Reading is one of the best ways to pass the ‘lockdown’ hours and provides the ideal form of escapism while most of us are stuck in our homes. Reading helps us exercise our minds and can reduce stress. While this current time is filled with uncertainty and frustration, reading can play a part in keeping us busy, while abide to lockdown restrictions and help flatten the curve.
For those who have run out of ideas on what books to read, here are 5 of our favourite books to help pass the lockdown hours:
- The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Flatshare is a romantic comedy that is about finding love in the most unexpected of ways. Leon, a night-shift worker only uses his flat during the day, while Tiffy has it during nights and weekends. Even though they don’t ever have to meet, they still develop a unique connection.
- Let’s Hope for the Best by Carolina Setterwall
Carolina Setterwall recounts the intensity of falling in love with a partner and then finding him dead in bed one morning. Let’s Hope for the Best is a gut-wrenching auto-fiction filled with romance, grief and desire.
- It’s Not All Downhill from Hereby Terry McMillan
It’s Not All Downhill from Here is a lighthearted novel packed with happiness, love, hate and grief. Determined to prove everyone with an outdated view of aging wrong, 68-year-old Loretha Curry, with the help of her loyal friends, try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life.
- Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Reasons to Stay Alive is an extremely powerful memoir based on Matt Haig’s battle with depression. It is not exactly a self-help book, but instead is an individual response to the life experiences of living with major mental disorders.
- Calypso by David Sedaris
“This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet – and it just might be his very best.”
Carry A Book App
This period has seen a surge in online book sales and people indulging in books to pass the time. With the population preparing for long periods of isolation, readers are using this time to get through their ‘to-read list’ and traditional book-clubs have turned to online platforms to discuss novels and suggest new books.
Carryabook.com is a new way to connect you with a group of like-minded people. The focus of Carryabook.com is not necessarily to create romantic connections, but instead a companionship built upon similar interests. Carryabook.com promotes an inclusive community and welcomes people from all walks of life. The app provides an ideal platform for all typical book club discussions to take place remotely. For those trapped indoors during this lockdown period, this app provides a solution to discuss and interpret some of your favourite reads and authors.
While you’re staying at home during this lockdown period and crossing books off your ‘to-read list’, visit Carryabook.com or download the Carryabook App in App Store to connect, chat and share your favourite book with new book loving companions.