Reading is a great way to escape the real world, immerse yourself in a magical fantasy, feed the brain, and also a great thing to do when you need to take time away from social media and technology. Whatever type of reader you are, a slow reader, an average reader, or a crazy book lover, this shortlist of books of the fantasy genre are some of my own personal favorites and are one’s that everyone has to read at least ONCE in their lives.
Christodora, Tim Murphy's 2016 debut novel, is the latest in the 'New York novel' canon: it deals with addiction, trauma, family relationships, LGBTQI+ identity, and the search for connection in a world that seeks to divide.
Oliver Sacks has always been one of my favourite writers. As a neurologist, his book, The man who mistook his wife for a hat is superbly written and details the many peculiar and bizarre neurological cases he’s studied through the years. His writing is also very insightful. The New York Times calls him the ‘poet laureate of medicine’. He was able to complete a few short essays before passing away from cancer in 2015. He was eighty-two.
In the past, I've struggled to make reading a consistent habit, until I joined a book club.
John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies chronicles the life of Cyril Avery: his struggles, his loneliness, and his search for love and connection in all its forms.
An upside of quarantine is that I have been doing a lot more reading than I usually would. I always do a lot of reading attached to my PhD research, which can get tedious at times, but I have found myself devouring a non-study related book, The Education of an Idealist.
Whether you're an avid fan or an active resister of Normal People, the acclaimed Sally Rooney novel, it doesn't really matter. Ultimately, the recent BBC Three and Hulu adaptation of the text transcends all sensibilities: it's an intimate portrayal of that profoundly human desire to connect with others and to feel a sense of belonging.