The goal of Whitelam Books is to provide the people of Reading and surrounding communities with personal, insightful service to obtain the next great book they'll read or give as a gift. We are committed to making this world a better place now and for future generations by promoting the value of and pleasure in reading and supporting efforts that enrich life in our community.
In addition to offering a curated selection of new books across a wide variety of genres, Whitelam Book also offers other unique literary gift items including mugs, t-shirts and prints, toys and board games, and storybook-related toys and puppets, greeting cards, and reading-related items like reading glasses and book lights.
Beyond retail, the book store strives to be a gathering place and an epicenter of community events. We regularly host author book signings and readings; book clubs, children's story times, and events that tie in with other Reading businesses and organizations.
Favorite books: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman
"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Favorite all-time book: it's trite, but true: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Favorite children's book: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards.
Favorite book: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Favorite children’s book: Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan
Favorite Books: Trinity, The Mists of Avalon, Wicked.
Favorite author: Barbara Kingsolver
Fun fact: Majored in Modern American Poetry
Favorite books: Ender’s Game, Harry Potter, and Adrift.
Favorite children's books: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb; Mr. Shaw’s Shipshape Shoe Shop; Fox in Socks; and Little Fur Family.
Jess Holleran (she/they)
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Favorite book: impossible to pick, but it's a tie between Invisible Life of Addie Larue and Gideon the Ninth.
Favorite children's book:
Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake or The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry.