Time out; itâ€™s usually a phrase we use when little ones (and us big ones) need a bit of zen. But what about time out for mums?
We think the best way to treat yourself to a little me-time is with a book.
To save you even more time, we have compiled the bestselling list of books for mums to help you relax, escape and disconnect (even if it is just for that illusive half hour!).
Best of all, these books are all under $20 and available with free postage at www.bookdepository.com. With over 17.5 million titles, they have the largest selection of books around the world.
Never Let Me GoÂ by Kazuo Ishiguro $13.94*
In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.
All The Light We Cannot SeeÂ By Anthony Doerr $15.59*
The winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize and the Carnegie medla for fiction, and ta finalist in the New York Times Bestseller list, this is a beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. n this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
Everything I Never Told YouÂ By Celeste Ng $13.45*
Amazonâ€™s number one book of the year in 2014, this is a story about Lydia, the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race.
Me Before YouÂ By Jojo Moyes $14.56*
The New York Times number one bestselling novel, and the inspiration for the award willing film, Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Filled with sass and gusto, this story is a romantic, thought-provoking tear-jerker than you won’t be able to put down.
From the bestselling author of the hit HBO series Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret is a gripping story about love, deception and how the smallest choice can have the biggest consequences. Happily married and the mother of beautiful children, Cecilia has the perfect life …until she finds the envelope. Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. Curious, she opens it – and time stops. It’s a tense, page-turning story which gradually draws everyone together in a devastating climax.
RoomÂ By Emma Donoghue $12.75*
The story that inspired the incredible film, shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and the 2011 Orange Prize For Fiction. Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper’s yard. Seen entirely through Jack’s eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel are filled with plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense.
Our Souls at NightÂ By Kent Haruf $11.98*
This is a love story about growing old with grace. Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. Both live alone, their houses empty of family, their quiet nights solitary. Then one evening Addie pays Louis a visit. Their brave adventures form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf’s exquisite final novel.
The DressmakerÂ By Rosalie Ham $12.03*
The story that inspired one of the most revered Australian films. Tilly Dunnage left her hometown of Dungatar in rural Australia under a black cloud of accusation. Years later Tilly, now a couturier for the Paris fashion houses, returns home to make amends with her mentally unstable mother. At first she wins over the suspicious locals with her extraordinary dressmaking skills. But when the eccentric townsfolk turn on Tilly for a second time, she decides to teach them a lesson. Packed with memorable characters, acid humour and luscious clothes, The Dressmaker is an irresistible gothic tale of small-town revenge.
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others.
My Brilliant FriendÂ By Elena Ferrante $19.95*
Soon to be an HBO series, book one in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet is about two friends growing up in post-war Italy.
Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its protagonists, the fiery and unforgettable Lila, and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflictual friendship. A rich, intense, and generous-hearted family epic by Italy’s most beloved and acclaimed writer, Elena Ferrante.
We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesÂ By Karen Joy Fowler $12.91*
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2014, this is the story of Rosemary, who is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. So now she’s telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice. It’s funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you.