Reading for wellbeing... We share our favourite books!
Reading is enjoyable, educational and has a positive impact on our mental wellbeing... we love reading! This week buzz's Knowledge Service team are here to share some of their favourite books. Take it away team...
Dawn, Communications Worker - "I’m currently reading Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. I really recommend this book, it’s a great read for white people on their journey of learning more about white privilege, institutional racism, and working hard at understanding the experience of black people in the UK. This is such an important, essential book. Why not give it a go?!"
Lorna, Public Health & Engagement Librarian - "Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of light relief and Grant Snider’s I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf is just that. A book for book lovers, it’s filled with short comic strips with reading-related puns. Find out why children shouldn’t be left unattended in the library (they might get new ideas!) and what the book of the future may look like (it’s more familiar than you think!)"
Naomi, Knowledge Service Assistant - "I recently read Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. It’s a novel about a cafe where customers can travel back in time but there are rules attached, one of which is that you have to return to the present before your cup of coffee gets cold. It’s a beautiful story about relationships that really makes you think. I’d definitely recommend reading it - I couldn’t put it down!"
Jane, Library & Knowledge Service Manager - "I recently read Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh, a travel writer who undertook a 45,000 mile trip around the world travelling almost exclusively by train. From the bullet trains of Japan, an escorted trip round North Korea to the Canadian wilderness Monisha writes in vivid detail about the people she meets along the way and the different customs she encounters.
With the current restrictions on travel this book is perfect if you just want to escape to a different part of the world for a few hours without leaving the house!"
John, Librarian - "The Tin Drum by Günter Grass is a magical novel set amongst the all-too real horrors of war. Oskar decides the best way to cope with the madness of adults, is to stop growing and stay a child forever, letting his tin drum do the talking for him. His child’s-eye view of adults makes them seem like the childish ones!"
Caroline, Library Assistant - "I’ve chosen this book, The Short Fiction Of Irish author Flann O’Brien as it’s a book I’m currently dipping into. I’ve really come to appreciate the power and impact short stories can have, especially within a shared reading group, where the story is read aloud. I’ve used some of the stories in this book in shared reading groups I’ve facilitated, and they always generate lots of discussion as they are so descriptive, and character led.
Some of the stories in this book have been translated from their original Irish language format, and were written between 1932-1967, yet still feel relevant today. The stories in this book have been attributed to the author Flann O’Brien, but he used many Pseudonyms during his writing career! An interesting author and storyteller for anyone looking for something a little different!"
Why not give some of these books a try?! We'd love to hear what books you love and recommend, please tweet us @buzzmanc and let us know!