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39+ Books to Read During Lockdown

If lockdown has taught me anything it’s that reading should be higher up my priority list. Usually I only ever read when I am on holiday lying on a sunbed, or I’ve accidentally found 20 minutes spare time to lie in bed before going to sleep.

Over the years I’ve written many guides of recommend books, but during lockdown period I thought it was the perfect time to bring all those guides together in to one blog post.

So I’ve put together the ultimate list of books to read during lockdown, and the list includes books under the topics of health, wellbeing, travel, #girlboss and fiction.

And let me know your favourites too… just drop them in the comments or send to me on Instagram and I will include on this list and credit you. 

Books to Read During Lockdown

39+ Books to Read During Lockdown

Travel 

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman

Rachel Friedman has always been the consummate good girl who does well in school and plays it safe, so the college grad surprises no one more than herself when, on a whim (and in an effort to escape impending life decisions), she buys a ticket to Ireland, a place she has never visited and forms an unlikely bond with a free-spirited Australian girl, a born adventurer who spurs Rachel on to a yearlong odyssey that takes her to three continents, fills her life with newfound friends, and gives birth to a previously unrealized passion for adventure.

Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian’s Guide to Traveling in Style – This month I bought the most ‘wanderful’ book from Abram and Chronicle. Wanderful is a stylish look book and travelogue for the adventurous and bohemian at heart. Follow in the footsteps of fashion maven Andi Eaton as she travels the United States to discover some of America’s most stylish destinations and the fashionable dreamers and wanderers who live there. Nine intimate and exciting road trip routes (some by the sea, some in the desert, and some in the forest) will make you feel that you’re traipsing the country with your best, and best-dressed, girlfriend. 

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

This isn’t a traditional travelogue, but rather a well researched and precisely articulated meditation on traveling through the world. In this field guide, Solnit bounds between topics to explore issues of place, wandering, being lost, and the way the distant horizon blurs blue into the sky, where future turns to present and past on the edge of the unknown.

A Place To Be by Lonely Planet

In search of exhilaration, reflection or fulfilment? Lonely Planet’s latest book reveals the best destinations to connect with your emotions. Each chapter in this unique book explores a single feeling, with 20 travel destinations and experiences for each emotion and state of mind. Places range from wild and natural spaces, to modern and ancient cities, with Lonely Planet’s expert travel writers explaining when to go and how to get there, and the best routes to discovering these feelings.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

I don’t need to introduce this book, or the next tbh, but anyway… At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State–and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

You’ve seen the film, now go and read the book…. “We’ve all dreamed of leaving our lives and intricate choices behind in pursuit of finding ourselves. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend a magical year deliciously exploring the culinary delicacies of Italy, slowly cultivating our Yoga practice in India and unexpectedly finding love in Bali? However, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is more than just a travelogue of these countries. It’s a manifesto of life, forgiveness, healing and love with three beautiful places serving as the backdrop for Elizabeth’s transformation.

The author compels readers to live and explore deeply; forgive others and self for past choices; and to relentlessly pursue happiness at all costs. She captures the impacts that travel has on so many of us: meeting of new cultures and peoples, challenging of our own comfort zones, testing our own ideas of what life means and how we fit into this great, big world of ours. This book will inspire you to not only find your happiness, but to continually make space for light to radiate through all areas of your life.” – Taylor Jolissaint

Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China: Volume 1

Sihpromatum (Sip-row-may-tum) is a memoir series of one family’s incredible four-year, 80 country backpacking adventure. The first installment, I Grew My Boobs in China, takes the reader through China and Mongolia. In 2005, 14-year-old Savannah Grace’s perfect world is shattered when her mother unexpectedly announces that she, her mother (45), brother (25) and sister (17) would soon embark on a trip around the world. This is a tale of feminine maturation – of Savannah’s metamorphosis from ingénue to woman-of-the-world. Nibbling roasted duck tongues in China and being stranded in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert are just two experiences that contribute to Savannah’s exploration of new cultures and to the process of adapting to the world around her. www.sihpromatum.com

