Meet Ruth: our member of the month!

What’s your name?
Ruth Jenkins
Where do you live and what do you “do"
I live in Edinburgh and I’m a medical librarian
Best book you’ve read… don’t overthink it
It’s technically two books, but the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
What’s a book you pretend to have read but have never finished?
I’m a terrible liar so I would never get myself into this situation, it’s too anxiety-inducing!
What’s better – the book or the movie?
Usually the book… but I do love a well done adaptation
Where do you read most often?
Either in bed or my comfy yellow armchair
What do you struggle the most with when you’re reading?
When I finish a book, I almost immediately forget everything that happened and all the
characters names
Most used emoji?
Favourite thing to do (when you’re not reading of course)
Cooking and gardening
What would your friends say about you?
I hope they’d say I give good book recommendations!
Describe yourself in three words
Foodie, bookworm, optimist
What’s something everyone should try at least once in their life?
A Finnish sauna – including jumping into the Baltic afterwards
What’s on your nightstand?
A cup of tea, my book journal, and Maurice by E. M. Forster
Why did you join Rare Birds?
When I first heard about Rare Birds, the timing was really good - I’ve been trying to expand
my reading taste for a few years, and I was monstering through books in lockdown. RB was
suggested on my partner’s work WhatsApp chat and he knew it would be up my street.
Would you like to write a book? What would it be about?
I know myself and while I wouldn’t mind doing the research part, I’m not very creative! If I did
though, Edinburgh has lots of inspiration. Maybe a fictionalised story of life on Mary King's
Close, a street off the Royal Mile that was preserved when it was buried and built over.
What would be the title of your biography?
A Wannabe-Hobbit’s Tale
Invent the title of a self help book you’d most benefit from reading
Practice makes perfect: how to try new things without giving up because you’re not
immediately good at them.