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Adam (alumni)

I have worked at Inklings almost since it's opening day. Back then, it was just a summer job while I was going to college! When I finished school and moved to Yakima, it turned into an exciting, challenging career. 

My favorite book is Birds of America by Lorrie Moore. Some of my favorite authors are Margaret AtwoodAmy HempelAlice Munro and Marilynne Robinson.


 

Alicia

Hello there! I have been working at Inklings since​ 2006 and have loved every minute of it. When I am not at Inklings I am usually out gallivanting with friends and family, playing piano, baking yummy things and helping in the worship ministry at my church and college group. Over the past few years I have had the joy of going to school overseas with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) to Northern Ireland, India and Hawaii. I have come to love reading since working here. Some of my favorite genres to read include YA, Children's Fantasy, Religion and Biographies. 

Some of my favorite reads include:

  • Holiness of God - R.C. Sproul
  • Pastrix - Nadia - Bolz-Weber
  • The Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
  • Forest Feast - Erin Gleeson
  • Between Shades of Grey - Ruta Sepetys

Amy

Amy

I started working at Inklings Bookshop in 2012. I enjoy helping customers find that perfect gift or book. Plus, I get to encourage people to continue to learn and grow through their book choices. It’s incredibly rewarding to match people with books that stretch them. I’ve read so many wonderful new books I would have never heard about if I didn’t work here. So, I’m always looking for a book to teach me something new. It’s a joy to discuss books with fellow kindred spirits and get paid to do so!

I also do the out of print book searches. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of finding a beloved title for someone who thought it could be lost forever. I tend to read memoirs, religious historical fiction, science, and children’s fantasy books. But, I’ll read just about anything if a friend recommends it.  I am also the current Gift Buyer at Inklings. I love looking for interesting and unique things to add to our store. Email me if you have any ideas.

A few of my current favorite books are:

 

There’s not many things I love like escaping into the pages of a fabulous book. But, if I’m not reading I enjoy riding horses, gardening, sewing, and watching television or a movie. If you ever need to bribe me, my drink of choice at Starbucks is an iced Venti Unsweetened Black Tea Lemonade. Oh, and I like dark chocolate too.

Here's a list of my favorite reads: 


ChrisChris

Chris was born and raised in Yakima, graduated from Davis High School, attended college west of the mountains, and is old enough to remember wooden card catalogs from elementary school, when he'd volunteer one of his recesses to re-file the cards from returned copies of Matilda, Encyclopedia Brown, and Anne of Green Gables.
 
Things That Are
Books currently on his favorite shelf:
 
Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Things That Are by Amy Leach
Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Emily

I was born in Eastern Oregon, and through several moves early in my childhood, books remained my constant friends. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in a library or a bookstore, and after having spent a few years working in libraries, I'm thrilled to be realizing the second part of my dream by working in an independent bookstore. I love books and people, and I especially love talking to people about books. I read everything, from classics to cookbooks, but my favorite genres are Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. 
 
I'm currently reading:
Some of my all-time favorites are:
I also happen to be the events coordinator (and manager) for Inklings, so if you've got an event idea for us, please let me know by emailing emily@inklingsbookshop.com 

 

Jason N. (IT guy)

Even though I am the Technical Support for Inklings, I still enjoy reading, and always have since childhood. I remember going to the downtown library and trying to read all the children's books they had. I especially loved Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol, Cam Jansen by David Adler, and books about knotsorigami, and all craft books. I also love cooking books, like: Cooking for Geeks, anything by Mark Bittman, and America's Test Kitchen. Can't forget to mention Backyard Ballistics, either. 

Now I am mostly a technical reader, although I have to confess that I liked The Hunger Games series and couldn't put Orson Scott Card's Pathfinder down. Loved the sequel, Ruins.

I am married to another Inklings employee, Renee'. We have three young daughters.


J.T.J.T.

I am a life-long native of Yakima. As a kid, Inklings was one of my favorite stores, and I have many fond memories of curling up in a big comfy chair inside Glenwood Square, with the latest Artemis Fowl or Captain Underpants book. Naturally, it feels great to work in one of my favorite childhood stores! 


I enjoy talking history, sports and anything relating to the WSU Cougars. 

My favorite book is: Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
My favorite author is: Terry Pratchett
Other favorite books of mine include:
 
The Beauty and the Sorrow - Peter Englund

Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

Small Gods - Terry Pratchett

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The War with Hannibal - Titus Livy

Country Driving - Peter Hessler

The Longest Day - Cornelius Ryan

Mimi

In elementary school I was given the chance in fourth and fifth grade to help out as either a crossing guard, food service and dishwasher in the kitchen, helping in the library, or in the office. I think because my best friend was helping do food service, as well as the cutest boy in school, I opted to try that first. After burning myself and hating the smell of ammonia I decided that I couldn't be bought by just a free lunch and a chance to look at the boy who wouldn't speak to me, so I changed over to working in the library. It was like heaven. It was quiet and we were allowed to check out more than the regular seven books! (I used to ask people if they would checkout books for me because I was always at my limit!) On Fridays we would get to choose a treat from a big bowl of goodies that Mrs. Boyd, our Scottish librarian, would bring in. I managed to lose a molar in a Rollo once! Ah, memories...

