Staff Picks - what we are reading

Staff and volunteers share some of their favourite reads from the scheme.

Article Image Annie - broaden my world view

Annie is one of our dispatch team, writes the book blurbs for BDS and convenes two book groups.

She says her favourite book is usually the one she is reading at the time, but (more helpfully) adds: "My reading choices are 'ideas-driven'. I read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction but really enjoy stories that make me think and so challenge and broaden my view of the world."

Annie's current best reads are:

1. The Big Thirst

2. Where the Rekohu Bone Sings

3. We Are Called To Rise

4. The Good Doctor

"...Read this book and ponder" 

 5. The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns

Article Image Vicky -sci fi/dystopia

Vicky is one of our dispatch team and convenes a BDS book group. She likes to look at things from a different perspective and enjoys books with "a bit of depth".

"I love a good sci fi or dystopian novel," she says.  Her top-ranking picks from the scheme are:

1. Nutshell

2. Station Eleven

3. The Martian

Article Image Lesley - journeying to different places

Lesley is one of our distribution staff and has been with BDS for 5 years. She reads a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction but particularly enjoys books with interesting people or characters.

"I do like journeying, as an armchair traveller, to different places and learning about them. My favourite books are set in different countries: from Iceland to Hawaii to Rwanda. I enjoy the different settings," she says.

Lesley's top reads are:

1. Requiem

2, Three Souls 

3. Life in a Jar

Article Image Jane - busy mum's choices

Jane is one of our dispatch team. As a busy mum of three, a book needs to be an absorbing and enjoyable distraction! Her reading highlights include:

1. Second Chances

"A great story by Charity Norman."

2. Our Souls At Night

3. The Light Between Oceans

4. A Man called Ove

"I felt sorry for him" she says of the main character. 

Article Image Barbara - likes to learn

Barbara, our manager, enjoys character-driven books and the opportunity to learn something - about cultures, countries or history. Here is her current list of favourites from the scheme:

1. When Breath Becomes Air

"Sad but beautiful. Along with the author you contemplate the meaning of life." 

 2. Malice  

"A why rather than a who-did it".

3. Curious Charms of Author Pepper

4. So You've Been Publicly Shamed

"Food for thought! The moral of the story: count to 10 before responding online!"

Article Image Megan - thoughtful and inspiring

Megan is our promotions person. She enjoys books that are inspiring or in which people or characters grow and develop. Some of her popular winter time reading includes:

1. The President's Hat

"A quick, delightful, quirky read. A hint of magic with a punch of realism at the end".

2. Our Souls at Night

3. The Brighter Side of My Condition

4. The Moor's Account

"A gruesome incident at the beginning nearly put me off but them I became hooked. Great storyteller and intro to the Spanish conquest of Florida."

5. A History of Silence

"Probably the best (auto)biography I've read. Poetic and metaphorical; it's like a mind-map of Jones' life."

Article Image Cherie - eclectic and darker

Cherie repairs damaged books and is our administrator. She reads a range of genres but likes suspense "that is well done".

"I have eclectic taste but lean towards a darker book." 

Her favourite recent reads are:

1. Our Souls At Night

"Not dark but a sweet story tinged with sadness."

2. After the Crash

3. Elegance of the Hedgehog

Article Image Debbie - reads to relax

Reading has to be relaxing for our accounts person, Debbie. She enjoys light and easy-to-read books.

"I like books about families, especially inter-generational stories," she says.

Her updated list of top three books:

1. The Light Between Oceans

(This stays as her number one choice)

2. Our Souls At Night

3. Heartland

More Staff Picks

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