Isolation has us slowing down, taking stock of our digital lives and once again obsessing over all things print. With a whole world of imagination out there to explore by way of books, now is a great time to get reading. Here are three books that are currently getting us through these long isolated days and nights.
1. Normal People by Sally Rooney
If you haven’t heard about this book you may be living under a rock (or just in iso!). Published in 2018 this novel, set in Ireland, explores the complex friendship, relationship and love story between Connell and Marianne as they traverse through their final high school year and into university. It has been hailed as a future literary classic, it’s author a modern day Jane Austen and has hit number one on bestseller lists in countries across the globe.
Recently made in to a TV series by the BBC and Hulu, our tip is to read the novel before you binge watch the series, which is as wonderfully entertaining as the novel.
2. Mother by Marianne Vicelich
With Mother’s Day being celebrating this weekend there is no better time to enjoy this beautiful coffee table book which delves in to what motherhood means. Entwined with 100 quotes and affirmations that will pull at your heart strings, captivate you and make you laugh with memories, this book is isn’t just for Mother’s Day – it is a beautiful reminder of a mother’s love all year around.
3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A coming of age tale, small town murder mystery and a lesson in the beauty of nature, Where The Crawdads Sing is an exquisitely beautiful and original novel, making it easy to see why it sat at number one on the New York Times bestseller list for 30 non-consecutive weeks.
The novel explores the story of Kya, the ‘marsh girl’, who is left to raise herself in the wild marshes of North Carolina after she is abandoned by her family. Fast forward a number of years and Kya, now a young woman, is the subject of attention of two young men from the local village who are captivated by her wild beauty. Murder and mystery follow and the author, Delia Owens, provides enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. The true hero of this book however, is the connection between Kya and the natural world.
One to watch out for:
Mimi Thorisson’s Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy.
We are longtime fans of Mimi Thorisson’s first two cookbooks, A Kitchen in France and French Country Cooking. Her third book, due out in September, will focus on her newly adopted home of Italy. Available for pre-order here.