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…
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty
The debut book Women Don’t Owe You Pretty from Insta sensation Florence Given dives into a heap of topics ranging from feminism to racism to self-love. If you’re looking to challenge your own ideals and really think about “the out-dated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy” it is 100% worth a read. Ultimately this is a feminist book aimed at women but Florence thinks (and we agree) that everyone could learn a thing or two about society and its standards.
Accidentally Wes Anderson
If you haven’t seen the Instagram page @accidentallywesanderson then get on it asap. It’s a curated collection of images based on the director’s ethos of aesthetically-pleasing symmetry and pastel-coloured perfection. This new book, also titled Accidentally Wes Anderson, is created by the page’s owner Wally Koval and displays the crème de la crème of the lot alongside charming descriptions about the places included. Basically if you want to look more cultured and well-travelled, add this to your coffee table collection.
The Mirror & the Light
The Mirror & the Light is the long-awaited third trilogy in the Wolf Hall series by Hilary Mantel. It’s set within 16th century England and follows the story of Thomas Cromwell and the part he plays in the life of Henry VIII. With an eight-year gap between the second instalment, where does Thomas now find himself after helping overthrow two queens and settling himself into the role of king’s confidante? It’s a whopper, coming in at almost 900 pages so if you start now you might finish it by the time we come out of lockdown.
After the bestselling memoir Everything I Know About Love, Dolly Alderton has turned her hand to fiction with her debut novel Ghosts. She doesn’t stray too far from the same subject matter – the novel follows food writer Nina Dean as she navigates a new relationship, changing friendships and a dad who is slipping into dementia. It’s funny, poignant and extremely relatable depiction of what it means to be a thirty-something woman living and dating in London.
Lockdown may give you more time to read but the world’s gone mad so no one would blame you for not actually being able to concentrate on a book for very long. That’s where short stories come in very handy and Fresh Complaint, a collection by Jefferey Eugenides (who also wrote Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides), is one of the best we’ve ever read. From a traveller searching for enlightenment to a woman taking reproduction into her own hands, the stories are totally compelling and can be finished in a flash too.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race
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.