There’s nothing better than a good book to escape your reality, especially during these winter months in lockdown. These four escapist books were a welcome distraction and ones I highly recommend to you!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins
I absolutely adored this book. Although a fictional story, the characters feel so real. You can’t help fall in love with their captivating and complex lives. The story follows Evelyn through her life as an actress and her many husbands along the way. Her life is filled with trials and tribulations, love and loss, mistakes and redemption. Her character is not necessarily likeable, yet you can’t help but love her. I was sad to finish the book, but the word on the street is it’s being adapted for TV.
Death on the Nile
by Agatha Christie
What’s better than an exotic murder mystery? Transport yourself to a luxurious cruise on the Nile where everyone becomes a murder suspect. A complex mystery where no one is who they appear to be and they are all trapped together on the ship. Read it ahead of the 2021 release of its movie adaptation.
by Dolly Alderton
Yet another novel about a millennial struggling to navigate the shifting dating and friendship landscape. Topics covered are ageing parents, revised life expectations and loss of friendships when priorities and life trajectories no longer align. Every now and then I crave a book just like this and Dolly did not disappoint me. I have been a fan of hers for several years having read her autobiography Everything I Know About Love and listening to her podcast The High Low. Ghosts is an ideal easy read that will have you laughing and maybe sometimes crying in the best ways.
The Thursday Murder Club
By Richard Osman
Few books will make you laugh and gasp within the same page as much as this one.
The story manages to charm and delight while delivering a story full of smart twists and turns. Follow Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim – four friends who live in a quiet retirement community. They have a weekly get together, The Thursday Murder Club, where they try to solve old murder cases. When a body is found nearby, the eighty years olds find themselves in their first live case and hope to catch the killer.
I would love to know your favourite books that have helped you escape this year. Please leave your reccomendations in the comments below. There’s never been a more needed time than now to add more escapist books to my collection!