We don't need many excuses to curl up with a book and a glass of pinot after a long day - but if we did, today would be the perfect justification: World Book Day. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to dress-up to celebrate the occasion - a big old knees up just for reading and children's literature - so instead, we thought we'd share with you the books the Grazia team just can't put down right now. Don't forget to add your current favourite reads below!
It's World Book Day - But What's On The Bookshelves At Grazia HQ?
Never Google Heartbreak, By Emma Garcia
Jo Duckworth, News and Entertainment Assistant
Currently reading Never Google Heartbreak, which is the perfect mix of cringe and LOLs as the protagonist, Viv, tries to get over her ex. Painfully nostalgic if you've ever been dumped - but also very reassuring. Turns out, men can make the best of us lose the plot a bit from time to time. Phew!
The Sense of an Ending, By Julian Barnes
Rosie Kinchen, Acting News Features Editor
A middle-aged man reflecting on a series of events in his youth. With emotional distance and maturity, he is able to find out what really happened all those years before. It's [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sense-Ending-Julian-Barnes/dp/0099564971">a small book[/a] that keeps you gripped all the way to the end.
The Snow Child, By Eowyn Ivey
Rose Beer, Beauty Writer
This is quite simply the sweetest book I've read for ages. Set in 1920's Alaska it tells the heart-breaking (yet heart-warming - phewf!) story of Jack and Mabel. It is so amazing that I barely spoke to a single person for three days whilst reading it. [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Snow-Child-Eowyn-Ivey/dp/0755380533">You need it, now[/a].
Catch 22, By Joseph Heller
Jess Commons, Editorial Assistant
I'm reading [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Catch-22-Joseph-Heller/dp/0099477319">Catch 22 [/a]- mainly because I've been meaning to for, oh, I don't know... 15 years. I'm not going to lie to you guys: it's pretty gloomy. But it's also highly entertaining, with dark humour. Basically, I'm an idiot for not reading it sooner.
The Great Gatsby, By F. Scott Fitzgerald And Save Me The Waltz, By Zelda Fitzgerald
Julia Fernandez, Community Editor, GraziaDaily
Since reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Gatsby-Wordsworth-Classics/dp/185326041X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362678680&sr=1-1">roaring twenties tale[/a] at university, I've been obsessed with the character of Jay Gatsby, soon to be brought to life on the big screen by Leo DiCaprio - *swoon*. It wasn't until I read '[a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Save-Me-Waltz-Vintage-Classics/dp/0099286556/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362678719&sr=1-1">Save Me The Waltz'[/a], the first and only novel by Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, which also captures the spirit of the 1920's that my allegiance was swayed. They now share equal pride of place on my bookshelf.
Instructions For A Heatwave, By Maggie O'Farrell
Zoe Beaty, Senior Features Writer
A great read which depicts a dysfunctional family on the brink of falling apart - about the secrets we keep, and the lies we tell each other and ourselves. Set in 1976, [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Instructions-Heatwave-Maggie-OFarrell/dp/0755358783">Instructions for a Heatwave[/a] is not a fast, thrilling read - but it doesn't need to be. The characters are portrayed in such detail, you'll be drawn in until you literally can't put it down.
Dirt, By David Vann
Morwenna Ferrier, Features Editor
The dark and nasty tale (bear with me) a bulimic vegetarian pseudo-buddist reminds me of [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cement-Garden-Ian-McEwan/dp/0099755114/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362679880&sr=1-1">Ian McKewan's Cement Garden[/a], except it's set on the arid west coast and every single character is unlikeable. That said, [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dirt-David-Vann/dp/0434021962">it's brilliant[/a] - and I've never seen lemonade used so effectively as a prop.