Girls Who Travel by Nicole Trilivas

There are many reasons women shouldn’t travel alone. But as Kika Shores knows, there are many more reasons why they should. After all, most women want a lot more out of life than just having fun. Kika, for one, wants to experience the world. But ever since she returned from her yearlong backpacking tour, getting back on the road is all she wants. So when she’s offered a nannying job in London she’s thrilled at the prospect of going back overseas and getting paid for it. But as she’s about to discover, the most exhilarating adventures can happen when you stay in one place…

The New York Times: 36 Hours Europe 

Through ancient wonders, world capitals, and tiny places with infectious personalities, Europe packs some serious travel punches. With more than 50 countries across its length and breadth, the world’s second-smallest continent makes up for size with its intricate cultures and abundant charms, boasting artistic masterpieces and architectural marvels as much as natural splendour. This book offers 130 expert itineraries to reveal the continent’s brightest gems and best-kept secrets.

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson

It begins with this: “I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.” Then Davidson treks nearly 2,000 miles across hostile Australian desert over nine months. Besides brief periods with a National Geographic photographer and an Aboriginal guide, the journey was a solitary one, consisting of Davidson alone with four camels and a dog. An incredible book, sought from an experience she never knew was coming.

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist: The 500 Best Places on the Planet

This compilation of the 500 most unmissable sights and attractions in the world has been ranked by Lonely Planet’s global community of travel experts, so big name mega-sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal battle it out with lesser-known hidden gems for a prized place in the top 10, making this the only bucket list you’ll ever need. This definitive wish list of the best places to visit on earth is packed with insightful write-ups and inspiring photography to get you motivated to start ticking off your travel list. What’s your number 1?

The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt by Isabelle Eberhardt

Born in 1877, Isabelle Eberhardt had a short, but adventure-filled life (she passed away at only 27.) Moving to Algeria from her home in Geneva, Switzerland, Eberhardt spent almost the entirety of her brief adult life traveling across North Africa and throughout the Sahara Desert alone, dressed as a man. She wasn’t really fooling anybody though, and while immersed in an Islamic culture that suppressed women, Eberhardt smoked and drank and expressed her sexuality freely.

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Books to Read During Lockdown

39+ Books to Read During Lockdown

Healthy Eating 

I love cooking, I love food and I love world cuisine so it’s no surprise I have a large collection fo cookery books, but I have also added to my collection this past month with some health eating books. Some get relegated to the back of the kitchen cupboards but those listed below I am using on a weekly basis and taking pride of place on the kitchen work top!

eat smart by Niomi Smart

As you can see from the post it notes sticking out the top, I use this one a lot! I didn’t really know who Niomi was before I saw this book but I had heard great things about the recipes inside and her relationship with food. Niomi Smart’s passion is healthy food and this book compiles all of her favourite recipes into a cookbook to show you the smart way to eat. Niomi’s focuses on natural food, using everyday ingredients that will work wonders on your well-being. And all her recipes are simple to make and can fit into your daily life. The book covers breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, snacks, baked treats and drinks whether you want to wake up to a Tropical Smoothie Bowl, whip up a Roasted Fennel, Lentil and Fig Salad for lunch, and finish off the day with a Mauritian Curry with Coconut and Coriander Rice – you’ll be surprised just how delicious eating smart can be.

The Part-Time Vegetarian: Flexible Recipes to Go by Nicola Graimes

Whether for personal, practical or planetary reasons, more and more people are adopting a flexitarian diet that has less meat and fish, and is mostly vegetarian. In The Part-Time Vegetarian Nicola Graimes presents a collection of fresh new recipes, all vegetarian, but many with a Part-Time Option showing how to include meat or fish if you want. She explores a world of vegetarian flavours that will turn your expectations of meat-free eating around. Try Smoked Cheese Potato Cakes with Crispy Kale for the ultimate comfort food supper, or go for the variation of Salmon Potato Cakes as an indulgent weekend brunch. Or make the flavour-packed options of Lebanese Labneh Balls or Spiced Lamb Meatballs when entertaining vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests.

