With the nation stuck inside for the foreseeable, we have plenty of reading time on our hands. I always seem to have a sky high book pile which never seems to get smaller. As part of my lockdown routine, I set aside a portion of the day which is just for reading which gives me a break from screens and gives me a bit of escapism.
The Chain – Crime is my favourite genre by far and I have just started reading this new release by Adrian Mckinty. The action starts straight away and I am so gripped already and cannot wait to find out how the story unfolds.
Knife – Jo Nesbo is probably my favourite crime author and I have been addicted to his Harry Hole series ever since I read The Snowman. That was the first time I felt genuine fear reading a story and I knew that I then had to go and read every Harry Hole book that in order. Knife is the latest addition in this series and I am itching to get started on it.
The Starless Sea – From the author of The Night Circus, this is the second novel from Erin Morgenstern. I read The Night Circus when it was first published and was given a copy when I was interning at Random House Publishing. I was so drawn into the magic in the pages and it was like escaping into a different world. The Starless Sea is also a fantasy novel and sounds like it is going to be an enchanting story of voyage and discovery through lost cities and dreamlike places. It is a large book, four hundred and ninety four pages to be exact, but this seems like a pretty good time to embark on a big read.
Vox – As a feminist I am always intrigued by books that centre on attitudes toward women. Written by Christine Dalcher, Vox is a book that everyone seems to be talking about. Set in a dystopian America where women have been silenced and limited to a hundred words per day or find themselves electrocuted; Vox demonstrates how rights can easily be removed and replaced with oppression. With echoes of The Handmaid’s Tale, this is a book that I am extremely excited to read.
How To Be An Overnight Success – Reading doesn’t just have to be for escaping into fiction, it can also be a time for inspiration and self improvement. Written by Maria Hatzistefanis, the founder of Rodial Beauty, her business was started in her bedroom and became an empire with products in over 20,000 stores over the world. Although I am not a business mogul, I find personal stories like Maria’s so inspiring and something to learn from and apply to my own life.
What’s on your reading list? Leave your comments below with any recommendations or if you have read any of these books.