Bedtime books to snuggle up with

jrj33 23 November 2015

I like reading poetry anthologies and Being Human: More Real Poems for Unreal Times is fab. There's poems all about different stages of life: happy, sad, and you can read as many as you like. Amelia Oakley


I'm reading Rilke's Letters on Cezanne. There's no real narrative thread so it's perfect for a quick 15-minute read. You can just dip into his lovely reflections on art and his beautiful descriptions of rainy Paris. Maddy Airlie


I've just finished reading Marina Keegan's The Opposite of Loneliness. It's an incredible, short collection of stories and articles, and although the biographical tale behind them is really sad (she died 5 days after graduating from Yale), they're actually hopeful reads. They're particularly empowering if you're not sure what you want to do with your life (calling all finalists); there's a lot of stuff in there about the potential of young people to change things and be happy. So many feels. Freya Sanders


At age 22, for me, the ultimate bedtime reading after a crap day has to be Schultz’s We Love You, Snoopy – or, in fact, any Snoopy-based fiction. Yes, you heard me. There is nothing better for a sad dog-person – such cute cartoons and feel-good, fuzzy, warmness. Jemima Jobling


Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep is perfect wind-down reading for the creepy kids amongst us. A sequel to his timeless classic, The Shining, this soporifically-titled novel is decidedly less ghost-based than its predecessor and surprisingly full of hope, telling the story of a grown-up Danny and his continued adjustment to his special powers. Polly Grey


I love dipping into non-fiction before bed – it's easy to read, but doesn't suck you in too much (and stop you sleeping because you need to know what happens). I'd recommend Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman: it's hilarious, down-to-earth and refreshing, but also problematic. It's a good way to distract yourself from day-to-day issues and get things in perspective. Mary Hollander


Euroda Welty's autobiography, One Writer's Beginnings, is the most calming book I've read in a while. It's divided into three bite-size chunks, and replete with pearls of wisdom. Her reflections on childhood are particularly poignant, while the insight it gives you into her as an author is fascinating. Martin Dale


Funnily enough, I find Adam Zamoyski's Poland: A History to be perfect bedtime reading: it sends me straight to sleep. Will Amor