Arielle is currently our intern, but she's been with us long enough that she's starting to take on a bookseller role as well. You can often find her packing up Brilliant Books Monthly selections at top speed, or helping out around the bookstore. When she's not here, though, she might be harder to find, as she's almost certainly in the great outdoors! Arielle is an avid hiker, cyclist, and skier, and has even competed nationally.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I initially got a job at Brilliant Books to support my hobbies: biking, skiing, running, backpacking, and basically exploring the outdoors to the greatest extent that I can. The store has been my favorite spot downtown since I was pretty young, and I still can't believe my luck in getting to be there weekly—and be paid to be there. I've basically achieved my ideal work situation at 15 years old. Next on the list is to welcome Emma Watson onto the staff.
What are the five books you'll never part with?
Are You My Mother?, P.D. Eastman
Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
Sawkill Girls, Claire Legrand
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
Is there a book that changed your life?
I thought about it for a while, and there isn't one book-out of the hundreds that I've read-that I was able to pick out from the rest and say 'this book has irreversibly changed me', and the reason for that, I believe, is that I haven't read it yet. Thus far however, my personal ideals and way being being is essentially a great compilation of every book I've ever read and valued.
Five (absolutely random) things about you:
- The first book I was ever able to read by myself is Are You My Mother?, by P.D. Eastman.
- I will never eat a donut that does not have rainbow sprinkles on it. It just feels wrong.
- I am not named after The Little Mermaid (other ideas for my name were Hunter or Fisher—which doesn't say much about me but it definitely is a great representation of my Dad).
- It's a pretty rare occasion to see my wearing any shoe other than Vans. Try to snap a picture because I will absolutely deny that it ever happened.
- I wish I could take care of houseplants, but that is a responsibility not intended for me in this life.
Favorite bookstore event or experience:
Anytime a dog comes into the store, which happens more often than I had thought it would.