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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

 


Chris

Chris

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
 

 

Elisabeth

I started working at Inkling’s September of 2016. I was hired right as the Christmas chaos started up. On top of that, it was the first job outside of babysitting I had. I am also currently the youngest bookseller, at age 17. But I survived! I’m in love with being a part of the Inkling’s family. I get the opportunity to see what other people in our community reads, expand my range of  books. I used to only read young adult, but now I select books from children’s fantasy, fiction, mystery, true crime, sci-fi, and classics.

I live just up the road from Inkling’s so I’ve always come in and found a book or mug or funky gift item. My family are huge independant bookstore supporters, so we come to Inkling’s for EVERYTHING (within reason). My Inkling’s family is enthusiastic, incredibly helpful, and kind.

Reading books is something I have always loved and cherished. I have a pretty hard time letting go of any books I own, so my bookshelves are quite packed! I just love that someone was able to create a story and put it out there for the world to interpret. Books area a beautiful way to communicate. My grandfather works at the library and he would always tell me that it’s never a bad idea to write a book, and there is a book out there for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding it.The Name of This Book is Secret

Some of my favorite books:

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket

The Name of This Book is Secret - Pseudonymous Bosch

Beautiful Disaster - Jamie McGuire

The Lonely Hearts Hotel - Heather O'Neill

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

House - Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker

Eve (trilogy) - Anna Carey

The Way of Shadows - Brent Weeks

Under the Dome - Stephen King

The Hate U Give

My current reads:

Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas


 

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.


 

 

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: 


 

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 Stuart Littlemeans 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:

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.