What Books To Read During Quarantine



As we roll into yet another week of social isolation, working from home, and having no recollection of what day it is, it's almost innevitable that we feel a heightened sense of obscurity and unease. Providing a pacifying retreat of escapism, books prove to be a great way to relieve your mind from the incessant and disheartening news cycle. Here, I compile a list of the most absorbing, engaging and non-pandemic related fiction to get lost in during this challenging time. Enjoy, and stay safe.




THE GIVER OF STARS
by Jojo Moyes



          


Based on the true story of The Pack Horse Library initiative, Moyes transports us back to the 1930's, following the life of Alice Wright, who makes the spontaneous decision to marry the wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve, move to Kentucky, and leave her home and family behind. With her husband prioritising work over his wife, Alice realises the escape was not the one that she had yearned for. Yet, when she meets Margery O'Hare - daughter of a notoroius felon - they trek through the wild mountain forests and embark on a mission to establish the travelling library, spreading the wonder of reading to the poor - and ultimately end up discovering freedom, freindship and carving out a life of their own.


      







Brief thoughts

This is the first historical based novel by Moyes that I've read, and (although I didn't think this would be possible) I prefered it to any of her other books. The Giver of Stars is a heartwarming, engaging and emotional story, but more than that, it embodies an encouraging and hopeful message. Alice breaks free from the cage of her home life and escapes the belitting of her father-in-law. This may be one of the best examples of an empowing and historical feminist novel.  






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ONE DAY IN DECEMBER
by Josie Silver



Laurie is certain that love at first sight doesn't exist, but one snowy day, through the misted up window of a bus, she spots the man who she instantly knows is 'the one'. Their eyes meet, and just like that. They're in love. But, then the bus drives away...

Laurie assumes she'll never see the bus boy again. However, a year later, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life - who, of course, is the boy from the bus.

Laurie, determined to let him go, moves on with her life.

But what if fate has other plans?

Brief thoughts
December may be in the title, but I'd read this book any time of the year. One Day in December is as nostalgic, feel good and cozy as it gets. I'd read it over and over again. The perfect quarantine read. 


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PARIS LETTERS
by Janice MacLeod




If you're a regular reader of mine then you woud've likely read my interview with Janice Macleod, all about her exciting and romantic memoir, Paris Letters. There is no better time than in quarantine to delve into Paris Letters, the joy of a read that will remind you of the adventure and excitement of travelling and get you reminiscing over French patisseries and discovering new places. I'd urge you to read the full interview for a more comprehensive review, otherwise here is the basic storyline:


"How much money does it take to quit your job?

Exhausted and on the verge of burnout, Janice poses this question to herself as she doodles on a notepad at her desk. Surprisingly, the answer isn't as daunting as she expected. With a little math and a lot of determination, Janice cuts back, saves up, and buys herself two years of freedom in Europe.

A few days into her stop in Paris, Janice meets Christophe, the cute butcher down the street - who doesn't speak English. Through a combination of sign language and franglais, they embark on a whirlwind Paris romance. She soon realizes that she can never return to the world of twelve-hour workdays and greasy corporate lingo. But her dwindling savings force her to fund her dreams again. So Janice turns to her three loves - words, art, and Christophe - to figure out a way to make her
happily- ever- after in Paris last forever."





I OWE YOU ONE
by Sophie Kinsela




"Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all. 
So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.
That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.
Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves. 
Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?"

Brief thoughts
Sophie Kinsella is just one of those authors who gets it right every single time. I don't know if it's the way that her writing flows so cohesively, or how scaringly relatable and hilaroius each chapter is, but either way, she's managed to convince me to read over five of her books. Saying this, it's no surprise that I also fell in with I Owe You One. I'd also seriously reccomend reading some of her other books, in particular, The Undomesticated Goddess and My Not So Perfect Life.



Thanks for reading! If you've read any of these books or have some reccommendations of your own, I'd love to know in the comments!












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  1. I also read The Giver of Stars during quarantine and absolutely loved it, one of the best books I've read in a really long time! I will have to check out your other recommendations, because they all sound really good too and definitely all my sort of books x

    Erin / Everything Erin

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    1. Ah I'm glad you enjoyed it! Yes it was one of the best books I've read in a long time too :)

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  2. I recently read a Sophie Kinsella book (Remember Me?) for the first time and I have fallen in love with Sophie's writing! I'll be looking to buy I Owe You One from Amazon soon! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. Ah I love 'Remember Me?'. Such a good book! Thanks for reading x

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  3. I loved The Giver of Stars so much, I could happily read it again while isolating, haha!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. It's so good, right! Thanks for reading :)

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  4. Wow, I would love to read them all + they have really nice covers :)

    Shades of Silvie

    Have a lovely day and stay safe 🌷

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    1. Yes the covers are all gorgeous! Thanks for reading :)

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  5. I've not read any of these before! I know Sophie Kinsella writes some great books though! I've been loving Lindsey Kelks I Heart books
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Aw I love her books too! I've only read "I heart Hawaii" but it was really good!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing, this is just what I needed - I'm getting through books so much faster during lockdown! Definitely going to check out Paris Letters!

    Holly x
    hollystheatrethoughts.wordpress.com

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