Friday, November 9, 2018

LOVE YOUR BOOKSTORE CHALLENGE! Are you up for it! We hope so!

Starting tomorrow November 10th til November 16th 2018, we'd love you to tag us in any and all social media posts. Stop in either store, Bremerton or Poulsbo take a photo and tag us. If you recently bought books with us, take a photo of you reading it in your comfy reading place! (mine on the couch, or sitting in front of the fireplace) and again tag us with #loveyourbookstore and #libertybaybooks  More info here. Yes, you get entered to win bookish prizes of course!  We so appreciate ALL of you reading with us!
On the reading front, what have you read recently and loved? What are you excited to read this Fall? Remember we'd love you to Pre Order your books with us. The BIG book arriving our shelves Tuesday November 13th, is  Becoming by Michelle Obama ! A fascinating, very talented woman!
We do hope to see you this Holiday season at both our stores! Look for the Holiday Flyer  in your local newspapers in Kingston, Hansville, Suquamish, Poulsbo and in Bremerton with the Kitsap Sun. Make sure to check the back page for the 15% coupon good until January 31st 2019! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fall 2018 Books I have enjoyed so far!

We have discussed before how many books we all read and listen
Right now I am listening thru  ,
Markus Zusak's new book Bridge of Clay.  Markus reads it and I LOVE his voice. Clay is one of the tough Dunbar boys, whose mother is dead and his father is called the Murdered. Yep, you want to read or listen to this book. We do have autographed copies in both stores.

I also listened to Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Cassandra Campbells voice fits perfectly the setting of the Marshes of North Carolina. I did not want the story to end of Kya, her dysfunctional family, her friendships in town, her love of the marsh,  birds and all wildlife. I can't recommend it highly enough. Remember if you like to listen to audio books like we do, you can sign up for a monthly membership and your first month is FREE! Or for non membership audios use LBB20 for 20% off.

French Exit by Patrick deWitt is just a straight up, a fun read. The husband/father dies and the mother and her grown up son, (who lives with her) move with their cat , Little Frank to Paris given they're broke! I'm chuckling just writing this.

Leif Enger was just in Poulsbo for a West Sound Reads Event. His new book Virgil Wander, is one of my favorite reads for all of 2018. Virgil has an  car accident, ending up in Lake Superior! His small town friends, come to his aid.  I just loved this small town with it's quirky residents. I really think you all will LOVE this book too! We do have autographed copies.

To start the Fall off, I read Circe by Madeline Miller.  Fabulous Read! A Greek mythology story with Circe, the banished daughter of Zeus, in the lead, who becomes a strong female God.  Many of the Gods, visit her on her Island, while she hones her skills survival.  I will read this book again I loved it so much!

We appreciate you pre ordering your upcoming favorite reads this Fall with us!  Thank you so much for shopping small and local with us in Bremerton and Poulsbo !

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Anticipating New Books? We'd love you to Pre Order them with us! Swag included with purchase!

I assume you are an avid reader! We are hoping to have you, our readers and  new customers to Liberty Bay Books, pre order your copies with us. Here are a few books that go on sale this Fall 2018.  Some, I have read  the advanced copy, so I can honestly say how much I enjoyed them. The others you might recognized the authors! You can pre order off our web site, or call our stores in either Bremerton 360-908-1563 or Poulsbo 360-779-5909. We really appreciate you supporting us!

First up, going on sale September 24, 2018, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green.  Yes, brother to John Green and part of the Vlogbrothers and the Nerdfighters .  I read an early copy and Yes, I  really loved this quirky story which includes Aliens called The Carls, too much social media, pressure from all sides, friendships- April May, Andy, publishers, agents, and more. Real life issues with a fantasy element of Aliens! We will include an enamel pin (of what not sure, maybe of The Carls) with your purchase!

On sale, October 2nd 2018 is The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy by Michael Lewis, We will have signed copies. I have not read an advanced copy of this book but have read many of his previous books and have enjoyed them all. His books are always enlightening and so thought provoking especially during these difficult times.

On sale October 9th, 2018 is a new novel from Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore. I unfortunately have not read an early copy of this book.  His fans are highly anticipating this new magical realism book. A  Murakami tote will be included with your purchase!

