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  • Writer's pictureKatelin Farnsworth

Reading in Lockdown

Updated: Sep 13, 2020


As lockdown is still in full swing here in Melbourne, I’ve been reading more than ever. It’s a great source of comfort when you can’t see friends or family, or explore new places! I’ve also been going on more walks and taking the time to notice what’s around me– spring is nearly upon us and the flowers are beginning to bloom. There’s lots of colour about and while lockdown is very difficult at times, I’m finding joy in the little things. I’m also looking forward to planting some more sunflowers (my favourite flower) in a few weeks and watching them come to life!

I have complied a reading list of some of the recent books I’ve been reading to get me through.

I’ve included links to some of my favourites too so definitely check them out, if you can!

The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere – I loved this book. It’s so beautifully written, interweaving the stories of two very different women, Ellis and Rennie. A character-driven story, it is so poetic and full of sensory descriptions that really bring the story to life.

Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riowe

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn – This book is so powerful and even though it was a hard read, I loved it so much. The story explores power dynamics and looks at a volatile and abusive relationship between an adult and a teenager. It's compelling reading, and opens up an important dialogue around consent, friendship, and body image. The trauma we face as teenagers can play a pivotal role in shaping our adult life and I believe this book is an important and timely read.

How To Grow A Family Tree by Eliza Henry-Jones

Cherry Beach by Laura McPhee Browne

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Starting Over at Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster – I love Kate Forster’s writing. She always strikes the right balance between warmth and humour. Coming to this book was like finding an old, dear friend. Set in the UK, Clara Maxwell finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her. Heartbroken, she moves to the English countryside, leaving everything she knows behind, and begins to rebuild her life.

The Love That Remains by Susan Francis

Split (ed Lee Kofman, various writers)

Imperfect by Lee Kofman

No One by John Hughes

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfield

Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris

A Bowl of Cherries by Shena Mackay

Sleep by Catherine Cole

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and if you have any recommendations!

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