In today’s fast-paced world, where screens are ubiquitous and distractions are endless, it’s easy to forget the joy that reading can bring. Yet, reading is one of the simplest and most rewarding pleasures we can indulge in. It can offer us an escape from our everyday worries and transport us to new worlds, new perspectives, and new possibilities. That’s why, this World Book Day, you should slow down, disconnect from technology, and reconnect with the power of storytelling. Moreover, reading can help us build empathy, improve our cognitive skills, and reduce stress. This World Book Day, we celebrate the pleasure of reading and encourage people to discover the transformative power of books.
The British Council Digital Library is a treasure trove of books that can inspire and educate readers of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re looking for a thought-provoking memoir, an inspiring self-help book, or a classic novel that has stood the test of time, the British Council Digital Library has a wealth of titles to choose from.
So, whether you’re a seasoned bookworm or just looking to explore new reading material, we have curated a selection of the British Council Digital Library’s top picks for World Book Day 2023. Each of these books is a gateway to new experiences and insights.
Simplicity by Edward de Bono
From confusing manuals to uninterpretable jargon and bureaucratic red tape, modern life can be highly complicated and frustrating. For many of us, it is almost impossible to make sense of. In this book, the author shows you how to bring clarity into our increasingly complicated lives. Through his ten rules of simplicity, he encourages us to be creative and break down the complex into manageable and recognisable parts.
Wintering by Katherine May
It is a memoir that explores the beauty and challenges of the winter season, both in nature and in life. May reflects on her personal experiences of facing difficult times, including illness, loss, and depression, and how she found solace in the rhythms and rituals of winter. Drawing on literature, folklore, and psychology, May weaves a compelling narrative that celebrates the restorative power of rest, solitude, and self-reflection.
Dare to Change Your Life by Lawrence Okolie
Okolie, a professional boxer, and entrepreneur shares his own journey of overcoming adversity and achieving success and offers readers actionable advice on how to transform their own lives. From setting goals and developing a positive mindset to overcoming fears and taking risks, the book is a comprehensive and motivational resource for anyone looking to improve their personal and professional lives.
The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
It is a thought-provoking and counterintuitive exploration of the pursuit of happiness and the meaning of life. The author challenges the prevailing wisdom of the self-help industry and offers a refreshing perspective on how to cultivate a fulfilling and meaningful existence. Drawing on ancient philosophy, modern psychology, and personal anecdotes, Burkeman argues that the key to happiness is not to pursue it directly but rather to embrace the uncertainty and discomfort of life.
A Visible Man by Edward Enninful
It is a memoir of a Ghanaian-British fashion stylist, editor, and activist. The book reflects on his childhood in London, his early experiences in the fashion world, and his journey to becoming a trailblazing figure in the industry. With insights on race, identity, and representation, Enninful’s memoir is a powerful and timely account of the challenges and opportunities faced in the world of fashion and beyond.