CURRENTLY READING | THE BOOKS WE CAN’T PUT DOWN
You know that pile of unread books you’ve got on your shelves? Or the list of reading recs you’ve noted down in your phone but have yet to start crossing off? Well now is your time. If you’re not going out for a while, and you need a break from the screen, crack on with those books. These are the ones we’re currently reading if you need some more inspo…
Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race is a book based on a 2014 blog post of the same name, which she wrote after becoming frustrated with the way that conversations about race were being had in this country and the way that structural racism was going unacknowledged. It’s essential reading if you’re looking to understand what it means to be a person of colour living in Britain today.
Now is the perfect time to read Sally Rooney’s best-selling second novel because the TV adaptation is currently streaming on iPlayer – and you know it’s always better to read the book first. Set in Dublin, the book follows Marianne and Connell as they navigate the ups and downs of first love through school and university, perfectly capturing the realities of intimacy and power in relationships.
An Unremarkable Body
Though Elisa Lodato’s debut novel starts with Laura finding her mother Katharine dead at her home, it’s about Laura uncovering her mother’s life, the kind of woman that she really was and the truths behind their family dynamic, whilst navigating grief at her loss and the messiness of her own relationships. It’s fictional but the details are so well drawn that it often feels like a memoir, and it keeps you hooked right to the end.
Daisy Jones & The Six
Daisy Jones & The Six are a fictitious band in 70s LA. The book reads like an rockumentary, bouncing from the perspective of each character in and around the band with the powerful free-spirited enigma that is Daisy Jones at the forefront of this story. It is rock & roll, led by women and fulled on sex, drugs and superstardom. Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, this account feels like a true story and you’ll be fully immersed in their world as it all starts to spiral out of control.
If Armando Iannucci’s brilliant adaptation of David Copperfield left you wanting more, then now is a brilliant time to get acquainted (or reacquainted!) with the Charles Dickens novel. It was Dickens’ favourite of all his novels, featuring some of his greatest characters such as James Steerforth and Mar Dick amongst many others. Despite some of the darker themes, it’s an uplifting read and the characters so well drawn that it’s a joy to spend time in their company. It’s the perfect escapism for these uncertain times, with plenty of laughs and tears along the way. Plus, large parts are set in London, and we love London don’t we!
Fleishman Is In Trouble
This is the debut novel from New York Times Magazine journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner and it’s a sharp and funny take on marriage, divorce and dating in the 21st century. The story follows New-York based doctor Toby Fleishman, who’s divorcing his wife Rachel, figuring out how to co-parent their two children and exploring the whole new world of online dating. It’s narrated in (mostly) the third person, by Toby’s friend Libby, so as the book progresses the perspectives of the women in his life come to the forefront, and you realise that everyone is struggling with something. And that marriage sounds like bloody hard work.
My Sister, the Serial Killer
This is probably the most entertaining book about a serial killer you’re likely to come across. Set in Lagos, the novel revolves around two sisters; Korede, a nurse, and Ayoola, the serial killer who’s just seen off her third boyfriend (in the name of self-defence, according to her anyway) by the time you join the story. From there author Oyinkan Braithwaite takes you on a journey through family drama, love triangles and the chaos of life in Lagos. It’s fast-paced and snappy, so if you want something funny and thrilling that won’t take you too long to finish, this is the book for you.