Time to let our resident bookworm (a.k.a. Copywriter Lolli) loose!
When introducing myself to people I’ve not met before, the first bit of background info I usually like to share about myself is that, although I spend the vast majority of my time writing, I really love to read.
It isn’t very often I get the opportunity to talk openly about my love of literature, so when the team all sat down at the beginning of this month to talk content strategy, you can imagine my excitement when Harriet, our Social Media Executive, suggested that we do something to mark National Read A Book Day.
After batting around a few different ideas (having everyone rock up to the office dressed as their favourite fictional character being one of them), we eventually decided that perhaps the best thing to do would be for me, as the team’s avid reader, to put together a blog post of sorts to mark the occasion.
“Choose your top five favourite books,” was the brief from Harriet. “And write a short blog article about them.”
Anyone who has a deep love of any pastime will know how difficult it is to pick your top five of anything, whether it be your top five films, directors, songs, bands, albums, artists, fashion designers or famous figures. As with writers and novels, there are just so many to choose from. And as for keeping it short, well, that’s even more of a challenge!
It is, however, a challenge I am absolutely up for. So, after scouring my bookshelves and sitting on this decision for the past four days, I give you my top five favourite books*… I think.
*in no particular order
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Why I love it: Ready Player One is science fiction writing at its best – a beautifully constructed piece of escapism which will pull you in with such vigour that you miss your train stop, maintaining its sensational grip on the imagination long after you’ve finished reading.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Why I love it: A modern classic, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is part-fiction, part-autobiography. Witty and tragic with inflections of dark humour, Plath’s narrative is enthralling, relatable and real. Writing on some heavy topics, including women’s rights and roles within society, depression, and suicide, The Bell Jar comes from an author who had a real gift for storytelling, and the rare ability to inject poetry into the everyday.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Why I love it: As one of the most well-known stories of the past two centuries, Wuthering Heights is perhaps an obvious choice, but it is a classic! It’s gothic, it’s poetic, it’s darkly beautiful, and it appeals to my enjoyment of a complex narrative structure – what’s not to love?!
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Why I love it: Part of me loves The Catcher in the Rye because it’s a classic piece of modern American fiction, and the other part of me loves it because everyone else seems to hate it. Holden Caulfield is one of the most iconic characters in modern literature, and he’s found himself reincarnated in so many other characters and novels. As a wry coming-of-age novel which at once captures the desperate desire to grow up, the inexperience and appeal of youth, and all of the teenage angst that’s played out as a result, I’m not sure how anyone could read this novel and not enjoy it!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Why I love it: Zusak’s story-writing ability is completely astounding, and has the potential to invoke both wonder and envy within the reader. He sculpts his novels as an artist would his work, with precision and finesse. What we’re left with is a booklover’s delight – he’s a true wordsmith.
I love the fact that there are still dedicated days in the calendar (including National Read A Book Day and World Book Day) on which us book nerds can go wild and share our love of literature, all in the hope that it might encourage someone to pick up a book and find a new hobby and passion.
In a world where everything is digital and we’re all spending so much time in front of a screen, I don’t think it’s ever been more important to promote the joys of reading, particularly to the younger generations, who are rapidly becoming more and more enveloped by the screens of their smartphones, living their lives out virtually.
For me, there is no greater joy in life than sitting down with a good book and a great big cup of coffee – add a slice of cake to that and you’ve got one very happy Lolli! And my love of the English language and all things literary has definitely served me well in life. Having consumed stories so much whilst growing up, throughout my childhood, teenage years, and my years as an adult, I now turn my ability to find and build an interesting narrative into producing creative copy which promotes the work of my clients, and that’s something I really love about my role as a Copywriter at Root Fifty Two.
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