Books and chocolate are a match made in heaven.  I think we are all agreed that you can’t have one without the other and the Easter weekend is the perfect time to indulge (with a capital ‘I’) in both.

We don’t sell Easter eggs (although we do stock some delectable Arthouse Unlimited chocolate bars) but we do stock an amazing array of books to help you escape the everyday, indulge in a little armchair travelling or to share with your family.

Don’t forget Easter is all about renewal and new life, so it might be time to read outside your comfort zone and discover a book you didn’t know you needed.

Team Booka are on hand to tell you about their favourite reads for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

This year, Sian who is our newest Bookseller, organised a ‘Secret Bunny’ gifting for the team.  We all selected a name out of a hat and purchased an Easter Egg to give as an Easter gift anonymously to another member of our team.  It felt like a real treat and we are all so excited.

So yes, Team Booka will be devouring chocolate eggs and these are the reads we recommend to compliment the sweet treats:

Carrie:  Thank you to my ‘Secret Bunny’ for my delicious Easter Biscuits and Easter Chocolate Whips.  Can’t wait to curl up on the sofa and devour.  One of my top tips to read over the weekend is:

When The Dust Settles:  Stories of love, loss and hope from an expert in disaster by Lucy Easthope

Disaster stories hit the national headlines and then get forgotten, here in this astonishing memoir, Lucy Easthope takes us behind the hype and gives us a very personal and human insight into what comes next for the victims and their families.  Lucy is an incredible woman doing an incredible job. Her book enables us to gain a greater understanding about how disasters are managed (the good and the bad) and the small things that can help bring some structure and healing in the midst and the aftermath of very harrowing situations.  The detail, the care, the compassion and very personal impact her job has had on her and her family make for a compelling read.  This is a book that will make us all kinder, more tolerant and thankful for our everyday.

Tim is a huge fan of:

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Move over Shuggie! Douglas Stuart returns with another powerful beautifully written novel, every bit as good as, if not better than his Booker Prize winning Shuggie Bain.

Ruth’s book of the moment is:

Hex by Jenni Fagan

Hex is a pulse racing, chest thumping, rage roaring, shout of clarity. Bearing witness to the death of Gellis Duncan – a dark chapter from Scottish history. Scattershot, stunning, sublime.

Ben has been wowed by:

Still Life by Sarah Winman

Glorious and big hearted, full of unforgettable characters.

Imi adores:

The Secret Sunshine Project by Benjamin Dean

The Secret Sunshine Project is a joyful middle grade novel about the power of sisters and pride in the face of discrimination.

This book has been bringing so much sunshine to my lunchbreak.

Amy can’t get enough of:

Fireborn by Aisling Fowler

A fast passed and exciting adventure, with a great message – to accept people for who they are and not where they came from.

Sian suggests you get your tissues at the ready for:

The No show by Beth O’Leary

This warm, inviting read is equal parts uplifting and emotional with characters that really resonate.

Louis was gripped by:

Meet me in another Life by Catriona Silvey

Thora and Santi keep meeting in different lives… but why? Set in Cologne, Germany, this thrilling read will have you guessing until the very end.

So kick back, crack open the chocolate egg and lose yourself between the pages of a good book.

Reading is the new meditation.  Books are good for you and they will last longer than your confectionary.

Don’t forget to pop in or message us and tell us what you would recommend.

  • Carrie