GTI Top Reads: World Book Day 2023

March 2nd marks World Book Day here in the UK. Here’s what the GTI team are currently reading as well as recommendations for what you might like to read next including our industry top pick. Read the blog.

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If you’re a parent based in the UK, chances are you’ve had to get a costume sorted for World Book Day today. And while there aren’t any costumes on show today at GTI HQ, we have been thinking about books in general. It turns out we’re an eclectic bunch reading a huge variety of styles and genres from sci-fi to financial crime related books.

Take a look at what the team is currently reading as well as their top recommendations. 

What the team are reading now

  • Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri
  • The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
  • Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant
  • Putin's People by Catherine Belton
  • Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat
  • How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie. 
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. 
  • Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
  • Be more Pirate by Sam Coniff
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
  • The Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb 
  • Money Land by Oliver Bullough
  • From Blood and Ash by by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Manifest by Roxie Nafousi
  • Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  • The Anarchy by William Dalrymple
  • The Client by John Grisham

Top industry read

  • Very Bad People by Patrick Alley - This fantastic book examines the correlation between natural resource exploitation and financial crime. It explains how ‘following the money’ could lead to solving some of the world’s biggest problems.

Best book of the past twelve months

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
  • Breath by James Nestor 
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. (Spoiler alert - it's not just money.)
  • Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century by John Higgs. (A great commentary on the past 100 years of pop culture.)
  • The entire "Saga" series of graphic novels by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. (For any sci-fi fans out there.)
  • Kallocain by Karin Boye
  • Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
  • Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss
  • The Throne of Glass series (super epic and a great female lead character!)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

What are you reading right now that we should know about? Read more of our posts on our blog.