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver is next up and goes on sale October 16th, 2018. I am reading an advance copy of this book  now and loving it. Set in the same house in two different time periods. Family struggles with  secrets, money, society viewpoints and so much more.  A personal letter from Barbara to readers who buy the book at Indie Bookstores is included.
On sale October 30th, 2018, is  next up for a favorite series for many kids, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown, book 13!  A gift will be included with your purchase. No, I do not know what Jeff has decided to include with your purchase from us Indie Bookstores.

Your Thanksgiving read, on sale November 20th 2018  is from George R R Martin, Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones. A Targaryen History .
This is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryen's of Westeros! I can not WAIT! We do not have anything special yet to add to your purchase besides just supporting an Indie Bookstore!

Last but not least, on sale November 27th, 2018 is Kingdom of The Blind by Louise Penny. This new Chief Inspector Armand Gamache will be autographed.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where does the time go?

I have been really remiss in posting here about books I have read, and what books the booksellers at both stores of Liberty Bay Books have been enjoying so far in 2018. I will say both Madison and I listen to a book a week on I love having a story told to me. A mystery I enjoyed listening to recently was Star of the North by D.B John. It's a thriller involving North Korea. I also enjoyed The Power by Naomi Alderman, Girl Power by electrical current! gone  a tad astray.  A fabulous historical read, which did make me so mad is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. Bad US history that I didn't know anything about. So well written, but disturbing  to learn about this historical period of time in Oklahoma.  A book both Madison and I enjoyed is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Two families broken apart by secrets, lies... and so much more.

A fabulous Young Adult- Fantasy book is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and read by Bahni Turpin. A Fabulous voice along with a great story. So glad this is book one, Legacy of Orisha.  I cannot wait to continue the story of Zelie, a Prince and Princess.  Great cover as well. It is in the running for Jimmy Fallon's  2018 Summer Book Club read.  Yes I voted for this book.
 It is almost the end of June which is Audio Book Month. You have the link to, if you sign up for a monthly membership in June, your first month is FREE! If you want to try a book to see if you like listening as much as we do, use the coupon code LBB20 and find a book on the playlist, Great Audio Books on Sale  We appreciate you listening and reading with us at our locations in Bremerton, Poulsbo and online.


Monday, December 18, 2017

HO! HO! HO! We think everyone should get a Book this Year!

We SO agree with this statement! Everyone gets a BOOK this year. It is so hard to decide which are the books you loved reading most this past year. What books you'd love to share with friends, what to recommend to customers. Have you decided what were your favorite reads for 2017? I  select favorite reads in genres, Mysteries- I loved so many but Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, The Dry by Jane Harper, A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena are at the top. It's so hard to choose.  Fiction- I loved  The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders- of Course. I actually listen to Lincoln in the Bardo on the . 160+ voices. Just amazing! American War by Omar El Akkad, a southern end of days, and Exit West by Moshid Hamid were amazing reads as well. Exit West opens your eyes to he plight of refugees.
The Young Adult/Middle Grade book Refugee by Alan Gratz also opens our eyes to what refugees, children, suffer on their way towards freedom. The young adult book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a book I feel should be read by everyone. Set in a tough area of town, family, gangs, young black men, white police men, tragedy.  A top 5 read of the year for me! What is your favorite genre? Mine might be fantasy books right now.
Katherine Arden's books, The Bear and the Nightingale and her new book The Girl in the Tower are fabulous! Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson  is a wonderful story with Faeries, a Rook, a painter... .

We appreciate you all shopping with us this past year.  Thank  you for shopping small with us in Poulsbo and in Bremerton. Happy Holidays and may we all have a wonderful New Year.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tradition- Jolabokaflod Iceland's Christmas Book Flood,

 I have visited Iceland three times. I have so enjoyed each visit from, the Icelandic Horse riding, to the Black  Sand Beaches, to wandering Reykjavik and their wonderful bookstores. Given I own two bookstores, I always go into bookstores when I travel. Do you? I have just learned of this awesome Christmas Tradition Jolabokaflod- Christmas Book Flood! Everyone receives books on Christmas Eve. LOVE this! How awesome would it be if everyone around the world received books on Christmas Eve!
A new favorite Christmas book is The Little Reindeer  by Nicola Killen. A little girl and a lost reindeer.  So Cute. I love the illustrations! 
 Awesome board books are the Finger Puppet books. A new Holiday title is  Baby Reindeer finger puppet book. Perfect for little hands!
A  PNW favorite author  Martha Brockenbrough  has a new Holiday book- Love Santa. A young girl learns about  her Mom's involvement in the writing of Santa's letters. So Heartfelt!
Check out the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Holiday catalog for more book ideas. Thank you for continuing  to shop small with us, supporting an Indie Bookstore. 
We hope you stop in either store, Poulsbo or Bremerton, to see us about other book choices. You can always visit our website as well. Happy Holidays

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mystery Books, I love them, Do you?

