Finally, it feels like I have time to catch up on one of the things that I love most – reading. I’m a book lover through and through, always have been always will be. There’s nothing like getting so lost in a story you don’t notice time pass you by. My mum used to take me to our local library to enter reading challenges during summer break, and I’d always be finished by week two (with four weeks left to go). As an only child, I spent a lot of my time getting lost in the comforts of a good book. Now that I have more time on my hands again that I ever thought possible, I’ll be reacquainting myself with this beloved pastime.

One of the hardest parts of self-isolating and social distancing seems to be knowing what to do with all this time we have. There’s only so many movies you can watch, so many TV series you can binge on, before your mind wanders and you start to become restless. Books are a great source of escapism, and a healthy way to zone out from all of the noise going on around us. I’ve noticed that a lot of people I follow on social media are turning to books as a way to relax and escape the current overwhelm we’re all experiencing, and I don’t blame them one bit.

I’ve taken note of all the books I’ve seen people reading, which I also plan on reading myself once I finish what I’m currently on. Here’s my Recommended Reads for April 2020:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – this one I have read and absolutely love, its a collection of perusal essays all told from the perspective of a WOC writer. It explores so much more than just feminism, and what it means to be a feminist. I know I’ll pick it up time and time again. Also WOC writers dont get enough credit, lets start giving them the respect they deserve!
Where to Begin: A Small Book about Your Power to Create Big Change by Cleo Wade – a compilation of poems and ideas by another talented WOC writer to help find peace when feeling overwhelmed, just what we need right now. The paperback version of the book was just released in the UK yesterday, and I can’t wait to read it and feel a little bit of light relief.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – from one of Americas most iconic writers, this book tells the story of love, relationships, marriage, children, life and death, in a brutal yet compelling way. It’s been around for a while (I believe it was originally published in 2009 – correct me if Im wrong), but is supposedly still as gripping as when it was first published. Can’t wait to delve headfirst into this.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson – this is a book I’ve been meaning to get my hands on for a while, and it comes with mixed reviews. Some rate it, some don’t. This self-help guide from a world famous blogger aims to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. Who’d argue with that?
Black Leopard, Red Wolf: Dark Star Trilogy Book 1 by Marlon James – raise your hand if you love nothing more than getting yourself lost in an extraordinary modern mythical fantasy world? You and I both. This novel is powerful; it mixes African culture, history, religion, mythology, fantasy, and so much more to create an engaging story you won’t want to put down. This is at the top of my reading wish list.

If you’ve read any of these books let me know, I can’t wait to get started on this list! My real books wish list is probably ten times as long as the above. A side note, now is an important time to try and support your local independent bookstores – help in any way you can.

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JP x


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