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Books to read during self-isolation

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NatashaGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 27-Mar-20 15:35:47

Hi all, smile

With social distancing and self-isolation, many of us now have more time on our hands than before. If you're looking for some entertainment, we've put together this page with HarperCollins on their recommended reads while you're stuck inside.

We also want to hear what books you'd recommend to gransnetters who are in isolation. Whether it's a gripping thriller or a forgotten classic, leave your suggestions on this thread.

And don't forget to come back and let us know if you read a good book over the coming weeks. flowers

GrannyLiz1946 Fri 01-May-20 06:35:17

I have just finished “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins on audio. Absolutely gripping. It certainly makes me feel how fortunate I have been to live in peacetime in a safe society. The Audible version is terrific especially for pronunciation of the sprinklings of Spanish.

For something gentler I enjoyed “Olive Again” sequel to “Olive Kitteridge” which takes us into Olive’s old age.( Elizabeth Proust)

NotAGran55 Fri 01-May-20 07:34:00

Another vote for the audible version of Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owen .

Stunning book and narration. My book of the year so far .

Greenfinch Sat 02-May-20 14:18:49

The House between the Tides by Sarah Maine.
It is set in the Hebrides on a tiny bit of land that is cut off completely at high tide. The action moves back and forth .Some of it happens in 1910 and some in 2010. It is a murder mystery but so much more than that. Both the plot and the characterisation are good.

MaryGrand Sun 03-May-20 11:00:01

I love Agatha Christie books and have read and re read most! Love the Miss Marple books, Bertram's Hotel my favourite.

Lupin Wed 06-May-20 13:23:24

Another vote for The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, and Any Human Heart by William Boyd. Have not long read Love is Blind by William Boyd which was almost as good as Any Human Heart.
Have just finished, for book group, Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie. It's non fiction - a collection of essays about her travels and working on archaeological digs. It was read on Radio 4, and I felt compelled to listen, but then missed most of it.. An ideal lockdown book. I feel that I have travelled with her.
I love the Shardlake books by C.J.Sansom and have Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and The Light in my sights. The first two of this Thomas Cromwell series were awesome.
If you like a timeslip novel I have enjoyed all those by Susanna Kearsley.
Thanks for all the recommendations. Book heaven.

Alishka Wed 06-May-20 20:26:01

Might have said this before, but it's worth repeating, and anyway the title's apt for today - Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love In the Time of Cholera - a love story stretching over 50+years where the couple meet,part,marry others,then finally get back together again in old age..
Have loved it for yearssmile

Furret Wed 06-May-20 20:37:54

That sounds like my kind of book Greenfinch I’ve just downloaded it into my kindle.