As our everyday lives have changed and our priorities have shifted during lockdown, we’re all taking up different hobbies.
Baking more, trying out new recipes, getting creative with arts and crafts as we take up sketching, painting, sewing and knitting and of course focusing on wellness as much as we can with yoga, meditation and exercise.
And one lockdown hobby that people have had more time for is reading.
Of course, there are those who have found it more difficult to pick up a book during lockdown, mostly due to the immense pressure being piled onto all of our minds that have caused us to go into fight or flight mode.
But for some, reading has been a welcome escape during lockdown, giving us an opportunity to turn our minds off and focus on someone else’s story.
So Amazon has revealed the most popular books that people have been turning to during lockdown.
“Our customers have clearly turned to reading during lockdown as a way to relax, stay entertained and develop themselves,” said Simon Johnson, Director of Amazon EU Books.
“From educational titles that help with homeschooling to comedies to transport minds elsewhere, it is clear that books helped many.”
And it looks like there’s a vast mix for all tastes…
Amazon’s most popular books during lockdown
1. Normal People, Sally Rooney
No surprise with this one.
After the roaring success of the BBC adaptation, fans have been flocking to read (or re-read) the complicated but relatable story of young lovers Connell and Marianne, set against the backdrop of modern-day Ireland.
2. The Flatshare, Beth O’Leary
A light rom-com in book form to give people a bit of romantic escapism!
3. Blood Orange, Harriet Tyce
Full of twists and turns this thriller keeps you guessing until the very last page.
4. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
An unputdownable suspense novel that plunges you into the mind of both a psychiatrist and his patient – and reminds you that appearances can hide everything…
5. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
This moving bestseller is partly a murder mystery and partly about growing up and deals with abandonment, isolation and survival all against a uniquely natural backdrop.
6. Slime, David Walliams
The new children’s book from number one bestselling author David Walliams was bound to sell out with kids at home craving something new and entertaining!
7. Mrs Hinch: The Little Book of Lists, Sophie Hinchliffe
With so much more time being spent in our own houses it’s the perfect time to start making lists and be more productive.
8. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, Charlie Mackery
A touching children’s story that deals with friendship and life lessons.
9. The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel
Politics, history and passion are what make this read a great English novel.
10.This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, Adam Kay
Giving readers an insight into what really goes on behind the scenes at hospitals, this eye-opening memoir toes the line between hilarious and heartbreaking and will make you want to Clap for Carers everyday.
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