Can you believe that World Book Day 2021 is today? Normally, this holiday would be celebrated throughout the UK by dressing up as a character from a story or novel. That way we can encourage people young and old to keep on reading or even start to consider writing their own stories.
Nothing can match settling down with a good book, especially on World Book Day 2021. It’s a day to share stories and indulge in the realms of the imagination. Even lawyers are allowed to indulge in some reading! After all, once all the paperwork is said and done, and they have won you the compensation that you deserve, even they deserve to settle down with a good book and allow themselves a moment’s rest.
This year, World Book Day 2021 is going to be a bit different. You may be working remotely, therefore, there’s no way that you could go into work dressed up as your favourite character. But worry not! There are still ways that you could get involved to raise awareness of this fantastic holiday.
For Gowing Law, we have decided to raise awareness of World Book Day by finding out some of the favourite reads of our staff. As a law firm, we have many different players involved in making sure that our company is the best of the best. That’s why we have gone round some of our different departments to see exactly what they (and even some of their families!) have on their book lists.
Before we jump into Gowing Law’s reading list, we would just like to remind our clients that if they do have an upcoming personal injury claim, we can help you! Call us on 01614644444 or use our claim’s checker below to get started:
Why is World Book Day 2021 so important?
Reading plays a huge part in developing us into the people we are today. Through reading, we find out the genres we like and uncover stories that are close to our heart. No matter what genre we pick, be it fiction or non-fiction, it’s very likely that in your job as an adult, your reading skills are going to be needed to make sure that you are the best that you can be. That’s why we are determined to help spread the word about World Book Day 2021. Reading shaped the world when we were younger and it still has its place today to inspire the younger generation.
It’s amazing that with all of the technology around us today, we can still look at a piece of paper and create a whole world in our minds. We can see characters and learn from their mistakes. Our book allows us the opportunity to learn from moral dilemmas that each character faces. A book can break our hearts and show us the reality of the world that we live in today. We want our children to enjoy this world as much as we did when we were younger. So, why not donate to the World Book Day 2021 fundraiser above?
You can make an impact on the lives of children from a range of different backgrounds and give them a chance to develop a love of reading!
World Book Day 2021: Gowing Law’s Favourite Books!
Now that we have talked a little more about the importance of World Book Day 2021, let’s move forward onto the actual book choices from our staff. We will also include a few links so if you want to read the choices for yourself, you will find them below!
With that said, let’s get started with our staff’s favourite books and why they enjoy them so much. If you have a favourite book, why not let us know on our social media? We would love to know what our clients love to read in order to relax! Whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction, let us know via our Facebook or Twitter.
Here are our staff’s literary picks for World Book Day 2021:
For Ady, “Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100” is a fantastic read that is full of the science of longevity but it is delivered in layman’s terms. That makes it accessible and easy to digest!
If you want to read a book that can help you improve your life whilst keeping things simple, this is the book for you. It’s easily accessible on Amazon and is the perfect thing to indulge in during the lockdown.
According to James, “The Color Purple” is a fantastic read and he has found the book extremely eye-opening and humbling. He originally read it after he saw the film! So make sure to give both a try. Then you can compare and contrast the differences between the two.
This is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, so it is certainly worth spending an afternoon reading it with a nice drink and a few biscuits to indulge yourself!
When we asked Hannah about her favourite novel, she seemed to be torn between two. The first she told us she enjoyed was “A Series of Unfortunate Events” as the style was different to anything she had ever seen before. It was nonsensical but made sense at the same time, as you did not need to understand the full plot in order to empathise with the characters and also get involved in the mystery of the sugar bowl.
However, if she was to go with a single book she enjoyed, she would say that “The Great Gatsby” is near and dear to her heart. It is tragic, romantic and toxic all at the same time. The character of Gatsby plays on an imitation of what the ultimate 1920s man should be: Rich, influential, materialistic and romantic. Yet it proves that this type of behaviour is unhealthy and cannot be sustained, even in the face of pure love. There are simply too many factors at play that tear Gatsby apart. It is what makes it truly tragic.
