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Team Reads: World Book Day

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03. 03. 2016

Today is World Book Day and, as we're a team of keen readers, we thought we'd give you a little insight into some of the books we're reading across the agency right now. A mountain, the sea, a wall and a technology mogul are some of the things we're reading about this week. Over to you, Clearboxers…

ANNA

What book are you reading on World Book Day 2016?

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

What's it about?

Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's account the of the 1996 expedition to Mount Everest which saw one of the deadliest blizzards on the mountain where eight people were killed during the ascent. It's quite harrowing but very interesting.

Are you enjoying it?

I've just finished the book and I was totally immersed in it. Krakauer's attention to detail makes for compelling reading and provides a real insight into the events leading up to the 1996 tragedy.

What's next on your reading list?

Following on with the mountaineering theme, I've downloaded Bear Grylls - Facing Up.

Finally, if you could be any character from any book you've ever read for a day, who would you be and why?

Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With The Wind is my ultimate fictional heroine. I know she's not supposed to be a very likeable character but I love her. She's a really strong, ambitious female who knows her own mind and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

DANI

What book are you reading on World Book Day 2016?

Get in the Sea! An Apoplectic Guide To Modern Life by Andy Dawson

What's it about?

It's a guide to help navigate readers through all the ridiculousness in this world and dumps all the hipster, silly and unnecessary nonsense in to the darkest depths of the ocean. Not enjoying this blog post? Get in the sea.

Are you enjoying it?

I was given it as a present on Monday and so far have only read a few pages but it has given me plenty of laughs.

What's next on your reading list?

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It's been on my list for a while so 2016 will be its year.

Finally, if you could be any character from any book you've ever read for a day, who would you be and why?

I took a BuzzFeed quiz to help me with this one. Apparently I'm like Wendy Darling from Peter Pan. Even though I'm extremely sensible, I'll always cherish a good adventure with those I care about most. According to the quiz results anyhow…

LAURA

What book are you reading on World Book Day 2016?

What You See Is What You Get: Alan Sugar's autobiography

What's it about?

His life story, from his upbringing in London to creating Amstrad to his role on the Apprentice and everything in between.

Are you enjoying it?

No. I thought he was going to share the magic trick to becoming a billionaire!

What's next on your reading list?

A Vietnam travel guide, to help plan my backpacking trip this summer.

Finally, if you could be any character from any book you've ever read for a day, who would you be and why?

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's, as i'd gladly swap my morning porridge to breakfast at Tiffany's any day!

JOHN

What book are you reading on World Book Day 2016?

It's a cheerful one called Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

What's it about?

It's a look inside old East Germany and how the Stasi, the secret state police, used to monitor civilians before the Wall came down. I won't spoil anything by telling you that they weren't very nice people…

Are you enjoying it?

I really am, it's a great read. I'm lucky enough to have been to Berlin a few times and I've always been fascinated by the Wall, so it's intriguing to hear about what went on in the old GDR. If you're into history, the Cold War or anything to do with Germany, give it a go. The best thing about it is that it's written by an Australian who lives in Berlin and she doesn't have any loyalty to old East or West Germany, so it's pretty unbiased.

What's next on your reading list?

Once I'm done with the Berlin Wall, I'm moving on to David Peace's Nineteen Seventy Four.

Finally, if you could be any character from any book you've ever read for a day, who would you be and why?

Andy McNab's Nick Stone. He sounds pretty cool, flies around the world and has the craic being a mercenary. Only for a day though, it sounds like tiring work.

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