The book box club
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
I've made myself a little book box. It sits on my bedroom floor, full of books I want to read next. Before this I had books shoved into the bookshelf as well as piles of books on the floor. I forgot which books I had to read, and where to find the one I wanted to read next. So I took a leaf out of Deb's book (pun intended 😉) and made a book box. I included a mix of fictional and non-fictional books, and only put in ones that I actually want to read.
I thought that in this time of isolation there might be a lot of us thinking about picking up a book, so I thought I'd share some great books that I've recently read as well as some that I've got in my box. So whether you have a box or not, why not pick a book and join the club!
The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Christy Lefteri
£6.99 at Waterstones
"Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written,The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling."
I read this on holiday last summer and it's absolutely beautiful. I couldn't put it down. I'd definitely recommend it - especially during our current situation when it can be hard to see beyond our immediate problems.
The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker
£6.99 at Waterstones
"Wrestling the epic drama of the Trojan War away from its usual male-centric gaze,The Silence of the Girlsseeks out the other story, the women’s story, charting the journey of a sometime-queen across the chaos of history, seeking freedom and the right to be author of her own story."
Another of my holiday reads. This novel takes the very well known story of the Trojan wars, and retells it from a female perspective. For all you feminists out there this one is for you! It's absolutely excellent.
The Labyrinth of the Spirits, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
£8.99 at Waterstones
"The Labyrinth of the Spirits is an electrifying tale of passion, intrigue and adventure. Within its haunting pages Carlos Ruiz Zafon masterfully weaves together plots and subplots in an intricate and intensely imagined homage to books, the art of storytelling and that magical bridge between literature and our lives."
I haven't read this one yet. It's the final book in his Cemetery of Books series (click here for book 1). I think I may have to find a recap online as it's been so long since I read the rest of the series! All I remember is that I loved them.
This is Not a Drill, Extinction Rebellion
£7.99 at Waterstones
"It's time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate and ecological emergency. Our last chance to save the world as we know it. Now or never, we need to be radical. We need to rise up. And we need to rebel."
Now I don't agree with everything Extinction Rebellion has done, however they do have something important to teach us.
This really isn's a drill - there's no practice run with climate change (although COVID-19 might be giving us a glimpse). I'm planning on reading their book when I need a bit of encouragement to act!
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, Greta Thunberg
£11.99 at Waterstones
"Calling out disinterested statesmen and marshalling compelling scientific evidence to reinforce her arguments, Greta’s heartfelt speeches frame one of the most significant themes of the twenty-first century so far."
A longer copy than the original print version. From a solitary protest to school strikes across the world, Greta has inspired a global movement. The great thing about Greta is that she doesn't have ulterior, adult motives. But a simple, pure drive to see people act.
This changes everything, Naomi Klein
£12.99 at Waterstones
"Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon - it's about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better."
This book is a few years old now, but that hasn't stopped it being one of the most recommended books on climate change. Naomi Klein is known for era defining books - she's written about globalisation and austerity, and now climate change.
Christian (I don't often talk about faith on this blog, but I thought I'd share some of the Christian books in my box in case anyone wants to read them).
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer
£14.99 at Waterstones
"Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness as a root of much evil. Within the pages of this book, you'll find a compelling emotional and spiritual case against hurry and in favour of a slower, simpler way of life."
This is one I am really looking forward to getting into. Despite being on lockdown, our lives can still feel full and busy. They might be busy in a different way now but nonetheless, still busy. So I am looking forward to seeing the suggestions this book gives for slowing down.
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
£7.49 at Waterstones
"The book brings together C.S. Lewis's legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to 'explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times'."
I read this over the Christmas holidays and it really is excellent. C.S. Lewis strips Christianity back to the basics. It's a really helpful read whether you've been a Christian all your life, or 5 minutes, or don't believe at all.
A lot of us 'save' reading for the summer or Christmas holidays. But in this time of lockdown and isolation, why not pick up a book? Escape to another world or learn more about this one, the choice is yours.
P.S. I'll be adding to this blog regularly. Also, please send me your book suggestions!