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World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, and what better day to take a look at what books some of the team like to read and why.

What is World Book Day?

In the charity's own words: "World Book Day is a celebration! It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. In fact, it's the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world."

We randomly selected four team members who love to read, to find out what books they love to read and why...

Client Care Manager David:

His favourite book: 'Angels & Demons'
Author: Dan Brown

Synopsis: An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. When world renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol - seared into the chest of a murdered physicist - he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati... the most powerful underground organisation ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy ... the Catholic Church. Read full review here.

Why: Angels and Demons is Dan's Brown first Robert Langdon thriller. It takes place chronologically before The Da Vinci Code, although it doesn't matter which book you read first, for me it is far better and more dramatic than the more popular Da Vinci Code (which I read after.)

It is the type of book that has you at the edge of your seat. It's a crime thriller that is fast paced and eventful from the very first page. It also contains a lot of historical facts that cause the book to seem more realistic. It explores religious beliefs, churches, statues, and the Illuminati cult adding realism and mixing conspiracy theories into the mix.

Dan Brown's style of writing and ability to keep you locked in from one explosive scene to the next, without being too unrealistic or unbelievable, is what makes the book what it is.

New Business Manager Remko:

His favourite book: 'Down Under'
Author: Bill Bryson

Synopsis: 'Down Under' is Bryson's report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. Read full review here.

Why: The book covers Bill's travels through Australia, including his many weird and wonderful encounters with species which have seemingly evolved only in order to kill all humanity, names that can only be pronounced by accident when drunk, and not to mention the cheerful, quick-witted inhabitants that call it home.

I read this book prior to travelling Australia and subsequently found myself inadvertently following in his footsteps across one of the most incredible places I've ever been.  In his words, "Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else".  What's not to like about that?!

Project Manager Lanara:

Her favourite book: 'The Memory Book"
Author: Rowan Coleman

Synopsis: The name of your first born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address... What would you do if you your memory of these began to fade? Is it possible to rebuild your life? Raise a family? Fall in love again? When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of momentoes will soon be all her husband and daughters have of her. But how can she hold onto the past when her future is slipping through her fingers? Read full review here.

Why: Without giving away too much of the plot, 'The Memory Book' is all genres rolled into one. It's a romance, it's a comedy, it's an adventure and a drama... it's many things. 

Coleman takes big bold characters and gives them an identity so believable that you want to reach into the book and live among them yourself. 

The book itself centres around a family, each member going through their own trials and tribulations.
Whether it's early onset Alzheimer’s, a teenage pregnancy, a broken heart or other, the story is cultivated so that you are never confused. It's very seamless and flows well from character to character and seeing from so many points of view on the one situation means you get the full 360 degree view

If you like a story that will move you to tears, and make you smile at the same time, this is the book for you. I would highly recommend it, and the author is friendly too. She has taken the time to respond to my Tweets that I sent shortly after reading the book. 

Project Manager Lauren:

Her favourite book: 'Battle Royale'
Author: Koushun Takami

Synopsis: Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Read full review here

Why: I'm not much of a Book Person usually,  but I definitely like my reading material the way I like everything else, full of action, driven characters and a smart storyline. That's why I'd have to say that Battle Royale by Koushun Takami is the most enjoyable book I have ever read. 

It even references Bruce Springsteen, one of my favourite musicians and songwriters of all time. It's an interesting concept which came way before modern dystopian variants (like 'The Hunger Games trilogy') and is brutally honest in its portrayal of the troubles that teenagers face in modern Japan. 

It's intelligent, yet full of action and emotion meaning that it caters to a wide target audience.

What are your favourite books? And why would you recommend others in reading them?

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