Books to Read Whilst You’re Social Distancing

Not everyone is a fan of binge-watching series or spending a whole day wrapped up in bed watching movie after movie. Seeing as we’re practicing the art of social distancing, now is the best time to become best friends with books again!

Here is our Sneaker LAB family’s reading list to inspire your next book choice.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

by Phil Knight

A read you can’t put down - For the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of NIKE’s early days as a fearless start-up to its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing brands. Just do it!

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

by Mark Manson

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts to the chase to highlight how trying to be "positive" all the time in fact inhibits us from becoming better and happier people.


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The Choice

by Edith Eger

In 1994, 16-year-old ballerina and gymnast Edith Eger is sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures and survives unimaginable experiences. The horrors of the Holocaust helped Edith to learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and remarkable resilience. The Choice is her unforgettable story!

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The 5am Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.

by Robin S. Sharma

Robin Sharma introduced The 5am Club concept over twenty years ago, based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped many people maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity.


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Never Split the Difference: Negotiating Like Your Life Depends on it

by Christopher Voss and Tahl Raz

A former FBI hostage negotiator offers a new, field-tested approach to negotiating, an approach effective in any given situation!


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Who Moved My Cheese?

by Dr Spencer Johnson

Who Moved My Cheese? is an amusing and enlightening business tale of four characters who live in a ‘maze’ and look for ‘cheese’. This simply unique book explains how the characters within the maze are faced with unexpected changes, and how one character discovers how to deal with these changes successfully, and shares the secrets with the other maze-dwellers. This simple read, written for all ages, will leave you with unique insights that will last a lifetime!

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A Man Called Ove

by Frederick Backman

Ove is a grumpy 59-year old widower whose careful plan to end his life is turned upside down when an animated Iranian family moves in next door. Behind Ove’s hard exterior is a tale of an unlikely friendship and a change of mind.


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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

When Harold Fry, recently retired, receives a letter from an old dying friend, he writes a reply and heads to the post office. On his way there,  he comes to the realization that he must keep walking. 600 miles.  To save someone’s life.

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The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Set in 1939, Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will be busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a book left behind there by accident – The Gravedigger’s Handbook. This, her first act of book thievery, leads her to learn to read with the help of her foster father, and starts a riveting tale of forbidden literary robbery.


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

After a long and very eventful life, Allan Karlsson, a nearly 100-year-old man, ends up in an old age home.

This bizarre and imaginative tale of a nearly 100-year-old vodka lover, Allan Karlsson, climbs out of his old age home’s bedroom window in just his slippers and sets off with no destination in mind.

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Talking to Strangers

by Malcolm Gladwell

In this book, Malcolm Gladwell offers a powerful explanation of our interactions with strangers, and why these interactions often go wrong. It is a fascinating study of why we misread those we don’t know!

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by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts writes yet another enticing tale where a woman, whose happiness is threatened by her haunting past, tries to embrace love.

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Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

Kya Clark (known as ‘The Marsh Girl’)  has lived for years on her own in the marshes of Berkley Cove in Northern California after her mother and sisters left the family home to escape her violent and abusive father. In her years of self-existence, Kya has befriended the gulls and learned lessons in the sand. When two young men from the town become intrigued by her, Kya discovers love, which ends in death for one of her suitors. A haunting read.


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A Keeper

by Graham Norton

When Elizabeth Keane’s mother dies, she returns to the Irish village of her mother’s childhood to discover why she has been left a seaside cottage. A beautifully written novel by the well-known talk show host that explores a series of unanswered questions about Elizabeth’s paternity and her mother’s secret past.

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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

by Richard Reed

Richard Reed built his business from a small street-corner smoothie stall to one of Britain’s biggest brands by taking four pieces of advice given when he needed them. Ever since his success, Reed has had it his mission to ask everyone he meets for their one life-changing piece advice. This book is a compilation of advice from giants in the business, technology, philanthropic, political and entertainment worlds. An easy, yet seriously inspiring way to spend the lockdown!

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What books have you been reading this lockdown? We would love to know!

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