This month for Monsoon Monthly, we wanted to put together a continuation of our Monsoon Recommends post, to help you keep busy at home. Fill this month with reading, baking and all the things that make you happy – get ready for our inspiration!
For more tips on what to read while at home, we spoke to @TheGoodBookClub_ to find out what inspires her and what her top recommendations are.
You started your Instagram account ‘The Good Book Club’ to tell people all about the books you’re reading – what inspired you to start this?
I’ve always been a big bookworm, never without a book on the go. My friends and family are always asking for recommendations, so I started @thegoodbookclub_ as a way of sharing my suggestions with them and the wider world, so to speak. Plus, it’s more fun to see things visually than reading Amazon reviews!
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
Thrillers for sure. I love fast-paced, twisty-turny books that leave me completely shocked. I love a great murder mystery!
Can you tell us your top three book recommendations?
Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton. Such a relatable, funny, heart-warming memoir of love and friendship. Like chatting with your BFF.
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough. Honestly the most thrilling thriller I have ever read. The ending shocked and scared me like nothing else!
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeymoon. This is the nicest book ever. A lovely tale about friendship and being a better person.
We’ve had some time this month to sit back and appreciate the little things that bring us joy during the day – we wanted to share some Team Monsoon inspiration with you!
Waking up and exercising before working from home commences
A lunchtime cycle ride in the sunshine
Facetime/skype/zoom calls with my family
A walk in the park to get some fresh air
Baking cakes – and eating them!
Spending time with my cats
Virtual night in with friends – and wine!
Listening to music and remembering old songs
Curling up on the sofa and reading a good book
Having a bubble bath (wine optional)
Looking through holiday photos and deciding which to (finally) put in frames at home
Creating Pinterest boards for house & decorating inspiration
Missing trips to the theatre? Soak in some culture from home with The National Theatre, streaming free shows every Thursday this month including Treasure Island and Twelfth Night.
Yoga is a great way to take some time out for yourself. Studios such as MoreYoga and Supply Yoga are streaming online classes for you to join, or you can find one perfect for you on YouTube.