There is nothing in the world that beats a good book and a cup of toasty warm hot chocolate. Absolutely nothing. Lockdown has meant that you’ve probably managed to read all the books you have on your bookshelf (more than once) and are now looking for something new to read. Well my fellow bookworms, it’s your lucky day. Here are some of the best books (both fiction and non-fiction) to read during lockdown.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley is an addictive thriller that everyone needs to read. It is set on an island off the coast of Ireland where guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives as one. The cell phone service on the island may be non-existent, and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been planned and will be expertly executed. Everything is going well until someone shows up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well?
If you are into the cliché young adult romance books, then why not have a read of the ‘Selection’ series. The Selection is a chance of a lifetime. 35 girls are given the opportunity to trade their lives for glittering gowns and priceless jewels and to compete with each other for Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage. Written across five books, the series focuses on the life of America Singer. Being picked to take part in the Selection is a nightmare for America. Leaving her home and her one true love Aspen is something she never thought she would do… Until she meets the Prince himself. Is she willing to give her life away and do everything it takes to become a Princess?
A fantastic non-fiction book you should definitely get your hands on is ‘Dear NHS:100 Stories to Say Thank You’. 2020 showed us that anything is possible, and we often forget to be grateful for the smallest of things. The NHS is our single greatest achievement as a country. The book contains 100 inspirational people who have come together to share their deeply moving and hilarious stories of how the NHS changed their lives. Get your tissue box ready!
A Promised Land is a memoir of the 44th president Barack Obama. It is a deeply personal account of his history and tells the story of his improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to a beloved President. It is also available as an audiobook if you prefer to stick in your earphones and listen.
For all the crime and mystery junkies, why not have a read of Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling’s acclaimed pseudonym). Detective Spike and Robin Ellacott have never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. As they both investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a case that includes tarot cards, a psycho serial killer and a handful of witnesses that cannot be trusted. And they learn that cases decades old can prove to be more deadly than they originally thought.
Lockdown 3.0 has put a whole amount of stress on our shoulders, especially for us students. ‘Think like a Monk’ by Jay Shetty is a phenomenal and empowering non-fiction book, where Shetty reveals ways that we can reduce stress, improve relationships and increase our self-discipline. It’s the perfect go-to guide for University students.
Another captivating book to read during lockdown is ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas. It is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and is a gripping, relevant young adult novel. It is based on the life of Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter. One day she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. But what Starr does- or does not- say could upend her community and could also endanger her life.
I don’t know about you guys, but the lockdown has made me realise that humans are boring. If you agree with this and think us humans are mundane af, then why not dive into the Mortal Instrument Series (Shadowhunters). 15-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers covered in strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters. Is Clary truly an ordinary mundane as she thought she was?