It’s nearly time to stop, switch off and recoup for a while. If you’re looking for a good summer read to help you do that, then look no further! The Pobble team are avid readers, so we picked their brains to find out their top book recommendations.
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood
This book is very relevant in our current socio-political climate. It has deeply moving undertones that encourage us to reflect on the world that we live in. Atwood’s style is unique and this is a novel definitely worth exploring.
Suzy Rabikowska, Customer Happiness Manager
‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho
A beautiful book about finding happiness, strength in adversity and chasing one’s dreams. Full of ‘self-reflection’ moments, which encourage you to analyse your own thoughts and actions.
Henry Smith, Co-founder and teacher
‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness
A well-written story is a tale for all ages. Ness’ book (recently made into a film) is a powerful, compelling read. You can guess there’s a whopping great monster in the story, but I’ll give nothing else away. Be ready for an emotional ride, full of compassion and beauty.
Dan Benney, Creative Director
‘The 5 Second Rule’ by Mel Robbins
Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. I listened to ‘The 5-second rule’ on Audible as unlike some audio books the lady reading it almost convinces you more that it is great advice. The idea is to help you be more productive and make better use of your time.
Simon Blower, Co-founder and teacher
‘The House of Spirits’ by Isabel Allende
My favourite book I’ve read in the last few years is ‘The House of Spirits’ by Isabel Allende. I loved her storytelling, the Magical Realism, and it was a stepping stone for me to learn a bit about postcolonial Chile, and its politics.
Abbas Asaria, Business Analyst
‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin
I’m reading The Passage. It’s about an outbreak of virals that pretty much wipe out the human race. It’s the first in a trilogy. Seriously good!
Louise Robinson, Teacher
‘The Humans’ by Matt Haig
This is a real laugh and cry book! Told through the eyes of a body-snatching alien (yes really), this book takes a look at the complexities of the human race. Hilarious, beautiful and eye opening. The Humans made me think about myself, the meaning of life, the universe and much more! A must-read in my opinion!
Anna Whiteley, Digital Marketing Manager
‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami
This is the book I’ve read most recently. It’s a series of short stories about colourful characters struggling with past commitments and mistakes. Stylistic excellence, subtle humour and a hint of absurdity make every story a joy to read, take in and then think about for a while.
Matthijs Hovelynck, Product Director