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

Notes from the Boss Lady

Hello to all of my happy readers! I am writing to you on a much cooler day. We survived the heatwave (barely!). We closed for Monday, the hottest day. I hosted Jaycee and her sister at my home, and we sat in the shade, picnicked, and drank slushies all day long.

The store remains busy and exciting, and we continue to take care of our local customers and friends, and to visit with the tourists and guests. It is always nice to meet new people/families.

We are so happy to continue to grow relationships within our community, and ones that hit so close to home for us as a team! We are happy to be the book-buying resource for PFLAG of Skagit County. This is from their website page: "Welcome to Parents, Families, Friends and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Queer+ Community: Skagit County Chapter. PFLAG provides opportunities for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity. We work to create a society that is healthy and respectful of all human diversity."

In other news, we had a team meeting and discussed new and upcoming changes for our state, and what Governor Inslee may say in the coming days. My team and I are all working hard, and we feel that, at least for now, we are going to continue to mask and continue to ask our customers to do so. This is NOT because we don't believe in the science of it all, or that we don't trust the CDC. It is because it is where our comfort lies. We have a lot of our regular customers who are very grateful for this. We also have six-and-a-half-year old, Janet, at the store about 20 hours a week. And a HUGE group of our customer demographic are children under the age of 12...and they are not able to be vaccinated at this time. So we are choosing to do this for now, and we thank you in advance for your continued support during these challenging times.

I finished reading This is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel. This book is so wonderfully written, with so much to unpack, and very timely given the things that have been happening in my own home. I am appreciative of her refreshing perspective. Now I am so excited to do a little read-along with my team and Jaycee's teenage sister--we are going to read They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera--it is a young adult read and I am very excited for it.

Happy reading to everyone and Stay Safe and Happy!

Libro.fm is an awesome independent audiobook resource. When you register with Watermark, your local bookstore also benefits from your audiobook purchases--you are supporting two independent businesses! Our customer, Blake, uses Libro.fm, and he had some great feedback for us:
"I want to thank Watermark and Brandy for assisting us readers who are relegated to listening to books. The program Libro.fm is a way for me and others to purchase a book from Watermark and thus support out favorite Book Store and get books on tape at the same time. It makes for a win-win for us all. 
This Just In
We have copies of Oprah's latest book club pick, The Sweetness of Water! Pick up your copy and join in the conversation!
Check out our new and expanding Western section, including classic authors Louis L'Amour and William W. Johnstone!
Our Metaphysical section is always growing--come see if any of our newest additions call to you...
This Just In for Kids
We have new Do-a-Dots activity books! We also have a new marker set--Royal Shimmer!
Machine-washable cloth books are perfect for the babies you are shopping for. Float-Along books come with sweet little bath toys and a great bath-time story.
These activity pads will keep your kiddos busy and entertained this summer!
We are so excited for this shipment from Melissa & Doug! We have new skill-building activity books, Paint with Water books that come with paint pads on every page, and Puffy Sticker Play Sets! These books are so fun, we might just play with them ourselves.
New puzzles for the little puzzlers in your life--David Meowie, Purrince, and Dolly Purrton!
These chalk sets are just in time for summer--they are super cute, and YES, the whole set is chalk!
Summer Learning
School's out for the summer, but that doesn't mean it's time for your kiddos to forget everything they've worked so hard to learn. We have educational books, tools, and activities to keep their brains sharp over these long summer months.
Flash card sets, from addition and subtraction to French and Spanish language!
Everything You Need to Ace... all of your classes!
Summer Brain Quest books are always a summertime favorite.
We have all kinds of activity books--My First Wipe Clean books, Trace and Learn books, and the Big Book of Learning Fun for several ages.
Upcoming Events
July 4th-CLOSED
Independence Day
We will be closed in observation of Independence Day. Have a safe and fun holiday!
New and Noteworthy
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
Watermark Book Club
Watermark Book Club is taking a summer break. In the meantime, we are getting some good reading in--here is a book review from Jaycee, who just read Two Truths and a Lie, by Ellen McGarragah:

We are also starting a small team book club here at the store--Brandy, Amberly, Jaycee, and Jaycee's little sister will all be reading They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera. Stay tuned, because we'll each have something to say!
"I recently read Two Truths and a Lie, by Ellen McGarrahan, and absolutely loved it. It’s a true crime book about a reporter-turned-private-detective and her search for the truth behind one particular case. She spends half her life searching for answers after she witnesses the execution of a young man. She goes to great lengths to search for what really happened in the case of two murdered police officers. The author is able to keep you engaged throughout the book with captivating descriptions and intense dialogue. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who wants a gripping and fast-paced read —you’ll definitely want to get to the bottom of this case!"
We are also starting a small team book club here at the store--Brandy, Amberly, Jaycee, and Jaycee's little sister will all be reading They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera. Stay tuned, because we'll each have something to say!