What's on our bookshelves? Part II

Continuing on with the World Book Day celebrations, welcome to part two of the sneak peak into what's on our bookshelves.

This time, you'll be hearing from one our lovely residents as she tells you which book character she would love to be and also the reason why she never reads a book more than once!

We've also got insights into the bookshelves of our Harry Potter obsessed Fundraising and Communications Officer, and you'll get to hear my answers to some book-related questions as well.

Happy reading!!

Christine (A YMCA Crewe Resident)

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

A: 'Travels in American Subcultures:The call of the weird' by Louis Theroux

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

A: 'Let me tell you a story' by Renata Calverley

Q: "Have you ever read a book more than once?"

A: No, I don't like to waste time reading books again when I can read new ones.

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

A: The 'Toby Twirl' Adventure books. Also anything by Enid Blyton or Billy Bunter.

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

A: Robinson Crusoe- I would love to be self sufficient and learn new skills.

Lisa Cormack (Fundraising and Communications Officer)

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

A: Yes, *laughs*- I'm very shallow

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

A: 'Each Peach Pear Plum'

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

A: One book that I always recommend is 'Route 253' by Geoff Ryman. Each page is a passenger on one London Underground train. Two paragraphs per page- one describing how the character looks and the other what they're thinking. Read it and go and stand in the middle of a crowd. It'll completely change the way you see people.

Q: "What is your favourite book?"

A: There are far too many, but the first that came to mind was 'We need to talk about Kevin'

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

A: I just read Grace Dent's 'Hungry.' Her descriptions of how food is linked to so many family memories are wonderful.

Josh Walker (Fundraising and Communications Officer)

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

A: Harry Potter. Tolkien's world is steeped in really well thought out and developed lore, but there is a darkness that runs throughout Middle Earth that can't be escaped and progress is only created through struggling with those impending shadows. In Middle Earth, one can never be sure that good will prevail. Rowling, on the other hand, imbued her world with love as the most powerful force, at the same time as presenting a picture of our own world that is believably magical. Of those two worlds, I'd much rather live in the Wizarding World...even as a muggle.

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: It pains me to admit it, but 'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman was adapted so well that I preferred the film. As a bonus, can we all agree that the movie 'Holes' is better than Louis Sachar's book?

Q: "What is next on your reading list?"

A: 'Red Seas Under Red Skies' by Scott Lynch

Q: "Has a book ever changed your life? If so, which one?"

A: A great many books, but three key ones are 'Velvet Elvis' by Rob Bell, 'Notes on a Nervous Planet' by Matt Haig and 'Mere Christianity' by C.S. Lewis

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

A: Here's the thing, I'd have loved to be a student at Hogwarts, but I don't think I'd have wanted to fight in the Battle for Hogwarts, or go through any of the stuff Harry had to deal with. So, maybe I'd want to be one of the Ravenclaw students who are getting on the Express as the main trio put their kids on the train to head off to school. You know, post-Voldemort but also still a student at Hogwarts? (TMI Josh...TMI)

Rhian Williams (Young People's Team Leader)

Q: "What is your favourite book?"

A: (It makes me sad that people can be a bit stuck up about this book) I absolutely love 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte

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

A: No, I wouldn't say I do. However, I do love a good cover. I have bought all of the clothbound Penguin Classics because they are beautiful, despite owning all the titles already. I'll also buy a re-print of a book I already own if it has a lovely cover.

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

A: Terry Pratchett- 'The Colour of Magic'

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

A: Granny Weatherwax (from 'Witches Abroad' by Terry Pratchett). She's assertive, confident, extremely competent (at everything) and she gives good quotes. Also, she can fly a broomstick, as a floating support worker this is something that would be really handy to avoid Crewe traffic congestion issues!

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

A: I haven't read a Harry Potter book or watched a Harry Potter film, so it would have to be Lord of the Rings

Keeley Groarke (Social Media Assistant)

*let's just pretend that I'm not the one writing this blog and that someone else asked me these questions*

Q: "Who's is your favourite autobiography?"

A: So I'm not sure if these would be classed as autobiographies as such, but I really loved 'This is going to hurt' (the secret diaries of a junior doctor), 'The Secret Barrister' and also Anne Frank's Diary

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

A: 'Cool' by Michael Morpurgo- anything by him or Jaqueline Wilson to be honest!

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

A: I'm not sure that a book has ever changed my life as such, but the book 'Women Don't Owe You Pretty' by Florence Given definitely taught me a few life lessons, and I also read Anne Frank's Diary when I was a couple of years younger than she was when her and her family had to go into hiding, which absolutely put things into perspective for me and really made me realise to never take things for granted.

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

A: 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens- couldn't recommend it enough!!

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

A: I have read the whole Harry Potter series about 5 times

Thank you for reading our blog posts this week- we really hope that you're able to take away some recommendations to add to your reading lists!

Reading isn't for everyone, but there is a clear link between reading and mental health and wellbeing, as reading helps to reduce feelings of loneliness and stress, improve empathy and creativity and also helps to increase intelligence and strengthen memory. Losing yourself in a book also provides many people with escapism, and right now, that's exactly what we need!

So here at YMCA Crewe, we're encouraging you to give reading a go for the rest of (what is hopefully) the last lockdown, as you never know the improvements that it may have on your daily mood and outlook.

Please let us know if any of the books from this weeks blogs make it onto your bookshelves!