With around 130 million books existing in the world, choosing the right one for you can be tricky. To celebrate World Book Day today (3 March, 2016), we spoke to members of the Center Parcs team for their recommended reads.
Kathryn Smith, Head Office Facilities Manager
My favourite book is: Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Property
My fascination with Marilyn Monroe began when I was 26 years old. I used to suffer from Endometriosis, which became life-threatening. As a result I spent three years in and out of hospital, enduring nine major operations.
During my recovery a friend brought me a biography written about Marilyn Monroe. They said I’d find it interesting as she too suffered from Endometriosis. I went on to read as many books I could find on her; I found her life very interesting but also very tragic.
In 1954 her x-rays from one of her surgeries for the condition fetched $54,000 at auction. In 1999 I became the proud owner of the Christie’s catalogue of Marilyn’s personal property that was sold at auction in New York. I was really lucky to recover from all of my surgeries, but not quite as lucky for one of my x-rays to be sold for $54,000!
Jessica Betts, Creative Services Assistant
My favourite book is: The Roald Dahl Treasury
I fell in love with Roald Dahl’s books as a child and would spend hours getting lost in the stories and the wonderful illustrations from Quentin Blake.
My absolute favourite has to be the BFG. My nanny and grandad bought me the treasury in 1997, which contains complete stories, extracts, rhymes and memoirs and I absolutely love it. I’ll keep it close to my heart forever.
I now read it to my nieces and nephew and I can see the Roald Dahl bug is already rubbing off on them. After all, as Roald Dahl said himself, “those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”.
Christy Eales, Starbucks
My favourite book is: What the Ladybird Heard
I first came across this book during story time here. We do a weekly session, free of charge, at Starbucks, where we read a story together and do some arts and crafts relating to the story afterwards.
The first time I read What The Ladybird Heard during a session, the reaction was brilliant. It’s a book that children of all ages, and their parents, can enjoy and get involved in. You can make the animal noises and find the ladybird on every page, so it’s really engaging. Normally when I read it we get out some animal cushions for the children to sit with and choose their ‘animal’, then we’ll make and paint animal masks. As you can imagine, I see a lot of ladybirds!
Mandy Bates, Guest Services
My favourite book is: Mort, by Terry Pratchett
I love all of Terry Pratchett’s books, but I’d have to choose this one because it takes his stories right back to the beginning. It’s the fun, laugh-out-loud lines that I enjoy. His books are fantasy fiction; he made a completely different world – Discworld.
His style changes from book to book, so you never quite know what to expect. But whatever the book, I get so involved in these mythical, magical worlds of golems and wizards. It’s quite literally a different world. For me, reading a book like Mort is complete, unadulterated escapism. We live in the real world, but it’s nice to escape sometimes, isn’t it?
Do you have a favourite book that you love and would recommend? Share your thoughts in the comments below!