Lockdown Reads – Top 3 books to help escape lockdown

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Whether you’ve taken up running, baking or spent time watching the latest tv shows, over the past year the term ‘lockdown’ has become the new normal. As an avid reader a lot of lockdown has been dedicated to finding the best books to dig my teeth into. These lockdown reads can offer an alternative reality to use as an escape. A couple of the books have also been adapted for TV so they can continue to provide multiple forms of entertainment.  

Lockdown Reads #1 – The one you can’t put down: The Power

Book cover for The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power – Naomi Alderman

The Power by English author Naomi Alderman earned itself the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017. The 2016 feminist science fiction novel captures a modern take on the concepts of gender, hierarchy and power.

This lockdown read is for those who have a keen interest in social justice issues. It follows the story of several individuals and what impact they have on the transfer of power surrounding them,. The four central characters Margot, Roxy, Tunde and Allie each bring a fresh narrative to the novel making it a real page turner. A dystopian take on sexism and the dangers it poses for modern society.

The novel is also due to be brought to life through a ten-part television series, but filming was postponed in 2020.

Lockdown Reads #2 – The one everyone is talking about: Normal People

book cover form Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People – Sally Rooney

Normal People by Irish author Sally Rooney was the subject of a BBC Three drama, of the same name, during the original lockdown. The 2018 novel has been ranked 25th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best books of the 21st century.

The touching love story between main protagonists Connell and Marianne.  The novel follows the pair from their last year of secondary school throughout their time at university. This lockdown read explores their relationship against the backdrop of the west coast of Ireland and the city of Dublin. The novel touches on themes of depression, insecurities and family structures to reach an audience of ‘normal people’.

This is not your typical coming-of-age story but has a refreshing appeal which is, in my opinion, unmatched.

Lockdown Reads #3 – The one that will have you on the edge of your seat: Sharp Objects

Book cover for Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects is Gillian Flynn’s 2006 debut novel and was adapted into a miniseries premiering in 2018. Check out the Guardian’s review of the miniseries here.

This lockdown read follows Camille Preaker, a journalist who returns to her hometown to cover the story of a murder and abduction. She ends up uncovering more than she hoped due to an unstable family dynamic present in her childhood home. A chilling psychological thriller which has you questioning who you can trust.   Slowly revealing the underbelly of the ‘nature versus nurture’ debate.

The fast pace dynamic of this novel creates a suspenseful story you don’t want to miss.

Written by Emily Mcilhatton
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