Meet Anna: our full time bookseller extraordinaire

Meet Anna: our full time bookseller extraordinaire

Anna is our very first full time bookseller at Rare Birds Book Shop, you may have met her if you have been in. She has 15 years of bookselling experience (and it shows) she's fab and we're so lucky to have her. She's also our resident artist and if you've seen our amazing window drawings, she is the one responsible.

Below she answers some questions so that we can get to know her a bit more.

Best book you’ve read… don’t overthink it

At the moment, probably Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, it took me on such an incredible journey and I still think about it all the time.

What’s a book you pretend to have read but have never finished?

I really can’t think of one 

What’s better – the book or the movie?

Definitely the book, almost always.

Where do you read most often?

In bed in the evenings or listening to audiobooks while I’m walking to work.

What do you struggle the most with when you’re reading?

Having too many books I want to read and not enough time to read them, I can’t keep up

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Favourite thing to do (when you’re not reading of course)

I love painting and making things so I usually have a painting or a craft project that I’m working on when I’m not at the shop. 

What would your friends say about you?

That I’m a good listener

Describe yourself in three words

Kind, patient & creative 

What’s something everyone should try at least once in their life?

Visit the glowworm caves in Waitomo, New Zealand

What’s on your nightstand?

The book I’m currently reading and emergency chocolate, because you never know when you might need some.

Why did you join Rare Birds?

I thought it would be a lovely place to work and I really wanted to be a part of it so when I saw they were opening a shop in Edinburgh and looking for a bookseller, I applied and was lucky enough to be offered the job.

Would you like to write a book? What would it be about?

I think so. I’d love to do some kind of graphic novel or picture book so I could illustrate it as well.

What would be the title of your biography?

Sometimes I Draw Things: A Partially Illustrated Life

Invent the title of a self help book you’d most benefit from reading

Mastering Time: How to Make the Most of Your Week Without Resorting to Time Travel