Watermark Book Company
612 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221
Phone 360-293-4277
Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

Welcome to your monthly update from
Watermark Book Company!
Below, you'll find what's new in the store, upcoming events,
book reviews, and more!

Hello to all of my happy readers!!!

This week has been the heat dome, and we have felt it here in the shop. We drank a lot of extra water, slushies, iced coffees, and tried to be kind to our bodies, and we sweated our way through the week. I am so grateful for the sunshine, I have lived here long enough to know that this time is short and precious, and therefore, I have tried not to complain too much, but rather to soak it in.  

I have been much more thoughtful about filling my free time with reading and spending less time on my cell phone. When I have spent too much time looking at social media or just videos, I am always left feeling grouchy, tired, and like I just wasted some valuable time. So, I have really been trying to fill the time with more thoughtful things. I looked at my reading list this week (I write down every title I read and a little about the book and then I rate them). At this time I have read as many books as I did last year as a whole. So it appears that this year I have doubled my reading!!! This is not a contest but rather a personal goal set for myself...and I am happier for it.  

I LOVE the Anacortes Arts Festival! It has been one of my favorite events since moving to this town. I have volunteered for 9 years (I think) and this year is no different. I will be there Friday and Sunday to put in my hours. I am so excited, and I also LOVE festival food!! So come on down and enjoy! The shop will be open! 

Amberly and I took a very lovely trip to Portland for a long weekend. It was so peaceful and hot and full of laughter. I am so happy for the time that I got to spend with my dear friend. We ate our way through the town!! Hahaha!

I finished my advanced copy of Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt, and I have a couple of comments. Number one, it is a LOVELY book, so so so sweet. Good writing and a wonderful story. The story follows an older woman who lost her son in an accident 30 years ago. She works at a local aquarium and they have a Pacific Giant Octopus. I super enjoyed it! I will say it was riddled with errors... my advanced reader, that is. I have not had time to check a finished copy. Errors are a TERRIBLE pet peeve of mine, and even with that, I LOVED this book! I have spoken to a couple of customers, and they all have also enjoyed the book. They had some of the same thoughts as I did about some geographical errors, but again that did not sway them from very much liking it. So, that is saying a lot. I also read Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel, by Jonathan Maberry, and I also really liked this book. I love books about zombies, especially if they are well written, and I love science. This book has a fair bit of science to it. This book starts out in the criminal system, about an illegally developed drug and the misuse of it. The side effects are terrible. Very nicely done, edge of your seat kind of stuff. This book is horror, and graphic. I enjoyed! I listened to The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman, and it was thrilling and exciting. This one was recommended by a ton of people. It focuses on a group of octogenarians who have a murder club that meets on Thursdays. They feel like they have all the right answers. When a murder takes place a little too close to home, they manipulate their way into the investigation to micromanage it. Good luck guessing who-dunnit! Very, very humorous and excellent writing. I also listened to Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus. This book was sooo soooooooo good. I was skeptical. This is not the type of book I usually read, but my goodness, it was fun! Set in the 1960s, the story follows scientist Elizabeth Zott. She struggles as a woman in a man's world and with people constantly trying to put her in "her place." The writing is fun-- sometimes I got goosebumps, other times I gasped, and many times I laughed out loud. I enjoyed!!

This month my plans are to read: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin. She is the same author who wrote The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and I liked that book so much that I am very excited to read this new title. I also intend to read The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I am hoping this one is very creepy. I hope to read A Pin to See the Peepshow, by F. Tennyson Jesse. My rep recommended this title to me. I also hope to read Hardland, by Ashley E. Sweeney. She is a local author and I have read one of her other titles. We will also be hosting her for her book launch. I will be listening to It Girl, by Ruth Ware. I have been wanting to read this author. Suspenseful, murdery, and always with a twist. 

Please stay safe, happy, and healthy...Happy Reading!!


Author Events and Book Signings

We had so much fun hosting Kathleen Kaska for a book signing!

We have SIGNED copies of her mystery series--stop in and pick one up!

For information on future events, please take a look at our calendar featured later in this newsletter, or you can check the Event Calendar on our website

 here--we have so much fun in store. 

Packing Materials FREE to a Good Home

If you need packing materials, we have them!

Call, email, or drop in to ask us for more information!

It's Calendar Season!

August 1st is the first day of Calendar Season here at Watermark, and we are READY! Remember, calendars sell out super fast, and when they're gone, they're gone.

Stop in and pick out the perfect calendar to spend 2023 with. 

This Just In

New 1000-Piece Puzzles


We have new Jiggies puzzles, as well as old favorites. 


New Dissent Pins--

50% of profits from book-themed pins go toward promoting literacy,

and 100% of proceeds from the Ukrainian Flag pin go toward

refugees and journalists from Ukraine. 


New Wax Seals

to make your letter writing extra fancy! 


New Styles of Sock It to Me socks!


New Literary Stickers from Ideal Bookshelf


This Just In for Kids

Our new Bubble Tree bubbles are perfect for summer, and we also sell "refill stations" so that you can get the most use out of your bubble wands! 


Disney Princess Baking Gift Set

makes the perfect gift!


New and Noteworthy
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
Upcoming Events


Friday, August 5th-Sunday, August 7th

Anacortes Arts Festival

We are so excited for the Arts Festival! We will be OPEN over the weekend--

while you're out admiring the art and enjoying the food, stop in and visit us!

***Time Change***

Saturday, August 20th 3-5pm

Book Signing Event 

Rachel Linden is BACK on Saturday, August 20th from 3:00-5:00pm. She will be here at Watermark signing copies of her newest book, The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie. Come by the shop to meet Rachel! This is her fourth book and we will have copies of all of her titles. Do NOT miss out on supporting this awesome local author. 


Monday, September 5th--Labor Day


We will be open for our regular hours on Labor Day! Come see us!

Sunday, September 11th

Grandparents' Day

Celebrate those special grandparents in your life with a book!

Thursday, September 15th 3-5pm

Book Signing Event

We are so excited to host Jan Wright, the author of Dear Mrs. Wright, : A Teacher's Memoir Inspired by Students' Letters. Our team member, Diane, is reading this book and absolutely loving it. Jan will be in shop on Thursday, September 15th from 3:00-5:00pm--come in to meet and chat with her, and get a signed copy of her book! If you can't make it to the event, buy your book in advance and we are so happy to ask her to sign and personalize your copy! 

Sunday, September 18th-Saturday, September 24th

Banned Books Week

Celebrate banned books week with us!

We will have our favorite banned books on display--come ask us about it!

Watermark Book Club

Watermark Book Club is on hiatus! We will send a call for new members in the winter, and we will resume our book club in January. In the meantime, we'd love to share with you some of the books we are "book-clubbing" as a team. This month, Jaycee read Living Nations, Living Words. Here's a bit about it...

I very much enjoyed reading the poetry anthology Living Nations, Living Words, edited and compiled by Joy Harjo, 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate. This is a book of poetry by First Peoples that offers insight into their lives and lived experiences. Many of the poems include words, phrases, or even entire stanzas in the author’s native language. I can tell that Joy chose these poems and organized them with such care and thought to create a fluid experience for the reader. There is a small biographical note about the poet before each of their poems that lends itself nicely in companionship with the poem. I found some new favorite poets within this anthology, and I am excited to see what else they have written, as well as what Joy Harjo has written herself. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who finds themselves in need of a poetic read.