Quidco’s favourite books

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In celebration of World Book Day we decided to go round and ask a few of our lovely Quidco staff members a couple of questions about their favourite books.

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Fraz - Product Manager
Fraz - Product Manager

What is your favourite book?
I don’t really have a favourite book – it’s too hard to choose! I have favourite authors that I go back to over and over again, David Gemmell, Christopher Brookmyre, Stephen King, Brandon Sanderson… However the future husband and I are making paper flowers out of some of our faves for the wedding. He picked David Gemmell’s Legend – which I’d highly recommend to any fans of heroic fantasy! And I picked Christopher Brookmyre’s The Sacred Art of Stealing – he’s an author that I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys black humour and a wee bit of a violence! (Ok maybe more than just a wee bit….)

How many physical books do you own?
Too many! It’s definitely in the hundreds, we just bought another bookshelf and I’m still having to double stack them all… It did give me an excuse to order them all by author and genre though.

What one book should everyone read?
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, it’s about an intelligence agent who tracks a murderer and a terrorist suspect. Everyone I have recommended it to has not been able to put it down – just read it.
For those of you who enjoy fantasy and horror read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. The novels cover multiple genres and it took him something like 30 years to write the 8 books that make up the series, but if you want to get wholly swept away you should give this a go – even now we’re not totally sure it’s actually over…

What book are you most embarrassed not to have actually read yet?
Lord of the rings… I read The Hobbit easily, and I love the story! But LOTR was just really, really hard work. One day I’ll manage it, it’s a life goal to finally finish them!

What book are you currently reading
I’m currently reading The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. I read the first in the series, The Way of Shadows easily, but I’m struggling with the second so far, it’s about a homeless boy who becomes an apprentice to an assassin.

Loic - Customer Operations Agent

What is your favourite book?
The book that inspired me the most is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, Total Recall. A play on words from the film and also because it’s a total recall of his life events. His life is a very interesting story, coming from a small town in Austria he grew up and achieved every goal he set himself. Including becoming the governor of California. Everyone told him he’d never make it as an actor and he made millions from it.

What was the first book you ever read?
Probably something in school or maybe a Tintin comic. But the book I probably read first as a kid and really enjoyed was the Harry Potter books. I actually managed to get the fourth book a day before the release date in the UK. I was in Scarborough at the time and there was a little bookshop that already had the book out on displays. I remember my Mum talking to the owner of the shop, explaining that the book wasn’t released until the day after but she still managed to get me a copy.

How many physical books do you own?
Probably around 30. I own a lot of autobiographies, though that does include some books I haven’t read yet.

What one book should everyone read?
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even if you aren’t interested in body building it’s still a great story. He was already a millionaire before he became famous, making his money through property investments and his own businesses.

What book are you most embarrassed not to have actually read yet?
I am most embarrassed that I haven’t read the Lord of the Rings books. I’d love to try and read them because the films are so epic and I really enjoyed them. My Dad always goes on about how great the books are, so I really should read them at some point.

Cat - Digital Marketing Executive

What is your favourite book?
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It was the first book I read that I just couldn’t put down.

What was the first book your ever read?
The Hungry Caterpillar, a classic.

How many physical books do you own?
It’s got to be over 100.

What one book should everyone read?
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

What book are you most embarrassed not to have actually read yet?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What book are you currently reading?
Currently nothing, but the most recent book I read was The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion which was a good Sunday afternoon read.

Ingrid - Customer Operations Agent

What is your favourite book?
That’s a really difficult question. I think the books that have remained the most consistent as my favourites are the Harry Potter books. Because you can read them when you’re younger and understand and really enjoy the story, but you can also read them as an adult and understand the deeper meaning behind some of the characters. For example you hate Draco Malfoy when you’re a kid, but as an adult you understand that he had no choice in some of his actions.

What was the first book you ever read?
Amédée Petit Potage! Which was a detective book for kids. In involved a group of 10 year old school kids and they’d come home from school and there will have been a murder or something and you get to see the choices they make after that. It definitely made me think I could be a detective too, like Sherlock Holmes.

How many physical books do you own?
Probably thousands. I still have all of the book from when I was younger like Manga and I have some of my favourite books in both English and French. We had a big house when I was younger so I had a library, my Dad had a library, my Grandma had a library. I think every room should always have books in them.

What one book should everyone read?
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. He was a general who had a great philosophy. He taught that people should be able to be a gracious loser. He was a good winner but he knew when he lost and could learn from those mistakes.