My Aromatic Kitchen by Kille Enna

With nine cook and lifestyle books to her name, Kille Enna has become an icon of simple organic elegance. In this cookbook she distills the lessons she’s learned from a life devoted to spices and herbs into timeless recipes that anyone can make. Enna’s message is straightforward: the tastiest most flavor-packed meals include fresh, high-quality ingredients, prepared simply by adding aromatic blends. Here she offers fifty recipes, each featuring a key ingredient combined with an aromatic blend of spices, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Inspired by the harvest from her own organic garden in southern Sweden, this book’s recipes range from the crisp, cool offerings of winter to the sultry, sensuous heat of summer. Using ingredients that are in season and widely available, Enna shows how combinations of spices and herbs can transform everyday foods into refined meals. In between recipes, Enna offers in-depth tips on everything from cast iron skillets to edible flowers. Bathed in the colorful radiance of Enna’s own photography and infused with her lifelong passion for nature and simple living, this is a cookbook that will appeal to the senses and that will remain an essential reference in kitchens everywhere.

A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend

A Beautiful Mess is one of the most popular DIY style blogs in the world, with more than 1 million readers. Co-creators (and sisters) Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson share their unique and approachable diet with fans and healthy eaters in this, their first cookbook. Their philosophy involves eating responsibly during the week—avoiding refined flours, sugars, alcohol, and dairy—and indulging on weekends. Vetted by nutritionists and divided into four parts (breakfast, meals, snacks and sweets, and drinks), each containing a weekday and weekend chapter.

The Blender Girl: Super-easy, Super-healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks-100 Gluten-free, Raw, and Vegan Recipes by Tess Masters

This book is brilliant and it is really helping me when I need a good ‘detox’ week! Tess Masters blends up great-tasting dishes that make it easy to eat well, detoxify, and rebalance. If you’re looking for healthy, convenient meals without all the processed stuff and sugar, look no further. Tess creates inspiring and tasty heartwarming plant-based recipes for every meal of the day that will keep your blender busy and your family happy and in good health. The Blender Girl is not just a collection of fruit smoothies – it s a gift of deliciously balanced recipes, power packed with information that adds a new twist to the old adage drink your solids and chew your liquids.

Leaner, Fitter, Stronger by Tom Exton and James Exton

This book is not a quick fix – it’s a new way of life. The boys behind Leaner, Fitter, Stronger teach you how to make a fit and healthy lifestyle work hard for you; how to have a career, see your friends, go out, have a family, drink, eat burgers and get in the best shape of your life (and stay that way!). With Max, Lloyd, James and Tom as your guides you’ll never feel tied down by a regime, like you can’t accept a drinks invitation or like you have to force down that poached chicken fillet that you’d rather swap for fries. Even Theo has been following this book, and loves the fun-inspired recipes and was happy to see men similar to him still enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

Bowls by Molly Watson

I eat everything out of a bowl so this book was always going to be a hit with me! Bowls are the new plates, featuring flavoursome combinations of nutritious grains, proteins, vegetables, a sauce, and something crunchy. It’s a casual, comforting, satisfying way to eat lunch or dinner and a delicious way to serve up healthy super foods and pro-biotics. What makes Bowls! different is that it offers a comprehensive strategy for tackling this fun new way to eat, including 26 full recipes perfect for bowls plus 90 recipes for mix-and-match components.

I Love My Slow Cooker by Beverley LeBlanc

Life is stressful enough without your having to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen making meals. Since my time is limited and work is stressful I often find eating healthy is hard so I invested in a slow cooker. Give yourself a well-deserved break instead and put your slow cooker to work. Once you’ve prepared the ingredients, this heaven-sent machine will do all the work for you. Stocks, soups and stews couldn’t be easier – and this book will also show you how to expand your repertoire and make imaginative recipes that will wow. I Love My Slow Cooker gives you more than 100 recipes for hearty soups and starters, tender meat, delicious poultry and fish courses, inspiring vegetarian dishes and divine desserts.

In The Mood for Healthy Food by Jo Pratt

The aim of this book is to get people cooking different things with the usual items they buy, adding a healthy element at the same time. Talking to friends and family and looking in her own shopping basket, Jo has realised that we all generally sleep-shop and we tend to be in a cooking rut. We can see how it happens – work, families, getting fit for our beach holidays, socialising and box sets all eat away at our time and we haven’t even mentioned cooking.

