Netflix move over, it’s reading time. If you’re self-isolating (or social distancing, as the cool kids call it these days), reading is a great way to escape, switch off, take a break from the constant stream of updates and – often misinformed – social posts, and disappear into another world for a bit.
Here I’m sharing a handful of book recommendations and I’d love to hear yours.
- In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law, by Sarah Langford
- This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, by Adam Kay
- City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
- Circe, by Madeline Miller
- Educated, by Tara Westover
- Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks
- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
- Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain
- Heartburn, by Nora Ephron
- Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
Make yourself a cuppa, bake a tray of these delicious and nutritious cookies, and delve straight in.
It’s worth checking if any of your favourite bookstores delivers at home, the London Review Bookshop for instance takes orders via the phone, and it’s always important to try and support local independent businesses first. Otherwise, the Amazon Kindle App could be a lifesaver as it could be downloaded on both mobiles and tablets. Another convenient favourite that also has audiobooks – but a more limited book selection – is Scribd.
Stay safe, be kind and considerate.