As Dr. Seuss once wrote, "the more that you read, the more things that you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
We know that listening to music at the gym isn't for everyone, so this time round, whether you're completing your summer workout, or simply having a rest-day, why not try an audio book?
With summer just around the corner, the staff at GSHQ have come together to bring you their favourite rest-day, fool-proof reads. It may finally be time to make a dent in the pile of books that we all use as a bedside table...
1. Humans of New York - Brandon Stanton
10,000 humans. 10,000 anecdotes. 1 book.
Showcasing more than just the struggle and despair of life - Humans of New York aims to unveil the truth and create an 'exhaustive catalogue of the city's inhabitants.'
With plain, straightforward yet incredible intimate photography, Stanton's book has become a fervent hit worldwide.
"The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and create an exhaustive catalogue of the city's inhabitants." - Brandon Stanton
2. Forrest Gump - Winston Groom
Meet Forrest Gump - the herculean and savvy hero of a remarkable comic odyssey.
Narrated by no other than Gump himself, Winston Groom's best seller tells the story of how Forrest wonders with childlike wisdom at the complete insanity all around him. Describing himself as an idiot ever since he was born, we think an idiot savant might be a better use of words...
From becoming the star of University of Alabama's football team, to being a Vietnam War hero, a world-class ping-pong player, a business tycoon and so much more, his main wish is to try and remain true to his one love, Jenny.
Forrest Gump has one heck of a story - you'll have to read it to believe it.
3. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemmingway
Not for the fainthearted, Hemmingway's novella is all about powerful simplicity.
Santiago, is a simple man. Fishing has always been his life and, "the great DiMaggio" is his earthly god.
"The Old Man and the Sea tells a fundamental human truth: in a volatile world, from our first breath to our last wish through triumphs and pitfalls both trivial and profound, what sustains us, ultimately is hope." - The Guardian
4. The Art of Being Brilliant - Andy Cope/Andy Whittaker
A motivational read.
Removing the idea that all self-help books are one and the same, Cope and Whittaker recommend 6 points for complete brilliance in life:
- Choose to be positive
- Understand your impact
- Take personal responsibility
- Have a "bounce-back-ability"
- Set huge goals
- Play to your strengths
Packed with wise advice, witty anecdotes and thought provoking case-studies - it's a book for a new generation of self-improvement lovers.
5. Before I Go to Sleep - S.J Watson
Imagine waking up every morning in an unfamiliar bed, with an unfamiliar man and not recognising your own reflection in the mirror.
Before I Go to Sleep tells the story of how an accident two decades prior has since determined Christine's ability to form new memories. Each morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that his name is Ben, he is her husband and she is 47 years old.
Reality is, the closer Christine gets to the truth, the more unrealistic it seems...
6. A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
There is no doubt that we all have questions about the creation of the universe and ourselves as human beings.
In Bill Bryson's biggest book yet, he confronts the greatest challenge of all - to understand and, if possible, answer the frequently asked question - 'how did the world go from nothing, to there being us?'
Subjective, yet controversial - science has never been more involving or entertaining.
Not quite your style of reading? Let us know below your all-time favourite book - we're always looking for something new!