Keep calm and keep reading

My Top Five Comfort Reads

Keep calm and keep reading



We’re staying at home and we’re staying safe. However, that can be a really hard time for some of us. Thankfully, reading books is a surefire way to pass the time and provide distraction. I think Nora Ephron summed it up best:


Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.

— Nora Ephron

We’re currently called upon to be heroes of the Pyjama Resistance. And so now is the time to read on.

And read on, we shall.

However, the mantra of ‘keep calm and keep reading’ isn’t the easiest thing to manifest into reality. So, here’s a little help. My list of comforting reads that help pass the time, remove you from reality and offer a little balm for hurting hearts.

You know what would be amazing? If you would leave me a comment on this post if there’s a book you think should be here, but isn’t.

My personal hope is no matter what you read, you can cozy up and retreat for a while.



Anne of Green Gables




This book tops my list any time of year, but nowadays, it really deserves its place.

A heroine for the modern age as much as the time she was conjured up in L.M. Montgomery’s mind, Anne is an antidote for a world that is sorely lacking imagination. She’s the little orphan who stole our hearts as she reckons with finding a place for her passionate heart, while she’s asked to know her place in society.

Bonus link: Audible have released a free edition of an audio version of Anne of Green Gables, narrated by the gorgeous Rachel McAdams.



A Gentleman in Moscow




A charming, witty tale of how to live with panache when your whole world is suddenly shrunken to a single building. This is a gorgeous book that takes you to Russia at the turn of the revolution, while you’re living in a changing world. Read my longer review here.



To Bless the Space Between Us




If you’re yet to meet the late John O’Donohue in bookform, may I humbly suggest do it now.

O’Donohue was an Irish poet, teacher, priest and philosopher and spent much of his career writing essays and blessings to help readers through not only the extraordinary times in their lives, but also the everyday.

This is a book of poetry and spiritual awakening, and it isn’t just for those who have a faith. There is encouragement and wisdom and blessing, which O’Donohue explains as a “way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed’“.



The Hidden Life of Trees




While we’re asked to practice distant socialising, did you know that trees are keeping up their incredibly close social lives as we speak?

That’s one of the most amazing discoveries I learnt when reading this fascinating book. Author Peter Wohlleben brings us science in a digestible form.

We learn about tree parents and tree children;, how trees support and communicate and even care for their leafy neighbours; even how they warn others of danger.

Your nature walks are never going to be the same!



The Shadow of the Wind




An adventure filled with mystery, the beauty of Barcelona and a love of literature. This will take you far away from modern woes to Spain, 1945.

So many people give this book 5 stars and it’s easy to see why. Along with a story that takes twists and turns with satisfying punch, its original Spanish writing has been translated into English which edges closer to poetry than anything else.

Beautifully written and heart-stirring, I guarantee you’ll love this book.

These are but five of my suggestions for reading during a difficult time. Please leave your suggestions below in the comments, as I’m sure there are countless more to share.

Happy reading, friends.

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