Hello and welcome back to this week’s Wednesday Wellness Guide.
This week is all about books. I absolutely love reading. It’s the ultimate escape and can transport you far from your worries, if only for a while. I’ve enlisted the help of contributing editor Fiona (who gave us the amazing TV recommendations a couple of weeks ago), to bring us a fabulous selection of her favourite books. There is a whole range here, from gripping thrillers and mysteries to a beautiful story that was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – A beautiful and sometimes upsetting story set in the Deep South. The story follows two timelines that slowly intertwine.
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips – A really well written book set on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka in the wake of the disappearance of two girls.
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal – Gripping but unsettling story about a girl who wants to be an artist during the time of the Great Exhibition in London and the creepy guy who’s obsessed with her.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – Fantastic book set in Ireland around an 11 year old girl who has stopped eating but appears alive and well. So atmospheric, I loved this one.
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue – The author is amazing because this is so different to The Wonder but just as good – it’s set in San Francisco in 1876 around a murder mystery and it’s fab.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – Hardly a hidden gem as everyone is reading it but this is such a clever story about a lady who doesn’t fit in.
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood – Similar but different to Eleanor Oliphant! Another outside, Susan, whose life all starts to change when her mother dies.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Completely different to anything I have ever read – following what happens to a woman who has been condemned to death in Iceland in 1829. Based on real events.
The Binding by Bridget Collins – This is a really different and magical book – a good bit of escapism if you’re looking for some!