What book are you embarrassed to have not read?
Probably Game of Thrones. I have genuinely tried to read them but I just don’t understand what he’s saying half the time. I read Tolkien, I read The Lord of the Rings when I was 13 but Game of Thrones is just so much more complicated. I’m reading it in English and he has his own language and own way of saying things. I don’t think I can read it in French because apparently the translation is not great. Sorry George RR Martin … I failed.

Simon - Customer Operations Agent

What is your favourite book?
The Hungry Caterpillar, because it takes you on a journey.

What was the first book you ever read?
First?

How many physical books do you own?
I still have all of my old school books. So about three.

What one book should everyone read?
The Hungry Caterpillar

What book are you embarrassed to have not read?
I still haven’t actually finished The Hungry Caterpillar

What book are you currently reading
The Hungry Caterpillar for Dummies. It’s truly gripping

Ella - Customer Operations Agent

What is your favourite book?
The Life Changing Magic of not giving a **** by Sarah Knight. It’s a parody of a book called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it’s basically about caring less and doing more. Focusing on yourself and your priorities in a way that’s not mean.

What was the first book your ever read?
I don’t really remember the first book I ever read but I did read a lot of Jacqueline Wilson when I was a child. My favourites were Double Act and Tracy Beaker and the like.

How many physical books do you own?
Probably around 40 in my house and another 40 or 50 at my parents house.

What one book should everyone read?
Control Alt Delete by Emma Gannon. It’s a really good book about internet culture and how she grew up online and how others did similarly.

Leanne - Partner Marketing Executive

What is your favourite book?
My favourite book is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood because it explores themes of the subjugation of women and how their bodies are politicised and controlled. Also show the main characters fight to remain individual.

What was the first book you ever read?
The first book I ever read was probably a Biff, Chip and Kipper book where you had to find the magic keys. It opened up a world of reading and I remember completing the full series whilst still at primary school.

How many physical books do you own?
Too many! It wouldn’t be possible to count them, my other half keeps hiding them in an attempt to throw them out as we have no space.

What book should everyone read?
The series of books by Margaret Atwood. Year of the Flood, Oryx and Crake and Madaddam. It’s a great trilogy which explores dystopian futures.

What book are you embarrassed to have not read?
I’ve never read Of Mice and Men, even though it was one of the subjects in our English Language lessons, whoops.

What book are you currently reading
I’m currently reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin on the recommendation of a friend, it’s incredibly hard to read and honestly I don’t believe I’ve even passed the first couple of chapters.

Ellie - Customer Operations

What is your favourite book?
It’s hard to choose a favourite book. But I think my favourite authors are Patrick Rothfuss and Laini Taylor, because they made such an impact on me. They both write for genres I wouldn’t normally have read, and once I tried reading them they were just amazing, and I didn’t want them to end. They’re both fantasy authors, their books are set in a real time but with fantasy elements. For example, the books by Patrick Rothfuss are set in medieval times but with magical elements. Similarly the Laini Taylor ones are set in present day but there’s an alternate universe that’s full of angels and demons.

What was the first book you ever read?
It was Each Peach Pear Plum, when I about three or four and I used to know the whole book off by heart. I remember sitting on my Mums bed and being able to recite it. There’s also a picture somewhere of me hugging it in my nursery when I was little.

How many physical books do you own?
I got rid of a lot of my books when I left university. I know that I’ve got two and half bookcases full at home, one of them is doubled up. I’m pretty sure there’s still a couple of boxes full of books under my bed. And I’m pretty sure I’ve still got some in storage somewhere. So I’d probably guess at around 500, there’s also some at my mums which I haven’t brought home yet … And I always want more.

What one book should everyone read?
I am Pilgrim, because it would appeal to everyone. I think most people enjoy a good thriller, you can get really into it and it’s set in some really beautiful countries as well. The way it described Turkey made me really want to go there. I’d also recommend The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, followed by A Wise Man’s Fear which is the sequel. To Kill a Mockingbird is also wonderful.

What book are are you embarrassed to have not read?
I’m not embarrassed about the fact I haven’t read anything really. I know some people are shocked when I tell them I haven’t read a lot of the classics. But I did *have* to read them for three years because of my English degree. The month after I finished my degree I went to The Works and bought three books for £5 and just sat in bed with a pack of Haribo and just read some terrible chick-lit. They’re so easy to read and I just went cover to cover in about a day.

Jules - Head of Customer and Partnerships Operations
Jules - Head of Customer and Partnerships Operations

What is your favourite book?
I have a lot of favourites as I read all the time, and I like various genres but I think my very favourite is The Stand by Stephen King. I must have read it five times and I never tire of it. I like post apocalyptic stories but they have to be well written and credible, and this one has it all. It’s about good versus evil, it makes you laugh and cry and King writes this stuff better than anyone, in my opinion. You really feel the emotions of all of the characters, and there are a lot! Keeps you guessing (well, the first time of reading!) but there’s something new every time you read it. In fact I might read it again very soon!

