World Book Day: Our favourite books
“Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!” – Arthur.
It’s one of the best days of the year – World Book Day! As a team containing some avid readers, we couldn’t possibly pass up the chance to talk about our favourite books.
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
I have been reading this book since my holiday to Turkey in July 2020! Just last night I read another chapter and I’m still enjoying it. It’s a thriller and it’s very captivating.
A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer
I read this when I was on maternity leave with my first baby. There are three more books by the same author, called The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave, and The Privilege of Youth. I’ve read the first three, but haven’t made it to the last one yet.
Fair warning, the subject matter is very heavy, so it might be upsetting or triggering for some people. They’re autobiographical books about his experience of abuse as a child as he was growing up. I think it’s a very important and difficult topic, but it was so deeply sad that I’m not sure I could read it again now that I have children.
The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith
Okay, this one is a children’s book but hear me out! I love story time with my two girls, and this one is a firm favourite at the moment. I’d thoroughly recommend it!
The Salt Path, by Raynor Winn
I’ve just finished reading this one. It tells the story of a couple at probably the lowest point of their lives, but demonstrating the human capacity for endurance and generosity even in the worst scenarios. It shows the healing power of nature, which is quite apt for now when pretty much all we can do is get out and walk.
A beautiful read and one that I’d certainly recommend. I’m inspired to put my walking boots on!
I love reading and this is a cruel question: there’s no way I can narrow it down to one particular favourite book! I’ve got lots that I’ve enjoyed and I’m a serial re-reader.
My favourite authors though are Peter James, Tess Gerristen and Karen Rose, who all write crime and thriller genres, and Carole Matthews and Katie Colgan, who are more romance and chick-lit.
I love Harry Potter – I used to read the books almost on loop growing up. But, outside of that my two favourites are probably these:
PS, I Love You, by Cecelia Ahern
This is the first book that ever made me cry. Before I read it I didn’t appreciate how a book could affect me so much. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking story.
The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
This is my second favourite book. I read basically the whole book in one day when it was hot once and gave myself sunstroke because I didn’t move from my spot in the garden for about 8 hours – that’s how gripping it is!
Do you have a favourite book that you’d like to recommend? We’d love to know!