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Book Lovers' Day at Teamtailor
As it's Book Lovers' Day we asked the Teamtailor Book Club to tell us a bit about their favourite book as well as what's next on their to-read list!
Alberto Cicora, Sales & Business Developer:
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
This is a classic non-fiction book about personal finance and development. The concepts he talks about are so simple they stick in your mind very easily. This book is about the importance of investing to reach financial freedom and not relying only on your 9-5 job. The phrase that most impressed me is “Do not work for money, instead make money work for you”.
Next book on my read list for my holidays is “12 Rules for Life” by Jordan Peterson.
Valentina Behrouzi, Marketing Manager:
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I was never a massive reader until this year, where I made it my goal to read at least a book a month. Cut to 8 months later and I’m 16 books ahead of schedule, have joined Teamtailor’s book club and even have a book related podcast with a friend, which makes it almost impossible for me to pick a favourite. However, one that has stuck with me the most this year is ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara. It’s a story about love and friendship, but is also extremely dark, moving and utterly heartbreaking. It’s so worth the read, but I would highly recommend having a book about a gushy romance or dogs as a palette cleanser for when you finish as I still think about this book month’s later.
The next book on my list is ‘The Maidens’ by Alex Michaelides — it’s important to support my fellow Cypriots!
Arun Kumar, Social Media Manager:
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I first read this book when I was quite young and loved the story of the Little Prince’s adventures across the stars (and the wonderful illustrations!). The book makes some really astute observations about people and the way we live our lives and encourages us to hold on to our childlike imagination and curiosity (and to see a boa constrictor consuming an elephant whole – and not just a drawing of a hat…). Highly recommend for all ages!
Next on my to-read list is ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom.
Natasha Sharma, Business Development Lead - North America:
12 More Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
I started off with a love/hate relationship with the fantastically controversial Jordan Peterson, but his latest book has left me on the ‘love’ side as it has given me great pause to delve into key and meaningful topics. Through his dry humour and sophisticated articulation, this book has genuinely changed my perspective for the better while broadening my understanding on things I thought I had a good grasp on. A must read for all!!
My favourite rule, Rule VIII: Make one room in your home as beautiful as possible :)
Next read: ‘Mythos’ by Stephen Fry
Nathalie Lif, Field Marketing Manager:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
One of a few books that will stay with me for a very long time. A horrible, but beautiful story about love and survival amidst the holocaust, based on a true story. I finished the book in only a few days, since I couldn’t put it down. You get an inside perspective from the camps that is not only about all the horrible things, but also about the power of hope. A tough novel to read - obviously, it is set in Auschwtiz - but such a beautiful and important story.
Next Read: ‘We Run the Tides’ by Vendela Vida, ‘Yearbook’ by Seth Rogen or ‘The Son of Mr. Suleman’ by Eric Jerome Dickey
Debi Bryant, Marketing Data Analyst:
Salt on Your Tongue: Women and the Sea by Charlotte Runcie
I read this book last year after receiving it as a birthday present and it is something that has stuck with me and has become one of my favourites. There's a real eclectic mix of personal recollections, superstition, myth, poetry, prose and a journal of life from Charlotte herself. I am a huge fan of Greek myth and Charlotte has structured and based much of her book around it and her keen life-long obsession with the sea. It stands as a moving and beguiling portrait of the sea and is beautifully written – every location she writes about is so vividly described, you will really want to visit.
This book is beguiling to an extent that I felt as though I was floating along the waters that Charlotte describes - being carried away to someplace mystical; perhaps a remote island perched at the edge of civilisation - weightless and without a care in the world. A true 10/10 read.
Next read: ‘253: The journey of 253 lifetimes’ by Geoff Ryman
Alice Trew, Accountant:
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
This novel contains several stories of love and loss during the war, and it manages to encapsulate the tragedy without losing hope. Through his vivid descriptions of people and places, the genuinely funny moments, and the flawed but likeable characters, the author creates a fictional world that feels real. That means that subjects that could end up feeling a bit cringe actually don't, which makes it an effortless and enriching read.
Next read: ‘Homesick for another world’ by Ottessa Moshfegh