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

Hello to all of my happy readers!!!

For me, March is a time to catch up on tasks...both personal and professional. I very much love this time of rebirth, if you will. Plants and trees are blooming and there is typically a good bit of rain. And the rain makes me happy when the days are longer. It feels clean and fresh. I LOVE to hike in the woods to the sound of rain falling around me. All this being said, I should take a minute to discuss my allergies. I am allergic to this time of year. All of the flowers, the plants, the trees, the woods... hahahaha! It is a time of tea, local honey, and allergy meds, but I make the best of it. With the days being a little longer and the weather still not fully cooperating, I tend to bake, tidy the home, puzzle, and read--lots of reading to be done.

The store has now completed our inventory, and we have entered into discussions for spring vacations. We do this before the summer rush. I am fully aware that the mask mandate is set to lift on March 21st...We had a team meeting this morning, and, as of now, we intend to continue masking and requiring masking in our shop. I realize that this may not be well-received by all--we just get so busy and have such high numbers of shoppers in the shop in the spring and summer that, at this time, the team feels collectively that this is the correct path for us for now. We will keep you posted. I want to thank you in advance for supporting us, and for continuing to be kind while we make these hard and tough decisions.

This month, I read David Guterson's The Final Case and I liked parts of it. The story behind the book is heartbreaking, sad, tragic, and criminal. The story is set in Skagit County, and a large portion takes place at the courthouse in Mount Vernon. I found other parts of the story not as palatable for me. I think this particular writing style is not my favorite. I hear it is VERY different from Snow Falling on Cedars. I also read Waterbury Winter, by Linda Stewart Henley. She is a local author, and I really do try to read as much local as I can. I found myself rooting for the main character, Barnaby. I wanted him to do well and to find his place. Feel free to come and chat with me about this book. I also finished Ann Patchett's book, These Precious Days (I read this one on my lunch breaks). This is a lovely book of essays by Ann. Some of them I didn't love or I skimmed over... However, for the most part, I loved it. It brought me a great deal of pleasure over my lunch breaks. I would recommend it.

This month over my lunch break I will be reading This Book is Gay, by Juno Dawson. It is information and nonfiction. I am liking it so far. I am also reading Lucy Foley's newest book, The Paris Apartment (she previously wrote The Guest List), and You Can't Be Serious, by Kal Penn. I am looking forward to working through my TBR list this month.

Please stay safe, happy, and healthy...Happy Reading!!
Book Signing with David Guterson!
Thank you to everyone who came and made our book signing so special! David Guterson was a wonderful guest, and we still have plenty of signed copies of his books for sale!
The Real Reason We Read Slowly...
Thank you to a customer who sent us this delightful picture of her cat interrupting her reading!!!
Mask Policy Update-Thank You for Continuing to Wear Your Mask!
While the mandates around mask-wearing are changing in our state, we as a shop
will continue to require customers to wear a mask for the time being. We feel that this is the safest route for our team and for our customers as we move into busier seasons. Thank you for your kindness and cooperation as we transition into this new phase. Please remember that we provide shipping and curbside pickup as an alternative to in-person shopping! We will keep you in books.
This Just In
New journals from local photographer Linda Schwarz
New stickers!!!
These sets of 5 bookmarks create a picture!
New Willow Creek Puzzles!
Sloth Yoga, Animal Yoga, Cow Yoga,
Rainbow Hearts, Umbrella Street,
Doug the Pug, Herbee the Hedgehog, and Unicorn Yoga
This Just In...Cards!!!
New stationery and letter-writing kits
Blank Greeting Cards
New Birthday Cards
March Is Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month! We are celebrating the only way we know how--with a good book.
Independent Bookstore Day!
Come see us for Independent Bookstore Day!!! We have a lot of fun planned, including our annual tote bag sale! This year's exclusive tote bag will be free with your purchase of $75 or more, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Supplies are limited--so grab yours before it's gone!
Serenity Princess Ball
Watermark Book Company is proud to be a part of the Serenity Princess Ball this year! We have raffle dresses/baskets in our window that can be bid on. You can bid in-person with us for the goodies in our window. There are other auctions as well that will be happening online and you can find more information below for those. Click on this link to view the Serenity Princess Ball Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/122141153033027
New and Noteworthy
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 17-Saint Patrick's Day!
Don't forget to wear green!
Sunday, April 17th-Easter
We will be closed for Easter, and back on Monday! Have a safe and happy holiday.
Monday, April 18th-Sunday, April 24th
Anniversary Celebration!
It has been four years since Brandy took over the bookshop! We have so much fun in store to celebrate the week--stay tuned!!!
Saturday, April 30th-Independent Bookstore Day
Come celebrate your favorite indie bookshop on Independent Bookstore Day!
Watermark Book Club
Watermark Book Club is on Zoom! It is a closed book club, and you can let us know if you would like to be added to the waitlist. In the meantime, feel free to read along with us! This month we are discussing The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot, by Marianne Cronin. Here's what Brandy has to say about the book:
"The cover was so lovely with flowers and beautiful colors--I just wanted to get my hands on it! Once I read the first couple of sentences, I was hooked...The great part of this book is its true sincerity. It is just a book about beautiful, honest relationships. Lenni and Margot end up in the same hospital. Lenni is 16 and Margot is 84. They are both dying, and they meet and develop a friendship. One day they discover that there's 100 years of life between them, and they decide to paint a picture for every year of adventure and life. Just wonderful!"