Hello again! I hope you’re all staying safe. As quarantine continues, we all have a little more time on our hands so I thought I’d base today’s post on some book recommendations. I’ve loved to read since I was a child – it’s a great form of escapism which I think we all need in times like this… so let’s look at some fab books to read during lockdown!
The Switch – Beth O’Leary
I’ve just started this book and I’m LOVING it! Beth O’Leary is a fairly new author, I loved her debut The Flat Share (read my review here) so I was super excited when this was published on the 16th of April.
Notes to Self – Emilie Pine
When I read about this collection, it went straight on my wishlist. It is a little different to your standard fictional novel but it’s nice to mix it up a bit! I think any woman (and man!) will be able to relate to these essays – they’re incredibly personal and it’s so comforting for authors like this to show complete vulnerability in their writing.
The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley
I’m not usually into thriller novels as much but the synopsis of this really drew me in. There have been many great reviews on this book since it was published in 2019, so this is definitely near the top of the list of fab books to read during lockdown – something to really get absorbed into to distract us from these difficult times.
Normal People – Sally Rooney
At first look, I thought this was your standard novel about two people falling in love. After researching a little more, I found it was so much more than that. This novel explores poverty, class divide and vulnerability within two mismatched individuals and although deep and close to home, it is sensitive and relatable… It was so popular that it won the Waterstones Book of the Year in 2018.
It had to be on the list of fab books to read during lockdown!
Machines Like Me – Ian McEwan
I bought one of McEwan’s previous novels, Nutshell, which I wrote about on my blog last year so I felt it was only right to add one of his newer novels to the list! Ian McEwan’s books are admittedly an acquired taste – they’re on the alternative side (and sometimes just plain weird) but somehow still enjoyable and incredibly well written.
Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty
I do like to read a good mystery book, especially because I’m so bad at predicting the outcome! Nine Perfect Strangers has countless of great reviews since it was published last year. I love that despite being a mystery, it is said to be laugh-out-loud funny and full of wit… Just what we need right now.
Before The Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Translated from Japanese, I really wanted to include this on the list because of the message I found behind it. Four characters are offered the chance of time travel, and deciding what they would do if they could go back. This novel seems to reinforce how unpredictable the future can be and opens our eyes to the present – even reading the synopsis made me want to express gratitude of things we take for granted every day.
Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman
I have read many blogs that have been talking about this Young Adult novel and raving about it! Noughts & Crosses has a very powerful message – it’s all about racial inequality and the love between black and white. It’s deeply emotional and eye opening yet thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.
The Little Book Of Calm Colouring
I had to add something a little different to the list as sometimes we just need to give our brain a rest! (seems to be happening a lot to me recently!)
I’m loving colouring books to de-stress lately, I find it really cathartic to fill the lines with colour and see the image come together. Recently I’ve been sitting outside in the sunshine with an Audible audiobook on – so relaxing!
I think it qualifies as one of the fab books to entertain us during lockdown, even if it’s not a book you read as such.
Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan
Exciting Times was published just two weeks ago and right now the signed addition is the same price as the original print, yay! I love to read books that are brand new, especially when they’re by debut authors like Naoise Dolan. This novel has many interesting observations on privelage, class and sexuality – it went straight on my wishlist the first time I came across it!
Break Your Glass Slippers – Amanda Lovelace
I know I really shouldn’t compare writers, but the moment I saw this I was getting Rupi Kaur vibes. Poetry books are not everybody’s cup of tea but at 160 pages, it’s quite a quick read and a great series to start with. The book is based on female empowerment, realising your true worth and keeping your head held high – something we all need to remind ourselves at times like this.
Those Who Are Loved – Victoria Hislop
Those Who Are Loved hasn’t actually been published yet… It’s due to be released on 30/5/30, so about 30 days from me writing this. It is currently available to pre order, but because it’s yet to be sent out I obviously haven’t read it yet. However, from my research this novel seems to be historical and educational yet still engaging and is on my current wish list to order!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Sorry… couldn’t resist. I don’t think I’m getting through a blog post without some sort of Alice involvement now but I had to include it, it’s a classic! There are so many adaptations of this book that it took me such a long time to choose just one for the list but finally I opted with this one. It is one of the children’s adaptations but it comes with ‘bonus material’ and the cover was too beautiful for me to pass by.
That concludes my list of fab books to read during lockdown! As I mentioned earlier, many of these (if not all) are also available on Audible/Ebooks to listen to or read if you don’t fancy ordering a concrete book. I hope you’re all staying safe, and if you’re struggling to find activities during quarantine then check out my post Things To Do Whilst Self Isolating.