During the months of Lockdown, many people found distraction through the pages of a book (or an eBook or the sounds of an eAudio title). According to a report, two-fifths of UK adults read more and, although some struggled to become immersed in novels and non-fiction books, reading was a popular activity. For many people, it meant that they could escape into a different world, finally have time to work through their ‘To Be Read’ piles or it meant finding new authors to explore. Reading helped feed the imagination, supported mental well being and it’s the perfect rainy day activity if the weather isn’t too great.

As we’re sure many of you experienced, the books we have been reading lately have been both distraction and entertainment and for today’s blog, Gemma from Warwick Library explores the what and why of the titles she’s been reading lately.

Like many things during these strange few months, I have gone through phases with reading. I’ve swayed from wanting to read something fluffy and comforting, to something that will take me to a completely different world to get lost in or even craving a psychological thriller where the situation is worse than the one we are currently in! So I decided to keep a ‘lockdown reading log’ as I was reading so much more than I would normally have time for.

They say you turn to something you find comforting in uncertain times and for me that has definitely been books. Which I guess you would expect from a library staff member! Up to this point, I’ve read/listened to 18 books – some physical that I panic borrowed from the library just before lockdown, some I’ve reserved online through ‘Click & Collect’ and some I have listened to as eAudio books on BorrowBox.

Here’s a selection of my favourites which I would thoroughly recommend. A mixture of adult fiction genres and children’s fiction too (a good book is a good book for everyone, no matter what the original recommended age, in my opinion).

‘The Guest List’ by Lucy Foley (eBook, physical copies)

HCU_01753895_M_HCU_01753895_COVER_LARGEA brilliant whodunnit where you don’t know which of the wedding party is killed or is the killer until the last few chapters. Such a good twist that meant neither myself nor my two colleagues who also read this during lockdown guessed either correctly.


‘The Flat Share’ by Beth O’Leary (eAudio, physical copies)

BOL_070383_M_BOL_204877_COVER_LARGEA heartwarming but slightly unusual love story. I absolutely loved the main characters, even more than my previous favourite character in a book – Louisa Clark from Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’ series. Tiffy and Leon instantly became my book friends.


‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens (eAudio, physical copies)

9781472154668A story of resilience, love, prejudice and strength. Gentle in pace which allows the vivid characters to take centre stage.

There is a reason this is on a lot of book lists. I loved this book with all my heart.


‘Queenie’ by Candice Carty-Williams (eAudio, physical copies)

BOL_071125_M_BOL_218416_COVER_LARGEA bit dark and graphic at the beginning but soon gets to the heart of the main character. She is, at times, hilarious stumbling through a breakup and we feel for her as we read about a wobble in her confidence and the impact on her mental health.

A story that will resonate in some way with most woman in their 20s/30s.


‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell (eAudio, eBook, physical copies)

BLM_01278601_M_BLM_01278601_COVER_LARGEA brilliant children’s adventure story. Engaging, exciting, with such clear imagery of the Amazon through her descriptive writing.

A book that was a joy to race through!


Now to decide which book to read next? I fancy a thriller! ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides and ‘A Noise Downstairs’ by Linwood Barclay have both caught my eye. If you would recommend either, please let me know in the comments below.

Gemma from Warwick Library.


You can find out details about how to request books from our ‘Click and Collect’ libraries here. If you’re new to using BorrowBox, we have a ‘BorrowBox Basics‘ video and a ‘Tips & Tricks‘ video to make sure you’re making the most of our eBooks and eAudio titles. You can also get in touch by email if you need any further assistance with our digital resources – email libraryenquiryteam@warwickshire.gov.uk.