I so enjoy a good mystery! I've read a few great ones this year by BIG name authors, but also by authors unknown by me before this. Of course, I loved the new Jack Reacher, The Midnight Line- story line- meds being sold by?? (Book Candy! as long as I don't think of Tom Cruise as Reacher!!) The setting in Wyoming, which I love, and is also the setting for Paradise Valley by CJ Box, his Cassie Dewell detective series. Truckers and women.

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey had me guessing till
the end- detective Gemma Woodstock in her  Australian hometown solving a murder of a fellow HS graduate.  Another great mystery by an Australia author is The Dry by Jane Harper.  I have also read the advanced copy of her new book Force of Nature. You will really enjoy both of these mysteries which involve Federal Agent Aaron Falk!  Another new great mystery author to me is Gin Phillips and her book Fierce Kingdom. The setting- a visit to the zoo, by  a mother and child! Yes I was on the edge of my seat the whole book.
Check out our list of mystery book list off our web site. Enjoy! Remember you can listen to any of these awesome mystery novels on audio thru


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Authors, Authors, Authors visiting Kitsap County!

Fall, always  a special time of the year in publishing.  Many new books released with Authors touring and talking about their books.  This Fall we have a great line up of authors visiting Kitsap County. Saturday September 16th, Kim O'Donnel with PNW Veg is coming to the Poulsbo Farmers Market   from 11am to 1pm. Stop by to sample a few snacks from this wonderful cookbook. Also on Saturday September 16th at 2pm, we are the bookseller for Seanan McGuire's event with KRL's Silverdale branch. Her event is being held at Scout Hall 9161 Washington Ave. If you love Fantasy book's, you'll want to stop by to hear her. She also writes under another name, ?? and writes a different genre of books???. Any Ideas?? We will have those books on hand as well.

WEST SOUND READS! our Fall event is with Local Boy who's done REALLY well. Jamie Ford!! September 23rd, Saturday 2:30pm, Jamie with be at South Kitsap High School, (his HS  Alma Mater). He will be talking about his new book Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Set historically in Seattle around the 1909 Worlds Fair. I loved it! Plan to join us for this FREE community event.

Two other authors, both penning non-fiction titles, coming in October are Irene Skyriver with  her new book Paddling with Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey, October 26th 6:30pm, to be held either at the Poulsbo store or at The Loft, in their event room.
 Josh Dean is coming to the Downtown Bremerton Library, 612 5th Ave, on Monday October 30th at 6:30p. His exciting read is  The Taking of K-129: How the CIA used Howard Hughes  to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History.  With all the Military and Submarines in our area, I can not wait to hear about this book.

Children's Authors !! All the way from England,
 Cressida Cowell is coming to the Sylvan Way KRL branch in Bremerton October 4th 6pm to talk about her new book  The Wizard's of Once. You know Cressida from the book series How to Train your Dragon, which we all Loved. I think you'll all Love this book as well.
Next up is Kallie George ,who we are bringing to local elementary schools to talk to students about her new series Heartwood Hotel, for the younger readers.
We hope you can make to some of our events if not all. Thank you as always for shopping Indie with us in Poulsbo and Bremerton. We really appreciate your support. Remember we have book clubs at both our stores. Plan to join one this year!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A FREE audio book from us and

As you know I love to listen to audio books. At  Indie Book Stores we have partnered with It is a Seattle company with our very own connection here in Poulsbo- Nick.  This month August 2017 you can redeem a code to listen to an audio book FREE, by UW professor John Medina. The title Brain Rules for Aging Well. Yes, a book for those of us  of a certain age! But you of the younger set should listen to make sure you age well and to think about your parents and grandparents if this book might give  you ideas to help them in any way. Ok enough said here is your link to sign up through our store  and here is  the code to redeem   IJCI-TSIZ-MUZJ-G5MJ    You can also use this link.  Happy listening! Suzanne