In a world full of overwhelming technology, simply opening a book and removing yourself from the world is slowly becoming outdated. But many must remember that reading is important and a timeless form of entertainment. In a period where we are being recommended to self-isolate, what could be more fulfilling than finishing a novel? If you have ever considered learning a new language, conquering the entire Harry Potter series, indulging in a Stephen King crime masterpiece or falling into the romantic world of Nicholas Sparks, there is no better time to start.
Whether you’re a bookworm, an occasional reader or you’re not too sure how to spend two weeks inside, here are five must-reads you will not put down.
- The Institute – Stephen King
Stephen King is renowned in the literature world for his suspenseful page-turners and you can expect nothing less with this gripping read. Set in a compound in the maine woods, the science fiction thriller follows kids with special talents who have been kidnapped and thrown into the most sinister of institutions. With King’s iconic use of vivid characters and constant plot twists, The Institute is the ultimate tale of good vs evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
2. Normal People – Sally Rooney
No.1 Sunday Times best seller and winner of three book awards this recommendation doesn’t come unjustified. Based on the lives of Connell and Marianne, the fictional love story illustrates the wonders of how one person can unexpectedly change your whole life. With two characters from separate worlds, Sally Rooney brilliantly demonstrates the cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Juxtaposing chaos and tenderness throughout, this is one of those gems you just can’t put down.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Harper Lee’s timeless novel has been popular since published in the 1960s due to its warmth, humour, and inspiration. Set in the 1930s, the story focuses on intriguing characters who explore civil rights and racism in the segregated southern United States. Through the eyes of a young girl named Scout Finch, you learn about her father Atticus, an attorney who relentlessly tries to prove the innocence of a black man wrongfully accused of rape and Boo Radley, the mysterious neighbour who surprisingly becomes a hero. An absolute classic that everyone should read at least once within their lifetime.
4. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
The queen of all chick-lits’, Bridget Jones’s Diary is the perfect combination of humour and romance. Written in personal diary form, single working woman Bridget hilariously documents her life in London, including her calorie intake, alcohol consumption and search for a suitable boyfriend. Through a year of amazing highs and the lowest of lows, Bridget Jones becomes one of the most relatable and loveable characters in the entire fictional genre.
5. Alive – Piers Paul Reid
True stories are always a good read and Alive is undoubtedly one of the best. Based around the 1972 crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, the novel tells the story of how only 16 out of the 45 passengers survived in the sub-zero temperatures of the Andes mountains. Piers Read provides an exhilarating in-depth recount of the horrific experience endured, retaining his information through interviews with the survivors and their family members. Fantastically written, Alive shows the incredible strength of humans when it comes to survival mode.