What was the first book you ever read?
It was probably Janet and John. And yes, that was probably before most people’s time, these used to be the reading books at infant school. I went on the Enid Blyton, and loved the fantasy worlds she created, such as the Enchanted Wood books, so I guess that’s where I got my love of authors such as Stephen King, George R.R. Martin and Robert McCammon in later years. But the first book I remember really reading and enjoying as a young adult was a book called Hardacre, about a fish gutter in the fishing towns of of North Yorkshire who went on to build a restaurant and hotel empire. It’s a great big sweeping family saga based in areas I came to know and love from holidays as a child. I read it again not too long ago, and although it’s not the type of book I would normally read these days, I really enjoyed it.

How many physical books do you own?
I used to have hundreds, they were in bookcases, spare rooms the loft etc. and all of my family have always shared and swapped books, but I gradually got rid of a lot as time went by. I will never part with my Stephen King, George R.R. Martin books though. The other year I finally gave in and bought a Kindle (it takes a lot of luggage allowance up when you have to take five books away with you.) and I actually like it, although I am ashamed to say I had previously looked down on those already owning one and I know many die-hard real-paper-book-lovers who now look down on me! I already have over 200 books on there that I’ve read and I love trying out different authors.

What one book should everyone read?
I think one book that everyone should read is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It’s about the main character Pip, from his humble beginnings to riches, what he does with them and how he is driven by his love for Estella, who always seems out of reach. A great coming of age novel that also gives a great insight into the times in which it’s set, with a mystery and sinister undertones running beneath, but a satisfactory ending. Brilliant.

What book are you embarrassed to have not read?
War and Peace. I have always meant to read it and then I watched the BBC adaptation last year and loved it. So I bought the book and started to read it, but I knew on every page what was coming next, and I gave up. I will leave it a while until the TV series isn’t so fresh in my mind, and then try again.

What book are you currently reading?
It’s by an author I haven’t read before – Sandrone Dazieri – called Kill the Father. It’s the first in a series about a female police detective (a tad renegade with issues from her own past, of course) in Rome and all the characters are brilliantly written. It’s about the kidnapping of little boys over several years and she is being helped by one of the boys (now grown up and, understandably, with lots of issues) who escaped a few years earlier. There are already some great twists and a hint that some greater security agency conspiracy is at large and I’m still at the stage where I am unsure of who among her colleagues in the police force are goodies or baddies. His writing and the plot remind me a little of Thomas Harris, as it’s a very dark subject, and I am having difficulty putting it down!

Abbie - Communications Executive

What is your favourite book?
My favourite book, not necessarily because of how well written it is, but just because of the reaction I had to it is Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. It’s a bit of a horror, sci-fi, mix about a man who can see the dead who has to save his small town from invasion by demons. It’s a genuinely brilliant book, and I cried like a baby at the ending. And I don’t really cry at things, I was stuck in the back of the car on a family holiday just weeping at this book.

What was the first book you ever read?
I’m not exactly sure which book was the very first one I read, but I was obsessed with Beatrix Potter when I was younger. I even named my cat Tabitha after Tabitha Twitchit and made my sister name her cat Mittens to fit with the theme. So the first book I read was probably Peter Rabbit or Jemima Puddle-Duck one of those.

How many physical books do you own?
When I was leaving uni, very much procrastinating while packing, I counted how many books I had and it was over 300. Since then I have bought a Kindle which probably has around 50 books on it, but my Mum has also dropped off loads more since I moved into a bigger house. So probably over 400 now.

What one book should everyone read?
It’s got to be 1984 by George Orwell. It’s just so scarily relevant, even though it was written all the way back in the 40s. There’s a lot that can be learnt from that book.

What book are you embarrassed to have not read?
Keeping on with the George Orwell theme, I’m embarrassed I haven’t read Animal Farm. I have seen the animated film, which is brilliant by the way. I also studied Soviet history at A level, but I’ve never actually sat and read the book, and I’ve got a gorgeous copy of it at home as well. It’s particularly bad when you take into account I used it as an example in some A level English Literature coursework. Oops!

What book are you currently reading?
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Brilliantly written sci-fi about the human race developing the ability to ‘step’ between multiple versions of the same Earth. Leading to massive expansion of the human race across multiple versions of the same planet. It follows Joshua, a natural ‘stepper’ who can move between worlds without the use of a device and Lobsang, an artificial intelligence who claims to be the spirit of a dead Tibetan motorcycle repairman. I’m really enjoying it, and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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