Discover the books that all of us at Team Bookends will be reading to seek comfort in these strange times. From childhood favourites to nostalgic classics, hopefully you will find some comfort in these novels too.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman – Hannah’s pick
Tin Man by Sarah Winman is a favourite of mine – it’s short and all-consuming, and the first time I read it was in one sitting, poolside in Spain. I return to it every six months or so and the summer scenes in France transport me back to the sunshine. This is tender and heartbreaking and a real comfort read for me. If you haven’t read it yet, I HIGHLY recommend.
Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon – Laura’s pick
One of my favourite feel-good, go-to reads is Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon, I first read this years ago and have gone back to it numerous times since. It’s a very what seems like a ‘dream scenario’ storyline that’s then compounded by lots of up’s and down’s – I found it completely consuming. Meg the protagonist is very realistic and relatable with Johnny being a gorgeous but tortured soul that every woman would want to help fix. I remember finishing it and wanting more, luckily there is with Baby Be Mine – lose yourself in idyllic locations such as L.A. and South of France with this fab series!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – Ellie’s pick
What better way to inject some much needed nostalgia and comfort into your life than to re-read the Harry Potter series for the zillionth time?! Each time I pick up this series again, they take me back to reading them for the first time as a child. They were the ‘biggest’ books I had ever read up until that point, so reading them always makes me feel a real sense of accomplishment (even now as an adult). I will happily escape reality to the wizarding world of Hogwarts with these classics.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Lipfon’s pick
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loved this book when I was younger. It’s got all the ingredients for a perfect children’s books – it’s adventurous with mystical and enchanting elements and entirely heartwarming. I was completely captivated by the beautiful descriptions of the garden as a child and always wished I had a garden just like it. The perfect book remedy for when you’re feeling down!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Lucie’s pick
One of my go – to reads is Jane Eyre. It’s pure escapism into a completely different place and time. On the surface Jane seems like a character where a lot of things go against her but through sheer determination she carves out what she wants from her own life. I feel like there’s another layer to the story every time I re-read it from gothic horror to the politics of marriage at the time, to the class system and women’s independence.