National Read a Book Day – our recommended reads!

Sep 06, 2018


Do you love a good book? The chance to get comfy and escape from reality? A little bit of peace and quiet perhaps? Well, whether you’re a book worm or an occasional reader, today invites EVERYONE to pick up a good book and enjoy some time reading, as September 6th marks National Read a Book Day!

We’ve asked our staff to recommend their favourite books, so if you’ve not got a good read waiting for you at home then perhaps one of these may catch your eye:

Hannah’s top pick: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.

Ben’s top pick: The Tour According to G: My Journey to the Yellow Jersey, Geraint Thomas

For years Geraint Thomas appeared blessed with extraordinary talent but jinxed at the greatest bike race in the world: twice an Olympic gold medallist on the track, Commonwealth champion, yet at the Tour de France a victim of crashes, bad luck and his willingness to sacrifice himself for his team-mates. In the summer of 2018, that curse was blown away in spectacular fashion.

With insight from the key characters around Geraint, this is the inside story of one of the most thrilling and heart-warming tales in sport.

Katie’s top pick: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Dan’s top pick: Above Head Height: A Five-A-Side Life, James Brown

James Brown has been playing football since growing up in the backstreets of Leeds. The sudden death of one of his long-standing team mates made James ponder the unique bond between men who meet each other once a week for years, but don’t know any personal details beyond pitch prowess.

This is a book for all of us – school mates, work colleagues, total strangers – bonded by the desire to blast one into the net from two feet away.

One to read with the kids:

The World’s Worst Children 3, David Walliams

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your bookshelf, 10 more horrendously hilarious stories about the absolute worst children ever! From ten-year old Hank and his endless pranks on his poor, long-suffering family, to Tandy and her titanic tantrum.

All book synopses are taken from www.amazon.co.uk