Our team at Edapt love reading for pleasure and life-long learning as we celebrate this World Book Day. 

As former teachers, and as we support those who work in classrooms throughout the country, we appreciate the pleasure which reading brings as it opens up worlds of creativity and knowledge.

We also understand that as professionals with busy lives it can be difficult to try and fit in reading for pleasure regularly, (any early morning readers out there?)

Personally, as a former English teacher I always found it difficult to read outside education/pedagogy books when teaching! 

Reading for pleasure can also support a positive work/life balance and we are always on the lookout for new books to inspire us.

Competition to win a book bundle

We thought we would share what some of our team are currently reading. 

Also, to be in with a chance to win a bundle of books for yourself, comment below on what you are reading and give it a rating out of 5, we would love to hear your recommendations! (We will randomly select a comment by March 28th and send the bundle by post).

Annabel: Edapt Caseworker

I have just finished “The Housemaid” by Frieda McFadden which follows the story of Millie, who becomes a live-in housemaid for a wealthy family. It’s a psychological thriller full of deception, suspense and intrigue with an almighty plot twist! I’d give it a 4.5/5 and would definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys mystery fiction. There is also a sequel, “The Housemaid’s Secret” with a 3rd book to be released in June 2024!

 In terms of what I’m reading next, I have just started “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas which is a bit of a switch up for me as it’s in the ‘fantasy’ genre but I’ve heard great things!

Alistair: CEO and Co-Founder of Edapt

Alistair has just started reading ‘The Armour of Light‘ by Ken Follett. It is the fifth book in the Kingsbridge series which has received wide critical acclaim. This latest book focuses on the impact of the industrial revolution and also the ambitions of Napoleon to become emperor of the world. Alistair says, “Some of the underlying themes are not that distant from the modern day so it is always interesting to draw parallels with what has happened in the past. If you’ve got an interest in history but have not dabbled in Follett’s works before, you’re missing out! I’d recommend almost all of his books but start with the ‘Pillars of the Earth‘, you won’t be disappointed.”

Andrew: Edapt Casework and Subscriptions Manager

I have quite an eclectic taste in reading, choosing subjects and topics which interest me as well as those areas I have no knowledge in. I read a mix of both nonfiction and fiction and have a passion for well written prose which is something which really stands out to me. I have really enjoyed reading “Shoe Dog” recently by Phil Knight which charts the origin story of Nike and the individual who set out his vision for transforming the look and quality of running shoes. There are some really sweet moments in there as Phil reflects on his career and personal life as well as what he sacrificed to achieve success. 

I am also finishing off “The Ride of a Lifetime” by Robert Iger who has been leading at Disney over the recent years. It’s really interesting to hear the stories of how Disney acquired Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, the compromises which had to take place and the risks involved. I would definitely recommend reading both books if you are interested in the Venn diagram dissection of entertainment, running and business!

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