Now I get paid to work in a book store! How great is that? I have to say that a big sum from that check goes right back into the store.... It's a little dangerous.

I love to learn new things and translating the words and pictures of a book into something I've made in person is a huge thrill (Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones, America's Test Kitchen's Baking Illustrated: The Practical Kitchen Companion for the Home Baker). Most of the fiction that I read is a bit on the odd-ball side (The True Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer) or a classic (Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier). Sometimes both! (A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde). And then I still get caught up in kids' books (The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan) and just about anything that will make me laugh (Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems) or have a deep thought (Where Children Sleep by James Mollison).

Here are some other books that I love:

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead - Fun children's chapter with a crazy twist!
  • Wildwood by Colin Meloy - Talking animals, unspoken feuds and Portland, OR - A young adult book.... or is it!?
  • Heaven to Betsy and Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace - Written in the 40s and based on Maud's own childhood Betsy, her family and friends will charm you with their adventures.
  • Theodosia Throckmorton series by R.L. LaFevers - Theo lives in a museum where her parents are curators and there's always something afoot!
  • Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger - A very saucy and witty series where the heroine deals with ware wolves, vampires and preternatural in Victorian London. Highly entertaining!
  • A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg - This memoir becomes three-dimensional when you make up the recipes that helped Molly through her life. Her smooth writing in the book is an excellent supplement to her online blog. She and her husband are owners of Delancy, a woodfire pizza restaurant in Seattle, and the soon to be Essex, a bar specializing in handcrafted bar ingredients.
  • Perry Mason the Case of the Calendar Girl by Erle Stanley Gardner - I found this 1953 copy of a Perry Mason mystery at a yard sale and bought it for a craft project. When looking for a good book for those lazy summer days out in the hammock I thought I'd give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised! 
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - I loved reading about Anne (with an E!), Diana, Gilbert, Marilla and Matthew when I was in middle school and all my friends were obsessed with L.M. Montgomery's books and I still love reading about them all! Revisiting past favorites has helped me see little details that went under my young mind's radar. I can't wait to read more of those favorites!
  • Anne of Green Gables Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson - This is such a wonderful companion to the Anne of Green Gables series! I bought this when I was about 13 years old with my very own money ($25 was a lot at that age!) and enjoy it even more now than I did then. It includes a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery, history of Canada in connection to the world during Anne's fictional life span, book synopses, description of the real Green Gables, craft projects, recipes, gardening ideas and lots of beautiful illustrations.

Pat (alumni)

I'm a 29 year old father of four. I recently resigned my position as Crew Supervisor for the Washington Conservation Corps after six years to be a stay at home dad with my newly born son. I have bled, sweat and cried into the waters and soils of our valley restoring our natural habitats to their former glory; there is no land I would rather live on or be attached to. I work here at Inklings part time which gives me the luxury of exorcising my love for science fiction and the written word in general while spending quality time with my son. I'm an avid gardener, an outdoors enthusiast, poet, musician, philosopher, nerd, conversationalist, gesticulator, thespian and insufferable know-it-all.

I am on the planning comity for TEDxYakima, which gives me the great pleasure of spreading ideas across the valley and encouraging new modes of thought.

My most recent read was The Martian by Andy Weir. It joins my list of favorites, sitting amongst the likes of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel and Armor by John Steakley.


Rachel

I started working at Inklings in 2014 right around Christmas as a gift wrapper. Now I work there part time. I have always loved reading ever since I was little and my parents and grandparents read me bedtime stories. My love of books has just kept growing since then. Now I enjoy fantasy, sci-fi and young adult fiction mostly. I am so grateful to be working in a bookshop where I can share my love of reading everyday. It is very rewarding helping people find books they've been looking for.
 
Here are some of my favorites:
 
I'm currently reading:

Renee

I've been working at Inklings since 2003 and hope to continue doing so for a long time. I love to surround myself by books, and was first introduced to the world of literature by my grandpa, George Simon. I would sit on his lap and we would read the Children's Book of Virtues. There are so many wonderful stories in that book and I'm glad I got to share them with him. I'm excited that my three daughters also have grandparents who like to read to them.