The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson is known for her visually stunning, healthy recipes dishes that are easy enough to prepare after a long day at work, yet impressive enough for a party. Her food has always been ideal for entertaining, but now Gleeson offers detailed guidance on hosting casual, yet thoughtful gatherings from start to finish from the decor and cocktails to the ideal food pairings. In this new book, more than 100 fresh, innovative vegetarian recipes are arranged in a series of artfully designed menus, tailored to specific occasions like a summer dinner party, a laid-back brunch or holiday cocktails. Lushly illustrated with hundreds of watercolour drawings and photographs, The Forest Feast Gatherings is an inspiring reference for anyone who wants to share good food with good friends in Erin s irresistible style and the perfect companion to the original.

Deliciously Stella by Bella Younger 

Deliciously Stella is the world’s latest Instafoodie to take the chia seed-eating yoga-pant-wearing health world by storm. Here she tells all on how to get that elusive glow without breaking sweat and shares the #cleaneating life hacks she swears by to achieve a #strongnotskinny look and a #blessed outlook on life. Deliciously Stella is not your average superfoodie; she would rather turn her pictures upside down than brave a headstand and she thinks that Fruit Pastilles are one of your five-a-day.

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Books to Read During Lockdown

39+ Books to Read During Lockdown

Wellbeing 

I’ve been on a journey (god I hate that phrase) but it’s true these past 12 months, from not being able to leave the house to go to work, to being able to manage a 9-5 job, and a blog on the side. As well, as living a pretty normal life… sort of.

Anyway here is my favourite wellbeing books that I have read over the past 12 months, and I can’t wait for you to read them too!

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do by by Sarah Knight

OK, so the longest title ever for a book but this title is amazing. Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It’s time to stop giving a f*ck. This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt–and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy. Buy this book now!

How To Stop Time

How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live. I absolutely loved reading this book this summer, and I really managed to connect to the character through his concept of time, and how depression and mental health can slow time down. This is a must read book!

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.

Ice Cream for Breakfast 

Laura has been an idol of mine for a long time! She speaks the truth, she’s open and I love everything this book stands for. The book looks at the surprising art of reconnecting with your inner child in order to make your adult life that little bit simpler. You can own your own home and want to build a blanket fort on a bad day. She really makes us ‘millenials’ feel better for still wanting to live out our inner childhood dreams. 

Give yourself permission to seek praise, ask for help, and have something soft snuggled against your face because you’re sad. You can pay your bills on time and still exclaim out loud when something is really f*cking cool, run a business and wear cat-covered thermals under your suit.

Calm

I have read this book time and time again. It is both a book, and a practical educational tool for managing your anxiety and mood. I tend to take this book with me when I fly, as it distracts me from the fear of flying. The book talks about how modern life is hectic and relentless: trains delayed, endless emails filling the inbox, kids squabbling before bedtime… There has never been a more important time to rediscover your pause button.

Calm is the book that will show you how to take back a little bit of peace, space and all-important calm. This book contains the simple tools, tricks and habits that will change the rest your life. It is a practical and pleasurable guide to twenty-first century mindfulness.

Mad Girl

I read this book this summer and I really connected with Bryony, and her journey. I thought I would struggle with this memoir, but after a few pages, and a chapter of two I couldn’t put it down. Her experiences throughout her life echoed with my own anxiety and OCD, and it felt so nice reading someone else experience. I even cried when I put the book down (PS. I was on the beach and was super embarrassed!) but I read stuff that I needed to hear for a long time.

This book is both hilarious, and raw. I love the way Bryony puts her whole self out there, and even talks about those weird and wonderful thoughts shes had over the years. She made me feel inspired with my own story. I’m excited to read more of her stuff – I’ve heard great things about The Wrong Knickers: A Decade Of Chaos.

The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, a Calmer You

This is a book about and for every anxious young woman – at home, in school or at work, in social situations or on their own – one that will benefit everyone from worried mums to stressed teens. I loved this book, and it helped me with my general anxiety!

Therapist Chloe Brotheridge has used the latest scientific research and her own personal experience to create a programme that has already helped thousands of women to overcome fear and stress. The Anxiety Solution will provide you with simple yet powerful practical tools to help you manage your symptoms and start feeling better every day.

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)

This book is amazing and by the end of it you’ll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialised adult. It is a mash up of essays, lists and artwork all there to inspire you in to living a better life. 

The chapters cover all aspects of life including: Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers, flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer, being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner, eating enough protein, assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars, going on adventures without starting to smell and how sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though.

