VISITORS to The Hive have been sharing their favourite books as part of national read a book day.

The day encourages people to find a book they love and spend the day reading it.

We visited The Hive, on Thursday, to find out which books the city's bookworms have been enjoying.

Among visitors to the library was Sebastian Nokes, who said he was an avid reader.

He said his favourite book was ‘The Cambridge Ancient History Prolegomena and Prehistory’ - a book about the history of early times.

He also strongly recommended Philip Sidney’s collective poems for anyone interested in poetry,

Mr Nokes, who works in artificial intelligence, said: “In my opinion, the Hive is the best library in the world.

"I come here just to get away sometimes. I think it’s a fantastic place and brings the community together.”

A book blogger, Sandy Bishop, said ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven,’ a novel by Mitch Albom, is her favourite read.

She said: “I love reading. To recommend my favourite book is a hard one.

"However, this novel really opens your mind and makes you think.

“I also enjoy the author J. K. Rowling. I believe since she brought out Harry Potter the next generation are reading more.

“The Hive is my second home – I love it here. The atmosphere and services the library provides are incredible.

"Everyone has integrated since the University has joined and there is a real sense of community here.”

Steve Dyer, who works at the Hive, said his favourite author is Daniel Silva.

Mr Dyer added: “He is a writer of spy fiction.

"All his books are intriguing and full of suspense.

"They make you want to keep on reading until the end without putting the book down. It’s a nice, easy read and I enjoy all his books.”


National read a book day is observed every year on September 6.

Reading is proven to help reduce stress with six minutes of reading enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds, according to research carried out on volunteers at the University of Sussex.