“But The Children Love The Books!” World Book Day @ Liberty
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.
Stephanie Lamerton, Creative Content Executive
I remember celebrating World Book Day when I was little. I was obsessed with The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobeby 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, Creative Content Manager
“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, Digital Retail Strategist
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.
Kris Davies, Head of Digital Operations
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.
Sam Roberts, Digital Consultant
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.
Natasha Aghalar, Creative Content Executive
One Dayby 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, Digital Marketing Strategist
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.
Sophie Harris, Creative Content Executive
My favourite book has to be Rebeccaby Daphne du Maurier. An unnamed narrator is whisked away by the wealthy Maxim de Winter to his glamorous Cornwall mansion, Manderley. After a short courtship and swift wedding, she finds herself battling with the memory of her new husband’s dead wife Rebecca. A lot of twist turns and shocking gasps later, only one woman wins.
Corey Francis, Technical SEO Specialist
The Goosebumps series were the best books ever. It was awesome that as a kid I could choose from multiple endings. It was like you were writing the story.
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 @_libertydigital – we’re always on the lookout for something new to dip into.