Self Isolation Wrap-Up | Books I Read in Lockdown
Firstly, I have to deal with the obvious which is that ‘lockdown’ isn’t completely over. However, I’ve moved back to London, after living with my parents for 16 weeks. As such, to me, the self-isolation/lockdown portion is over – for now! Be sensible and wear a mask.
As such, I thought I would share my self-isolation wrap-up and talk about the books I read in lockdown at my parents.
Books I Read in Lockdown
So here is a list of books – in order of reading – that I read during lockdown.
- Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
- Convenience Store Woman by Sakaya Murata
- Olive by Emma Gannon
- Weight by Jeanette Winterson
- The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard. C. Morais
- Doom Rolled in Glitter by Leena Norms
- Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
- Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- The Lonely Fajita by Abigail Man
- Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
- The Vow by Debbie Howells
- The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
- Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
- Anne of Avonlea by L. Maud Montgomery
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
- The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
- Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
- This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
- Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O’Donoghue
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Hollywood’s Eve by Lili Anolik
- Heatstroke by Hazel Barksworth
- Wine Girl by Victoria James
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Inside Out by Demi Moore
- Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
- Home Work by Julie Andrews
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The High Moments by Sara-Ella Ozbek
- A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The New Me by Halle Butler
This meme effectively summarises most of my lockdown experience.
My Favourite Lockdown Reads
A lot of these books were excellent, got to say. If you want a full run-down of my thoughts on each of them you can find them on my reading wrap-ups for each month.
My top favourite lockdown reads however, definitely have to be:
I finally understand the hype! And I’m actually glad that I saved this book by reading all of her other’s first! Not only did I finally get around to reading it, I can officially say I have read all of Jane Austen’s completed novels. Quite a feat, if I do say so myself.
I picked this book up in a charity shop a few weeks before lockdown began and I thought it looked interesting. I loved it. It was the perfect lockdown read, complete with magical realism, gorgeous descriptions and great characters. Would happily re-read.
Oh my, this book. It lives up to the hype! It’s excellent, and the first Maggie O’Farrell book I’ve ever read. Utterly adored this historical fiction. It gives voice to Agnes Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, and it will break your heart. Incredible.
This was a book club read, and the second book by Taylor Jenkins Reid I’ve read this year. A gorgeous historical fiction story about a 1950s actress who marries multiple men – as the title suggests – but there’s a big twist throughout. It’s a wonderful love story.
A classic I’d never heard of but devoured in two sittings. This is another 1950s set historical fiction, that focuses on a group of boys who are part of a gang, but utterly devoted to one another a brotherhood. Heartbreaking, wonderfully emotional – unusual for a book solely about men – and gripping.
And lastly, I finally got around to read an Elizabeth Gaskell novel and I adored it. Cranford is one of my all-time favourite mini-series and the adaptation is pure perfection of this book. While there is no real chronology to the tales of the women in Cranford, the wit and humour was perfectly translated to screen. Gorgeous.
I definitely leant towards classics and historical fiction while I was in lockdown. For me, I think contemporary fiction and re-reads weren’t holding my attention as much as I needed it too.
One things for sure, I escaped throughout this whole period into books and it was a wonderful journey. My parents were ever-patient with me, and gave me the space I needed to relax and keep my anxieties at bay during the whole of lockdown by leaving me alone to read.
What did you read during lockdown? Did you lean towards any particular genres or authors for comfort? Let me know in the comments below.