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5 Books To Keep You Entertained During Lockdown
by Gabriella Pisani

Hi! I’mGabriella, Journalist turned blogger and influencer. London based, I spent 6 years as a beauty journalist, writing for publications including The Sunday Mirror and HELLO! magazine, before taking the plunge 3 years ago and going solo, creating my own outlet,bygabriellalondon.com, for all things beauty. 

After several years being primarily beauty focused, I’ve recently gone down more of a ‘lifestyle’ route, and you can now find travel and fashion too, heavily featured across my blog and social channels. Having spent the past year being abroad frequently with work, writing for hotels, villas and privately owned homes, my most recent venture was to set up a travel agency - By Gabriella Travel.

This week, I’ve collaborated with Code8 Beauty to share some of my favourite books that have helped keep me entertained during the lockdown.  I hope these recommendations bring you joy and some peace during this unsettling time.

1. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton: Whether you’re a hopeless romantic, or ice cold, married or eternally single, this book is relatable at times to all girls. Some silliness in the current seriousness, Dolly talks growing up, growing older and getting to grips with all kinds of love along the way.

2. The Secret by Rhona Byrne: I’d heard so much about creating the life you dream of through Manifestation and so I wanted to put that theory to the test. I started this a couple of weeks ago, and whilst it’s a lot to try and absorb and change your thought process, I’m gradually trying to incorporate some of the lessons into my daily life.

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Everything I Know About Love
by Dolly Alderton

The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

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I Am Pilgrim
by Terry Hayes

Chimp Paradox
by Prof Steve Peters

The Happy Place - Podcast
by Fearne Cotton

3. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes: A Jason Bourne Spy-type thriller that I couldn’t put down from the first few pages. I am obsessed with any government agent/MI6 stories and this was so gripping from start to finish.

4. Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters: A mind management model, of sorts, that is all about helping you become a more confident, happier and successful person. It’s hard hitting, and definitely not a light read but I do enjoy a good self-help book and this one has rave reviews.

5. Fearne Cotton’s podcast - The Happy Place:A really honest, fresh take on real life issues, but from celebrities. Normalising those who are often seen as untouchable and unrelatable, Fearne manages to uplift, evoke laughter and joy with this podcast which is exactly what we all need right now.