My Lockdown Reading

16th June 2020 No Comments

One of the sheer joys of this lockdown period for me has been the opportunity to read more. I don’t know about you, but I spend an awful lot of time rushing about taking various children to various locations alongside working full time and running the household. I really struggle to find the time to read books of my choosing, so its been a real indulgence.

I must admit the amount of time I have to read was assisted by an enforced period of sitting down which was resultant of tripping over and doing something horrific to my ankle, but less said about that the better. I’ve also been really determined to not spend time reading the news, I think this must have given me an hour (usually at about 5:30 am) every day and something which I am trying hard to keep up. You’d be surprised at how much time adds up just scrolling Facebook and the newspaper websites.

I always think that reading can be justified, not just for personal pleasure but also as setting an example for your children. The more they see you read, the more they are likely to do so themselves. So, no excuses!

I’ve managed to read several novels, biographies and a lot of books about science and nature. Its going to be a long blog post if I review everything i’ve read (and I’ve really read a lot and fairly widely) but I thought it was worth just mentioning the names of the books i’ve particularly enjoyed, i’ve love to hear your recommendations


Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Lanny by Max Porter

The other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glenn

Jump by Jilly Cooper

The Collector by John Fowles

Science and Nature Writing

Underland by Robert MacFarlane

The Running Hare by John Lewis-Stempel

A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson


The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury

You’ll find these books in all the usual places, but I’ve been using my local library which has a digital library and also Blackwells who offer free postage and are often cheaper than the Amazon.

Claire Walsh

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