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8 books you need to read whilst staying at home


Sick of staring at your phone screen whilst at home? Well make use of this downtime and get your head stuck into a few literary classics!

Reading is not only a great way to keep yourself entertained, but it can also help your imagination run wild with the plots, twists and characters involved.

Get inspired to pick up a novel with our rundown of the eight best books to read whilst staying at home. You’ll be sure to laugh, cry and maybe get a little bit frightened by some of our choices!

Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton

A memoir based on tales of her life so far, Dolly Alderton offers an intimate insight into the triumphs and trials of becoming a grown up. Alderton writes with humour, heartbreak and self-awareness at front of mind, observing what modern womanhood is like through recounting tales from her own experiences.

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The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Decadence, indulgence and the Roaring Twenties – a stark contrast to the situation we currently find ourselves in! The story follows a cast of characters around the prosperous area of Long Island during the summer of 1922, focusing closely on the exuberant yet mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby.

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Real Life – Brandon Taylor

This powerful story tells of Wallace, a shy student from Alabama who leaves his family behind to study at a midwestern university. However, memories from his childhood continue to follow him and confrontations with his colleagues and classmates leads to drama.

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It – Stephen King 

Two of the biggest horror releases in the cinema over recent times have been based on King’s work – so why not give yourself a fright with the brilliance of his words! Featuring the terrifyingly iconic Pennywise the Dancing Clown, It follows the experiences of seven young children in Derry, Maine, as they are tormented by an evil spirit. Not one for reading just before bed, may we add!

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Our House Is On Fire – The Thunbergs

Yes, that’s right, this book is written by a whole family. And yes, you’re also right, it’s the family of famed environmental activist Greta Thunberg. This family account is straight from the heart, detailing Greta’s Asperger’s diagnosis and how her mother and father dealt with it, along with her ongoing battle against climate change.

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

One of those books you would just love to be able to tell people you’ve read. Wilde’s classic novel takes you into the world of Dorian Gray, a man who becomes so obsessed with his own elegant portrait that he exchanges his soul for youth and beauty. But Gray is drawn into a double life of corruption and debauchery, leading to the only true trace of his elegance being in his portrait.

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Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

You might recognise the title of this book after the recent cinema adaption which was shortlisted for the Best Picture award at the Oscars! Little Women follows the story of four sisters, who all have very differing personalities, in 19th century New England and looks at how they grow from being girls to strong women.

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Surrounded By Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood) – Thomas Erikson

With all this time at home, why not try to learn a little bit more about the human mind! Surrounded By Idiots has become a global phenomenon since its release in 2019 and it shows no sign of slowing down in popularity. Erikson educates you by analysing communications, offering insights into human behaviour and looking at how we alter our interactions to get the best results possible. You can try out what you learn on those you share a household with and see the results!

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Are you reading a great book at the minute? We’d love for you to share it with us! Post your reading recommendations on social media and be sure to tag our accounts, or use #AvantHomes. Happy reading!