The Lockdown Book Club

Stories to Distract & Entertain

We all need a little distraction right now, and there’s no better way to do so than to read. And although we love that you’re reading eniGma, sometimes what the soul needs is a good book. To keep you occupied this quarantine, while you’re snuggled up with your pet or alone in bed, we’ve organised a list of books that you should pick up, to pick yourself up.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, which received acclaim and was even a pick for Oprah’s Book Club, tells the story of a middle class bookshop owner who is forced to flee from Acapulco to the U.S. This novel leaves readers with a lot to think about, especially the realisation that the horrors of immigration discussed in the book are a reality for a lot of people.

It’s Not All DownHill from Here by Terry McMillan

This book is perfect to lift our spirits up during these dull times. It’s Not All Downhill from Here follows a sixty eight year old woman whose life changes when she faces a sudden loss and is forced to reinvent herself and redefine what it means to ‘age gracefully’. The book is a wonderful pick-me-up story about the journey to self-discovery and everlasting female friendship.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This mystery novel follows a typical suburban neighbourhood that becomes enamored with its new residents, a mother-daughter pair with a hidden past. An HBO adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington is currently airing, and reading the book will definitely add to the miniseries’ enjoyment.

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Now, let’s get into some juicy content. For pop culture fanatics, Jessica Simpson is a former pop star and actress from the 2000s who isn’t only known (and loved) for her music and films, but also for her eventful life and scandals. Open Book is an honest, vulnerable and light-hearted tale that explains the pop culture enigma that is Jessica Simpson.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Best-selling author of Eat Pray Love Glennon Doyle is back with an empowering book about womanhood. A memoir as well as a self help guide for women, Untamed strives to break the societal chains that tie women down since birth. It’s a man’s world, but it would be nothing without women who fight for what’s right.

Weather by Jenny Offill

This novel follows a librarian who occasionally acts as a fake shrink and tends to her struggling mother and addict brother, who then rises to fame thanks to her viral podcast. The highly political book offers social commentary on the two extremes in the U.S; far left liberals and far right conservatives, and their constant struggle with one another.