Best Books to Read this Month

Furloughed and bored? Or are you simply wanting to escape from the sh*t storm that is 2021? Saving your sanity, we’ve rounded up some of the best books to read this month. If you’re out of book recommendations, then we’re officially about to help you make the most of that government instructed (and non-negotiable) ‘you’ time. Whilst we’d much rather be drowning our sorrows over a Wetherspoons pitcher of Purple Rain, we’re having to settle with, well, rain. Bringing you the best non-fiction books for lovers of fact and a range of the best fiction books if you’re more of an escapist, we’ve got tons of great books for you to read this Jan. Find out what all the fuss is about when you cosy up to read best selling books or prepare to wow your brother-in-law when you reel off a list of your favourite classics when you read the best books of all times. So what are you waiting for? Check out our round up of the best books to read this month!

Best Selling Books

Are we wrong to suggest that your key to lapping up the best literary works lies within the ‘best selling books’ section? Whether you agree or not, it’s certainly a good place for budding bookworms to start.

Whilst you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, this contemporary must-read is as colourful as its vibrant design. Following the lives of twelve Black British women as they navigate through the struggles of their lives, this book pays homage to modern Britain. Hilarious, heartbreaking and relentlessly thought provoking, this the ultimate way to start the New Year.

Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Escape to the lonely world of Kya Clark. After living her life on the Marsh, Kya becomes entangled in a web of misfortune. When a handsome towns person is found dead, the ‘Marsh Girl’ becomes a point of inquiry. Stunningly sensational, it’s fair to say there’s never quite been a book like it.

Best Books of All Time

With people taking to some of the best books ever to break free from the mindless monotony of lockdown, there has truly never been a better time to revisit the classics you probably fell asleep through in school. Whilst you’d probably rather watch the likes of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, there are some books we don’t recommend you turning your back on so soon.

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Reader, I married him. A total masterpiece for anyone looking to become enraptured by one of the most popular literary writers, Jane Eyre is up there with the best books of all time. Following the story of our unfortunate heroine, Jane Eyre faces a series of struggles throughout her life. From orphan to governess, she must overcome a number of class, gender and social struggles. Entertaining to the very last page, there’s a reason this is on our list of book recommendations.

The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

If you’ve spent lockdown catching up on all seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, why not have a go at reading the novel? As one of the best fantasy books of its kind, this dystopian novel provides insight into the gruesome reality of Gilead. Proving that lockdown isn’t so bad after all, this iconic novel should definitely be on this month’s reading list. 

Best Non-Fiction Books

Whether you want to feel empowered by the likes of Florence Given or are taking the time to work on your mental health - go, you! - we’ve selected the best non fiction books for you to read this month.

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty - Florence Given

Empower yourself with one of the most instructional and informative feminist books of our era. This collection of passionate prose reminds us of the unrivalled power we as womxn have. With stunning illustrations, prints, quotes and more, this is definitely one of the best feminist books for you and your girlfriends to read. Thank you, next.

Speak Your Truth - Fearne Cotton

New Year, New You? Whilst you don’t need another 365 days around the sun to remind you that you’re an absolute bad b*tch - nor that you need to change - there’s no denying that 2020 provided us with enough food for thought to last a lifetime. So if you are looking to manifest your best self, Fearne Cotton’s Speak Your Truth is about to have you feeling all the feels. Promoting you towards finding your voice in the midst of thousands, if you loved her podcast, then this book is for you.

Best Fiction Books

Wanting to stick with more safe options you're guaranteed to like? Transport yourself to a world of your own with some of the best fiction books on our bookshelf.

The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2020, there’s a reason this book is considered one of our favourite new(ish) books to read. Following the protagonist's journey of self-reflection, we are also forced to come face-to-face with our own life choices. A true exploration of the endless possibilities of life, expect to experience your own lightbulb moment with this novel.

Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams

If you’re looking for something a little more light-hearted, then Candice Carty-Williams's book is about to provide you with all the lols. Deeply honest, funny and warm, this book confronts issues such as race, consent and more as well as captures the power of The Corgis (A.K.A. our inner circle). It is the tonic you need right now.

Decided on which book you’ll read? Now you’ve got your complete list of book recommendations (you’re welcome), why not hunker down in style? Shop everything from loungewear, co-ord setshoodies and sweatshirts, perfect for getting you through lockdown. With an endless supply of tea (or coffee) you can be sure to start your january off right with our roundup of the best books to read this month.

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