4 great books you should read during lockdown

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Today I am sharing with you my list of the best books I have enjoyed this autumn and that I recommend you to read while chilling at home during the second wave of Corona.

Thanks to lockdown 2.0 we all have extra time available in our hands and since we can't really spend much time outdoors, instead of mindless scrolling, I encourage you to slow down, put the kettle on and grab one of these books, even better, all of them!

Christmas is around the corner and these are all beautiful gifts ideas for friends and family and they are easy to post too if that's the case.

I was shocked to find out that the majority of the people in the UK don't have a hobby.

That is very sad.

Reading is one of my favourite past times and not only it is extremely relaxing, but it is also an amazing tool to educate ourselves and a healthy way to escape the current grim reality, especially now that we all need something to release stress and anxiety.

I recently came across this great quote somewhere online and I absolutely loved it:

"It’s called reading. It’s how people install new software on their brains"

So unless you want to be "out of date", put your phone down and read a book!

Check this article if you are interested in the importance of reading:

7 Reasons Why Reading is the Best Hobby ...

This is not a paid collaboration: I will get no commission by recommending these books to you.

Winterhorn, by Baiculescu Ovidiu Nicolae

"𝘈𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘯, 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘺, 𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩. 𝘈 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘱𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴; 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘵𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘮𝘣𝘶𝘦𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳. 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵, 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘰𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘴, 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘴, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘺 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵.

𝘠𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘦𝘭𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘳, 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘥, 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘴."

Epic fantasy series lovers, that's for you!

If you are a fan of Tolkien, that's the next book you want to read.

I literally devoured it in a couple of days, it kept me hooked until the very last page.

A great novel that truly has everything you might ask for a gripping adventure where witches, orcs, wizards, imps and dragons come to life and become so real that you can't stop thinking about them! Love, friendship and magic will unfold with many unexpected twists and turns.

What I liked the most is that the main character is not the classic macho hero: he is very human and despite that, he managed to overcome his fears and I found it so inspiring!

Moreover, the environment descriptions are so vivid and well written that I could easily imagine being part of the story and almost smell and feel the surroundings while reading.

-I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

It is a 1969 autobiography describing the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou. As the first in a seven-volume series, it describes her childhood and illustrates how the strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.

The book covers every actual and relevant topic: a critique of racism, the importance of family, the quest for independence, personal dignity and self-definition for black women in a male-dominated society.

What I liked the most about this brilliant and moving book is that the author describes perfectly how the mind of a child works and how difficult it is for kids to understand the adult's behaviour and actions. I was so emotionally involved reading her story that I just wished to be there, hug her and reassure her that no, what happened was not her fault.

Definitely one of the most moving novels I have read.

-The cat and the city by Nick Bradley

This brilliant novel is about a stray calico cat who roams through Tokyo, connecting a group of apparent strangers in unexpected ways.

This is the second Japanese piece of literature I have tried so far and I wasn't disappointed. I especially loved the unique way the novel is written and how it is developed internally: its style and structure are both pleasant and clever.

The point of view from which the megacity and its inhabitants are described is unusual and as a result, incredibly interesting.

As the stories are not entirely independent, I truly enjoyed how the characters were interlocked in each one.

-Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience to travel back in time.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers who wish to do it must adhere to very specific rules!

This is my first read of Japanese author and I am fascinated with their writing style, which is simple and clear but also extremely peculiar.

I immediately found the plot intriguing and I have to say, it totally lived up to my expectations.

Like the previous novel, it is divided into stories, all connected.

The concept that rules the story is very original and I am blown away by the way the author managed to convey feelings and emotions to the reader through the characters.

Thanks to this book I was reminded about a basic but crucial life lesson: life is now, make sure to tell the people you care about that you love them because tomorrow it might be too late.

Want more book reviews and recommendations? Then I highly recommend you to check this brilliant blog: Geeky Sharon

She has a great book section that will inspire you to read more amazing novels!

Thank you much for reading my post today!

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