Cancer survivor, sci-fi junkie opens used bookstore in downtown Bothell

After winning a six-and-a-half year battle with cancer, Bothell resident Annie Carl is taking another leap of faith and opening her own book store.

Bothell resident Annie Carl is opening her own book store in downtown.

After winning a six-and-a-half year battle with cancer, Bothell resident Annie Carl is taking another leap of faith and opening her own used book store.

Standing amid piles of books and wood in her store at the Logdon Building in downtown Bothell, the 31 year old makes no secret of the role books have played in her life, starting from before she was born when her mother would read to her.

“She would read just out loud to her pregnant belly,” Carl said smiling. “We were in a house full of books. My parents were both avid readers.”

Originally from Kingston, she started working in Mr. B’s Bookery at 15, where she was paid in books until being hired on a year later. She worked there through her college days until she graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

“My family and I had kind of become a part of their extended family,” she said.

In 2008 she was diagnosed with stage-four non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After months of chemotherapy and radiation, her cancer was sent into remission in 2009, and in 2014 after five years of surveillance scans, Carl learned she was cancer free.

After her more than six-year battle with cancer, Carl said she was ready to turn a new page.

“At this point in my life, it’s like I’ve gotta give this a shot, because why not?” she said.

Her shop, The Neverending Bookshop is set to open Oct. 24, with a wide variety of used books. Carl said she’s especially excited about the kids corner where her friend will be painting a mural.

As for Carl, she’s a science fiction junkie.

“I could converse for hours about all things nerdy,” she said.

She’s also participated in the National Novel Writing Month during November for the past seven years, writing more than 50,000 words for each draft.

Carl said she’s trying to avoid loans and set up a gofundme account to get the business off the ground.

The Logsdon Building is located in downtown Bothell at 10123 Main Place.

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