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Friday, 24 April 2020

Books To Read in Self-Isolation

We all know that the world is a little different at the moment, with us all in isolation. Admittedly, I'm still working from home, as well as heading into school every now and then, but I have a lot of spare time and what better way to fill this time than with books. I find books a great source of escapism, giving me ways to explore new places, all from the comfort of my own home. As I have some more time on my hands, I thought I'd put together a list of a few books that I'd love to get to during this time.

The Five - Hallie Rubenhold
A non-fiction book, not something I pick up regularly as they tend to take me a little longer to get through. But hey, if I haven't got time for one now, when will I? I have always been really interested in Jack the Ripper and was interested to see that this is a book focusing on his victims and their lives, rather than the criminal. It's so important that they get the attention that they deserve and I can't wait to find out more about them.

The Women At Hitler's Table - Rosella Postorino
This is a historical fiction, set in World War Two - one of my favourite time periods to read about. It tells the story of the women who were selected to test Hitler's food before he ate it to check whether it had been poisoned. Based on true events, I can't even comprehend what life would have been like for these women - being forced to put their lives on the line for a man who is bringing devastation and death to so many people.

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
This was really popular a year or two ago now, which was when I picked it up. However, in true Lexie style, it sat on my bookcase for a little too long. But now, there's been a resurgence of people talking about this, as there is an adaptation that's been released in the US, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. I don't know when it's likely to hit UK screens, but I like to try and read the book first. This is about artist Mia and her daughter Pearl, when they move into the meticulously planned suburb of Shaker Heights. However, Mia soon seems like she could threaten to upend this carefully ordered community. Mia soon comes head to head with Elena Richardson, the embodiment of the community, as a custody battle threatens to tear the society apart and uncover everyone's dark secrets. Sounds intriguing to me!

The Mime Order - Samantha Shannon
I'm terrible at carrying on with a book series. I read The Bone Season last year following Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction's readathon of the series so far. I only made it to book one, which was a reread for me, and enjoyed it more than I was expecting. Now book two is beginning to gather dust on my bookshelf, so I should pick it up soon. It follows Paige, a clairvoyant, in a world where clairvoyance is illegal. She fights back against the regime who capture her, but you know that's not where the story is going to end. I can't wait to see what trouble she gets herself into this time.

The Vanished Bride - Bella Ellis
I really love Charlotte and Emily Brontë, so this novelisation of the sisters solving mysteries in the 1800s really caught my eye when I received it for Christmas. This tells the story of a young woman, who mysteriously disappears without a trace, leaving behind nothing but a pool of blood and dark rumours about her marriage. When the three Brontë sisters hear about this, they are equally shocked and intrigued. They begin investigating and soon discover that the imaginations that help them create their well-known stories could be just what is needed to solve the mystery. I love a good mystery and can't wait to get my teeth stuck into this one!

I don't have the best track record for following these lists that I make, but I'll give it my best shot. These books have all caught my interest, and I think I've picked a good selection. You can follow my reading on Goodreads here.

What are your reading plans for this time period? I'm always looking for more to add to my to-read pile!

Love Lexie

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