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International Literacy Day

Today we are celebrating International Literacy Day at Parliament Hill. Being the keen readers that we are, we have compiled some recommendations of our favourite books to read and literacy that has inspired us through the years.

Reading has always been very important to me, so much so that I studied English Literature at university. It’s impossible for me to name a favourite book, but there are definitely books that are very important to me that helped to grow my love of reading from a young age. Some of these include: the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, and Middlesex.

Aoife, Team Administrator

The book that has inspired me the most is called Simple Abundance: a daybook of comfort and joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. The chapters consist of 366 short essays on which you can meditate on and help set you up for the day. I’ve found it has helped me declutter my mind after a busy day or if I need a little boost in the morning.

Rita, Marketing Manager

I recently read ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A good read, especially for someone like me who is very much outnumbered at home (by my wife Lisa, and two daughters)

Andrew, Managing Director

As a child, my favourite books were Jacqueline Wilson’s and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I used to be a part of a club at my local library, where I was lucky enough to meet a few authors and make a real hobby out of my love for reading. When I was a teenager my favourite book was noughts and crosses by Mallory Blackman that I studied in English classes in school. Now as an adult, I like to read autobiographies and romance novels by authors such as Sally Rooney and Colleen Hoover. I recently went to an evening with Louis Theroux discussing his recent book and it was great, as well as reading Molly Mae Hague’s autobiography on holiday.

Ellen, Marketing Executive

I am quite picky when it comes to reading books, so when I find something I can’t put down, I know I have found something good. When I was a child I loved all of the Road Dahl books, with The Twits and Esio Trot being my favourites. As an adult, the books that have stood out to me have been Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. I particularly have enjoyed Matt Haigs How To Stop Time, because it was the first book that I have read in a while that got me back into reading.

Becky Brookes, Marketing Assistant

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