5 Reads in Isolation

I seem to have an ever growing book shelf that I’ve not been able to keep up with recently. I see so many book recommendations online, end up purchasing the ones I like, but never actually get around to reading any. So, I thought what better way to use my time in isolation than to finally start reading all of these books. And here we are. I have conquered my first 5 reads during this whole lockdown situation, and I might even help you guys pick out a few new reads for yourselves too.

I’d like to think that I try and read different books instead of the same genre all of the time, and I’d also like to think that’s true looking at my first set of reads. I have a mixture of poetry, fiction and even a book full of essays (it’s a lot better than it sounds, trust me!).

But, I should let you know that I’ve never written about books before on my blog, so be kind and leave any tips that may help for future posts!

I’ve also made sure to link each book to an available buying platform.

Book #1: Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey was my introduction to Rupi Kaur. I’d stumbled across her work through Pinterest and Instagram and have always appreciated the honesty in her words. I hadn’t read much poetry since studying it in school, so getting my hands on Rupi’s writing, and actually enjoying it, makes it one of the best purchases I’ve made recently. I really connected with her imagery, how real it felt, and, as a woman, sympathised with the situations that she speaks about, even-though I haven’t lived through them myself.

I admire her strength to publish a work so personal to her, and also appreciate her understanding of knowing that it will help others heal too.

Book #2: The Sun and her Flowers – Rupi Kaur

I told myself I would leave it a while before continuing on to Rupi’s second book, The Sun and her Flowers, but her words were really resonating with me. I found this as a sign to continue reading and to delve further into her second book.

Although I recognise a kind of evolution since the first book, Rupi still writes across similar themes of violence, loss and love, with a continuous line of femininity braided through it all. This seamlessly connects Rupi’s two books and is probably the reason why I drifted so effortlessly from the end of one to the start of another.

You can purchase the boxed set of both books here.

Book #3: My Sister the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

I finished this book within 2 days of starting it. The drama, the twist and turns, the love triangle and the main feature of the essence of sisterhood are only some of the things included in this book that kept me reading. I became so invested in Korede’s life and every time I put the book down I couldn’t stop thinking and guessing about what was to happen next.

It’s a treat to read and owns a wonderful balance of sweetness and sentiment, with the thrill of murder and deceit. If you want a book that will keep you turning page, after page, after page, then this is the one for you.

Book #4: Men Explain Things to Me and Other Essays – Rebecca Solnit

Over the last few years, I have been trying to educate myself on topics that, I feel embarrassed to say, I didn’t know much about, with mental health and feminism being the main two. Both of these things had effected me personally and yet, I knew hardly anything about them.

I’m sure this was a recommendation that I stumbled across on one of the many instagram stories I filter through each day. I remember the account had posted an extract from the book and it was so strong and accurate that I purchased it within the hour. Men Explain Things To Me really struck a chord with me in a way that made me open my eyes and think deeper about the injustices of women over the decades and how, sometimes, these injustices get swept under the rug and never get spoken about. It made me realise why it’s so important that we have difficult conversations about the many different ways women are treated, especially when we think about how different it is compared to our male counterparts.

It did take me a while to finish this book as I found it quite heavy in its content – maybe because I was so surprised at some of the numbers, and facts, and accuracies that are touched upon within its pages – but also so I could really digest what was being said inside. I feel like I’ve learned a great deal from Men Explain Things To Me and it has made me look forward to learning more.

Book #5: Loss & Hope – The Pound Project

The Pound Project are an independent publisher who “campaign to put the value of writing first”, and who, through this book, are raising money for a number of different organisations – Action on Addiction, James’ Place, Place2Be, and Youth Anxiety Centre – who do crucial work in the fields that this book is bringing awareness to. These fields include addiction, mental health and suicide and are spoken about through a collection of contributions from people all across society.

I admire the bravery, as I have said previously in this review, of anyone who speaks out about such personal aspects of life, and relive that emotion and feeling in order to educate others and create a conversation. I’m sure you will agree that work gone into Loss & Hope is amazing, and I urge you all to pre-order a copy for when they become available again, because I’m sure that there will be someone out there who would be grateful.

I’ve really enjoyed all of these books, especially as they’ve helped me grow and learn through this isolation period. I hope that you too can find peace in something during this uncertain time, and hope this post might help with that.

Please let me know in the comments if you have any other book recommendations to share!

Thanks always for reading,

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