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5 books to read during the lockdown

It can be tricky to know where to start but here’s 5 books I recommend to read during lockdown says Alannah Marsden 

The COVID19 lockdown has been difficult for us all. Every day seems the same, and it’s easy to fall into a cycle of staying in bed watching Netflix for hours. It’ become more and more important to find things that you enjoy. It’s why I began reading again during the pandemic. Since I picked up a book in March 2020, reading has become part of my daily routine. I would recommend it to everyone, and there has never been a better time to reignite your passion for literature. But I understand that it can be a difficult thing to launch yourself into. 

Here are 5 books to read during lockdown. They that helped me find my love for reading once more, and made getting through lockdown much easier.


1. It’s Not Me, It’s Them: Confessions of a hopeless modern romantic by Joel Dommett.

A great place to start for a lot of people may be reading autobiographies. If there’s a particular famous person you really admire, reading their autobiography allows you to learn more about their life. My personal favourite is ‘It’s Not Me, It’s Them: Confessions of a hopeless modern romantic’ by Joel Dommett. It’s a fantastic read with lots of humour throughout, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I found myself laughing, cringing and even crying whilst reading; all signs of a brilliant book. It kept me engaged from start to finish, and I highly recommend this to everyone. Definitely one of the best autobiographies I have ever read.

2. The Female Lead: Women Who Shaped Our World’ by Edwina Dunn

 If you are a feminist like me, I cannot recommend this book more. This incredible book tells the stories of sixty amazing women who dedicated their lives to changing the world. It’s one of the most inspirational books I have ever read, and it made me feel extremely empowered.

3. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

In terms of fiction, this one of the books that really helped me get back into reading. The format of the book is really creative and unique and the overall story is so engaging. I was invested in the two main characters the whole way through and I never wanted the story to end. If you love a good romance novel to sink your teeth into, this beautifully written book is absolutely perfect.

4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Another novel I would recommend is The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It is based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew who was imprisoned at Auschwitz. This book is powerful and heart wrenching – one my favourite books of all time. 

5. Live Your Best Life by Ben Wardle

If you’re looking for a book to help you make the most out of every day, give this one a go. It contains 50 inspiring essays on a range of different topics to help you live your best life. Whilst we are in lockdown it is easy to dwell on everything that’s going wrong. This book helped me recognise the positives in my life, and inspired me to strive to be the best version of myself every single day. 

Rediscovering my passion for reading is one of the best things that has happened to me in lockdown. So whether you give one of these books a try, or find your own, I hope you find the same joy in reading that I have. Because to me, one of the best feelings is sitting down and reading an amazing book.

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5 books to read during the lockdown

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