World Book Day
For those of you with young children, you'll know that today is World Book Day - and you've probably spent the morning helping your child dress up as a character from their favourite story.
Just as dressing up shows the joy in revelling in the make-believe, books have the ability to spark something inside for everyone.
They inspire us, captivate us, and help us escape the mundane (especially when you're trying to avoid awkward eye contact with your fellow commuters in the morning.)
In a digital world where most of us spend our time binge-watching our favourite TV series, a good book can still hold its own in sharing a single message to thousands of people or leave a thousand thoughts with just one.
I've always been a fan of reading, its a great way to relax and wind down from the day, so I asked my colleagues a favourite book and story that they would share with others and why.
Happy World Book Day! - What's your favourite story?
Preslava Kareva - Finance and Operations Assistant
Thinking, Fast and Slow -Daniel Kahneman
This book took me a while to read, definitely not an easy or smooth read, but it's an eye-opening book that makes you see things through a different prism. It talks about the way our brains 'think' while involving other aspects of psychology. The author is a Nobel prize winner for Economics, hence the book is flooded with so much information, statistics, and mind puzzles.
I could only imagine how much time this person has spent collecting and assessing all of it throughout the years! His personal story is super alluring as well, and the reader gets to know
it through the text.
Favourite quote from the book: “Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you are thinking it.”
Chloe Pearson - Content Manager
VOX - Christina Dalcher
What would you say if you had only 100 words a day? In this is a dystopian novel set in America, women have been silenced and restricted to how much they can talk per day. If they go over they get an electric shock from a word counter that has to be worn on the wrist. I've never known a book to make me feel angry as this novel did, but the suspense kept me hooked. Some things I would find wildly over the top, but other times I felt like it could be terrifyingly possible.
Asia Nisciur - Medical Compliance Specialist
The Shadow of the Wind - Zafon Carlos Ruiz
This book literally made me move to Barcelona! Halfway through reading this book, I thought, I would love to visit Barcelona - one month later I found myself living there! The story is set in Barcelona city 1945, post-Spanish-civil war, and follows a story within a story.
Rick Deller - Head of Technology
Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
With 1-year-old twins, my reading list has somewhat changed and I've found myself reading 'Peter Rabbit' and 'The Squirrels that Squabbled' every day to my daughters, as those are their current favourite books!
Martina Largomarsino - SAP Account Executive
Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan.
I love this novel! Sagan wrote it when she was just 18 years old and it's really impressive how she deeply psychologically analyses her characters. The story follows a 17-year-old girl on holiday with her father in the French Riveria, who rejects conventional notions of love, marriage and responsibility.
If you like it, I would strongly recommend “A certain smile” as well!
Anezka Kolmanova - Medical Account Manager
Need to Know - Karen Cleveland
CIA analyst, Vivian, is in pursuit of a Russian spy ring on U.S. soil, but she uncovers a deadly secret that could threaten her work and family life. This book is a psychological thriller full of suspense and kept me gripping on until the end!
Aleks Dimitrova – Operations Manager
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
A story about the life of concentration camp prisoners. It is a fantastic book, talking about hope and people's pursuit of meaning and using the inevitable challenges and even the hardest times in life to find purpose and reasons to keep ongoing. Everything can be taken away from us, except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances.
Atif Ahmed - Medical Recruitment Consultant
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
I'm a big Harry Potter fan and the seventh book of the series is one that has stuck with me from my childhood. The final book is full of action and suspense until the very end, with revelations and secrets as Harry and his friends face their final challenges.