If you’re an avid reader then you’re in luck! You can make good use of the quarantine by reading intriguing books while chilling by the window bay. And if you’re among the few who don’t fancy it much, trust a book to bring you solace in times like this. Just brush the dust off the bookshelves and look into the literary world for inspiration.
This blog has five book suggestions from authors who’ve taken inspiration from their own lives in a quarantine-like environment. You’re sure to find at least one book that piques your interest by the time you finish reading this listicle. And though you can’t step out to a public library or a book house to issue the book per se, you can find the e-book online and read away!
5 Amazing Books to Keep You Company During the Quarantine
1. A Book of Simple Living
By Ruskin Bond
A Book of Simple Living is a sight for sore eyes during the quarantine. If you’re feeling restless or out of place amidst the chaos, this book will help you attain some peace of mind.
In a world where everyone’s busy competing to co-exist, this book will help you cut yourself some slack and teach you a thing or two about being one with nature. There’s no time like now to be alive and Ruskin Bond describes how you can welcome the scent of wildflowers, beautiful hues in the sky and sound of birds chipping into your lives — instead of focusing on a fast-paced lifestyle.
“Live close to nature and your spirit will not be easily broken, for you learn something of patience and resilience. You will not grow restless, and you will never feel lonely.”
2. The Collected Poems
By Sylvia Plath
A Pulitzer Prize winner — The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath is a book that contains a majority of her great work. Her poetry exhibits imagery derived from her personal experiences, anguish and social restrictions, combined with nature.
Plath’s poetic voice will mould your thoughts about womanhood and innocence in ways that no one else can. So if you’re a writer/ poet or poetry fanatic who likes to stimulate creative thinking, you can count on this book to help you analyze love, life, death and everything in between.
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
3. How to Be a Bawse
By Lilly Singh
Straight up and personal, How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life is loaded with Lilly Singh’s take on self-improvement. Besides being a published author, Lilly Singh is a famous YouTuber, talk show host and social media influencer who’s all kinds of inspirational. Her book will act as your personal trainer and motivate you to exude confidence among other things fine.
Basic yet riveting, the bestseller is going to make you look back at your life from a different perspective, and will help you eliminate the odds of overthinking your every move. The book also fixates on accomplishing goals the right way — since there are no short cuts to success, you can stop playing it safe and take your chances.
“Inspiration fuels the hustle, and what better inspiration than enjoying the results of your hard work?”
4. To Kill a Mocking Bird
By Harper Lee
A classic in modern literature, the plot in To Kill a Mocking Bird revolves around the author’s take on her life as a little girl living in Monroeville, Alabama in 1936. This book is way ahead of its time in terms of conceptualization as it unravels several flaws of society in terms of racial inequality and classism. The protagonist and her family are seen showing exemplary courage by taking a stand against the discriminatory actions in the United States back when the minority didn’t have much of a say in the matter.
Addressing issues including class, gender roles, and bias in society, this book is a must-read for all of you who feel there are things weighing you down. The book will undoubtedly lift your spirits and keep you excited to see what the future holds.
“People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.”
5. The God of Small Things
By Arundhati Roy
Loosely based on the writer’s childhood experiences, The God of Small Things is a book that captures the true essence of human nature. Set in Kerala during the 1960s, Arundhati Roy describes death, social taboos, and local politics.
In her book, she explores children’s candid observation and clouded understanding of their surroundings. And speaks of how humans are animals of habit who don’t always react well to change. Roy’s writing possesses remarkable clarity and vision — leaving you with an afterthought of how an exceptional life becomes insignificant if you lack the ability to let go and move on.
“Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Suddenly, they become the bleached bones of a story.”
If you liked the blog, then take some time out to read books during the quarantine that will help you unleash a whirlwind of emotions. And while you’re at it, contemplate life as you know it.