2022 Bestsellers & Staff Favorites

It is that time of the year again, when we reflect on all we have accomplished, or in our case, on all we have read!
Our Bestsellers and Favorite reads for this year are varied in genre, length, and style, and we hope you find a book (or three) in this list to add to your 'must read' pile. 
Our top Bestsellers (instore and online), in order, are: The Luke McCain Mysteries by Rob Phillips; The Dark Olympus Series by Katee Robert; Tanum by Susan Summit Cyr; Criminal Prosecutor: The Fight for Yakima by V. Kusske; It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover; Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid; Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown; The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy, and Verity by Colleen Hoover.
We have shared all these titles with you in our seasonal bestsellers lists this year through our Reviews at the Yakima Herald Explore. So to diversify things a little, we are going to give our Staff Favorites as well. Our personal favorite reads this year are:
The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer (Graydon House, $17.99)
The Warsaw Orphan is a WWII historical fiction novel based on real life events. It follows Elzbieta Rabinek over the course of the war, her involvement with the Resistance, and her love for a young man imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto whose passion leads him to fight in the Warsaw Uprising. 
Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater (Disney Press, $19.99)
Maggie Stiefvater has been a favorite author within the Young Adult genre for a long while and her books are always a favorite. In Bravely Princess Merida embarks in a series of epic journeys trying to save those she loves from a supernatural being that appears on Christmas Eve with the intention of destroying her kingdom. 
The Ballad of Never After is the second book in the Once a Broken Heart Series. The series is a Young Adult tale about love, curses, and what people are willing to do for their happily ever after. A beautiful fairytale full of magic and adventure perfect for the modern reader, that be young adult or adult!
The Birdcage by Eve Chase (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27)
The Birdcage is "an emotional mystery set in the rugged remote landscape of north Cornwall full of dark secrets and twists, about three unusual sisters forced to confront the past." -publisher's marketing
Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed Editions, $16)
"I always look forward to Margaret Renkl's writing on nature and culture in the New York Times. This collection of essays includes stories of family members she lovingly remembers and keen observations of the natural world in the American South."- Amy Harlvorson Miller, Inklings Assistant Manager
Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Del Rey Book, $17)
This is the only sci-fi in our list and it is loved by many. Pierce Brown's work has been published in thirty three languages! The main character Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. He and his fellow Reds work all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Except that has been accomplished generations ago by the powerful. Longing for Justice he infiltrates their prestigious Institute with the intention of bringing them down. 
This book is a wonderful mix of whimsical tale and the macabre. Hart is a demigod and a marshal tasked with the job of patrolling the magical lands of Tanria. He is so lonely he one days writes a letter addressed simply to "a friend". The letter is delivered to the undertaker (a mortician of sorts) who he has a horrible relationship with. But he doesn't know it's her, she doesn't know it's him, and through letters they discover there is more to both of them than what they see at work. 
"Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed has for more than a decade dispensed advice under her pseudonym Dear Sugar in various formats. This book compiles the best of her articles. It's encouraging, funny, challenging, and downright delightful. It's a book for everyone." - Amy Stoothof, Inklings Bookseller
This is the story of three Vampire girls seeking revenge against their mutual ex, who turned them as teens. Holly has been trapped at the age of 16 for over 30 years now, only being able to do crappy jobs and not succeed in life due to her apparent 'age'. When her ex abandons her she discovers she is not the first and they band together to seek revenge and stop him from preying on others. The book is for those that like a vampire story but also those that like books that emphasize female friendship and found family.