This week, we’re continuing our Meet the Bookseller series with Rachel R! Rachel is one of our amazing booksellers and an integral part of our Internet Orders team! Learn about her favorite books, quotes, and more below.
How long have you worked at BookPeople?
RR: I’ve worked at BookPeople for five years.
What is your favorite thing about working here?
RR: I love stories, and I especially love talking to people about stories!
What five fictional characters would you invite to a dinner party?
RR: Hannibal Lecter (to cook), Sir Bertilak (to entertain), Jay Gatsby (to finance), Clarissa Dalloway (to decorate), and Matrim Cauthon (to gamble).
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
RR: A small falcon, like a merlin.
What book will you continue to reread throughout your life?
RR: Paradise Lost.
What is your favorite literary quote?
RR: “We are not made more by the stories we read but by the stories we share.” Jay Kristoff, DarkDawn.
What is something that is guaranteed to make you laugh?
RR: Terrible puns. Do you know why they called medieval times the dark ages? Because there were so many knights!
Who’s the most exciting person you’ve met through BookPeople?
RR: Bruce Springsteen, Mindy Kaling, Nick Offerman–or most exciting to me: Gabby Rivera!
What would be your first buy if you won the lottery?
RR: The bookstore or another one.
You have a time machine and one week to spend in any historical era. Where/when would you go?
RR: Am I guaranteed to survive and also can I plan for it? I would absolutely go to France during the Hundred Year’s War; but I’d need to work on my old-timey French and learn how to pass as a man.
Imagine you are on death row, and about to be executed… what would you choose for you last meal?
RR: Yikes! Probably Bojangles (it’s like the North Carolina version of Canes).
What would you like inscribed on your tombstone?
RR: Not appreciating my puns while I was alive was a grave mistake.
What are you watching on Netflix right now?
RR: I’ve been watching and re-watching Chen Qing Ling (The Untamed) since March! Ancient Chinese fantasy gays with zombie best friends! With a happy ending (for the gays at least)!
Who would you like to be cast as you in a movie about yourself?
RR: Katharine Hepburn?? Would not make any sense but that’s the dream.
What was your favorite book as a child? What’s your favorite book in this very moment?
RR: As a child, I loved The Seeing Stone (& the following two books in the Arthur trilogy) by Kevin Crossley-Holland. I think they’re out of print. Right now I’m obsessed with Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Seems like I might have a thing for King Arthur.