One thing I have had to adjust too while in lockdown was making time in my new routine to read. Pre pandemic, my reading time was usually reserved for my commutes, and for the first couple of weeks, I really missed cracking out a good book and reading. I also joined a nice little book club at work where we read short stories which I love as I don’t often read short stories. A few weeks later and I managed to find my reading during lockdown mojo. Here is a little sneak peek into what has been on my reading list.
The Psychology Book by DK Books
Before we went into lockdown I wanted to learn more about psychology so I got hold of The Psychology Book and it has been very interesting. I am still making my way through it as I want to make sure I take it all in. I am actually treating it as a textbook, making full-on notes after reading each section. It breaks down the different psychological approaches and key players within the subject, along with key studies. DK has a lot of books within the range of subjects ranging from maths to feminism and I already know I want to collect them all and read what they have to say.
PS I Still Love You – Jenny Han
This is the perfect book to read if you are looking for something light-hearted and heartwarming to escape too. It is the second book in the To All The Boys I Loved Before trilogy. We see Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky trying to give their relationship a go but as in the first book, Lara Jean’s letters threaten to get in the way. I literally read this over a few days and it was exactly what I needed to keep my spirits high.
Lowborn – Kerry Hudson
The next book I read was Lowborn by Kerry Hudson. A very contrasting book to PS I Still Love You but very insightful and hauntingly beautiful. The book is a memoir documenting Kerry’s life growing up on the poverty line and how it impacted her throughout her life and formed the person she is today. You see how she struggled in school due to people’s perception of her upbringing, her relationship with her parents, and the way she saw herself and her own capabilities. It is a harrowing book about how certain circumstances can lead you down a certain path and the type of bravery and motivation you need to be able to overcome that in the way Kerry has.
What makes the book special is Kerry’s writing. She has a way with words, each one of them as beautiful and devastating as the next. The book has two timelines, one where Kerry is sharing her childhood story and the other is the present day (2018) where Kerry revisits the places she lived to see if things have changed. You see her go on this journey of self-discovery and by the end of it you just want to give Kerry a hug and make her see how wonderful she truly is.
The Greater Freedom by Alya Mooro
I read the audiobook version of The Greater Freedom and I have to say it made the words stand out even more. Alya voicing her words with such passion and vigor sharing her experience of being a British Arab. She talks about living in two different cultures. The cross between old traditions with modern Millenial living is something I really related too while reading the book. She has such a way with words and articulated the feelings I have in such a perfect manner I wish I had them memorised to help me combat certain situations.
I also wanted to give a nod to a little short story I recently read for a book club I am a part of. It is called, Mr Salary and has all the themes one would imagine from Rooney. It has the Irish backdrop, the financial inequality between the characters, and the complex leads. My only upset with the piece is that I wish it was longer. I want to learn more about the characters. What happens to them and what led them to this point. There are many questions I am intrigued by.
Outside of books and short stories, I have been tweeting this thread of online articles sharing the pieces I have read and enjoyed.
What have you been reading recently? I would love to know!
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