Staying in with a good book

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If you’re thinking you might stay in a bit more in the coming weeks, I thought I’d share what I’ve read recently.   I love losing myself in a good book and have been enjoying some different styles.  What are you current favourites?

The Woman in the Window: AJ Finn – page-turning thriller with lots of twists and turns.  I couldn’t put it down!

The Mum Who Got Her Life Back: Fiona Gibson – easy, light read which you can lose yourself in.  This would be a great holiday book.

The Familiars: Stacey Halls – I loved this as it’s a bit different in terms of the context and setting.  It’s based around the true story of the Pendle witches in Lancashire but focuses on fictional characters – the young mistress of the local manor house and a village girl who gets tangled up with the witchcraft accusations.

The Binding: Bridget Collins – another magical based novel.  This one involves book binding, not fiction but people’s memories.  A strangely intriguing idea and the characters really draw you in.

Non Fiction
Blood and Sand: Frank Gardner – an open and honest account by the now paralysed BBC Security Correspondent.  Great for understanding more about the Middle East as well as Frank’s story.

My Animals and Other Family: Clare Balding – I was drawn to this one on a second hand book stall as I’ve always admired her (although I’m not at all horsey).   It charts her early life and is really honest insight into her relationship with her parents.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear: Elizabeth Gilbert – surprisingly funny and a refreshing take on creativity by the author of Eat Pray Love.  She shares her views and stories on creativity.  Inspiring if you’re toying with doing something – just go for it!

Feel Better in 5: Dr Rangan Chatterjee – regular readers of Lou Likes will know I’m a big fan of his previous books and podcast (Feel Better Live More).  I’ve just started his latest book which provides a “menu” of activities that you can do in 5 minutes.  I like his simple approach – I’ll let you know how I get on!


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