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7 of the best: Books to read in isolation

Okay, so we’re safe in our homes for the forseeable future, now is the perfect time to hit the books again! How many times have you told yourself you want to read more or start reading again? Now is the perfect time!

Personally, reading calms me down when things feels crazy, uncertain and chaotic (like right now for example), and allows me to get lost in someone else’s thoughts and escape from the real world for a while – you might say books are the OG social distancing tool. 

Here’s a roundup of 7 of the best books to read right now while in isolation.


Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

This book is a very vivid and harrowing tale, recreating Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners in the camp. Fiction based on a true story, Lale meets Gita, a young woman waiting in line to have her arm tattooed and in that moment Lale vows to survive the camp and somehow marry her. 


The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

I’m sure you’ve streamed the show, but have you read where it all started from? Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale is unexpected, funny, horrifying and a scathing satire and warning all at once. The story focuses on Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian state where women are suffocated in a patriarchal society. 


The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chobosky

A coming of age novel set in the early 1990s, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about Charlie, an introverted teenager navigating his freshman year of high school. Charlie writes letters throughout the book to an unknown recipient as he struggles with his first year of high school and two traumatic experiences. 


The Woman in the Window – A.J Finn

The story follows Anna Fox, a recluse in her NYC home unable to go outside and spends her days drinking wine and recalling happier times (sound familiar?) until a new family moves in across the street, seemingly perfect until Anna sees something she shouldn’t. In this diabolically crippling thriller nothing is what it seems. 


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor struggles with social skills and says exactly what she’s thinking. She has a careful schedule to minimise any and all human interaction and lives off frozen pizza and vodka, until she meets Raymond. Through Raymond’s big hearted nature, Eleanor is rescued from the life of isolation she’s been living and starts some healing of her own. 


Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

What better book to escape reality than Alice in Wonderland? Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of fantasy and fantastically peculiar creatures as she tries to make her way back home. 


The Shining – Stephen King

We had to throw a bit of Stephen King on this list, it’s a classic! Centering on the life of aspiring writer and alcoholic Jack Torrance who accepts a position as an off-season caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies, he’s accompanied by his family. His son Danny possesses an array of psychic abilities, allowing him to see the hotel’s horrific past and soon the entire family is in grave danger.

What your current read? Let us know what to add to our list next.

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