What the Elite Words team read this November

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At Elite Words, we love to read. We can’t get enough of it. For us, reading is not only an escape but also a hobby that helps us to be better writers and editors. If you catch us reading when maybe we should be doing our weekend errands, you’ll always hear us say “we’re working!”

Reading isn’t only beneficial to our particular jobs – it’s also a great pastime for everyone, regardless of where you work. According to Healthline, there are a number of reasons why reading is beneficial. These include:

  • strengthens your brain
  • increases empathy
  • improves your vocabulary
  • prevents age-related cognitive decline
  • decreases stress
  • improves your sleep
  • helps alleviate symptoms of depression.

The best part about reading is that it’s simply fun. You don’t even notice all of the positive effects of reading as it’s an enjoyable method of escapism. Whether you’re stressed about work or are just bored, reading can be the sweet release you need from reality.

This month we have special reading recommendations from Marisa and Markus, Natalie’s (Elite Words Founder and Director) children. Despite their hectic school and soccer schedules, both of them had a great time reading some amazing books. If you have children in your life that are looking for a great read then read on!

Moving away from children’s books, the Elite Words team read some awesome fiction and non-fiction books that are sure to be some people’s new favourites. From deep philosophical musings to a novel set in a convenience store in Japan, we have a wide range of books here that would suit every type of reader.

If you would like to find out what we read this November then check out our favourites of the month.

The Earth Has a Soul by Carl Jung and edited by Meredith Sabini

This month Abigail read ‘The Earth Has a Soul’ by Carl Jung and edited by Meredith Sabini. This is a philosophical investigation into revered psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s musings on nature, technology, and modern life. At the beginning of each chapter, Sabini writes an introduction about the content in the following Jungian passages and offers her evaluation of the ideas expressed. This is the perfect book for every person obsessed or interested in philosophy!

Here is what Abigail had to say about this book:

“Reading her evaluations at the start of each chapter made me feel like I was having a conversation with someone while I was digesting Jung’s transcendental ideas. Although Jung wrote the passages over 50 years ago, his insights remain highly poignant and relevant today. If we approach his work with an open heart and mind, we can learn so much about how to how to heal our sense of estrangement from the nature within and outside of ourselves.”

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

This month Anna read ‘They Both Die at the End’ by Adam Silvera, and if that title doesn’t hook you in immediately I’m not sure what will! This novel is set in the future where a technology called ‘death-cast’ tells you what day you will die. A gripping novel, it explores the meaning of life and the final destination of us all – death.

Here is what Anna had to say about this novel:

“The title is what draws you in, but the characters are what stays with you after you finish. It’s a refreshingly unique way to explore life and mortality, which sound like heavy topics, but the narrative is executed in a way that balances thought-provoking concepts with enjoyable moments!”

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

This month Ella read ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata; a book translated from Japanese into English. It takes a darkly comedic look at the life of a convenience store worker in Japan, and it is both hilarious at the same time disturbing. Written in a unique style of prose, ‘Convenience Store Woman’ will give you a sense of life in Japan while also enthralling you into the mind of the odd and estranged character, Keiko Furukura.

Here is what Ella had to say about this novel:

“Recently, I have been obsessed with reading translated works of fiction and have been making my way through a few Japanese authors over the last few months. This was such an interesting and fascinating read and, as an English Literature major, was an extraordinary piece to analyse (there was a lot of messy writing in the margins!) If you are someone that wants a quick read and can handle slightly unusual storylines then I highly recommend this book. I loved it!”

Sky Dragon 1 and 2 by Anh Do

This month Markus read ‘Sky Dragon 1’ and ‘Sky Dragon 2’ by Anh Do. These books are action-packed and will interest any kid from the get-go! The protagonist, Amber, has been given incredible power and has to learn what she needs to do with it. If you or the children in your life are interested in high-flying, fast-paced adventures this is a great book to try.

Here is what Markus had to say about this novel:

“It had a fantastic storyline and unexpected story twists. It kept me on my toes, and I didn’t want to put the book down. Next month I’m reading Sky Dragon 3.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling

This month Marisa read ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ by J.K Rowling. If you haven’t yet read this novel you need to! This is the second book in the world-famous Harry Potter series and explores Harry’s second year at Hogwarts. Filled with action and wizardry this series is famous for a reason.

Here is what Marisa had to say about this novel:

“Whenever I thought I understood the storyline, there would be an unexpected twist and turn that would make my jaw drop. The story had a lot of new events and introduced characters which helped build the wonderful Harry Potter storyline.”

We love to read, and we love sharing what we read! If you read a good book this month let us know, we’d love to explore some more reading recommendations.

If you’re interested in anything else we have read then check out what we read last month!

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