“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

Dr. Seuss

What We’re Reading for International Literacy Day

Ahead of International Literacy day on Saturday 8th September, we’ve trawled Bretom’s bookshelf for a few recommendations. Here are our best picks for a weekend read:

National Portrait Gallery 100 Pioneering Women

Official blurb: This richly illustrated gift book presents 100 pioneering women from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. From Elizabeth I to Zaha Hadid, this book celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout history, highlighting not only well-known pioneers but also women whose stories have been forgotten.

Why we love it: Without a doubt one of the most inspiring books we’ve picked up. Jam packed with stories of amazing women who have been lost or hidden in history. Read one a day and be a hit women-spiration!

All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

Official blurb: From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Why we love it: All consuming, breathtakingly crafted with descriptive details. A truly wonderful read.

Brutal Simplicity of Thought: How It Changed the World, 

Official blurb: Simplicity looks easy. It’s not. It’s easier to complicate than simplify. This book presents stunningly simple examples of concepts that have changed the world – from the single piece of paper that became the American Declaration of Independence, giving birth to the most powerful nation in the history of the world, to the symbol and line that enables us to write music.

Why we love it: A quick read that leaves a big impact. Sometimes, less really is more…

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, Ben Horowitz

Official blurb: Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup – practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular Ben’s blog.

Why we love it: A fascinating and insightful book, full of entrepreneurial trials and tribulations, and the benefits of pushing through the hard times.

The Little Big Things, Henry Fraser 

Official blurb: Henry Fraser was a 17-year old sports enthusiast and senior prefect when he broke his spinal cord and was left paralysed from the shoulders down. Life as he knew it was over and yet, through extraordinary determination and a positive attitude, he has forged a successful career as an inspirational speaker and an artist. He chose survival over defeat, and transformed unimaginable difficulty into an opportunity to grow and inspire others.

Why we love it: This man is an inspiration in how he has accepted this challenge life has thrown him with positivity and hope.  And there’s nothing this man can’t paint with a brush in his mouth!

Happy International Literacy Day and Happy Reading!

Let us know what you’re reading for International Literacy Day or if all this reading has got the creative juices going and you have some ideas and want to talk us get in contact at Rebecca.Leese@bretom.com.