When we’re not creating award-winning games for big name brands and developing apps/websites that support incredible charities, we like to take some time to kick back with a good book (or two). We believe that new ways of thinking and creativity can be inspired by all kinds of books — not just books specific to our industry - so we’re always encouraging each other to be curious and read as many different books as we can. So, if you’re looking to be inspired or just want some suggestions on what to read next, here are some brilliant Jollywisers and what they’re reading right now.

Jon Mason, Managing Director

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

“I recently finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which is fictional story that revolves around Wade Watts, a man who find himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize — control of OASIS and the fortune James Halliday (creator of the virtual world OASIS) leaves after his death. I’ve now got a few books on the go, namely Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I’m also reading Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox to my daughter Ellie, and Lilliput by Sam Gayton to my daughter Grace.”

Jon Heffernan, Operations Director

Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug

“Currently, I am half-way through Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug. I spend a lot of time thinking about our sites and products, so I tend to pick my reading choices based on books that will help me make our products and sites the best they can be. I just finished Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences by Stephen P. Anderson, and found it offered some new ways to think about UX.”

Jody Minton, Account Director

Bounce by Matthew Syed

Bounce is a psychology based book on the nature vs nurture debate, specifically in sport. I’m also reading a parenting book called How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, by two doctors and behavioural experts: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. It’s full of learning techniques and methods for good parenting practice, which is great help for me and my 2 year old!”

Cat Goulbourne, Senior Content Co-ordinator

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

“This book has been on my professional reading this for quite some time now, and I’m so glad I bumped it up the priority chain! It analyses business rebels and risk takers, and how their thinking makes them more original and creative. The book gives tips and real-life examples of entrepreneurs who have thought outside the box, stepped out of their comfort zone(s) and gone on to shape the world around them.”

Alex Ward, Account Executive

Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee--A Look Inside North Korea by Jang Jin-sung

“I am currently re-reading this light-hearted tale because I find it completely fascinating. The book tells the story of how a high- ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il, and his gripping escape to freedom.”

Charlotte O’Rourke, Producer

Witch Light by Susan Fletcher

“Not very arty I’m afraid, but I was recommended this book by a fellow Jollywiser [Jane Moore]. Witch Light is a fictional story based on real historic events that happened in Scotland, which was perfect because I was visiting Glen Coe at the time. Nothing like reading an amazing book based on the same beautiful mountains you are staying amongst! I plan to read The Circle by Dave Eggers next.”

Pete McNiven, Senior Producer

The Book of Medieval Puzzles by Tim Dedopulos

“This was a birthday present from the captain of my football team as most of the time spent in the pub after a game is chatting, playing ‘Shut the Box’ and trying to perplex each other as we get more and more drunk. The book is a fine and perplexing collection of conundrums, riddles and enigmas. So if you like to feel mentally challenged and love solving puzzles, I recommend this book.”

Steph Rathbone, Content Assistant

The Muse by Jessie Burton

“I’ve been reading this for ages now, but it’s that kind of rich-chocolate-cake writing that makes you want to save the book and read it in little snippets, to make it last for as long as possible. I’m also reading Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, following months of seeing it in Waterstones after it won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.”

Paul Garret, Interactive Developer

We Can Never Go Home by Black Mask Studios

“I like pictures, so I am currently bouncing between a few comics at the moment. Alongside We Can Never Go Home, I’m reading The Walking Dead, The Dark Tower, Preacher, and Lucifer.”

Jane Moore, Senior Producer

Grayson Perry: Portrait of The Artist as A Young Girl by Grayson Perry and Wendy Jones

“Written by the famous British artist Grayson Perry and his good friend, writer Wendy Jones, this is the story about Grayson growing up, his childhood in Chelmsford, his artistic college days in London, and how he eventually finds himself as a potter and a transvestite.”

Adam Lambourne, Creative Lead

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

“I’m re-reading this at the moment but I’m always working through a never-ending stack of sci-fi novels. Hyperion won a Hugo award in 1990, and it’s the first volume in the Hyperion Cantos series. Next on my reading list is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”

Owen Roberts, Producer

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

“It’s hard to find the time to read, but I am in the middle of A Brief History of Seven Killings. It’s about Jamaica in the late 70s and is centred around the assassination attempt on Bob Marley. A fictional story based on real world events.”

Lucy Beglin, Content Executive

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

“I was recommended this book by a friend and have just started it. It won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and it’s about two Jewish cousins before, during, and after World War II.”

Endre Herczeg, Designer

UX Design by David Pasztor (UX Studio)

“I just finished a book about the life of a World War II prisoner, called Málenkíj Robot by Károly Miklósi. Right now, though, I am reading UX Design by David Pasztor (UX Studio) to help inspire my work.”

Joe Thomas, Games Developer (university placement)

Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane by Brett King

“I’m trying to learn as much as I can about the gaming industry, so I am currently reading a book about the future in tech and augmented/virtual reality to help further my knowledge.” 

Posted October 28th 2016
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