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!!!

WOW! I think February just flew by.... I blinked and it was over. I had a lot of fun this month and a great deal of stress. I was reminded this month to take the extra moments to squish our loved ones. Watching someone far too young become quite ill has been humbling.

Winter Institute was pretty awesome. I learned a lot and went to many a meeting and education class and several private publisher dinners. Winter Institute is put on by the American Booksellers Association and it is a well attended event. This event brings about 1600+ people from around the country. In my opinion it is a little wild. I feel overwhelmed with those numbers, etc. I just want to go to my hotel room and put on my jim-jams (what I call pajamas) and read or stare at a wall. So I have to take it easy at these type of functions. However, I really loved the intimate dinners that publishers invited me to, where I got to meet other booksellers, publishers and authors. Very fun. My hubby got to stay with me in my hotel because he was in Seattle for WSF work anyways. We went to a comedy show on Monday night put on by one of the guest authors whose book I read. Fun was had. I brought back sooooo many bags of books for myself and my team!

March is bringing me good vibes... I am painting almost everyday as a therapy outlet for my mental health and I am loving how I feel. Watercolor and acrylics mostly. Some of my fun and whimsical works are in the shop, please feel free to stop in and see what made me smile this week. We leave at the end of the month for 8 days in Iceland and then 10 days in Scotland. Iceland is fully planned and booked. What a lovely adventure that will be. We sat down with a local couple who have been to Scotland numerous times and we spent several hours chatting with them, looking at maps, etc. So we will finalize this week what I like to refer to as our visit to the Highlands. I can NOT wait. I will post pics.

We are in the slow season and I am trying not to freak out, like I do every year. It is exhausting work and very little return this time of year. I did get a position on the Board for Anacortes Pride, I am really looking forward to serving in this way.

This month I read How To Sell A Haunted House by Grady Hendrix... this is the second book by this author that I have read. This author is sooooo very good at writing outrageous and creepy. This book was so different than other horror books that I have read, I didn't love the sibling dynamic in the beginning but then it all clicks and you just go "WOW". I mean what's not to love about creepy haunted houses... oh and puppets.. yeah.. creepy dolls too! Fun! I also read Is It Hot In Here (Or Am I Suffering For All Eternity For The Sins I Committed On Earth)? by Zach Zimmerman. He was the comedian that we saw at Winter Institute. His book is good and it is a humbling reflection of what queer people may go through with parents who are not accepting and/or are judgmental. I am a mama bear to an openly gay son and I could not imagine saying these types of things to my kiddo. There was a LOT of humor in his writing. There is a chapter called, Twink on the Fire Escape- hilarious!! I also started reading Rachel Linden's latest manuscript... it is in the very early stages of the printing process. I am a decent content editor, so I am happy to do that for her, but it is grueling work with all the little details, etc. I listened to Booked: A Collection of RomCom Novellas for Book Lovers by Jenn McKinlay. This book is told in 3 novellas and the last one features the characters from the previous 2 novellas. Cheesy, predicable and yet I could not wait to listen to it more. It was very Hallmark with less syrup. Fun and a quick listen. I enjoyed! Then I listened to Big Swiss by Jen Beagin and WHAT A FREAKING DELIGHT!! OK... my full disclosure is... it is sexy, sexy. It follows Greta and she is a transcriber for a sex therapist. It is funny, sad and the narrator is wonderful. There was a part that I KNEW was going to happen and it just didn't matter, I was so happy to be a fly on the wall. I really liked it, but it is not for everyone.

This month I will finish reading Rachel Linden's manuscript. I will also read Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe. It is a graphic novel and the art is awesome! I picked up a copy of Amazing Grace Adams by Fran Littlewood from the Winter Institute event. I know NOTHING about this book other than I liked the cover- hahahaha! I also want to read The Many Assassinations of Samir, The Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri. It is a middle-grade read (for 8-10 year olds) and this one is due out this month. The story is a young man traveling on the Silk Road with another man, Samir. The man selling dreams is a scammer and he makes the wrong people mad. They attempt to assassinate him and this traveler takes it upon himself to save him. I thought it sounded very clever. I will also listen to Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan. I glanced at my hardcopy and decided.. that I better listen to it. I will also read while I am in Iceland.. Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World by Eliza Reid. This title is due out in March and I think I am going to LOVE IT!

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


Mark Your Calendars with these Upcoming Dates!



March is Women's History Month,

and you know that we girls here at Watermark are celebrating!

Learn something new about women's history with one of our many books on the subject. Ask us about our favorites!


🍀 St. Patrick's Day - Friday, March 17th 🍀

Here's a look at some adorable St. Patrick's Day books we have gotten in for the kiddos in your life to help you celebrate!



Easter - Sunday, April 9th

Look at all of the egg-cellent Easter books and items for the funny bunnies that you know!

We also have all kinds of Easter cards to send to your friends and family.

This April marks five years since Brandy took over the shop.

Let's make this a special landmark anniversary!

We will be celebrating during the week of April 24th - April 30th

We will be offering some of our favorite annual specials:

a special sale day, a week of raffle baskets,

AND Independent Bookstore Day happens to fall in this year's week of celebrating!

We are so excited for the 10th anniversary of

Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29th!

We have fun specials in store for you, including...

Fun freebies! Check out our upcoming April newsletter and our social media pages for a look at the exclusive merch we will have.

Our annual tote bag special! This year's IBD tote bag is YOURS when you spend

$75+ or more--while supplies last!

As part of our Independent Bookstore Day celebrations,

we are welcoming local author Susan Specht Oram! Join us any time from 12-3pm

to meet the author, discover her awesome suspenseful mysteries, get your copies signed, and help us celebrate this day!

This Just In

We are so excited for this color-your-own tarot deck!


New puzzles from Eeboo and Galison!


These greeting card puzzles are a great way to say "hello" and "happy birthday"

to the puzzlers in your life!


This Just In for Kids

Puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles!


Eeboo's fun and educational games are sure to keep the kiddos entertained!


Super fun new card games!


Kiddos love these memory & matching games.


Check out these adorable new patterns for journals, sketch books,

 and colored pencil sets!


New and Noteworthy
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback

New Sarah J. Maas covers for her Throne of Glass series!


Upcoming Events


Sunday, March 5th

Jaycee's Birthday!

Happiest of birthdays to our girl. Come help us celebrate her on her special day!

Friday, March 10th

Author Event 3-5pm

Local author Jane Dwinell will be here signing copies of the book that she cowrote with her partner, Sky Yardley. Alzheimer's Canyon is about their experiences as a couple while Sky was going through dementia.

Join us on Friday, March 10th any time between 3-5pm to meet the author, get a copy of the book signed, and support your locals!

Friday, March 17th

St. Patrick's Day-OPEN

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Make sure you wear green to the bookshop!

Come into the shop to see what we are wearing.

Monday, March 20th

First Day of Spring

March 20th is the first day of Spring!


Sunday, April 9th


We will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, April 24th-Sunday, April 30th

Shop Anniversary of New Ownership

We can't wait to celebrate five amazing years with you!

Saturday, April 29th

Independent Bookstore Day

Visit your favorite local book shop 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 Book of Delights by Ross Gay.

Here's what Brandy has to say about the book:

"This book is simply lovely!! I have had the pleasure to meet this author multiple times. In The Book Of Delights, Ross Gay set out to write something everyday that delighted him, and this book is the best of those. Short little essays about all things life. Simply beautiful, fun and soooo hilarious at times. I recommend this book to all... enjoy!"