Life isn’t normal right now, and it won’t be for a little while. There’s no denying or getting away from that and I know it’s causing worry and anxiety for a lot of people. But something that I know for sure is we will get through this time and, as readers, a great way of getting through it is diving into a good story.
But if we’re going to be doing that we want stories that are full of hope and love. Not despair and fear, there’s enough of that out there right now. So these stories I guarentee will make you smile, laugh, rejoice and take your mind away from this world just for a little while.
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
This is a fantastically written memoir by Gerald Durrell, the youngest Durrell sibling, of his childhood after his family moved to Corfu in the 1930’s.
It chronicals the funny and relatable tales of a British family being in a country that is wildly out of their comfort zone, plus Gerald’s obsession with the animals and creatures on the island.
The Unseen World by Liz Moore
This is a touching story of family and history full of secrets and intrigue.
For most of her life Ada has been removed from society as her father chose to educate her himself. When she’s a teenager her father becomes less dependable so she’s taken in by a friend and tries to navigate life as a teenager. She’s also trying to work out the mystery of her fathers past as his memory fails him.
All of her books bring me comfort when I read them. I love stepping into her time of romance and balls, and I just love the tone she writes in.
Best Romance: Pride & Prejudice
Best Comedy: Emma & Northanger Abbey
Most Drama: Sense & Sensibility
Best Writing: P&P & Persuasion
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This is if you want a taste of Summer. Dog, friends, teenage romance, this is a great light read.
All of Matson’s books are fun but I think this one is the most light-hearted and easy going. It’s about Andie who unexpectedly has to spend her Summer working as a dog walker and ends up having a little romance.
Wonder by R.J. Placio
This is a heartwarming middle-grade book about August, who was born with a facial disfigurement. He’s spent most of his life in and out of hospital having operations and for the first time he’s about to enter school as a 5th grader.
What I love about this book is that it’s not just August’s story, but also explores the lives of those around him and how August has impacted their life by being in it.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
If you’re looking for a fantasy than this is the most comforting one I can think of. It’s also a brilliant series to get stuck into if you’re stuck in your house for a couple of weeks.
This follows Hobbits, Elves, Wizards and Orcs from Middle Earth through adventures, journeys and battles. The characters are amazing and the world has so much detail you’ll get so lost in the pages.
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
This is another non-fiction memoir which follows the more serious topic of growing up mixed-race in apartheid South Africa.
The author Trevor Noah has a white father and black mother and when he was born mixed-race relationships where illegal.
Noah was a born performer and it shows through his writing. Entertaining and weirdly humouress, this book will make you smile whilst also teach you something about racial issues.
I want to know what you’re reading to get through these next few weeks. I’m slowly making my way through Jane Austen’s book again whih I am thoroughly enjoying.