July 01, 2020

5 Great Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

We’ve always been bibliophiles at heart and enjoy nothing more than a captivating page turner. So, we’ve rounded up our five current favourites that are so addictive you’ll have to actively tell yourself to stop reading them because it’s suddenly 1 a.m. and you have to get some sleep in order to be a fully functioning adult in the morning #happyreading 

Such a Fun Age 

Kiley Reid 

When Emira Tucker, a 25-year old black women, is apprehended at an affluent supermarket for 'kidnapping' Briar, a white child she's actually babysitting, it sets off an confronting chain of events that lays bare issues of race and class in contemporary America. Her employer Alix Chamberlain, a feminist blogger with a 'personal brand' resolves to not only make things right but become supremely ‘woke’ in the process. But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix's desire to help. When she meets someone from Alix's past, the two women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know – about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege. 

Normal People 

Sally Rooney 

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is a popular, handsome and highly intelligent teenager while Marianne is an intimidating yet equally intelligent loner, whose mother employs his mother as a cleaner. But when the two strike up a conversation - awkward but electrifying - something truly life-changing begins. The pair weave in and out of each other's lives throughout the years, developing an intense bond born from mutual fascination, friendship and love.Normal People is essential reading before jumping into the TV adaptation now streaming on Stan. 

Everything I Know About Love 

Dolly Alderton

When it comes to the trials and triumphs that come with adult-ing, journalist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir,Everything I Know About Love, she vividly recounts wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party (oh my Maggie May!) getting drunk, getting dumped and of course falling in love. Glittering, with wit and insight, heart and humour, this is a book about the struggles of becoming a fully fledged grown up in all its hopeful uncertainty and grubby glory. 

My Dark Vanessa 

Kate Elizabeth Russel 

Hailed by Stephen King as ‘A package of dynamite,’My Dark Vanessa tracks the eponymous narrator's affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic English teacher, which began in 2000, when she was 15 and he was 42, and her reluctant recognition 17 years later of the devastation it has wrought on her life. When Strane is accused of abuse by another former student in the midst of the #MeToo movement, Vanessa must reconsider everything she previously thought about their ‘mutal love.’ 

Work from Wherever 

Lisa Messenger 

Whether an aspiring digital nomad, a budding businessperson or someone who has only recently found themselves working from home for the first time thanks to Covid-19, Lisa Messenger’sWork from Wherever is a must-read. Filled with tips, tricks and anecdotes from both her own experience and remote workplaces from around the world,Work from Wherever is a comprehensive guide that will inspire you to think beyond the boundaries of the traditional office confinements.