For the parents amongst you, you’ll have spent the morning helping your child dress up as a character from their favourite story in preparation for World Book Day. Just as dressing up shows the joy in revelling in the make-believe, Books have the ability to spark something inside for everyone. They open the door to different worlds, they comfort, they disturb, and they share a single message to thousands of people, or leave a thousand thoughts with just one.
Last year at Eligo we asked our team to name some of the most useful career books they have read, but this year we thought we’d expand on this to recommend some of the books that we’ve particularly enjoyed, that have had a profound impact on our lives, or are simply books we could read over and over again.
We’d love to hear what some of yours are. Happy World Book Day!
Karolina Samsel – Fire & Security Recruitment Support
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
I love Bill Bryson and the way that he writes, taking you on a journey in each of his books. In A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill steps away from his traditional travel writing to ask the big questions about life and science. Think of a question you’ve ever wondered about anything in life and Bill probably tackles it in this book, with humour and in a way that we can all understand. Yet again, Bill takes us on another adventure, except this time it’s through life’s great mysteries, and it has never been more fun.
John Guest – Eligo Fire & Security Divisional Director
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter.
In this book Robert Kiyosaki takes a unique take on economics and the art of money management through the perspective of his own highly educated, but fiscally unstable father, and that of his close friend’s dad who is a multi-millionaire but dropped out of school in eighth-grade. It’s a great read on learning about managing your money, dropping out of the rat-race, and the fundamental differences between those who are successful and those who are not.
Graham Hands – Fire & Security Recruitment Consultant
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I can’t think of many that either haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, or at least heard of it. There’s a reason for this. Harper Lee somehow manages to narrate life’s diverse and complex values and issues through that of a child’s eyes, and in doing so, leaves a profound feeling about how we all view each other within the world.
Shanu Patil – SAP Practice Director
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
I have read The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari over 20 times by now. It’s a true inspirational book that gives me the courage to move forward whenever I feel low and down in life. Each time I read it I get fresh insights and new ideas, and start to see things from different perspectives, and then once again, I can carry on.
Eleanor Gilbert – Medical Recruitment Consultant
Polar Bear Pirates and Their Quest to Reach Fat City by Adrian Webster
The book pitches itself as a grown-ups book for kids at work, and it’s not far wrong. An inspiring guide, the book describes the different personalities that you come across at work in a way that makes you realise which people from your own life fit into those categories, and how to deal with them. It’s a fun read, and makes you think about things that you never have before.
Vicky Bodhani – Senior Manager
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
It’s one of my favourites for a number of reasons. It ignites a joy and sense of adventure in my daughter that makes me smile every time, and the child in me loves it in the same way too. Julia Donaldson manages to convey a sense of rhyming, structure, and flow which is so easy to engage with that it sticks with Children and Adults a-like, providing a great lesson in the art of engagement for all!
Tony White – Sitecore Recruitement
My War Gone By, I Miss It So by Anthony Loyd
This is the only book that I have ever started again after I’d finished it. A very personal book, it looks at parallel accounts of the horrors of the Bosnian war and heroin addiction, and the adrenaline rush and loss of that resonates throughout. One of the most honest and stark books I have ever read.
Charlotte Maxted – Data Analytics Recruitment Consultant
The Bees by Laline Paull
I absolutely love books, and even on those nights where it probably best that I just go straight to bed, I can’t help but flick through a few pages, even if it means waking up cuddling the pages the next morning. The Bees won the Women’s Prize for Fiction last year, and it’s not hard to see why. It tells the story of a single hive of bees through their viewpoint, following a bee from birth through to death. It deals with life, death, work, religion, nature, and hierarchy, echoing our very own society. If this wasn’t interesting enough, just imaging a life as a bee is simply fascinating.
Preslava Kareva – Finance Assistant
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I like it first of all because in the novel there are a lot of flowers and I LOVE flowers. The thing I like most about this book is that it is in the children / teenager’s category but actually I think everyone could find something for themselves when reading the story. It is written really amusable and when you start reading it you can’t just leave it. The last thing I like about it I could quote: “At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done – then it is done and the entire world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”
Anne Rooke – Mac and OSX Recruitment Consultant
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
This was a summer holiday read for me, and whilst not a quick read, it was a great one to enjoy whilst on the sun lounger! Played out amid the horrors and uncertainties of revolutionary and post-revolutionary Barcelona, it interweaves two generations of characters creating a fascinating tale that’s captures everything from mystery, to coming of age and romance novel.