Happy World Book Day to one and all! Oh, and to all parents who had to come up with a last-minute costume this morning and succeeded, we salute you!
Anyway, we couldn’t let this day pass without a little nod to our favourites, so, if you get ten minutes and are looking for some kick-ass recommendations, who better to get some from than us lot at Liberty
? Because we like books, we do.
We got the copy team, as well as some of the more bookish types from the rest of the gang, to contribute with a quick 100 words on their favourite books.
We’re book nerds and proud, so have a look and then tell us what your favourite is – the aim is to fill up our reading calendars for the next year.
Joe Hickman @JoeHickers
My favourite book is The Wasp Factory by Ian M Banks. Why? Because it has everything you could possibly want from a book. Mystery, violence, murder and humour. There’s a twist that hits you so hard it makes you completely revaluate how you feel about the entire book and on second reading you notice all the subtle hints that Banksy-boy dropped. Classic book.
I remember celebrating World Book Day when I was little. I was obsessed with The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis at the time and my mum made an award-winning Snow Witch costume for me out of silver card and cotton wool.
As an adult, my favourite book (so far) is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It’s even better than Hosseini’s most famous work – The Kite Runner. It’s a must read!
Philip Woodward @Philmoomp
“My favourite book is (probably) A Season With Verona by Tim Parks. It’s a sociological travelogue that talks about working-class culture, religion, family, racism, politics and the beautiful ridiculousness of fandom through the ever-sexy microcosm of early-noughties Italian football.
It’s sorta perfect – cooler than a semi-naked Paolo Maldini riding a motorbike.
Rachel Bloom @RachelBLiberty
The Shock of the Fall is the debut novel by Nathan Filer, a unique and compelling book that tells the story of a young boy and his descent into mental illness. The story cleverly unravels through the voice of Matt, whose open and honest narration draws the reader in from start to finish.
Due to Filer’s background as a mental health nurse, he has an amazing insight into the subject and captures Matt’s thought processes in a true and poignant way. It is not overly-sentimental and Filer injects humour along the way – it’s a pleasure to read.
The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson. Joe Simpson is a climber made famous by his ordeal on Siula Grande and subsequently in the novel and documentary film Touching the Void. Simpson has written a string of books that reflect on his own experiences as well as those of other iconic climbers. This particular book has a dark air about it that all climbers can relate to as Simpson reflects on the attrition of fellow climbers over the years and the personal toll exacted by a life spent in the mountains which culminates in his decision to hang up his boots.
Jenna Loman @JennaLoman
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Cheesy answer but oh well! We all know Harry Potter books - my absolutely favourite book is the first novel of the series. In the first book Harry gets to know he is a wizard, discovers his magical heritage and his life changes as he makes his first friends and fights against Lord Voldemort!
This was the first novel I ever read (at the age of 10, it has 224 pages!) and it really got me into reading. I've read it in Finnish, English and Spanish and loved all the versions!
If you pinned me down and forced me to pick one book as a favourite, it would probably be East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It is an uplifting tale of two poor families succeeding in reaching their goals, and fulfilling all of their dreams and ambitions.
It isn’t really. It is about real life stuff.
Rosella Pollard @ZellCopy
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. He’s best known for 1984, but this sobering account of the underworld is - in my opinion – more compelling. The reader is taken on a journey through slimy Parisian kitchens and squalid London dwellings as we follow a young, homeless Orwell struggling to make it as a writer.
Set in the 1920’s, this semi-autobiographical book is crammed with outrageous characters and vivid descriptions which paint a fascinating picture of life in Paris and London.
A story which forces you to put life into perspective, I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend it to anyone who loves the classics.
Matt Trevett @TMPRMarketing
Bravo Two Zero by former SAS soldier Andy McNabb recounts his experiences during the Gulf War, where he and a team of soldiers from the elite unit were caught behind enemy lines whilst on a sortie in Iraq. This was a book I started to read and found it very difficult to put down until I had reached the end. Couldn’t help but admire and respect the mental and physical strength of the soldiers as they battled through extreme conditions before being captured and when being tortured by the Iraqi armed forces. I think I’ve probably read the book five times over the years and thoroughly enjoyed it each time.
Natasha Aghalar @NatashaAghalar
One Day by David Nicholls, but asking a bookworm to choose a favourite is almost as difficult as deciding on a favourite chocolate bar; there are too many you love to pick just one. However One Day is definitely up there. Follow Emma and Dexter's relationship through snapshots of just one day - July 15th - over the next twenty years.
Unpredictable and moving, this novel is one you’ll struggle to put down. If you know what’s good for you, it’s best to give the film a miss. The onscreen chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess completely fails to portray the flourishing friendship and romance that’s evident in the book.
Ben Magee @Ben_Magee
For me it was a close call between Orwell’s Nineteen Eight-Four and Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The Hobbit just about edges it though due to my lasting childhood memories of reading it front-to-back every year on our family summer holiday when growing up. Despite Peter Jackson’s recent venture which dragged it out into three marathon big-screen films with additional creations to cater for a Hollywood audience, for me, The Hobbit will always rekindle fond memories of summers well spent immersed in Tolkien’s fantasy world relaxing with my family and beginning to travel the world.
Lianne Jones @LianneMJones
My favourite book is Angela’s Ashes – an Irish memoir by Frank McCourt. It is a beautiful, funny, and heart-wrenching account of his impoverished childhood in Limerick, Ireland, and later of his new life in Brooklyn, New York. My favourite thing about this book is the sheer honestly; this, coupled with the blunt Irish humour and the grittiness of Limerick life, makes it an excellent read.
Mari d’Antonio @MgLikeTheCar
I love pretty much anything Ian McEwan has ever written, with Atonement being my absolute favourite work of his. The story is about how something as small as a child’s bad decision can change people’s lives forever, and how the consequent life-long search for atonement can shape us. It might have a bit of a slow start, but the end result is absolutely worth it. The movie with Keira Knightley is nice, but it doesn’t come close to how great the book is.
I change my mind every single time someone asks me this, but today I’m going to go with Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. It’s the last book I read that, when I finished, I wanted to start again. I felt like I should force it on everyone I know (and for those I nagged, I REFUSE to apologise).
It’s epic. It spans continents and generations – from the burning of Smyrna to the Detroit riots – and interweaves incest, silk worms, hermaphroditism, and, um zebra skin rugs. There are sentences in it that stop you in your tracks. It’s spectacular. Read it now.
(P.S. That was 100 words on the nose, BOO YA!)
What's your favourite book?
So that’s our contribution to this most excellent day, a celebration of all things literary!
We’re all right with words here at Liberty, too. So if you need some for your business’ website, or perhaps you’d just like us to write you a nice poem, then holler at us
And seriously, let us know what books you’ve all been reading, you can tweet us @LibertyOnlineUK
– we’re always on the lookout for something new to dip into.