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.