Recommended Reading for Self Isolation

With the temporary closure of our physical libraries, we wanted to help inspire you on your reading front, by presenting you with a selection of our reading recommendations for self isolation from our eLibrary resources.

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We hope you enjoy these selected titles and that they take you on a journey you have never been on before.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Available via Borrowbox as an eBook  

A journey from lost to found. 'One of the best books I've read in the last five or ten years... Wild is angry, brave, sad, self-knowing, redemptive, raw, compelling, and brilliantly written, and I think it's destined to be loved by a lot of people, men and women, for a very long time.' - Nick Hornby

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist - Available via South Island Downloadable Zone/Libby as eBook and eAudiobook 

Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living. In these pages, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

The Cabin in the Mountains by Robert Ferguson - Availabe via BorrowBox as an eBook 

The wooden holiday cabin, or hytte, is a staple of Norwegian life. Robert Ferguson, author of Scandinavians, explores the history and meaning of a national icon. Turf-roofed and wooden-built, offering fresh clean air, peace, isolation and the promise of a day's wood-chopping, hiking or snow-clearing amid landscapes of great beauty, the hytte – or wooden cabin home – is a crucial part of the national identity of every Norwegian.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert - Availabe via BorrowBox as an eAudiobook

The blazingly brilliant new novel from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the international bestseller Eat Pray Love: a glittering coming-of-age epic stitched across the fabric of a lost New York.

The Positive Habit by Fiona Brennan - Availabe via BorrowBox as an eAudiobook

6 Steps for Transforming Negative Thoughts to Positive Emotions. Love, calmness, confidence, gratitude, hope and happiness: these are the six emotions that tip the balance of our mindset in favour of a positive outlook rather than a negative one. Wouldn’t it be great to feel more of these positive emotions? Now you can with Fiona Brennan’s ultimate manual for the mind.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain- Available via South Island Downloadable Zone/Libby as an eBook

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," Ernest Hemingway wrote, "It's the best book we've had."

The Wild Robot (& The Wild Robot Escapes) by Peter Brown - Available via South Island Downloadable Zone/Libby as an eAudiobook 

Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times bestselling novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown. When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is—but she knows she needs to survive.