Today is National Read a Book Day, a day to immerse ourselves in alternate worlds or learn more about our current one. Whether you often devourer a book in an entire day, or are an exclusive beach reader, Read a Book Day can be an opportunity to dedicate some time to escape your regular routine and focus on something you’ve been intending to read. This may be a gripping thriller, a motivating self-help book, or you may just want an excuse to read Harry Potter for the 10th time.

To mark this day dedicated to all things books, I took some time to find out what the Rostrum team are currently reading. With a variety of fiction and non-fiction, easy page turners and hard hitting reads, hopefully something here will kickstart your reading for September!

National Read a Book Day-Dina

“I rarely choose non-fiction for my leisure reading and normally prefer to escape into the exquisite world of the imaginary. But after hearing rave reviews from a range of assorted acquaintances, I decided to give Atomic Habits by James Clear a try and, so far, it has not disappointed. It’s never too early to get to work on new year’s resolutions, and it’s never too late for a mildly scatter-brained girl to develop an identity of organisation (even if it’s still a bit of a chaotic one) – this has been game-changing in helping me develop and implement positive habits both at work and in my personal life. Highly recommend!”

Atomic Habits, James Clear

National Read a Book Day-Nick

“The most recent book I read was called Sheffield’s most notorious gangs, by Ben W. Johnson. A really interesting read focusing particularly on the Mooney Gang and the Park Brigade, who the author defines as Sheffield’s version of the Peaky Blinders. It gives the history of a number of men who came back from the first world war who were battling with a decreasing quality of life, and the impact of returning to civilian life, who turned to gang culture to feel a sense of purpose.

A particularly fascinating for me because my grandparents and mum were brought up in Sheffield, so I’m always interested to learn about the history of the ‘Steel City’.”

Sheffield’s Most Notorious Gangs, Ben W. Johnson

National Read a Book Day-Polly

“I’m currently reading Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson. It’s a beautifully written love story following two unnamed people living in South East London who are also navigating issues of race and masculinity. It is both poetic and intense and it captures the familiarity of love, as well as what it means to be vulnerable.”

Open Water, Caleb Azumah Nelson

National Read a Book Day-Alice

“I’ve nearly finished The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri, I am really enjoying reading this book and learning a lot more about the war in Syria. Even though some of the themes are very heavy, the author tells the stories of Nuri and Afra in an honest but hopeful way. Lefteri notices the hard reality for a lot of people fleeing war-torn countries and evokes a lot of emotion in her writing.”

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Christy Lefteri

National Read a Book Day-Fleur

“I am currently reading Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult. It’s about a girl who gets stuck in the Galapagos Islands during the Covid-19 pandemic. I was looking for an easy read, and it definitely fulfils that, but I think there could be a twist on the horizon.”

Wish You Were Here, Jodi Picoult

National Read a Book Day-Aaron

“I’ve just finished reading Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon. If I were to describe it in 3 words (ish) I’d say: Dizzying, subversive, and extremely online.”

Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon

National Read a Book Day-Isabella

“I’ve been reading Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing on my commute to improve my support for relevant Rostrum clients. It’s a great read, exploring the role that land plays in modern economies, and why house prices are rising faster than incomes in many countries.

Books can be pricy, so it’s great that book vouchers from HEKA are just some of the great employee perks on offer at Rostrum!”

Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing, Josh Ryan-Collins

National Read a Book Day-Harriet

“I’m currently reading How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie and it is GREAT.

I haven’t read anything like it before. It’s dark but also hilarious- big fan!”

How to Kill Your Family, Bella Mackie

National Read a Book Day-Evie

“I’m probably the last person on earth to pick up The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, but after receiving it for my birthday I finally got around to it, and thought it was wonderful. I loved how at the heart of the book companionship and storytelling were fundamental to survival. I think we all need to be reminded sometimes how important community and kindness are. It’s certainly not the easiest of reads but definitely one that will stay with me.”

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

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