The doors may be shut and we can no longer wander the shelves of our bookshops and libraries, but there are still plenty of books easily available to carry us through the next few weeks.

Reviews and recommendations will be even more valuable in finding the right titles to suit our moods and circumstances - and will perhaps prompt us to think about some Christmas purchases.

If you listened to my item on BBC Radio Suffolk last week, you'll have heard my suggestions for a few gift books. These are aimed at children but which will appeal to all ages. You can take a look here, or listen to my chat with presenter Lesley Dolphin here. I'll be adding more titles in the next few days and weeks.

As you get ideas for book purchases, please do remember to use your local high street bookshop. This is such a difficult time for them to be closed and they're all trying their best to find ways to allow us to shop safely.

But perhaps you've read about the new online bookshop initiative this week? It's called and has proved very successful in the USA where it was launched by former booksellers keen to provide an alternative to the global reach of a certain internet supplier.

There are curated booklists to browse, drawn up by booksellers and reviewers and, for every purchase made through the site, independent bookshops receive a commission. You can read more about it in the Guardian article here. I've linked the reviews on my website so that you can purchase online if you wish (and I will receive a small commission for each purchase, with a further commission going to all independent bookshops). You can also search for titles through my page here. However, please note that it is still best to order direct from your local high street bookshop!