Meet Kate: our part time bookseller and resident comedian

Meet Kate: our part time bookseller and resident comedian

Kate is one of our part time booksellers at Rare Birds Book Shop, you may have met her if you have been in. She is studying for her English degree in Edinburgh and is currently in her last year. She's in most weekends keeping us all entertained and laughing, it would be very quiet without Kate about and we love her for that.

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


Probably quite basic and the girls in the shop make fun of me for recommending it, but it has to be Where The Crawdads Sing


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


Frankenstein… I had to study it each year for three years during my degree and have never actually read the whole thing 


What’s better – the book or the movie?


I’ll get fired if I say movie so I’m going to say book


Where do you read most often?


When I’m at home in Yorkshire I have a favourite armchair where I sit and read all day with cups of tea and my dog Maisie!


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


I struggle switching between degree reading and pleasure reading! My skim reading skills have been indoctrinated into me and often times find myself skipping over paragraphs 


Most used emoji?


🤠 Cowboy emoji because it’s both fun and patronising so applies to every situation


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


Coming to work obviously !!! Or maybe going out with friends as a very very distant second


What would your friends say about you?


I’d like to say they think I’m funny but they would probably say I’m annoying yet make the best bruschetta 


Describe yourself in three words


Makes good bruschetta


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


My bruschetta


What’s on your nightstand?


A copy of Daddy by Emma Cline and a two day old cup of tea probably


Why did you join Rare Birds?


I got recommended to join the book club during lockdown and it made me fall in love with reading for pleasure again! I wanted to work with an independent over the summer and reached out to them and was super lucky to be offered a job after.


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


I would loooove to write  a book! I’d do a memoir if my life was more interesting so it would have to be fiction. Probably a psychological thriller or mystery or something like that, think The Secret History kind of thing.


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


When to stop: how to stop oversharing with your coworkers