Bookworm Friday: Five Books Recommendations from Nataliia Romanchuk

In this series, we ask our William Hill colleagues to share their favourite book recommendations and tell us what specifically they learned from them. Today we present five recommendations from Nataliia Romanchuk. Enjoy a good read!

Hello! I’m Natalia, I’ve been working in Grand Parade Data & Analytics for a year as a Software Developer in Test. 

Here's the 'Bookworm Friday Challenge' list of mine. Sorts of books included into were defined by the reasons not only how to become a better version of yourself and how to succeed, but also in order to entertain yourself and to encourage mindfulness. I hope this list opens new names and titles for you; also, I’ll be glad if it helps to recall books you familiar with and will motivate to review or re-read them one more time. So, I’d like to start with...


The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits that Will Transform Your Life Before 8 a.m. by Hal Elrod

I would recommend this book for those who are trying to find time for a study, self-education, sport, hobby but their schedules are too tight to include more. The book could help to get the new habit, to organise your morning in a slightly different way, which in total give new possibilities for self-improvement and development.


The next one has an intriguing title:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

This book helps to recall what worth to worry about and what could be left apart, it reminds that happiness comes when one resolves his/her problems. It is a small book, easy to read and, in fact, it says nothing new. But for me, it helps to go further, no matter how difficult it is and what an obstacle on my way.


As far as some colleagues of mine listed books in their native language, let me also name a book which will be interesting non-fiction reading for those who know Ukrainian:

The Storytelling for Eyes, Ears and Heart by Mark Livin (Марк Лівін ,”Сторітелінг для очей, вух і серця”)

It is not a coach-book how to write, the book rather contains inspiration for ideas on how to create speech or essay, a paper which will be appealing to listen or to read.


Next books relate to fiction reading. I read them years ago, meanwhile, I return to them from time-to-time

Heart of a Dog  by M. Bulgakov (Михаил Афанасьевич Булгаков “Собачье сердце”)

To my mind, this novel is a bright picture of black colours that shows not only the future of the whole country but also defines a man who preserves his moral belief and who is ready to follow his own values whatever it takes.


No One Writes to the Colonel by G.G. Marquez (Gabriel García Márquez “El coronel no tiene quien le escriba”)

This novel was written before ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, it is not so famous, key features of the author’s style aren’t crystallized in it. Despite all of this, it is the best book of the master of magical realism - from my point of view, at least. The plot catches one’s attention from the first paragraph till the last one. The novel is definitely worth reading.


The Rubáyát by Omar Khayyam

Persian poetry is not easy reading. For the first time, it is like a mirror - quatrains ‘reflect’ reader’s thoughts, and every next time of ‘Rubayat’ re-reading gives new understanding, new meanings coded by famous Persian mathematician between the lines.