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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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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)

almostelderly Mon 27-Apr-20 12:14:33

Greyduster, 'Silence of the Girls' is on my lockdown list along with 'Circe' by Madeline Miller. I have just finished Paris Echo' by Sebastian Faulks and am confused by the second half of the tale! I would recommend Donna Tart for long reads. 'The Secret History' and ' The Goldfinch'.

Busybee37 Mon 27-Apr-20 07:33:05

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, which is beautifully written. I've read it twice, once two years ago and again recently for book club and would highly recommend it. His other book Rules of Civility is good too.

Alishka Sun 26-Apr-20 00:19:05

I've just finished Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris, which combines both my love of France and my love of foodsmile
And I've picked out from my shelves Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which seems quite apt just nowgrin to start tomorrow.

Greyduster Sat 25-Apr-20 12:15:03

Almostelderly, I like Pat Barker too. Have you read “Silence of the Girls”?

Atqui Fri 24-Apr-20 21:34:01

Just finished audiobook Where the Crawdads sing bybDelia Owen. Husband and I both loved it (/which is unusual).Its one of the best books I’ve ‘read’ for ages. Also Ian Mccewans (sp?) Machines like me.Both unput downable

Jane10 Sun 12-Apr-20 11:25:02

I enjoy some of the books by 'forgotten' writers. I recently enjoyed several by Dorothy Whipple. A different time but the characters and settings were compelling.

oldgimmer1 Sun 12-Apr-20 08:09:57

So many great ideas.

I've read Mirror and Light, a biography of Cromwell by Tracy Borman and I'm partway through a biog of Marie Colvin, which I'm not enjoying.

I'm looking forward to the new Simon Serrailer in paperback and also the new Alison Weir novel of Katherine Howard.

I'm very grateful to the Kindle at the moment. Currently reading a biog of Diana, Princess of Wales by Sarah Bradford which I'm really enjoying.

Lockdown has its compensations. smile

Willow500 Sun 12-Apr-20 06:59:30

I am reading the Shipyard Girls books by Nancy Revell - on book 5 how. Stories of a group of women who worked as welders in the Sunderland shipyards during WW2. Coming from up that way it feels nostalgic although I obviously wasn't around during the war. In today's climes it has a certain parallel sad

TerriBull Sat 11-Apr-20 19:52:36

I forgot to add this one to those I've already posted "Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver, Definitely right up there with other fantastic reads.

almostelderly Sat 11-Apr-20 19:35:08

Anything by Pat Barker and Kate Atkinson. A re-read of Little Women and the sequels.

SirChenjin Wed 01-Apr-20 22:14:32

Yes to both! ❤️ Both wonderful films and books smile

Thanks for the Winter in Madrid suggestion lemon - it looks really good, I’ve added it to my list.

SueDonim Wed 01-Apr-20 21:56:53

Thanks, Sirchenjin. Yes, I know the 👀 about recommending books. The Secret Life of Bees is one of my favourites. Have you seen the film? It’s wonderful. Also Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg, which is also a film. My girls and I have watched both those films endless times. ❤️

lemongrove Wed 01-Apr-20 21:43:55

A favourite of mine...Winter In Madrid by C J Sansom.

lemongrove Wed 01-Apr-20 21:43:01

I second The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, bizarre but a good, and unusual book.

SirChenjin Wed 01-Apr-20 19:56:39

No I’m not on that - I must have a look for it, thanks for the suggestion smile

I’m always nervous of recommending books in case the other person thinks ‘what on Earth?!’ but I’ve enjoyed the following:

1. One for the blackbird, one for the crow by Olivia Hawker
2. The night circus by Erin Morgenstern
3. The beekeepers promise by Fiona Valpy
4. A place called Winter by Patrick Gale
5. The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd
6. Hanna’s daughters by Marianne Fredriksson (this won awards and can be hard to get hold of. It’s a bit of a lengthy read but if you like stories about strong women overcoming adversity it’s definitely worth a read - I loved it and don’t be put off by the reviews, they didn’t seem to be talking about the same book! ).

SueDonim Wed 01-Apr-20 19:34:55

Tell me what you’ve enjoyed, too! I like it when a book is personally recommended.

Are you on the 50 Books Year thread? I can’t remember. blush

SirChenjin Wed 01-Apr-20 16:44:46

Thanks so much - they sound wonderful and absolutely up my street smile

SueDonim Wed 01-Apr-20 16:36:50

I’ve also discovered Elizabeth Taylor. Not the one married to Richard Burton. Twice. grin The book I read is A View from the Harbour. It’s set in a seaside town in the ?1950’s and relates the inhabitants’ doing but not in a Miss Read manner.

It’s actually quite pertinent to today in that their lives are lived within small boundaries, just as we are having to do.