You can find this classic novella in any book store or library. So make sure to give it a read!
Now, John is an avid reader and had many books to share when it came to World Book Day 2021! His favourite genre is Sci-Fi and he hopes that others will find these books equally as interesting. Overall, he would say the Hyperion Cantos series by Dan Simmons is his favourite, but there are many others that have peaked his interest. For a sub-genre of Sci-Fi, he would recommend Peter F Hamilton and Alistair Reynolds. In particular, make sure to take a look at The Night’s Dawn Trilogy and the Revelation Space series.
Here are some additional reads that he would highly recommend to any avid Sci-Fi lover:
- Dune- Frank Herbet
- Man in the high castle- Philip K. Dick
- Player of Games- Ian M Banks
- The City and the City- China Meiville
If you are interested in alternative history, then John would also recommend Fatherland by Robert Harris. Make sure to fill up your reading lists with these suggestions. They are sure to give you hours of entertainment on a rainy day.
From speaking with Camilla, it is clear that she is an avid reader and has many books she would love to share with the world! Her favourite book is Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer. It is actually based on a true story about George Mallory who climbed Mt Everest. Unfortunately, he died up the mountain, so no one is truly sure if he ever actually reached the summit. This happened back in 1921 and to this day no one has been able to solve the mystery!
This book has actually made her want to climb Everest herself, especially after watching the film. However, to escape from the cold chills of this mountain, she has decided to set her sights on climbing the three highest mountain peaks in Britain. We wish her the best of luck!
Some additional authors she would suggest include Enid Blyton and M.C Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin books. They are the perfect read to keep you entertained throughout the lockdown when you are staying safe and sound at home.
Describing herself as a “massive Harry Potter geek”, Paris has always been enthralled by the Harry Potter series, so much so that she simply couldn’t put them down!
Whether you are feeling nostalgic about when this series first hit Waterstones, or perhaps you are ready to pass down the magic of the Wizarding World to your children, the Harry Potter series is a classic story that will enchant and delight you. Not only that but you can also enjoy the movies and compare the differences between them! Relax and enjoy with this magical narrative.
Right now, David’s favourite book is one that he can read to his 5 year old daughter before bed! The Smeds and the Smoo’s is the perfect book to enjoy with your children in the evening time in order to relax and unwind from a busy day. David has said that this book has some fantastic rhymes in it. It also has a wonderful message about different people coming together and making friends. It’s the perfect thing to put on your child’s reading list.
As the mother of a young son, Elaine has told us that her little boy loves this book! Not only is it filled with hilarious drawings, but it has a wonderful message that can put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s the perfect read for any child between 2-6 years old!
For her own reading enjoyment, there are a few additional books she would suggest. Of course, The Twilight Series is a classic for anyone who wants to indulge in a good love story. But if you are after a tearjerker, she would highly recommend PS. I love you. Give them both a try and see what you think!
Emma is a massive fan of Harry Potter, however personally she does enjoy her classic novels and novellas. She finds classic novels gripping and loves books that are set in a different period/world/time. It presents a proper escape into the imagination!
Her favourite story is Catch 22, however she would also recommend Great Expectations and Jane Eyre. If you are after a bigger read full of symbolism and the importance of social status, these are the books for you!
World Book Day 2021: What are your favourite reads?
Now that we have shared our favourite books with you, why not do the same on our social media? This is a day for sharing our favourite stories and to pass on the literary passion to the younger generation. Make sure to get involved and spread the love of literature. That way we can make sure that our children all get an equal chance to enjoy the books that we enjoyed when we were younger, and even now as adults.
Happy World Book Day 2021!
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We look forward to seeing you in our next blog and, for one last time in this blog, Happy World Book Day 2021!