Without dwelling too much on the current situation, a lot of us might be finding we’ve got a bit more time on our hands at the moment. I’ve still been going to work, as I’m a key worker in the NHS, and when I’m at home I’ve been doing a lot of reading to wind down. I’ve been really enjoying books that are total distraction from everything that’s going on so I thought I’d share some of my favourites that I’ve read recently.
Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Set in 70s America, Daisy Jones and The Six follows the career of a rock band from start to finish including the difficulties of fame, success, and the relationships between the members. Although it’s completely fictional, it reads like an interview from Rolling Stone magazine and draws heavily on inspiration from bands like Fleetwood Mac. As a big music fan, I loved this book with all its glamour and drama, and ploughed through it so quickly. It’s unlike any other fiction I’ve ever read and I would totally recommend it.
The Perfect Child – Lucinda Berry
I don’t read many psychological thrillers but I read a couple more of Lucinda Berry’s books after this one as I loved it so much. The story is of a young couple who adopt Janie, an abandoned young child. Rather than creating their perfect family Janie’s shocking behaviour threatens to tear them apart. The twists and suspense in this book were unbelievable and Lucinda Berry’s writing creates a perfectly tense atmosphere. There were literally points where I had to put the book down because it was all getting a bit to scary for me! If you’re a fan of thrillers or you’re new to them this is definitely a good one to pick up.
The Book of Dust Series – Philip Pullman
I only read Pullman’s His Dark Materials series for the first time last year, (I definitely picked it up when I was younger and for some reason never really got around to reading it, but I think I appreciated them more being older) and if you’ve read them you’ll know its an amazing adventure with the brilliant Lyra at its centre. I was thrilled to start The Book of Dust series, starting with La Belle Sauvage which a prequel to His Dark Materials, and the second book, The Secret Commonwealth, which is a more mature sequel to His Dark Materials, where Lyra is a young woman. I loved the continuation of the story and I’m eagerly the third book in the trilogy.
The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern
I’ve been waiting for Morgenstern’s follow up to The Night Circus for years and I wasn’t disappointed. A more grown up tale than The Night Circus, she’s managed to create an equally magical and surreal world to get lost in. Although the plot sometimes got lost a little along the way the imagination in this book know no bounds and has you questioning reality all through the story.
Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling – Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
There are currently three books out in the series and I can’t remember the last time any books have made me laugh out loud quite so much. The series follows 28 year old Aisling and the trials and tribulations of life in her Irish home town. The books are cosy, easy reads with characters and stories that anyone will be to relate to, but brilliantly written with plenty of wit and charm.
Hopefully my recommendations will be useful as now is definitely the time to snuggle up with a cuppa to read and I know I can always find comfort in a good book. Remember, stay home and stay safe!