6 Book Lovers Tell Us About Their Favorites on Book Lover's Day
National Book Lover's Day may be celebrated annually on August 9, but did you know it's also celebrated on the first Saturday of November? So, in honor of today being the first Saturday of November - which also just happens to be National Novel Writing Month - I decided to see who at Dynadot is a fellow book lover! I wanted to know more about their favorite books. What books have inspired them to read more? What books have they not been able to put down? What books have they read and reread again and again? Check out a few of our team's favorite books below!
Christine - Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I was never a huge fan of reading text books or novels, but my sister encouraged me to read the first couple chapters of Hunger Games and once I did, I couldn’t put down the book until I read to the very last page. Each chapter was enthralling and continued to heighten my excitement; beautifully written to illuminate a twisted world of survival and romance! I also love all the character’s unique and strong personalities!
Peter - IT by Stephen King
While IT certainly delivers the scares, what makes IT a compelling read is the amount of depth that King delivers in both the story and the characters. Spanning over 1000 pages, this tome is simultaneously scary, uncomfortable, complex, and even touching. IT stands alongside the few books in my library that I always look forward to rereading.
David - Super Mario Kun by Yukio Sawada
Super Mario Kun is a Japanese Comic Book (Manga) by Yukio Sawada based on the famous Nintendo character. Super Mario Kun follows Mario, his brother Luigi, his trusty dino pal Yoshi, and his beloved Princess Peach and their adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom. It is written in Japanese, which I studied for four years at university. There is currently no English version, but for a similar manga in English, check out Super Mario Adventures by Kentaro Takemura.
Luke - Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle
Reclaiming Conversation is an important book not just for my generation but for society as a whole. Walk the streets of any city, large or small, and you will see people face down in their cell phones, gobbling up their newest SnapChat or browsing aimlessly through Instagram. Go out to eat at any restaurant or relax at a coffee shop and you're bound to see the vast majority of patrons thumbing over the latest gossip news. Couples sit silently while they're both glued to their alternate realities, breaking silence only to share a funny YouTube video they found, then quickly retreating again to absorb more entertainment.
One chapter into Reclaiming Conversation is likely to change anyone's perspective on technology and the overwhelming onslaught of readily available information. Of course, getting people to remove themselves from their cellphone long enough to read the book is the challenging part.
Paige - Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
I've been a book lover for as long as I can remember. As a kid I used to read every night before I went to sleep. Now that I'm older I don't have the time to read as often, but I try to fit in a few pages of a book whenever I can. My favorite book genres are self help, fiction, and poetry.
My favorite self help book is called Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott. This book teaches you to change your conversational approach at work and in your personal life to move your conversations towards success. I have about a dozen sticky notes bookmarking my favorites parts of it. Some of my favorite quotes from this book are "Take responsibility for your emotional wake" and "Our work, our relationships and our lives succeed or fail one conversation at a time. The conversation is the relationship." I really like this book because I feel like I'm always returning to it to apply its lessons to my life.
The current book I am reading is called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, and it's quickly becoming one of my new favorite books. It's a self help book from the perspective to Toltec Wisdom. The book talks about the Four Agreements that will give you personal freedom which are "Be impeccable with your word", "Don't take anything personally", "Don't make assumptions" and "Always do your best." It's been a really great read so far and I can't wait to finish it!
Some other honorable book mentions I would like to make are The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur!
Robyn - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter came out when I was just starting high school and being a typical teen I was skeptical of everyone's love for this "children's book." But then one of my English teachers assigned it to us for class. Once I started reading it, I was hooked and I couldn't put it down. At the time, books one through three were out and the fourth one had just recently been released. I quickly read through all four and then had to wait for the fifth one to come out. It was actually released during my senior trip and I remember my friends and I went and got our copies as soon as it came out and we were all silently reading it fast as we could.
A few weeks ago, I picked up Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the airport. I'd been meaning to read it and I was about to board a five hour cross country flight to Nashville, TN for Verisign's Registrar Days. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child started off as a play and then they published it as a book. Because of this it's a quick read and I tore through it on my flight, finishing it before we even touched down in Nashville. It was a great story and I'm so happy that the Harry Potter universe has been expanded beyond the original seven books!
(And yes, those are, of course, Harry Potter glasses I'm wearing for the photo!)
This post was written by Robyn Norgan, who recently visited Harry Potter Land and highly recommends it for any fellow Harry Potter fans out there! (And make sure you get an interactive wand, so you can use it around the park!)