How to be a grown-up

Have you ever felt lost, anxious, panicky about adulthood? Have you ever spent a hungover Sunday crying into a bowl of cereal? Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and felt nothing but green-eyed jealousy and evil thoughts? Yeh me too, like all my 20’s. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down! 

Daisy Buchanan has been there, done that and got the vajazzle. She dispenses all the emotional and practical advice you need to negotiate a difficult decade. Covering everything from how to become more successful and confident at work, how to feel pride in yourself without needing validation from others, how to turn rivals into mentors, and how to *really* enjoy spending time on your own, this is a warm, kind, funny voice in the dark saying “Honestly don’t worry, you’re doing your best and you’re amazing!”

Letters of Note by Shaun Usher

Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters. From Virginia Woolf’s heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression ‘OMG’ in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi’s appeal for calm to Hitler and Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

This book is a tale about following your dreams and is one of the most widely read books in recent history. The story follows a young shepherd boy travelling from Spain to Egypt after he has a dream telling him he needs to get to Egypt. Along the way, he meets interesting people, learns to follow his heart, to go with the flow, and to love, and discovers the meaning of life.

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Books to Read During Lockdown

39+ Books to Read During Lockdown

#GIRLBOSS

I love reading about inspirational women, and my bookshelf in the new house is filled with girlboss, girl power and inspiring books from an array of ladies from around the globe. Whether you are a current girl boss or a future one, we can all use that professional support from women who have achieved previously. (PS. If you know who the above is already, you are one step ahead!)

Some of these books inspire me, have got me through difficult times, or have educated me on a certain topic e.g. blogging, my career or being a woman. These books – and no, they’re not all written by women — keep me motivated, positive, and eager for more opportunities. Here are eight of my favourite books that every girl boss should have on her bookshelf.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

She had me at #GIRLBOSS the book, and then again with the TV series that recently aired on Netflix. How could this book not make anyone’s Must Read list? I had heard of Sophia before, but hadn’t really taken much notice, until someone recommended me her book. I am fascinated by her honest, and open nature, and how her love for something (vintage clothing) into a multi-million pound business. The book tells her story, and my god it is an interesting one! The New York Times dubbed her the “Cinderella of tech,” and it isn’t because she’s a technological genius– it’s because of her success with social media.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is the definition of a full-fledged lady boss. As of September 2014, she became the position of Chief Operating Office of Facebook before serving as the VP of Global Online Sales for a little company called Google. She’s an American technology executive, dedicated activist, and talented author who produced my absolute favourite memoir. She is a lady who exceeded expectations and went on to success, in an array of ways which didn’t include monetary value.

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney

Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.

#GirlCode: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba I am witnessing a phenomenon. It seems as though a growing group women entrepreneurs all around the world has discovered the secret to success and happiness in both their lives and careers. It’s almost as though there is a hidden, underground world of power playing females who have all cracked a magical code: they think positively, they support one another, and they truly believe they can have it all —and you can, too. This book will not teach you how to build a multimillion dollar business. It won’t teach you about systems or operational processes. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that’s what life and business is all about.

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

I’m a sucker for the female self-help/memoir. I’ve read them all and loved them almost as much as I love Bravo. I’ve meant to get to Arianna Huffington’s book for a while, at least it will be better than Lean In.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years, and her Eat Pray Love book inspired me to travel so thank you Liz. Now she digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

READ FULL LIST HERE

Other recommendations

  1. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
  2. How To Stop Time, Matt Haig
  3. I See You, Clare Mackintosh
  4. Chasing the Sun, Katy Colins
  5. An Almond for a Parrot, Wray Delaney
  6. This Must Be The Place, Maggie O’Farrell
  7. Hunger, Roxanne Gay
  8. H (a)ppy, Nicola Barker
  9. The Power, Naomi Alderman
  10. Show Me A Mountain, Kerry Young

 

Did you like my list of 39+ Books to Read During Lockdown? Which books are you going to read whilst in self-isolation?

 


 

My Travel Tips and Recommendations

Flights

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Accommodation

For accommodation, I usually book most of my hotels or hostels through Booking.com. I love using this platform as it provides me with some amazing deals for accommodation all around the world. Or if you prefer, I also recommend using Airbnb. If you haven’t signed up with Airbnb already, you can use this link to get £25 off your first visit!

Photography and Technology

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Travel Insurance

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