40 Books for Your Reading List while Self Isolating

Ohhh what would we do without books? Escaping between the pages of a good book is helping me keep my sanity right now! To look at the silver lining of self isolation, I am whipping through my reading list with gusto! Maybe I will achieve my target I set myself this year of reading 50 books! If books are part of your plan to get through these strange times, I have 40 suggested books for your reading list. I have tried to cover a few genres, so hopefully you will find something that appeals!

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40 Books for Your Reading List

Thriller Book Recommendations

I read a lot of thriller type books. I find they hold my interest well. The more twists and turns the better!

Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell – I read this in about 3 days. It was so good and the definition of a page turner.

Blood Orange – Harriet Tyce – My friend says this is the best thriller she has read in a while. I have it on my to be reads. A Richards & Judy book club book, I can not wait to read.

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides – A psychological thriller with twists, turns and a shocking conclusion.

The Woman in The Window – A.J.Finn – A book with a few stories woven into it. Twists and turns, and a conclusion I did not see coming.

I am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes – Another book recommended to me as a must read. Full of intrigue, plot twists and drama. It will keep you hooked!

Books To Inspire Travel

I have suggested books to inspire travel in the past, but I have read more since! If I can travel from my armchair at the moment, I will take it! It keeps my travel fire burning!

The Outrun – Amy Liptrott – I defy you to not read this memoir, and be inspired to visit The Orkney Islands. Returning to The orkneys when alcoholism took over her life, Amy was literally saved by the Islands.

The Salt Path – This was a book I was so nervous to read. It felt a little close to home. The wonderful couple in the book are dealing with a diagnoses of terminal cancer that the husband has. They take off on a road trip around the Cornish Coast. A beautiful, surprisingly uplifting book.

The Shepherd’s Life – James Rebanks – If you do not want to immediately go on a road trip around the Lake District after reading this, I will be shocked. The connection to the land, the humour and the descriptive writing make this a lovely read.

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Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts – An older book, based in India. I have yet to read this, but every travel lover I know that has read it, says it is a must. It has fuelled many an Indian adventure.

Jungle – Yossi Ghinsberg – A film adaptation is out of this book, but the book is the best. A tale of survival, that has me even more desperate to see the Amazon.

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho – I have included this book before. However, I can not talk about books that inspire travel without including it. A wonderful journey through the pages.

Feel Good Books

A selection of those books that just make you feel all warm and fluffy.

The Lido – Such a sweet book. It talks of community, friendship and love.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – I LOVED this book so much. It is a real lesson in human kindness and I was sad when I turned the last page and said goodbye to the characters.

The Cactus – Sarah Haywood – I have not read this, but it has been recommended to me so many times. Apparently, if you love Eleanor, you will love The Cactus.

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman – This is on my to-be-reads and I know I am going to love it. Again, recommended by so many people, I cannot wait to get acquainted with Ove.

Where The light Gets In – Lucy Dillon – This was one of those books I read, and needed to let soak in when I finished it. Inspiring and life enhancing.

The Flat Share – Beth O’Leary – A lighthearted, easy read that made me giggle. Likeable characters that had me invested in them.

Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owen – I wasn’t sure which heading to put this one under, it has elements of so much! The bottom line is, the book is a wonderful story.

Emotional Book’s to Read

Those stories that stay with you long after you turn the last page.

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng – I literally devoured this book in 2 days. I could not put it down. The subject is sad, but it is so much more than a sad tale. With echos of The Lovely Bones, but not as harrowing.

The Tattosist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris – You pretty much know this is going to be a tough read at times from the title. Yet, I found hope and strength in abundance. A beautifully told part of history that we must never forget.

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini – I cannot talk about this book without feeling a flutter of my heart. Beautiful, heartfelt and touched me deeply.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne – The innocence of childhood friendships amongst horror. Tender and emotional.

The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Attwood – This book disturbed and fascinated me in equal measure. Although incredible, it feels like it could really happen!

Self Development Books for you reading list

I know not everyones cup of tea, but these are a few of the books that just spoke to my soul.

Everything I Know For sure – Oprah Winfrey – This book was my company for my morning cuppa for a few weeks. I read a couple of chapters every morning and it was so positive and uplifting. I will re-read this many times.

When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron – This could be a little deep if you are new to introspective thinking. Recommended to me by my own spiritual mentor, Pema is a Buddhist monk who’s teachings are spot on. This book is fantastic at helping you gain clarity and see another way of thinking.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down – Haemin Sunim – Written by Buddhist monk Haemin, this book simply explains the joy in being present. I have read this 3 times and it always makes me feel uplifted.

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle – Another of my go to mentors. His teachings always make perfect sense to me. This book will make you see the world differently.

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Becoming – Michelle Obama – I literally fan girl over Michelle Obama. She is truly inspirational and kick arse. Loved this book.

To Love and Let Go – Rachel Brathen – You may know Rachel as Yoga Girl. If you don’t, find her on Instagram immediately. This beautiful book, about dealing with loss, is incredible.

A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley – Ohh this book pulled my heart out! Based in India, little 5 year old Saroo got lost on the train, not even knowing his last name. His true story will blow you away.

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath – A semi-autobiography, of descent into depression. An incredible book that really shows what people portray can hide so much.

This is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay – I have this on my to be read shelf. Not one person I know that has read it, has not loved it.

