Favourite Books from my Favourite Bookworms

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Happy World Book Day guys! To celebrate the occasion, I asked some of the bookworms in my life to pick ONE (and only one) book that they would recommend everyone read. After some mild verbal abuse (because who could possibly pick just one book?!), I've been left with a pretty awesome compilation of books that should be next on all our reading lists. 


Pia Stanchina @piastanchina

(The Eternal Optimist)

Sophie's World by Jostein Gardner! 

"Decades on, not a week goes by without something I learned from reading that book helping me in my approach to life! Sophie's World really teaches you how to think. And thinking for yourself is like crack cocaine: highly addictive.

Philosophy studies the fundamental questions of knowledge, reality and human existence and Sophie's World taught me to examine life from the perspective of asking what I really know about a situation, what reality really is (and whether it is) and what our human nature, condition and purpose is. Once you learn how to investigate "truth", how to disregard things you've become accustomed to viewing as "reality" or "normal" or even "necessary", you are free to start at first principles - freer to think for yourself, to do things your own way. You can become someone who is at liberty to shape your own reality - and that of other people too." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suleman  @sulsworld

(The Motivation Goals)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho! 

"I've gone on and on about this book and will continue to be an advocate. It's a book that everyone can relate to at any stage in your life and will provide you with extremely useful information to use in your personal life experiences. I think I've read it about four times, and each time I've been able to pull something new and useful from it."

 

Amile Inusa @amileya

(The Junior Doctor)

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg!

"I've only recently finished this book. However, the words of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, have stayed with me ever since I watched her TED talk (of the same title!) several years ago. It is one of the few videos that have shifted my perspective on what I want from my future partner and future career.

She encourages women to be bold & conscious of the things we do that hold us back in the workplace. From taking on household duties in the office, to appearing less confident than our less qualified male peers, to quietening our voices and 'leaving before we leave'. The book is set out in chapters that illustrate these points well. Here's to leaning in!" 

 

Richard Vedelago @rv_windsor

(The Big Bro)

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell! 

"This is a great book for understanding what it takes to be successful. It showcases a varied approach to the notion that success isn't just talent but hard work and it takes time and practice to be good at something."

 

 

Chinasa Chukwu @weruzochi

(The Fashion Designer)

Illness by Havi Carel!

"Illness is at once a philosophical, theoretical and pragmatic look at illness and its consequences. I think everyone should read this book because Carel humanises the notion of illness and deconstructs the perception of it both in medical and non-medical spaces. She very perceptively weaves both the personal experience of illness with the public face of it to create a narrative that nudges the reader towards a deeper consideration of daily interactions. "

 

Abisoye Odugbesan @abisoye_o

(The Fashion Stylist)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates! 

"Ta- Nehisi writes about race relations in America, past and present - from his perspective and his own personal experience and of those around him in the form of a letter to his son. He writes about how the struggle of black people has merely shifted from slavery to incarceration, police brutality and constant fear of being attacked or humiliated.

I love it for its openness and honestly, but mainly because his book forces White America to face the brutal reality of black oppression in keeping their American dream alive. 

 

 

Remi Laudat @reminhoo

(The Boyfriend)

Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R Martin!

"Whether you've seen the TV Series or not, this is a must read. George R.R Martin's in depth and beautiful merging of (make believe) history and storytelling is amazing!!! Never afraid to wander off the beaten track in his narrative, I love his layering of detail and backstory of any character regardless of importance to the overall story. I actually read the 1st book after seeing the series so it was fun already having a mixture of knowing what some characters looked like and imagining what others would look like."