With the extra time on our hands, the Biscuit team have all been dedicating some time to sitting down with a cuppa and a good book. There's nothing like escaping into a world of fiction and humour to keep us positive and smiling.
Here are the books we're reading at the moment... and the ones we're planning on finally finishing.
"I'm almost finished The Diary of a Bookseller and it's brilliant, I would highly recommend! It's written in diary format and goes through a year in the life of a bookseller, Shaun Bythell, who owns a bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. It is laugh out loud funny and brilliantly written. Shaun really has an eye for customers quirks and a dry sense of humour. A great read for anyone who loves books, but also for anyone who has ever worked in a customer facing role!"
"Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors. She is a Danish author and this book is set mainly in Copenhagen. Quirky and satirical, it has a fantastic modern day heroine at its centre and I personally love the sense of place with all the different parts of Copenhagen she mentions."
"I've just finished watching Big Little Lies on Sky Atlantic after reading the book earlier this year. I couldn't put the book down and definitely recommend reading before watching it as in my opinion the book is miles better than the TV program (but still worth a binge now we have time on our hands). The chapters jump between three main characters who live in a wealthy town in Australia. Expect lots of school yard scandal, secrets and one shocking ending that leaves you wanting more. I'm now on a mission to read all of Liane Moriarty's other books."
"To say I am a prolific reader could be an understatement!! Since the lockdown I have read over 10 books. Reading for me is an escape, of which I have definitely needed.
I have been reaching for books wherever I have been able to get them. I have exhausted the shelves of Tesco's and reread those most loved books such as Labyrinth and Light between Oceans.
I have a Top 4 of new releases that I have enjoyed, each very different from each other. The one that I have just finished this morning is Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. A worthy Booker Prize 2019 winner and a page turner following the lives of twelve women in a changing Britain. All of the characters are interlinked and each deserving to tell their tale. Loved it!
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was a surprise read. Bought on a supermarket haul whim, the story is about a rock band in the heady 1970's. I thoroughly enjoyed its decadence and I felt like I was reading about a real life band! I have passed this one on to my 19 yr old daughter as I think it will be enjoyed by the young and old, even those who were grownups in the 70's!!
I was recommended my next book by the owner of Main Street Trading, a beautiful bookstore in the heart of the Borders. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a coming of age book set in a narrow minded community in North Carolina. Beautifully written and it truly takes you away so that you can almost feel as if you can hear the true sounds of the waterways in North Carolina. I devoured it.
As I write this critique, I realise there is a theme running throughout my favourites... strong powerful women, determined to make the best of their lot. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, bucks that trend as it is not about a woman but instead a slave. Still a "triumph over adversity" story and beautifully written. Shortlisted for a Man Booker Prize, it didn't take me long to love Washington. This book was inspired by a true story, which makes this even more extraordinary."
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