Take a break from Netflix, let these books whisk you away

Wednesday 20th May 2020 06:18 EDT

The global pandemic has swept many of us with the privilege of staying home. While it is truly a blessing in disguise, aren't you really tired of scrolling through the ever-growing number of streaming services?

Here's a tip! Start a Zoom book club, and let us do most of the work for you. Below are five of the best fiction books to read during self-isolation.

1) Red White and Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston’s debut novel tells the tale of Alex Claremont-Diaz, first son of the United States, and his rivalry turned romance with Prince Henry of England. This book has it all, love, drama, political intrigue, and the best of all – a badass female President! With a complex set of beautifully written characters, you will never want to leave their world.

2) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Protagonist Monique is a magazine writer looking for her big break, and when she gets the opportunity to interview the famous actress Evelyn Hugo, she thinks this is it! However, there are several unanswered questions that lie beneath all the glamour, expensive dresses and jewels.

3) Darling Rose Gold

Not really a light read, this is a gripping thriller that follows the story of Rose, who was seriously ill ... or, was she? A story similar to Gypsy Rose Blanchard's real life saga, this one is a must read.

4) Heartburn

A semi-biographical account of Nora Ephron, this classic accounts her marriage to journalist Carl Bernstein, and tells the story of cookbook writer Rachel, who at seven months pregnant discovers her husband is in love with another woman. A touching, yet humourous book, this is your quarantine partner for sure.

5) Girl, Woman, Other

A beautiful ode to the complexities of the Black British experience by Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other is a winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2019. It is a poignant telling of families, friends, and lovers.

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