Our favourite books to read in lockdown

Last month I wrote about how books are good for your mental health. This month, I am hoping to give you some inspiration of books to read while in lockdown. Restrictions are easing, but there are still many people stuck at home for different reasons and books are most definitely your friend when you’re stuck indoors. For me, I have stuck to really light reading in lockdown, finding that my brain needed escapism from what is going on in the outside world. Romance and Fantasy books have most definitely been my favourites. If you’re looking for some light reading, a while ago I compiled a list of Poolside Reads a while ago, you may not make it to the pool, but maybe the paddling pool will suffice?

For a little inspiration and maybe a couple of reading friends, The Reading Residence is running a book read-a-long for July and you can join in and read The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan. 

I asked my Twitter feed to come up with some recommendations of books that they would recommend you read during lockdown and this is what they came up with.

Books for Lockdown

Mumsiness on Twitter recommends Ryszard Kapuscinsk, Travels with Herodotus – travel writing mixed with history – it transported her away to other countries and other times, so quite an escape from the challenging here and now.

Smelly Socks and Garden Peas says that she is working her way through the Joy Ellis series with Jackman and Evans, having finished the Murder on the Fens series a few weeks ago. She finds that they are always a good giggle to read something set in places you know, even if their names are changed.

Cerys from Rainy Day Mum says she is rediscovering a lot of teen and tween fiction. Four favourites she has recommended are The Strange Worlds Travel Agency by L. D. Lapinski, The Adventurers and the Temple of Treasure by Jemma Hatt, Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans and SeaBean the Trilogy by Sarah Holding. 

Three in the House recommends Sex Power Money by Sarah Pascoe, and Amy from ABC Family puts The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern as her must read. 

Emma from Once Angels Fall says that anything by Stephen King is amazing (just finished The Outsider, which has been made into a TV series on HBO). But she also read We Can See You by Simon Kernick recently and loved it.

If lockdown home schooling has made you think that you might want to do it full time. Jo from Easy Parenting suggest that Ross Mountney’s book Learning Without School is a good place to start. 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is a very important matter at the front of everyone’s minds at the moment. Do check out the BritMums Tick Tock, on 5 books to read about to read about racism.


5 books which bring up racism in different ways that my family loves❤️ #racism #standtogether #family #books #momsoftiktok #endracism #mumsoftiktok

♬ Level Up – Ciara

Both Munchies and Munchkins and Kathryn Knowles on Twitter are currently reading Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, to try and educate themselves. 

Tinuke Bernard has a fantastic list on her blog of 26 books to leave you inspired in lockdown. There are some books I have read – Beloved by Toni Morrison being one of them, but a few to be added to my reading list. 

Happy reading and I hope there was a little inspiration in there for you. 


Other BritMums Reading lists


20 of our favourite books to read in lockdown!

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About Laura Summers

Laura is a Mum of three, as well as a freelance writer and blogger at Laura’s Lovely Blog. A consummate bookworm, she thanks the Gods of invention for the eReaders because she can now hide just how many books she’s buying. A bit of a magpie, Laura has a bit of a handbag addiction and is lover of lovely things. She also writes about gratitude and positivity, as well as life as a Mum of three. You can find her on Twitter @laurasummers or Instagram @laura_summers.


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