There are many books that I love to read over and over and over:

Some of my other favorites are: 

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness 


 

ShirleyShirley

I’ve lived in the Yakima Valley my life long. Growing up in the hamlet of Sawyer where my roots began in a very big house. The land stretched out before me with orchards, farmland, creeks, river, and the adventures began. My favorite place, as known to me then was the second creek. This creek split and over time had formed a small island. There, at age eight or so, I would wade through those shallows to my favorite spot with book in hand. Yes, a “free range” child paging through books ever since. There are several good things which bring elements of joy to life and then those of passion. Mine gather around books, commuting by bike, nature, tea and foods. Books keep bits and pieces of life about us that we might not otherwise gather. My reads gravitate to self –help, non-fiction, young adult (sorry no vampires) and by no means least cookbooks. But truly I follow my inklings from the bookshelves. Golly, where do I begin my list for favorites? As the mindful would say, here:

  • The Contented Little Pussy Cat by Frances Ruth Keller
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • Stuart Little by E.B White
  • Bikenomics by Elly Blue
  • Everyday Bicycling by Elly Blue
  • County by 7 by Holly Sloan
  • A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
  • Undeniable by Bill Nye
  • Job’s Body by Dean Juhan

Come in, browse, and enjoy the textured surroundings within Inklings Bookshop.


 

Sue

 I grew up in Sacramento, California and graduated from California State University in Sacramento with a degree in English Lit. After living in several states and raising two daughters with my husband, I'm now single and have three grandsons. I love animals and have two dogs, a cat, fish and a turtle that is about 40 years old. I have loved reading all my life and have worked in book shops for over 20 years. I'm also a runner. I'm pretty slow, but I do manage to run in a half-marathon or two a year, often with one of my daughters who are both runners also. You might see me running each morning on the road with my dogs.

Among my favorite books are:

Other favorite authors: Eudora WeltyAnne TylerIvan DoigCharles ToddAgatha Christie, Martin Cruz Smith.

Favorite poets: BashoGary SnyderSeamus HeaneyMary OliverStephen Dunn, and Mark Doty.


 

Susan

I was born in North Bend, WA in 1953. Having two older brothers, I was a surprise, and I guess, a happy one. Living in Small Town, USA for the first 7 years of my life, I had hours of outdoor play and hours with some of my best friends - books! My long hair needed tending each morning, so my Mom sat behind me brushing, braiding and teaching me to read when I was four. After our family moved up to Snoqualmie Pass where our nearest neighbors were distant, that friendship with books and the North Bend librarian, gave me hours of imagination and companionship.

Attending a rural school with 100 kids in 1st through 12th grades gave me a good childhood full of teachers who cared about me and my education. Having no social life to speak of, I read all the time, worked hard as a student and didn't even mind long winters with six feet of snow on the ground. While my Dad worked nights for the Department of Transportation plowing that snow, I watched my Mom keep the furnace stoked with coal and wood and enjoyed a wonderful companionship with her, a kindred book spirit.

I married that tall blond basketball player that my Home Ec. teacher said looked like a Greek god. He likes me to remember that. We were only 18, so we kind of grew up the rest of the way together, and we've been married 42 years. We spent a few years in Chicago and Tennessee going to school and then moved back to Central Washington where we raised our four children and Jim started an aircraft rebuilding and manufacturing company called Cub Crafters.

We opened Inklings Bookshop in September of 2000 with no retail experience and a lot of optimism. My business partner, Mandi, made up for all my deficiencies in education, organization and creativity and she made us look good from the start. I am now the sole owner, but I use what I learned from her every day. I can't believe that Inklings is approaching its fifteenth birthday. What a ride this has been and continues to be. I love what I get to do every day, the people I meet and the challenges that keep me growing!

One of my other favorite roles is being Grandma Sue and spending a weekly afternoon with my granddaughter, Sophie, a sixth grader who reads like a whiz and has the best sense of humor! I also have another granddaughter named Merit and three grandsons named Atlas, Corbin and Levi.  Though Merit and Atlas are only four, they are also doing some incredible reading, carrying on the noble Inklings tradition.  I thoroughly enjoy each of them. 


 

Tamara

I started working at Inklings in 2013, not long after I moved to Yakima from Portland.  I walked in, was overwhelmed by that wonderful bookstore smell, and I may have ended up slightly stalking them for six months until a position opened up.

I love working here because it means that I get paid to talk about books.  I’ve worked a lot of retail, but it was never something that fit in with a passion before.  Plus, I get to see the used books come in and be the first to snag the good stuff at a bargain!  (Sorry.) I am also the Stationery Buyer - I can't believe how much I love cards. Seriously. Email me if you see something you'd like to have in the store.

My (current) favorites are:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  • Possession by A.S. Byatt
  • An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

But ask me again in twenty minutes and I’ll probably have a completely different list.