World Book Day in Jigsaw
March 07th 2019
Today, Thursday 7th March, is World Book Day in Ireland.
The initiative has been running for 22 years to promote the value and enjoyment of reading books.
We're pretty keen on books here in Jigsaw. In fact, we believe the written word has the power to inspire, motivate, educate and transport us. It's why we devised the Read Your Mind project a few years ago, and why the project has spread from one hub to a national project. Read Your Mind is a collection of 113 books on a mental health and wellbeing theme that are available for young people and their parents to borrow for free. The catalogue covers topics including anger, anxiety, autism, bullying, creativity, low mood, mindfulness, parenting and families, social media, and much more. It started with Jigsaw Offaly working with its local libraries in 2014, and since then six Jigsaw hubs across Ireland have followed suit.
We asked some Jigsaw staff if there was a book they would like to share with Jigsaw's followers to mark World Book Day. The answer was a resounding yes. Check out their recommendations below.
Albha Foley on Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
"This book was given to me by a friend last year when I told them I wanted to read a book that would change my life, or at the very least change my perspective about life. (No pressure.) Let me tell you, this book delivers! It is a collection of work from Cheryl Strayed during her time as an anonymous advice columnist – Dear Sugar – before her later novel writing success. It’s not a radically optimistic take on life, but it is radically sincere. She does not pretend to know the answers to some of life’s most difficult and deepest issues, but instead listens without judgment and offers bucket loads of kindness and compassion in return. Above all, the book is about the real human experience and finding resilience in often broken places. Definitely a great read for anyone in their twenties and up who is feeling a bit lost and unsure of what’s next for them in life…like me!"
Joanne Ryan on 642 Things To Write About by Po Bronson
"I have always loved to read and my favourite childhood book was “Little Miss Sunshine”, I still have it! A few years ago I experienced a bereavement that I thought I would never get through. I didn’t sleep for many months and found it very hard to concentrate on reading. Then I found this book, 642 Things to Write About – the beauty is you write it yourself! I was delighted to see it was part of the Jigsaw "Read Your Mind" project. I’m a firm believer in getting your feelings down on paper, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. This book gives you different topics, some evoking memories, some requiring honesty, some completely absurd! But it really helps me to focus when I feel a bit down or I need some motivation to write. I always feel better when I do."
Caroline McCarron on Quiet by Susan Cain
"I was drawn to Quiet as it was a label that followed me for most of my younger life, usually coming with a bit of a negative connotation and so I was curious to read an alternative perspective. After reading it, I had a better understanding of why it’s so difficult for some people to make small talk with the hairdresser, the absolute fear of answering an unknown phone number or having to speak to a roomful of strangers! More seriously, it did help me to see the value in having some introverted characteristics and to see these as strengths rather than something that needed to be changed. These days, I would be cautious about labelling myself or anyone as either introverted or extroverted. Sometimes you can be both and that’s ok too!"
Rebecca Murphy on Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
"I read Born to Run last year when struggling with a lot of hockey related injuries, ie shin splints, foot sprain, pulled hips and quads etc, and I had almost given up on returning to any kind of sport and felt so miserable about it. The book helped motivate me to go back to sport, learn a new way of running, and dedicate myself to recovery, fitness and injury prevention. I'm back playing this season, having a ball and *touch wood* injury free! This book impacted on my physical health, but more importantly, my mental health and motivation also. 10/10!"
Mike Mansfield on Land of Second Chances by Tim Lewis
"Land of Second Chances is such a mix of a lot of things I love – the continent of Africa, cycling and a really interesting story of adversity being overcome by the power of will, hardwork and grit. ‘Where there is hope there can be redemption’, reads the by-line and in Adrien Niyonshuti we met an extraordinary man. A victim of the Rwanda genocide who became a beacon of hope for a nation on its knees. I have read this book loads of times and every time it reminds that the power of individuals can inspire others to do extraordinary things."
Clare Minihane on For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
"This is a book I have carried with me for a long time and re-read many times over the last number of years. At each reading I find something different in it. There is the beauty of the terse, journalistic language Hemingway uses, the brutality of the Spanish Civil War and the powerful depiction of the characters, including two strong female characters. While the war is the core background to the story, each character has their own story and difficulties to contend with. The character Maria has suffered deeply but her faith in humanity has been restored by her love for Robert Jordan, and by Pilar, a strong woman, who guides and supports Maria, like an unconventional One Good Adult, throughout the book. The ending of the story, while sad, does leave the reader with the feeling that belief in humanity and love is justified, no matter how difficult life can be."
Read more about the Read Your Mind project