Today I’m happier than ever to be writing this. The first reason being, my laptop broke yesterday and the drama was real. Now I’m writing this with my screen being the TV, and I don’t hate it that much. Secondly, I’m going to be sharing with you my top 10 books to read during the lockdown because today is a very special day in my country. The 23rd of April is The Book and The Rose Day – Saint George’s day – in Catalonia.
The streets of every town get packed with people looking for the perfect book and the perfect rose for their loved ones. It’s really hard for Catalan people to see this day not happening since it’s our version of Valentine’s Day. This is my way to pay tribute to this very special day.
I’m not including the Harry Potter saga because it’ll take too much space, but please read it. They. Are. The. Best. Books. Ever.
1. No, we can’t be friends – Sophie Ranald
I don’t know if I should categorize this as fiction, humor, romance or all together. I read this book in 3 days. It’s a brutally honest and still incredibly funny life story. It’s so easy to relate to Sloane and she is HILARIOUS. It’s the perfect balance between daily problems and humor.
2. First, we make the beast beautiful – Sarah Wilson
I have read many many books on anxiety over the last 2-3 years, and I find most have a tiresome “do these 10 simple things and your anxiety will be gone!!!”. This is the author’s honest and vibrant story of her struggle with anxiety and what she has done to cope or manage it throughout her life.
3. The flatshare – Beth O’Leary
This was a pleasant surprise in the best way possible. I knew that I would enjoy it, but I fell in love instead. The Flatshare is exactly what I want from a romantic comedy/dramedy type of book, and the characters are in my Top 5 characters of all time.
4. If I never met you – Mhairi McFarlane
I cried, laughed, and has a lot of content…all in one book. This adorable rom-com made me laugh like no other book. It’s by far one of the wittiest stories I’ve read and I’m kicking myself for not having read a novel by Mhairi McFarlane sooner.
5. Never Greener – Ruth Jones
I hated and loved this book in equal parts. The characters made me want to kill myself so many times, it’s amazing how much you can hate them but still want to read more. It keeps you wanting to know what happens next, it’s incredibly hard to put down.
6. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
This is such a magical book. I was about 12 years old the first time I read it and since then I keep rereading it once a year. It awakes different feelings every time I read it and I look at the character’s differences and flaws with a brand new perspective every single time.
7. The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes
With a well developed, interesting and unique character, this book is perfect if you want something quick to read. We all know Jojo Moyes from Me Before You but this is a completely different story, yet equally amazing and moving. This is a wonderful tribute to how books can change people’s lives.
I hope you enjoyed this list of books to read and feel free to leave more recommendations on the comments, it’d be amazing to have a huge list of your favorites!