World Book Day 2017 - The Books that Shaped the Pixels - Past and Present
A much-loved book is a precious thing, absorbing, exciting and even life-changing. Today is World Book Day and to celebrate we asked some of the pixels to reveal their favourite book of all time. Let us know your favourite book and why in the comments section below.
Nigel Daws - Founder
'The Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton
A magical adventure book for children which sparked my creativity and imagination from a young age. The children go on an adventure and meet Moon-Face, Silky the fairy and Saucepan Man, and visit lands such as the Land of Spells, the crazy Land of Topsy-Turvy, and the land of Do-As-You-Please. I love this book and have passed this on to my son Joe who loves it just as much as I do.
Matt Barber – Creative Artworker
'Lord of the Rings' by J. R. R. Tolkien
My favourite read has to be the legendary trilogy of 'Lord of the Rings' by J. R. R. Tolkien. I’m not an avid reader, but Tolkien’s tales of magical lands, dragons, hobbits and trolls, is too exciting for words. These books are perfect for a bit of fantastical escapism.
Laura Blears – Writer
'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes & 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini
My favourite book as a child was Dogger by Shirley Hughes. The illustrations were so different at the time and completely enchanting. A lovely story about kindness and love. I was bewitched by it and still absolutely adore it. As an adult, the book which truly grabbed me is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. A stunning book about betrayal, regret, love, redemption and forgiveness. Provides a human insight into the war in Afghanistan and its simultaneous devastation, it's both heartbreaking and joyous in equal measure. Extraordinary writing, I could not put it down.
Sian Ediss – Digital Marketing
‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
For me, ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is just magical. The book tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning about adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey is filled with metaphors which all readers interpret differently. I’ve read the book a few times now and taken something different from it every time.
Susan Berkon – Office & Accounts Manager
'Jane Erye' by Charlotte Brontë
Mine has to be Jane Erye, a classic story. It's inspirational and gives me strength, positivity and patience when I need a pick-me-up.
Jim Hall – Web Developer
'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was a free read that I stumbled across on Google Play. I started reading it and was instantly hooked! I love everything from the old vocabulary used to how Shelley crafted the character of Frankenstein beautifully, to a point where I sympathised with the ‘monster’. I was surprised that for a story which is so well-known, how little I actually knew. There is so much to the plot – a must-read for all.
Tom Garlick – Web Developer
'Titan' by Ben Bova
Titan by Ben Bova is my favourite read. I like Sci-fi that hinges on real science and has some level of reality, and space stations are cool!
Georgia Bradbury - Lead Content Writer
High Stakes/The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
This particular book in the Mediator series is the one that got me into reading as a young adult. I picked it up at Manchester airport on a whim just before a holiday, and I immediatly connected with it in a way I hadn't with books before. I'm a firm believer that if you never find that 'special' book, the one that's perfectly suited to you, you'll never be a reader. And I can't even put into words how much Meg Cabot has shaped my life. From leading me onto new authors and series, and even making me want to write my own books, I wouldn't be who I am without this book!
Eleanor Hirst - Digital Marketing Executive
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I love Lolita because it's dark and explors human psychology. It's so unexpected, especially if you don't have any background knowledge of the book, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something different to read!
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