Happy Read a Book Day!
As a collection of bookworms, the Attic Family loves any excuse to pick up one of our favourite tomes and settle down for hours on end.
Although it may be difficult for all of us to read a whole book today, this is still a great opportunity for us to remember that one we’ve been meaning to finish for months, to start one that’s been gathering dust and to remember our all-time favourites - and here are ours here at Team Attic.
The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom
The blurb alone on the back of this book is one of the most profound pieces of writing I have ever read:
“Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralysing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.“
This book taught me things about life that nothing else has. The Time Keeper speaks to each reader on a unique and personal level. The invention of time seems so done, so concrete, and totally irreversible. After reading this book those ideas that everyone has, will most definitely change.
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
This is one of the most magical books I have read for years and it shall always have pride of place on my bookshelf. Richard is thrown into a world that is not his own, where ‘Mind the gap’ is a vital warning and the night itself is deadly. A classic tale of trials, mystery and ancient legends.
This book is a wonderful mix of fantasy and reality. Set in the historic city of London, Neverwhere has copious doses of magic and intrigue, told in Gaiman’s beautifully witty manner. I love how the book draws from London’s famous locations, rich lore and urban tales to produce something so unbelievably believable.
Utopia for Realists - Rutger Bregman
I wouldn't even begin contemplating on a favourite book, instead I'll share some thought on my current read.
Bregman is a Dutch historian that first came to my attention after hearing an interview with him on TV where he introduced some ideas that I've been interested in for some time.
The book is such a breezy read with ideas from universal basic income and world without borders to eradicating poverty, all backed up by genuinely interesting statistics... radical ideas at first glance but not in any way unrealistic.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to widen their imagination and deepen thoughts on all major problems we as humans are facing right now.
I stumbled across this beautiful quote in Rodger's book that says it all:
"A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realization of Utopias."
Love from Team Attic xx