Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind everyone how much fun it is to read. Thousands of celebrities, booksellers, teachers and librarians campaign across the country to encourage people of all ages to read more. We asked our team here in the office about what they’ve been caught reading.
“My favourite book is Atonement by Ian Mcewan – the title is such a good fit for the book. I love the narrative and the idea that you can make one mistake in your youth and it can have a devastating effect on so many.
The last book I read was When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – a moving read which had a side line in how interesting brain surgery is!”
“The Black Ice is a fast-paced thriller with police politics and deadly corruption at its heart. This is the fifth Michael Connelly book I’ve read. None have disappointed yet.
I read The Leopard as a teenager and I was totally taken aback by it. The beautiful descriptions of Italy in the 1860s, and of a society resisting change, still resonates today. Oh, and Bendicò, the gorgeous Great Dane… My favourite character in the novel by far.”
“My favourite is the The Road by Cormac McCarthy – the lyrical writing, the sparseness of the prose, the ambiguous-yet-hope-filled ending that left me sobbing…a perfect book.
The one I most recently read was The Last Act of Love – such a brave and moving, but never self-pitying, non-fiction piece on family, loss and grief. That makes for two fairly melancholic picks…but most of my other reads are Where’s Spot and Goodnight Moon!
“I really don’t have a favourite book of all time! So instead, I’ll give you one of the most important books of my life: Selina, Pumpernickel und die Katze Flora, by Susi Bodhal (in English: Selina, The Mouse, And The Giant Cat, published by Faber&Faber in 1992). The protagonist, Selina, is scared of the cat Flora but with the help of mouse Pumpernickel, she is able to face her fear and actually learn that there is nothing to be afraid of. And so did I.
I am currently reading Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, which blows my mind, for the sheer amount of topics and ideas it touches on. The main story, for me, is all about female friendship and finding one’s place in the world – and that there are no easy answers.”
“My all time favourite book is The Good Immigrant – a collection of essays by second generation immigrants in Brexit Britain. One of the only books I’ve ever read where I’ve felt an affinity with every writer. The stories chart experiences from school life to romances and each story is beautifully recounted.
The most recent book I read was Modern Romance – a comic spin on modern dating in the age of technology by Aziz Ansari (writer of Netflix’s Master of None.) Hilarious and tragic at the same time.”
“My favourite book is The Sun Also Rises because it was the first time I ever read a book where I disliked the main characters all the way through.
The last book I read was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I hadn’t read a YA novel in a while and it handles some sensitive topics well.”
“My favourite book is Before I go to Sleep by S.J Watson. It’s told from the point of view of an amnesiac who forgets who she is every morning. She is a very unreliable narrator and you are turning the pages in frustration because you want her to find out more about her life. It’s incredible.
The last book I read was History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. It is such a painfully honest but beautiful love story and gave me way too many feelings. Especially on a train at rush hour.