GHH’s First Book Reviews
It has become the new normal to come up with creative ways to pass the time, but here at GHH it’s become apparent that some of us like to stick the old ways and read books. Before we started lockdown there was always some form of book chat within the office, from what you have been reading or listening to or an old book you would recommend. Here are the a few reviews people have written on books that really stand out to them:
Half a World Away, Mike Gayle
This book is an emotional roller-coaster and I highly recommend climbing aboard! The story is set in London and has contrasting protagonists: A single Mum, Kerry who lives on a council estate, and Noah, a successful Barrister with a beautiful house, Wife and Daughter.
Kerry contacts Noah, the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children. They are strangers living worlds apart. As their lives start to knit together again, little do they know that things are about to change forever.
I love that this story covers all aspects of real life. It covers race, class, love, adoption, cancer, relationship issues and mental health issues all in one. Gayle covers these difficult subjects in such a compelling way. The characters are unforgettable and feel like your own family. This is the kind of book that makes you laugh and cry at the same time. It also puts your own life and thoughts into perspective.
I read the book during the sunny times we’ve had in lockdown and found it a leisurely read which evoked real emotion. Personally, I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.
By Rachel Walker, Accounts & Payroll Officer
The Secret, Rhonda Byrne
I’m not a big book reader but a few years ago I was recommended to read the Secret. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – it is a bit of a self-help, get your life under control type book but I find it quite inspirational. It has chapters to cover different aspects of your life and suggests tools for improvement. I don’t find them easy to implement or stick with which is why I re-read it whenever I need a little boost in my life. It’s beautifully set out to give it an old manuscript type feel to show this practice has been going on for hundreds of years.
By Jenny Vickerstaff, Senior Recruitment Consultant
Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King
I have followed Vex King on Instagram for some time and found him to be an inspiring and humble character. This encouraged me to read his book and I was so pleased to see that these characteristics were demonstrated in his writing!
In short, the book is based around creating a positive outlook, achieving goals, overcoming negativity and being kind to both yourself and those around you. Instead of teaching this through bold statements and miracle notions he discusses things through personable and relatable experiences.
Vex articulates thoughts and emotions brilliantly and there are parts to the book in which I think we can all relate to. Unlike many authors of similar subjects, he appears to be extremely genuine, honest and humble.
This book certainly puts you in a better mindset and on a road to living a more positive and optimistic life, which is something I think we all need during a pandemic! If you’re looking for an uplifting book that makes you see the world and yourself in a more positive light this is definitely for you.
By Clare Corbishley, Senior Recruitment Consultant