Suggestions for Books Everyone Should Read

A selection of books that are just so wonderful, everyone should have the pleasure of them. Some are my suggestions, some that have been recommended to me by my fellow book junkies. All should be on your reading list for sure.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou – This book broke me apart a little, then put me back together differently. I was about 19 when I read this for the first time. It was the book that fully cemented my absolute love of the written word. I still feel it deeply when I re-read it.

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee – This book probably needs no explanation. A classic, powerful read that says so much. I try to re-read this at least every other year.

Harry Potter Series – J.K Rowling – I personally have not yet read these. They are sitting on my shelf to be read. I do not know anyone that has not read them and absolutely love them. I WILL get through them in lockdown.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald – I have read this, and it is the definition of fabulous. You feel as though you are right there in the roaring twenties!

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott – This was the book I chose as my leaving book from school. A classic, timeless book that is always a pleasure to read.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – I was obsessed with this book in my twenties. I loved the steel that Jane had in her spine. A must read classic.

1984 – George Orwell – I have not read this, but when I asked on my Instagram for must reads, at least 5 people suggested it. I am determined to get through it one day!

A Game of Thrones – George R R Martin – This box set I have linked is beautiful! I was obsessed with the series, but the books always capture more. Recommended as a must read by many.

I hope these books for your reading list gives you a little inspiration. If there are books that you want to recommend, please feel free to in the comments. The more books the merrier! You know me, I can never have enough book recommendations, and I know many of us are the same. As it stands at the moment, many book shops are offering delivery. Sadly a lot of the independent shops are closed at the moment (I try to use my small independents). So, I have been using The Book Depository since my Mum introduced me to them. Often cheaper than amazon, but also they usually have all the covers, past and present, of each book. I have a thing for the “classics” covers of books I want to keep. I can usually find them on there. You of course have the options of kindle and audible also.

Let me know if you give any of these a whirl. I would love to know what you think if you have read any of them. Reading is a great way to escape at the moment with these crazy times, so I hope this is useful. Let me know what you are currently reading xx

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  1. Lisa Prowse
    April 6, 2020 / 10:09 am

    Perfect post for this tough time!! I can’t wait to order some of the ones you have suggested. I usually read what I call easy to read love stories but the times that I have read a different genres then I have enjoyed them. At the moment having a tough time, one thing and another and I need a really funny laugh out loud book, what do you recommend?
    Thanks again, fab post! 🥰

    • April 6, 2020 / 3:17 pm

      Oh Lisa thank you for reading, but sorry to hear your having a tough time! So Marian Keyes is always very lighthearted and funny. The Bridget Jones books had me laughing out loud (even though I had seen the film), an older book called Bossy Pants I remember as being funny. Those are off the top of my head. If I think of any more I will let you know. Oh and books written by comedians tend to be pretty funny. I know that probably sounds obvious, but they write pretty well!

  2. April 6, 2020 / 3:14 pm

    I’m massively into the self-help books so thank you for highlighting some titles that I’ve never heard of before. I’m glad that I’m actually stuck at home and can get a lot more reading done!

    • April 6, 2020 / 4:05 pm

      Yayyyyyy! Glad to be of assistance! Thanks for reading. I am the exact same. Devouring books and absolutely loving it. Let me know if you try any of them. xx

      • April 6, 2020 / 4:06 pm

        I will do lovely – I’ve got two on the go at the mo. Do you read one by one or do you start one and then start dipping into another? x

        • April 6, 2020 / 4:09 pm

          I tend to have a fiction and a non fiction on the go at the same time, but never two non fiction. I sometimes read quite deep non fiction, so I like to concentrate and really absorb them, fully understand the teachings. I can flip between a good story and a think book though, no problem.

          • April 6, 2020 / 4:11 pm

            Yes that’s a good idea and can see why you wouldn’t flip between 2 non-fiction. I’d have to have full focus too (apart from business or self-help books!) x

  3. April 8, 2020 / 11:44 pm

    So i’ve just started my free trial with audible. I will keep you posted with my abysmal concentration levels lol.
    Thank you for providing a link as it was so easy to just click and get into it x

    • April 9, 2020 / 12:16 pm

      Ahh I am so glad! I would love to hear how you get on. Oh…and of course any fabulous books you find! I really hope it helps give you a little escapism xxx

  4. April 9, 2020 / 5:09 pm

    I’m such a big of Becoming, The Bell Jar, Eleanor Oliphant and many more you mentioned! Lionel Shriver is my favourite author as I like books (and films) that are heavy on emotional drama and really explore tough topics in detail, even if it makes for uncomfortable reading – We Need to Talk about Kevin is a perfect example of this. Currently ordering some books and it’s a mixed bag – got one on grief, another on miscarriage then a third on a trio of women and their problems, with a pastry cookbook to lighten things up! Thanks for this and might do my own version soon xx

    • April 9, 2020 / 9:51 pm

      I read a real variation too. I alternate between fiction and non fiction too. I love a book with a bit of depth and that makes me think. I just love books lol. Funnily enough, someone else recommended We Need to Talk About Kevin to me today too! One for the list I think. Thank you for reading xx

  5. May 30, 2020 / 10:06 am

    Eleanor Oliphant is still one of my favourite ever books. If you enjoyed it, you will love A man called Ode.

    • May 31, 2020 / 7:56 am

      Ohhhh I miss Eleanor! When I reached the last page, it was like saying goodbye to a friend. Gorgeous book. Oh thank you so much for that recommendation. Adding it to my to be reads as we speak! Appreciate that xx

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