What's on our bookshelves? Part I

In honour of World Book Day (which will be being celebrated across the UK and Ireland on 4th March 2021), we have decided to give you a sneak peak into what's on our bookshelves- or for some of us, what's on our kindles!


We asked staff and residents some questions about all things books, ranging from "what was your favourite book as a child?" to the ultimate question of "Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?"


So to find out what book our CEO says people NEED to read and whether or not our Senior Housing Coach really judges a book by its cover, keep reading!






Mark Hills (Chief Executive Officer)


Q: "What was the last good book you read?"

A: 'Battle Scars' by Jason Fox


Q: "What was your favourite book as a child?"

A: Peter Pan


Q: "What book do people NEED to read?"

A: The Bible, but not necessarily in one go!


Q: "Have you ever read a book more than once? If so, which one? And how many times?"

A: Yes, the Steve Jobs Biography- I've read it four times


Q: "What's next on your reading list?"

A: 'From survive to thrive'




Sue Bishop (Head of Corporate and Community Services)


Q: "What was your favourite book as a child?"

A: Anything by Enid Blyton


Q: "What is the best autobiography you have ever read?"

A: 'Educated' by Tara Westover


Q: "What is your favourite book?"

A: 'Decline and Fall' by Evelyn Waugh


Q: "What was the last good book you read?"

A: 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens


Q: "What is your favourite book to read with your child/young relative?"

A: 'Farmer Duck'





Ann Ilkin (Young People's Coach)


Q: "Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?"

A: Harry Potter- I found the Lord of the Rings books quite depressing when reading them!


Q: "If you could be any book character, who would it be?"

A: 'Death'- Terry Pratchett style


Q: "Has a book ever changed your life?"

A: 'The Heart of All Knowing' by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free


Q: "Who is your favourite author? What is your favourite book by them?"

A: Terry Pratchett- there are too many good ones to decide on a favourite!


Q: "Are there any books that have been turned into films/tv shows where you think that the on-screen adaptation is better than the book?"

A: 'Lord of the Rings'



David Pritchard (Housing Coach)


Q: "What is your favourite book to read to your child/young relative?"

A: Any book that she chooses


Q: "What was the last good book you read?"

A: 'Cry the Beloved Country' by Allen Paton


Q: "If you could be any book character, who would it be?"

A: 'James' from James and the Giant Peach


Q: "Have you ever read a book more than once? If so, which one? And how many times?"

A: I have read 'The Hobbit' three times, and I have also read the Bible over and over, but still haven't finished it!


Q: "Has a book ever made you cry?"

A: Any Maeve Binchy book!





Mike Roberts (Health and Wellbeing Coach)


Q: "What was your favourite book as a child?"

A: 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl


Q: "Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?"

A: Based on the films, Lord of the Rings- Harry Potter seems to be for children!


Q: What is your favourite book to read to your child/young relative?

A: 'The High Street' by Alice Melvin


Q: "What was the last good book you read?"

A: 'The Great Realisation' by Tomos Roberts


Q: What is your favourite book?

A: 'Win or Learn' by John Kavanagh



Adriana Collyer (Senior Housing Coach)


Q: "If you could be any book character, who would it be?"

A: Clarissa Fairchild (from The Mortal Instruments) or Feyre (from A Court of Thrones and Roses)- I like a strong female lead as the protagonist and these two are my favourite!


Q: "Who's is the best autobiography you've ever read?"

A: Michelle Obama's


Q: "What book do people NEED to read?"

A: 'Some Boys' by Patty Blount- it's very dark but it talks about social issues and bullying in a very eye opening way


Q: "Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?"

A: Lord of the Rings, I've only just started reading Harry Potter and I really like it but it's hard to relate to the first few books as the characters are so young!


Q: "Do you ever judge a book by its cover?"

A: Not necessarily by the cover, but more by the title and the description on the back




So there you have it!


Thank you for reading todays blog. We hope that you've taken away some recommendations- let us know if any of them end up on your bookshelf! (or kindle)


Stay tuned for part two :)




Sources:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/313911/peter-pan-by-j-m-barrie/

https://bookclubchat.com/books/review-where-the-crawdads-sing-by-delia-owens/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3.Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/children/2018/7-juicy-facts-you-didnt-know-about-james-and-the-giant-peach.html

https://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Street-Lift-Flap/dp/1854379437

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Rings-J-R-Tolkien/dp/0618645616

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Realization-Tomos-Roberts-Tomfoolery/dp/006306636X

https://www.rd.com/list/bible-facts-you-never-knew/