Book Gem in Seattle, Washington For the Traveling Bibliophile

3 Aug

I described this vacation as ‘Books, beer, and hiking.’ I think I delivered on all three! I want to spend a post talking about the shops I visited, one in each city. My first stop was Seattle and I visited Elliot Bay Book Company. This amazing store was located only three blocks from my host’s house. He’d never heard of it! Gosh, darn Computer Engineers not reading! If you work for Amazon, you should know about the stores you’re eradicating, haha. I had him meet us there after work and it was hard not to be blown away by this place.

The front door was beautiful and things only got better as I went further inside. I quickly found the store’s “Summer Booknotes 2017” which had a ton of books I’ve seen positively reviewed on other blogs, notable authors with new releases, and recommendations from their employees, all sorted by genre. I also found the July calendar of events including book clubs, story time for children, and author appearances. I just missed Jonathan Safran Foer! The groups and recommendations reminded me of my local indy bookstore, Literati, and I was so excited to continue exploring.

The shelves and display in this place were beautiful! The store was well-lit, well-organized, and had a lot of personal touches in terms of staff recommendations. I always love recommendations and they’ve directed me toward some amazing reads! The store had a coffee shop in the back (where my husband escaped to trying to chase off jet lag while I explored) and an upstairs section with travel and bargain non-fiction titles. But that fiction section, though! I was blown away.

I’ve added a few more pictures below and I want to call attention to one in particular. One of the featured books was Chemistry by Weike Wang. As I said, I’m always attracted to a recommendation. I saw this book facing outward with a staff recommendation below it. (I later realized it was featured in the Booknotes I’d already picked up.) I said to my husband, “Oh, wow! I knew a girl named Weike Want in high school. We were on the swim team together. She got a perfect score on her ACT and went on to Harvard to study some science or something.” I thought that there was no way the Weike I knew was the same person. There was no way she wrote a book that I then held in a bookstore across the country. Well, guess what? I opened to the back flap and was greeted with a picture that looked a lot like the girl I knew from my swim team and a blurb that mentioned the author had gone to Harvard to study (shock) Chemistry. I confirmed it later by contacting her on Facebook, but the author of this book swam with me in high school! She’s agreed to do an author Q&A with me and I plan to read her book right away so I can get it reviewed and get you all some more info about Weike and her book. I’m so excited!


The other two images featured here are the stained glass over the entry door and the book my husband decided to buy. He loves Shakespeare parodies.

I highly recommend this store to anyone visiting Seattle! It was a gem to be sure.

Until next time, write on.

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4 Responses to “Book Gem in Seattle, Washington For the Traveling Bibliophile”

  1. Emily @ Reaching While Rooted August 3, 2017 at 11:22 AM #

    Holy cow you were not kidding! It is such a small world. That was so kind of her to agree to a Q&A as well. I have come to love the book community, most authors and readers I have come across are incredibly kind and willing to share their time with you (I have interacted with many authors on IG but every time it still blows me away). Can’t wait to hear what you think of the book!


    • Sam August 3, 2017 at 5:30 PM #

      Thanks! I’m so excited to read it. It seems autobiographical and I haven’t talked to her since high school so it will likely feel like catching up lol. Authors always seem like such celebrities to me so when they respond, I’m always so humbled. Happy reading!

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  2. anovelglimpse August 3, 2017 at 2:24 PM #

    You’re visiting my city! (Well, close to my city.) I’m happy you found that gem of a book store and enjoyed your visit. I hope your next destination is just as fun!


    • Sam August 3, 2017 at 5:31 PM #

      Thank you. I loved Seattle and hope I can find a reason to go back. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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