As some of us have a bit of extra time on our hands, I thought I'd post some of the books I have been re-reading. I am an avid re-reader. If I like something I tend to revisit it constantly for years and years and end up practically being able to recite it. I read very fast and at school whenever a book like Harry Potter came out that eeeeeveryone was reading I would finish it before anybody else and then had to sit on all the spoilers. So I'd simply read it again and again until some others caught up and I could finally talk about it. It means that I have a small library of old favourites that I use almost like a comfort blanket. Whenever I need a bit of an escape I'll sink into that particular world that is cosy and familiar to me.
If you are wondering what to read during lockdown, these four books are at the very top of my list and I hope you might enjoy them as much as I still do. This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you click through and buy something off my recommendation I make a small commission but it doesn't cost you a penny extra as comes from the retailer.
What to read during lockdown
The Count of Montecristo by Alexandre Dumas
My number one favourite book of all time. The story of Edmund Dantes and his journey from simple fisherman in Marseille to doomed prisoner in the Chateau D'If before he emerges as the most powerful (and vengeful) man in Parisian society. I have read this book thousands of times, in several different translations from the original French. I have been working idly on a screenplay for it for around 6 years and may, one day, finish it. My reason being that none of the existing adaptations have, in my mind, done it justice and therefore I had better do it myself.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the second world war, this novel is at times hilariously funny and a stark reminder of the horrors of the time. I studied this book at school and it became one of my all time favourites.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The tale of a prison escapee who finds himself in the slums of India and in doing so, finds himself. A magical book that, similarly to Captain Corelli, sets the scene so well you can almost smell the action taking place around you. You'll read it and immediately want to go to India.
Roald Dahl Kiss Kiss
Don't fancy reading a full book? This is a collection of 11 short stories and they are very, very different from what you'd expect from this world renowned children’s writer. They are twisted and dark and deliciously wicked and will probably keep you up at night. But also so fun.
So! I hope this has helped you decide what to read during lockdown, if you have any other recommendations please let me know in the comments I'd love to hear them!