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Written by Amy & Laura from Secret Book Stuff
Hemingway once said, ‘There is no friend as loyal as a book.’
While we’re all a little more physically distant from our human friends, now is the perfect time to find a friend that isn’t a house plant and turn to a love affair between the pages.
Something we like to remind our friends and followers is that reading a physical book is one of the only things you can do without scrolling Instagram at the same time.
Hanging out online is an amazing way to feel connected during isolation, but we all know how often it turns into a mindless scroll.
Why not indulge in a little mindful self-care and sit quietly with a book?
We’ve put together a list of our top favourites for the times.
This is a brand new release that everyone is raving about, and particularly interesting given our pandemic times.
In The Animals in that Country, a pandemic also occurs, but this one has an interesting side effect: an ability to understand the language of animals.
Main character Jean is not your average grandma – she has a strong connection to the land and works as a guide in an outback wildlife park.
People are calling this a life-changing novel. Click HERE to get it delivered to your door.
Okay we are absolutely obsessed with this brand new release!
Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle is a poetic and relatable book about a young girl, Oli, who starts working on fishing boats in her early 20s.
The way Sophie writes the ocean and landscape is stunning, and you won’t be able to put it down.
Below Deck explores the perennial sexism and gender inequality that exists in our culture, and the way young people navigate relationships.
Plus, she’s a young Australian author and it’s always important to support local. Get it delivered to your door HERE.
Fact: when Amy first read this book, she read the first chapter three times in a row because it’s so incredibly beautiful.
This story centres on Astrid, whose mother goes to prison for allegedly killing her boyfriend, so so Astrid is shifted between foster homes during her teenage years.
Still under her mother’s spell, she tries to find her own identity with each foster family.
So well written, enthralling and poignant; we could not recommend this read enough. Get it delivered right to your door HERE.
This year’s Stella Prize winner is such an important read for our times.
Jess Hill has written a confronting and deeply researched book about domestic violence and the ways in which perpetrators abuse and use control.
The Stella Prize is an annual literary award that goes to an Australian female-identifying writer, and we always always love the winning and shortlisted books. CLICK HERE to have it delivered to your door.
It’s probably no surprise that our favourite Roald Dahl novel is the one about Matilda, who has a love of books and also very cool superpowers.
The reason we added this to the list is because it’s a nostalgic read.
We seriously recommend reading anything from childhood, to revisit that pure love, innocence and escapism that came from curling up in bed under the covers with a book when you were supposed to have the lights out.
Reading an old favourite is like drinking a cup of tea, or a warm hug. Click HERE to have this delivered to your door.
… or you could find your perfect match!
One of our favourite things to do with Secret Book Stuff is to find your perfect match.
Think of us as the Tinder for books, with fewer unsolicited eggplants.
We have a weird knack and a sprinkle of bibliophilic magic that means we can handpick a book from our shelves and send it direct to your door.
All you have to do is tell us what you like to read, or how you want to feel, and we’ve got you.