WORLD BOOK DAY: WHAT GREAT BOOKS ARE WE CURRENTLY READING?

by Mar 3, 2022News0 comments

On March 3rd 2022 it is the 25th anniversary of World Book Day! The core mission of World Book Day is to promote reading for pleasure and particularly, changing children’s lives through a love of books and shared reading. As an avid reader myself since I was old enough to read, I loved World Book Day in school – I distinctly remember the book trolleys that would be wheeled into the hall showcasing the £1 books and a selection of authors to spend that invaluable Book Token on (a very important choice for a 10 year old!).

Reading is a great hobby to have at any age, and so to continue that love of books on World Book Day, each of us at Red Tiger is going to give a little update on what we’re currently reading! – note the very varied genre choices… 😅 Comment below what you’re reading at the moment!

World Book Day: What I Wish People Knew About Dementia From Someone Who Knows by Wendy Mitchell

STEVE: WHAT I WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT DEMENTIA (FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS) BY WENDY MITCHELL

I read her first book “Somebody I used to know” which was a unique insight into someone who was diagnosed with early onset dementia at 58. This forms part of my background reading for my upcoming book on Dementia which will be launched in September 2023.

Her latest book outlines a wonderful first person view on how dementia impacts everyday life, from eating and cooking, to relationships and communication, to emotions and attitudes of the person with dementia and their support networks.

Description from Goodreads:

“What can a diseased brain tell us about being human, living our own lives better and helping those with dementia get the best from theirs? When Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with young-onset dementia at the age of fifty-eight, her brain was overwhelmed with images of the last stages of the disease – those familiar tropes, shortcuts and clichés that we are fed by the media, or even our own health professionals. But her diagnosis far from represented the end of her life. Instead, it was the start of a very different one. Wise, practical and life affirming, What I Wish People Knew About Dementia combines anecdotes, research and Wendy Mitchell’s own brilliant wit and wisdom to tell readers exactly what she wishes they knew about dementia.”

PAUL: KILLING FLOOR BY LEE CHILD

This is Lee Child’s debut novel and the first in the Jack Reacher series, having won the Anthony Award and Barry Award for best first novel. My father-in-law (a well read person) recommended it to me – it’s a bit gruesome!

Description from Goodreads:

“Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.”

CHLOE: THE SPANISH LOVE DECEPTION BY ELENA ARMAS / HOOD FEMINISM: NOTES FROM THE WOMEN WHITE FEMINISTS FORGOT BY MIKKI KENDALL

I’m currently on the go with a fiction and a non-fiction. The Spanish Love Deception is a very popular book on TikTok/Instagram so I thought it was worth reading – it’s taking me a little bit to get into (currently 138 pages/28% in) but I like the concept and tropes in this one (slow burn, enemies-to-lovers, fake-dating etc) so I’m sticking with it!

World Book Day: current reads

My other read at the minute is Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall – I think this is a super important read that more people need to pick up! I’m purposefully taking my time with it and going slowly chapter through chapter to really absorb and reflect on what is being said. Highly recommend so far to broaden your knowledge and understandings of feminism and exclusionary practices within and around it.

Description from Goodreads:

“Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighbourhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?”

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Published by Chloe Feather

Chloe is a recent Human Geography graduate from the University of Leeds, working as Red Tiger’s business admin and marketing assistant.

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