GRIN’s World Book Day Recs

Happy World Book Day! In celebration of all things bookish, we’re sharing our teams very favourite reads.

Emily: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A certified classic. This book is set in a near-future in a totalitarian state known as the Republic of Gilead. Handmaids are women who are forcibly assigned to produce children for the ruling class. It’s a heavy one. If you’re already into the TV series, you should definitely give the book a try. There’s even a graphic novel!

Scott: Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

Trust our UX Architect Scott to bring some techy knowledge to our book recs. Don’t Make Me Think explores web usability and accessibility, using clear language, helpful examples and a injections of wit to make the topic easier to digest.

Flossie: The Power by Naomi Alderman

An easy pick considering Flossie based her final university project on this book! The Power is a feminist dystopia novel that follows various points of view after ‘The Day of the Girls’. Women across the world develop electrical powers and the book follows the flip in power that this causes. Flossie will lend this book to anyone: it’s already made its way around half the office.

Raihaanah: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Sarah J Maas seems to be ruling the world of fantasy fiction and Raihaanah is hooked too! The Throne of Glass series follows trained assassin Celaena Sardothien as she navigates a corrupt kingdom with a tyrannical ruler. If you like high fantasy, give this series a go!

Hannah: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another book that has made its way around the studio. The Seven Husbands has a lot of hype surrounding it, but for very good reason. Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is ready to tell all about her glamourous life. This book feels so real and will have you googling these movie stars forgetting they’re fictional!

Annie: The After Series by Anna Todd

If you grew up in the golden era of Wattpad then you’ll definitely know about One Direction fanfiction. Anna Todd made her start on Wattpad and has evolved the After series into what it is today. If you’re a Harry Styles fan: this one’s for you!

Phil: Animal House by James Brown

James Brown’s autobiography follows his career and his time as editor of Loaded Magazine during the 90s. It also features Phil so worth a read to find out what chaos that entails…

Jon: The Electric State by Simon Stålenhag

If dystopian scifi is your thing, be sure to check out this graphic novel (or look out for the star studded movie coming in 2024). In 1997, a runaway teenager and her toy robot travel through the remnants of a high tech consumerist society in decline.

Sarah: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog is both an amazingly honest memoir and a total inspiration. A book that probably should be reread every few years. Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.