If you, like most the world, have suddenly found themselves at home in isolation and working remotely and have more time than usual then here’s what you can occupy your time with.

There are many wonderful movies that have been based off the pages of books but which books should you be reading before watching the movie? Don’t get us wrong! We’re not saying that the books are better than the movies or vice versa (that is up to you to decide) however books feel just that bit more magical than what we see on the screen.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Of course, we had to add this one to the list. When it comes to a book about magic and wizards, there’s only so much that the CGI can do and although the movies are great, you have to read the books before the movies. Emerge yourself into the world of Harry Potter and his crazy days at Hogwarts on the page and we promise you, you won’t regret it!

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The book is a New York Times bestseller for a reason. Once you dive into the memoir, you can almost see yourself walking alongside Cheryl in her memoir and feeling exactly what she’s feeling. Cheryl made the decision to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State alone.

The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

Khalid Hosseini does an incredible job of writing emotional prose that is heartbreaking and will probably have a couple of tears escape as you read the book. The story follows a friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant and is set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

If you want a bit of comedy, Crazy Rich Asians has just that. Following the lives of three rich Chinese families and the drama when one of the heirs brings home an American-born Chinese girlfriend, this is a light read but one that will have you giggling all the way through thanks to the inner dialogue that isn’t translated on the screen.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Maybe it’s the lack of chilling music playing in the background but there’s something more suspenseful in a book than in a movie. Gone Girl is an ingeniously plotted thriller and Gillian Flynn creates suspense like no other. Trust us when we say, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you turn each page.

Enough talking, that should keep you busy for the next few weeks!