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GRIN’s World Book Day Recs

Happy World Book Day! In celebration of all things bookish, we’re sharing some reccomendations from the team.

Emily: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This book is like a Choose Your Own Adventure for adults. Nora, the main character, is stuck in a life full of regrets and ‘what-ifs.’ But then she stumbles upon a magical library in the afterlife, run by her former school librarian. Each book in the library represents a different life she could have lived if she had made different choices.

Scott: The Practioner’s Guide to User Experience Design by Luke Miller

A techy rec from our UX Architect – very on brand. This book breaks down the essence of what it takes to meet a customer’s needs and shows you how to apply these principles while working in UX design. Scott read this book so much that the glue melted off the spine!

Flossie: I Who Have Never Known Men by Jaqueline Harpman

I Who Have Never Known Men follows a young character who has been imprisoned in an underground bunker with a group of women for as long as she can remember. She has no knowledge of the outside world or men. The story explores struggles with confinement, relationships, and the protagonist’s attempts to understand her mysterious existence.

Raihaanah: One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Think Breakfast Club meets murder mystery. The story begins with five high school students serving detention, but things take a dark turn when one of them dies under suspicious circumstances. The remaining four students become prime suspects. The story unfolds from each of their perspectives, and you’re kept guessing until the end.

Hannah: Really Good Actually by Monica Heisey

This story is one of divorce, depression and the road to recovery. Main character Maggie is 29 years old, a PhD student living in Toronto and married – at the start of the book, at least – to her long-term partner. When he moves out, taking the cat with him, well-meaning friends and colleagues rally round, suggesting online dating, therapy and new hobbies. Really Good Actually is hilarious, painful and very relatable.

Annie: The Truants by Kate Weinberg

The Truants is a psychological mystery novel set in a university setting. The story follows Jess, a student at a prestigious English university, who becomes entangled in a web of complex relationships with her charismatic professor and fellow students. As the boundaries between friendship and obsession blur, Jess finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets.

Phil: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

This one is very popular within team GRIN. Shantaram is an epic novel that follows the life of Lin, an escaped convict who finds himself in the vibrant and chaotic city of Bombay (now Mumbai). The story is a rich tapestry of experiences, blending fiction with the author’s own experiences. Lin becomes immersed in the diverse and complex culture of Bombay, forging relationships with locals and getting involved in the underworld.

Jon: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

In his book, Rick Rubin, a legendary music producer, states that we are all inherently creative beings. The book serves as a guide to unlocking that creativity and seeing the world through a more expansive and creative lens. You can read more about what Jon thought of it over on his Six Things blog post.

Sarah: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

I Am Pilgrim weaves together multiple plotlines, with Pilgrim being tasked to investigate an intricate murder mystery. The story takes readers on a global journey, exploring locations from New York to the Middle East. Alongside intense action and espionage, the book delves into Pilgrim’s complex past and the psychological toll of his profession.

Sam: Holes by Louis Sachar

This novel follows Stanley Yelnats at Camp Green Lake, where boys are tasked with digging holes. Stanley uncovers the lake’s history, revealing a tale of curses, friendship, and justice. With humour and heart, the novel explores fate, perseverance, and interconnected events in a captivating narrative.

Nathan: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

A non-fiction pick from Nathan. Sapiens is a thought-provoking overview of human history, exploring revolutions and their impact on culture and society, from the Cognitive Revolution to the present day. The book prompts reflection on the forces that have shaped the course of human development.