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.
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:
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:
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 knots, origami, 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.
I am married to another Inklings employee, Renee'. We have three young daughters.
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!
Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.
The War with Hannibal - Titus Livy
Country Driving - Peter Hessler
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:
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.
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
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:
Come in, browse, and enjoy the textured surroundings within Inklings Bookshop.
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:
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.
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:
But ask me again in twenty minutes and I’ll probably have a completely different list.