Take a quick trip to Mercer Island for some destination shopping that won’t cost you a plane ticket or any awkward moments with TSA. Conveniently nestled in a row of worthy shops, Island Books is an oasis for book lovers and anyone in search of a shopping getaway or even just a friendly face and a sense of community. Established in 1973, this mighty hub of happy activity is perfectly sized for getting lost in words without losing a kid. Owner Laurie Raisys has created a warm atmosphere filled with a thoughtful selection of gifts, stationery, quality toys, and, of course, the books you crave and ALL the gorgeous magazines to fuel your daydreams. Park your car once and combine your visit with lunch at Homegrown or L’Experience Paris and a jaunt through Terra Bella. Fill your beach bag with these titles selected with care by the experts at Island Books.
Island Books is open for browsing 9am-7pm Weekdays, 9am-6pm Saturdays, and 10am-5pm on Sundays. 3014 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040, (206) 232-6920 www.islandbooks.com
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
When a washed-up writer takes advantage of both an arrogant student's original plot AND that student's untimely death, he thinks he's gotten away with a victimless crime. But then the email comes, You are a thief. For anyone looking for a twisty psychological thriller that delves into the world of writing and publishing!
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Just the thing to take on your vacation - long-time college friends Alex and Poppy used to take yearly vacations together, memorable, terrible, adventurous vacations. Then something happens that changes everything. Laugh out loud funny with a sweetly steamy romance.
Yearbook by Seth Rogan
Candid and humorous personal essays which Rogan "desperately hope[s] are just funny at worst, and life-changingly amazing at best."
Pacific Coasting by Danielle Kroll
Everyone's going on road trips this summer! Take this beautifully illustrated book along to plan your Pacific Coast trip, and maybe a few other reads from this list as well.
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
A snarky light-hearted YA rom-com, that also tackles the tricky issue of belonging. From the author, "This book is for everyone who feels stuck between two cultures. But more so, it's for all those out there searching for their place in the world." Washington author!
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
Perfect for the YA epic fantasy fans. Aveyard takes all the conventions of high fantasy and makes it fresh with diverse characters and an action-packed plot!