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Happy National Book Lovers' Day!

A lot of our work happens in the digital sphere, but nothing can replace the feeling of diving into a good book. We're all big readers at Octonano, so in honor of National Book Lovers’ Day, we asked our team members to each share one of their favorite books to celebrate the joy of reading.

Annalisa, Co-Founder

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

I love the story of the three generations of the Trueba family, a mix of triumphs and tragedies, an epic novel of love, magic, and fate. Isabel Allende has a very special place in my heart for her narrative style of magical realism. This book made me fall in love with Chile so much that I chose it as the destination of my 6-month exchange student experience.

Francesca, Project Manager, Americas

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

This book is pure magic and craziness. A magnificent, sublime love story to surprise you and make you think. Written by Soviet author Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita has definitely become one of my favorite books as there is nothing better that being transported to whole new world by a book!

Sara, Project Manager EMEA

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

I love autobiographies because they push me to always explore and give more! This is my favorite because it is all about a woman who lives outside of the box, shaped by the events in her country and the great accidents that happened to her. A book of political passion, of love, and of painful artistic pursuit.

Maurizio, Co-Founder

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

Collectively, we need to care more about the state and future of the planet. There are things we each can do to lessen the burden on our natural resources, one of which is keeping an eye on our consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs… this is according to Safran Foer. I chose this book as it helped me get closer to my daughter Giorgia when she chose to go (almost) vegan.

Katie, Copywriter

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

Autobiography of Red is a novel written in verse by the poet Anne Carson that absolutely pulled my heartstrings. I love that it’s a short book that can be enjoyed when read plainly, but has so many historical, mythical, and cultural references beneath the surface.

Rocco, Digital and Social Media Strategist

Vivere Momento, Per Momento by Jon Kabat-Zinn

I love this book because I know it’s always there for me. I learned a lot from it, especially living day by day, second by second. No matter what. While we are always projecting ourselves into the future, this book reminded me to give value to the present.

Tommy, Photographer/Videographer

On Photography by Susan Sontag

On Photography by Susan Sontag expanded my understanding of photography. This book is a unique analysis of the profound ways photographic images have changed our way of looking at the world and at ourselves. Although written in the ‘70s, this book is still relevant today.

Federica, Graphic Designer

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits is a magical book about struggles and passions surrounding female protagonists. Even though the characters are from another era, their situations are still relevant. Impossible not to be moved when reading this book!

Giulia, Copywriter (Italy)

Shantaram Gregory David Roberts

One of the most evocative and legendary books I have ever read. The author has such writing ability that he manages to keep you glued for over 1000 pages. A novel where an India full of scents, colors and contradictions is told so vividly that you feel it. In this book there is everything: adventure, love, hate, passion, friendship, death, life. An absolute masterpiece.

Great narratives, whether they appear in stories, books, or brands, have the power to transport us to different places, times, and even worlds. Celebrate National Book Lover’s Day with us by curling up with your favorite (or a new) book!


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