but there is only about one month of summer left. Have you accomplished anything on your list? I really have not. I have an excuse: silly fall, broken leg, surgery. Now recovering nicely, but I have done nothing but deal with that for the last few weeks. And for…

Edmonds Book Talk: Ideas for your summer reading list

Let’s go to the professionals for a wide variety of suggestions for your summer reading lists: Ten new paperbacks to tote along this summer. The Mary Ann Gwinn Lit Life Column here. Bill Gates’ 2016 summer reading list is here. From the Washington Post: “As summer approaches, here are some of our favorite reads –…

Edmonds Booktalk: Lazy summer days perfect for darker reads

Reviewing a list of the books I’ve read, and liked [some I’ve even loved] the last couple of years, it seems that I have been on quite the post-apocalyptic binge. And summer would be a perfect time for you to delve into this dark and twisty genre. When you are sitting on a lovely sunny…

Edmonds Booktalk: Pulitzer Prize-winning reading for you — or Mom?

The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes got awarded April 18th, and your fearless columnist approves. One of the best books I read last year won in the Biography or Autobiography category: “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan; and another of my favorites was a finalist in the Fiction category: “Get in Trouble: Stories” by Kelly…

Edmonds Booktalk: No shortage of reads about Sherlock Holmes

I love it when a piece of literature spills over into popular culture and becomes such an integral part of the contemporary zeitgeist. And don’t you love when you get the inside jokes and references because of the books you read? Fantastic. Sherlock Holmes has been in movies and on TV and in other books…

Edmonds Booktalk: Spring reading fun ahead

The year 2016 is moving quickly! The official first day of spring is on its way: March 19; Easter is early this year: March 28; and March is just packed with all kinds of fun at The Bookshop. March Events at The Edmonds Bookshop: March 5, 2016. Saturday at Noon. We will welcome local author…

Edmonds Booktalk: Resolve to read more in 2016

Welcome to 2016! Crazy! Any book-related resolutions this year? Read more? Read something out of your normal comfort zone? Read, or re-read, a classic? Read to and with your kids? Join a book group? Stop by the bookshop and we can help with suggestions for any of those. Resolved to go to more live book…

Edmonds Booktalk: Give the gift of reading with these book suggestions

Welcome to December! Is anyone ready? I’ve been checking my lists… …of the books I have read so far this year. I have some great recommendations, for you, or as a gift perhaps… perhaps? Alphabetical by author: Chelsea Cain: “One Kick: A Kick Lannigan Thriller.” First in a new series. Dark and twisty. Our protagonist…

Edmonds Booktalk: Dive into these memoirs from women

Welcome to November! There is an amazing new batch of memoirs by women. They run the gamut from humor to creativity to grief to rock and roll. And most include combinations of some or all of the above. They are by women of all ages and from many walks of life, and they touch on…

Edmonds Booktalk: It’s starting to feel like book-reading weather

It has been a lovely first week of fall. I would be OK with a couple of months of this. A little chilly at night, but still lovely and sunny during the day. Good weather to snuggle in at night, with a book! Fantastic. So many events at the bookshop this month and so many…

Edmonds Booktalk: Great books for fall

Wow, it’s September. Who else isn’t ready? One thing that helps make the transition a bit easier is all the great fall books that begin to arrive! Some of the books that I am particularly looking forward to. Starting with the novels: “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson’s…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Aug. 18 — Ivan Doig Day

Happy August! Aug. 18, 2015 has been proclaimed Ivan Doig Day! To celebrate the official publication date of his final book. From his very first book, the nonfiction, “This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind,” published in 1978, Ivan quickly became a favorite at The Edmonds Bookshop. Legend has it that his very…

Edmonds Booktalk: Staff favorites for great summer reads

Happy July! A short list of suggestions for great summer reads: books to grab you, and take you away to a different time or place… Elaine’s recommendations: “The Martian” by Andy Weir. [paperback] The Parasol Protectorate series: “Soulless”, “Changeless”, “Blameless”, “Heartless” and “Timeless” by Gail Carriger. [all paperback] Mary Kay’s recommendations: “A Man Called Ove:…

Edmonds Booktalk: Binge reading season begins

Happy June! So it rained June 1. As usual. Still. We are going to claim– it’s coming on summer! And I declare it to be: Binge Reading Season!! Time to get caught up on a favorite series, or maybe start a brand new one! What a great thing to have on your “things I accomplished…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday

Happy May! May 2, 2015. All day Saturday. Independent Bookstore Day. There are 17 Indie Bookstores in the greater Seattle area participating in the first National Independent Bookstore Day. All are participating in the passport contest, in which the winner can receive a $25 gift certificate to each participating bookstore. Check our Events Page for…

Edmonds Booktalk: Short story suggestions for spring

Happy April! Spring officially sprung a week or so ago, it is definitely feeling warmer, even when it’s raining, and the best part: it is staying light out later, expanding our lovely days! What a perfect time to expand your reading horizons as well! I have overheard more than one of you say, “Oh, I…

Edmonds Booktalk: New spring books hitting the shelves

Happy March! It has already been amazingly spring-like in our little corner of the world – we will take it! Once again, it becomes obvious that we live in the best place on earth! And so many good books to read – really, how could we want anything more?! The first couple of weeks of…

Edmonds Booktalk: Award-worthy books to add to your reading list

It’s award season! The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award winners have been announced, the National Book Critics Circle Finalists for publishing year 2014 were announced, and The Newbery & Caldecott Medal and Honor winners should be announced any day now. [Visit the Edmonds Bookshop website for the lists!] It’s also movie award season! And this year,…