What we’re reading on World Book Day

By Camille Gamboa, PR Associate, SAGE

A photograph of the President and Thomas (Tad) made by Mathew B. Brady on February 9, 1864 CALL NUMBER: PRES FILE - Lincoln, Abraham--Portraits--Meserve Collection--No. 39

A photograph of the President and Thomas (Tad) made by Mathew B. Brady on February 9, 1864 CALL NUMBER: PRES FILE – Lincoln, Abraham–Portraits–Meserve Collection–No. 39

Like many of you, most of us here at SAGE don’t have as much time as we would wish to read for pleasure, but as publishers, we understand the importance of relaxing with a good book. Personally, I often find myself lying down at night with a book in hand telling myself “only 10 minutes,” only to find myself an hour later, still reading and having to force myself to put the book down!

What’s keeping me up reading these days? Always intrigued by the life and works of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, I have recently begun reading Lincoln’s Battle with God, by Stephen Mansfield. Though I am only a few chapters in, it has been fascinating to read about how his wavering faith shaped the man he was. Conversely, his love for learning (and love for books) was undeniably a very constant driving force for Lincoln throughout his career as president.

As today, March 7th is World Book Day, we asked a few SAGE employees to tell us what book they are currently reading. Take a look at the list below to see what books are keeping us up at night:

Elisabeth Leonard – Market Research Analyst, SAGE

I am just finishing Ron Adner’s The Wide Lens.  As a doctoral student, I have been studying innovation for several years now and many of the books I read on innovation focus on innovation as a way to beat the competition. This book is about identifying your blind spots and building your ecosystem so that your great ideas can become useful innovations.

David Mainwaring – Commissioning Editor, SAGE

Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands, the grandfather of all spy thrillers, had been recommended so many times that I had to give it a go. A slow burn by today’s standards, Childers’ intricate and convincing tale of nautical skullduggery and mounting Anglo-German tension was written over a decade before the actual outbreak of hostilities.

Amy Lammers – Books Marketing Associate, SAGE

There are some great books out there that I have already read, but as time goes on, I find myself forgetting what made me love them in the first place. Currently I am re-reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I originally read in high school for an English class. I remember this book being full of excitement, a real imaginative look into the ‘Roaring Twenties.’ It’s important to stay in touch with those beloved books that made reading come to life. Next up: Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn.

Janet Defreitas – Group Editor, Production Journals, SAGE

I am currently reading Unearthing Churchill’s Secret Army: The official list of SOE casualties and their stories by John Grehan and Martin Mace. I bought this for my husband for Christmas. After he’d finished it I thought I’d give it a go. And I am finding it riveting.

Liza Masterella – Senior Corporate Counsel, SAGE

On my nightstand is John Jenkin’s book, The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist. I thought it would be fun to read John’s book and to also learn more about our former Chief Justice. Unfortunately, since my job involves quite a bit of reading, I haven’t started the book yet – it’s been hard for me to find the energy to read at home!

Charline Maher – Marketing Communications Manager, Corwin

I’m reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I love speculative and fantasy fiction, because these books often reflect our own world back at us through a fun-house mirror, stretching and warping what we know into something unique. Even though the books are usually about alternate worlds or different times, they are inevitably rooted in the questions that we want answered about our own lives and our own experiences.

Tanushri Shukla – Digital Content Assistant, Books Editorial, SAGE

The book I just finished reading is Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road. I watched and loved the film but felt sure the book would offer more, and I was so right! It was by far one of the best written books I’ve ever read—really rich in detail and imagery. As a reader, you are spoon fed every thought, emotion, and motivation the characters feel; you really live it all with them. It was a tragic story though nothing big and tragic really happens to the characters, just a slow decline into mediocrity, which is both beautiful and painful to read.

Robyn McAllister – Assistant Editor, SAGE

I’m currently reading NW by Zadie Smith, which I’ve only just started but is so far really good.  The narrative style is taking a bit of getting used to as it’s written largely as streams of consciousness that overlap, but that’s not getting in the way of what promises to be a great read!

What are you reading for World Book’s Day? Tweet us at @SAGE_News or let us know your favorite book on Facebook.

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