Happy World Book Day! If you’re on our blog, there’s a very good chance that books have changed your life in one way or another. Whether you read a memoir that changed your perspective or maybe the act of writing books has brought you joy you didn’t know before. For so many of us there is that one book we look back on, reread constantly; the book that brings us comfort on our darkest days.

To celebrate World Book Day, we asked the staff at Kobo to share the books that mean the most to them or have changed them in some way. Maybe you’ll find a new favourite in the titles listed below.

The Bell Jar ebook by Sylvia Plath – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath available from Rakuten Kobo. The Bell Jar is poet Sylvia Plaths only novel. It was originally published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas and was pu…

“I was a depressed and unsatisfied teen when I religiously read this book. It told me it was alright for women to be those flawed/undesirable things. I read it when I skipped school. I read it when I was scared I was pregnant. It was comforting in it’s  messy relatability. Plath embodies the struggle between creativity and severe mental distress and is a template for me as a writer to document the bad because there is immense value in it. To this day I gravitate towards the flawed stories of women. That’s all I want to consume, probably because she came to me at such an age.”
Courtney, Manager, Content Management

The Phantom Tollbooth ebook by Norton Juster – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster available from Rakuten Kobo. “Comes up bright and new every time I read it . . . it will continue to charm and delight for a very long time yet.” –P…

“I remember adoring it as a kid for how silly and funny and creative it was. I’ve always loved books and movies and comedy that messes with how silly language can be, and this book does that and then more.”
Wendy, Senior Quality Analyst

“A bit morbid but Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot was how I started actively reading. My grandma gave me a copy of Murder on the Links and I was hooked.”
Marina, Publisher Operations Coordinator, KWL

The Thief's Journal ebook by Jean Genet – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Thief’s Journal” by Jean Genet available from Rakuten Kobo. “The mist beautiful book that Genet has written.” -Jean-Paul Sartre The Thief’s Journal is perhaps Jean Genet’s most aut…

“The Thief’s Journal is a novel that continues to change my life. It inspired in me a lasting fascination with sordid life-affirming semi-autobiographical fiction. The narrator’s obsessive ritualization of theft and betrayal as the ultimate acts of love in his inner world reveal and confront my conceptions of masculinity all over again with new ideas gleaned from each reading.”
Jesse, Content Display Quality and Production Coordinator

The Breadwinner ebook by Deborah Ellis – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis available from Rakuten Kobo. “All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.” – Malala Yousafzai, New York Times The first book in Deborah…

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis was one of the first series I read by myself as a child and it sparked a deeper love for reading. It was gifted to me, and I read it all in one night (and re-read it multiple times).”
Monique, Social Media and Content Specialist

Warriors: Power of Three #1: The Sight ebook by Erin Hunter – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Warriors: Power of Three #1: The Sight” by Erin Hunter available from Rakuten Kobo. Erin Hunter’s #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series continues in Warriors: Power of Three! The first book in this th…

“The series Warriors by Erin Hunter was one of the first series I actively followed when I was a kid. I thought it was a really cool story (with talking cats who actually had 9 lives) and it got surprisingly real with topics such as climate change and deforestation.”
Vivian, Content Display Quality Intern

If you have a book that has changed your life in some way, or a book that you’ve been rereading to bring you comfort during these uncertain times, let us know in the comments!

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