Losing yourself in a great novel is one of the small joys of life and with time spent at home, reading is now more than ever one of the most blissful ways to spend our days in solitude, with a good cup of tea. Keep scrolling to see some of the books we’ve been reading while in isolation from some of our favourite Newmarket book stores.
During lockdown, I’ve made it my mission to become a proud plant parent with no excuses for my often neglected house plants. This book is a beginner friendly guide which breaks down all the basics of caring for plants, from stem cutting, off sets, to self-watering DIY plant pots.
A confronting novel, My Dark Vanessa explores the complexities between harm, consent and power within a relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher.
If you’re looking to get your head into a lengthy book series, The Seven Sisters is a romantic and evoking series which follows the lives of seven adopted sisters, loosely based on the mythology of the star constellation known as the Pleiades. After their father’s sudden death the sisters gather together at their childhood home, a secluded mansion on the shores of Lake Geneva. There they learn about their father’s legacy and find clues that will allow them discover their ancestral origins.
If you’ve been lucky enough to track down some flour amidst the Auckland shortage, enjoying the comforts of at-home baking has become an almost daily ritual that we look forward to come morning or afternoon. The indulgent chocolate cake recipe is a firm favourite.
This heart-warming tale of hope and courage is based on years of interviews conducted with holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist, Lale Sokolov. It is a confronting, moving and unforgettable story, which showcases the power of love amidst the darkest human conditions.
Coffee table books are a simple joy which not only look beautiful in the home but provide inspiration and are filled with creativity. This volume chronicles the rise of the fashion house Chloé – if you’re someone who judges a book by its cover, this is definitely the book for you.
Into the Fire is a gripping thriller which follows the life of Evan Smoak, taken from an orphanage at the age of 12, and placed in a government program where he is trained to be an assassin. As the fifth book in Hurwitz’s Orphan X series, it was one that I found hard to put down from start to finish.