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Lockdown Reading List

Despite the fact that I used to be a book blogger, with a number of book reviews going live on my blog every week, I’ve never been a particularly fast reader. I’ve only ever managed to read one book in a day and it was The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson-Walker. One of my favourite books EVER written. On average, it’ll take me around a week to read one book. Unless it’s a very special book.

Since lockdown hit, I’ve found myself WANTING to read more than usual. It’s not that I have extra time to read (in fact, I’ve found myself BUSIER than usual during this period – go figure) but I’m just craving that time curled up in the pages of a good book, the distractions from every day life and the ability to go and live another’s life, even if only for 20 minutes.

At the time of writing this post, I’ve managed to read Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, A Patchwork Family by Cathy Bramley, Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich and a re-read of one of my faves, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Obviously I don’t have opinions on the majority of the books on this list yet as I haven’t read them but if you’ve read any of these, do let me know in the comments! If you’re interested in any of my star ratings, do check out my Goodreads! I’d love to have you as a friend on there! Let’s get into the list!

Your Life in My Hands: A Junior Doctor’s Story by Rachel Clarke

I’ve always been a fan of medical style books. Although most of the time they can be upsetting, they can also bring light to the meaning of life as a whole and not the mention the incredible work doctors and medical professionals do on a regular basis. I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

I’ve read this one and I knew from more or less the first page that I was going to love it. Isn’t it amazing when that happens? I’ve heard loads about this book but never really bothered to find out more about it so I went in with an open mind and my gosh, what a read.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Psychological Thriller. A group of friends with decades of history between them, snowed in a house in the Highlands with no way out. What could go wrong? Well, one of them shows up dead, that’s what goes wrong! I’ve seen this book around loads – how could you not with such a striking cover? I can’t WAIT to read this one!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

You know what genre I love as much as Thriller? YA. So this YA Thriller is definitely right up my street! Another book that I’ve heard loads about and seen floating around. A title like this does tend to stick in your mind. I’ve heard a ton of amazing things about this so excited to see if it lives up to the hype!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline is one of my favourite stories ever. The film is my favourite film of all time and although I have read this in the past, I really want to read it again because from my memory, the book is even creepier! It’s such a disturbing but… strangely warming tale?

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Okay, I have a confession. I’m a sucker for a lovely book cover. And I only picked this out from Amazon because the cover was too beautiful not to. However, I am a fan of fairytale-esque novels, re-tellings and that sort of thing so I have high hopes for this anyway!

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Who HASN’T heard of this book yet? This has been on my to-read list for like, a year. This was my last read and whilst it did take me a while to get in to – after the initial excitement of the first few chapters – I was hooked. And I finished the second half in a day as we were nearing the conclusion! Definitely recommended. This book would make an amazing film, too!

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

And finally, a nice Thriller to finish off the pile of books I’d like to read whilst in lockdown. The Chain sounds seriously disturbing. It kinda reminds me of The Box, with Cameron Diaz? But I always like being made to feel uncomfortable when I’m reading a book so I’m hoping this will do the job!

So there’s my reading list for lockdown! Have you read any of these books? If so, let me know your thoughts below! What have you been reading these past few weeks?



  1. Great post! Yes they both die at the end is one of my ultimate favourites 🙂

    1. Such a great book!

  2. You have such great taste in books 😄 thanks!

  3. Great list! I’ve been reading the Persphone Book of Short Stories, and have really enjoyed getting into reading small chunks at a time and thinking about them more. Will definitely be adding some of these to my list!

  4. Awesome list! I haven’t read any yet, but I’ve heard about several of them.

    Currently, I’m reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for a book club which will last for the whole month of June. I just finished Nina George’s The Floating Paris Bookshop.

    My next few reads are: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson, and The Hand, The Eye, and the Heart by Zoe Marriott.

  5. I love your posts! Definitely some good inspiration

  6. I have done so much reading since being on lockdown. I devoured Normal People in one afternoon!

    1. I really want to read that!

  7. I haven’t read any of these books, but I’ve seen ‘One of Us is Lying’ on so many lists lately! I’m planning to read it after I’ve read all the books I already own. It usually takes me between a week and a month to get through a book, depending how much spare time I have.

    1. It’s really good, highly recommend!

  8. I love Coraline & I’ve started listening to They Both Die At the End & it’s really interesting! I also want to read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

    1. They Both Die At the End was SO good!

  9. Laura at Palette of Thoughts says:

    Good list! I really liked the hunting party!!

    1. Can’t wait to read that one!

  10. i love “one of us is lying!” – such a gripping read.

    Mollie |

    1. Such a good book! Really didn’t see that ending either!

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