These past few months have been a whirlwind, living through such an unprecedented time has been challenging, and it is during this time we turn to books, films, and art to escape.
So here is a list of the books that have swept me away to brighter places during this strange time we are all living in.
Top Reads of Quarantine
- HOW TO STOP TIME BY MATT HAIG
I bought this book a couple of years ago on my way to Edinburgh, I was meant to read it on the 5-hour train journey but sleep got in the way!
The book follows a man named Tom Hazard, he has a secret, he may look 41 but he had been alive for centuries. Tom suffers a rare medical condition that only few people in the world has, he must keep his secret to stay alive. The book is very fast-paced and I found it hard to put down, it’s such an imaginative story that analyses love, time and inevitable change. I loved it and would highly recommend.
- MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE BY SOPHIE KINSELLA
I turn to Kinsella’s book when I want a feel good, easy read. And this book doesn’t disappoint.
The book follows Katie, a Somerset girl trying to make it in London. She looks around and sees everyone living their best big city life, whereas she struggles to even afford lunch. When Katie’s snooty boss fires her, she is forced to move back to her Dads’ farm in Somerset. Will she ever make it back to London?
I read this book in 2 days, it was such a fun read. As a Somerset girl myself who has had experience living in London, it wasn’t hard to relate. This book reminds you to look beyond everyone’s Instagram feed, nothing is ever that perfect and maybe it doesn’t have to be.
- THIS IS GOING TO HURT BY ADAM KAY
I have to admit I am a little late to this book, It has been sitting on my shelf for a while and that’s mainly due to the fact… I found it hard to read.
The book is a collection of diary entries written by Adam during his training as a junior doctor. People seem to love this book, and I can’t blame them. Adam is such an amazing comedy writer and I would recommend this book just to get a glimpse of life as a junior doctor in the NHS. I just did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would after hearing all the rave reviews.
However, the respect I have for our NHS workers is out of this world, and after reading this I just don’t know how these amazing men and women do it. ❤
- DEAR MRS BIRD BY AJ PEARCE
This popped up on my Kindle’s recommendations and I’m glad it did.
This a such a charming debut novel, it follows Emmeline, a young woman living in London during World War II. Emmeline longs to be a war correspondent but accidentally becomes an advice columnist, keeping her secret letters becomes a bit tricky when faced with her terrifying boss.
I really loved this book, I am always fascinated with novels set during the war, and Pearce does a great job putting you in London during the Blitz.
- SHE SAID BY JODI KANTOR AND MEGAN TWOHEY
I am a journalism student so anything delving into an investigation is fascinating to me.
This book explains the process Jodie and Megan went through to break the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment story that sparked the #MeToo movement. It gives such a great insight into the behind the scenes of the case, I was so shocked to hear some of the horrendous things Weinstein said.
For journalism students it’s a great way to see how a big story is formed, and for anyone in general it’s a must read.
- JAMES ACASTER’S CLASSIC SCRAPES BY JAMES ACASTER
When I say James is the funniest man alive, I whole heartedly believe that. I have never laughed so much at a book in my life.
James tells us some of his most embarrassing moments in this autobiography. Some of them are hard to believe but all of them are equally hilarious.
Please, if you are in need of a good belly laugh amidst all of this mess, please pick up this book!
- EAT PRAY LOVE BY ELIZABETH GILBERT
Everyone has heard of this book, it’s a classic alongside Bridget Jones.
I was meant to be going to Rome this March until you-know-what came along. I really needed a travel book to take me away from Somerset, I felt I couldn’t go wrong with this one. It follows Liz as she travels the world after a nasty divorce. I loved how she describes the countries she visits, it took me there and I was glad to be swept away to Italy, India, and Indonesia while sitting in my garden sipping tea.
- Normal People by Sally Rooney