Reading has a significant number of benefits, and the main benefit for me is stress reduction. As we start the New Year in yet another national lockdown, reading distracts me from the reality of the COVID19 pandemic, keeps me in the present moment and is how I relax, every day. I love reading.
Reading in Lockdown
In 2020, with various government restrictions in place I read more than ever before, as a way to escape. I read a total of 67 books in 52 weeks. 2021 is shaping up to enable me to read a similar amount with no ‘end date’ on the current lockdown.
2021 Reading Challenge
This year, in addition to the prompts in the Popsugar reading challenge, I plan to continue the #ReadingWomen reading challenge, to read all of the past Women’s Prize for Fiction winners which was launched last year to celebrate their 25th anniversary. So far I have read 8 of the 25 winning books, 2 which I particularly enjoyed were ‘Small Island’ by Andrea Levy and ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver, 2004 and 2005 winners.
I plan to mix up my reading this year and begin to read the recommendations for my #40booksrecommendedby40friends which is also on my #40ThingsToDoBefore40 bucket list. I have had some great recommendations so far from many of my bookish friends. If you would like to recommend a book for me to add to this list, please drop a comment below.
My Reading Inspiration
I get a lot of my reading inspo from online celebrity book clubs – my favourite accounts to follow are Belletrist by Emma Roberts, Between Two Books by Florence & the Machine, Our Shared Shelf founded by Emma Watson, SJP picks by Sarah Jessica Parker and Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. Another Instagram account I love to follow is booksthatmatteruk a feminist book subscription box company. They have some great monthly themes and collaborate with some amazing suppliers.
Books on my ‘to be read’ list that I am looking forward to reading this year are Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, the 2020 winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, Transcendant Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi and Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart winner of the 2020 Booker Prize.
Happy Reading x