The books getting me through lockdown 3.0 (Part Two)
Books really have been the saviour of this lockdown for me, not going to lie. A little while ago a friend of mine stumbled across something during a walk that truly excited my word-loving heart: a book swap stand. Now, you just know that I've been there many times (equipped with hand sanitizer and antibacterial surface wipes for the books).
Here are four more books, in addition to the ones in my previous article, which lockdown 3.0 has led me to enjoy.
1) The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (2000)
Like a large portion of the world, I binged and absolutely adored Netflix's 'Bridgerton' series. It's one of my favourite series ever, so I was beyond grateful to my partner for gifting me a collection of Bridgerton books for Valentines Day.
I was immediately intrigued to read them and see in what ways they differed or added to the show. However, the main thing which surprised me was that The Duke and I, one book out of eight in the series, encompassed the entire of season one's story. I wasn't expecting that so, for now, the rest of my Bridgerton reading is on hold.
The book tells the story of Daphne Bridgerton and her quest to find a suitor, since she has become of age to be matched within society. She meets Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, and together they hatch a plan to feign romance and create jealousy among the ton. This was something beneficial to both parties as it gained Daphne the interest of more potential suitors, and it kept mothers away from Simon so they wouldn't try to snag him to marry their daughters. Although, on the surface, this plan seemed easy it turns out to be much more complicated.
For fans of the series I would totally recommend reading this book. It adds additional context to the series, allowing fans to develop a deeper understanding of why characters, such as Simon, act in the ways that they're portrayed onscreen. A gem of a read!
2) 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2007)
It had been on my mental to-do list to indulge in the book version of 13 Reasons Why for quite some time, so I'm grateful to lockdown 3.0 for granting me an incentive. Before reading this and The Duke and I, I had never actually read a book with an accompanying series. I look forward to doing it again with other shows in the future.
13 Reasons Why follows the suicide of Hannah Baker, gradually unfolding each petal of what lead her to decide to end her life. We learn about who was involved in this decision, and why, through listening to a box of tapes left on the doorstep of former workmate, Clay Jensen.
I personally preferred to watch this, as opposed to reading it. There was something more impactful about being able to see Hannah and her facial expressions while talking about what she went through. Though, that being said, I admire the way that this book was like no other book which I have read (and believe me, I've read a lot). We get to read Clay's thoughts in the book, unlike in the series, and the use of the play and pause buttons on the pages add a nice touch visually as well as structurally, assisting readers in keeping track of where they are in the story.
3) Sunset In St Tropez by Danielle Steel (2003)
The book swap stand, as it happens, had an abundance of Danielle Steel books so the Danielle Steel-A-Thon doesn't seem to be ending just yet. Honestly, there is something undeniably special about this book. I finished reading it quite a bit ago, but I can't stop thinking about it.
It tells a simple story of a group of friends who plan a trip together to St Tropez, but it becomes so much more than that. This book takes us through losses, doubts and judgement and teaches us that not everyone is as stereotypical as they may appear to be. It also teaches us about the powers of love and friendship, as cliché as that may sound, but it does it in a subtle way which will make you want to pick up this book again and again.
If you're looking for an accompaniment to the remaining cold lockdown days, then I recommend finding a copy of this. It consists of the perfect blend of cosy-pubs and cocktails mixed with romance, mystery and drama. Like the book prior, this one is simple. However, the pacing of it is indescribably pleasant. The characters become your friends and it reaches the point where you start to feel like the pub that they work in is a place that you've frequented. Hepburn has released numerous books telling their stories, so what are you waiting for?
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