Five Books to Read During Quarantine

You’ve been stuck inside for what seems like forever now. Going on 20 walks a day just isn’t cutting it anymore, and you’ve already finished all of the shows on your Netflix “to-watch list. While I am guilty of both of those things, I’ve recently gotten back into reading, and I had no idea how much I had missed it! Here are some books you can pick up to do a little soul-searching or fantasy world exploring during this time of social distancing!

 

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

 

I’m definitely not starting off on a light read, but this is definitely one that I think people should read. This book is told in a text-book type style with hints of personal narrative and through the 13 chapters. Kolbert tells stories of different species and their extinction/endangerment status, while she hints at the idea that humans are mainly responsible for the change in biodiversity around the globe. I will admit this book is difficult to get through if you aren’t as science-brained, but if you are interested in biology or other natural sciences or climate change in general, you should pick this book up.

 

Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov

 

I heard about this one on Instagram and can honestly say that every girl should read this. It’s all about analyzing why men are attracted to strong, independent women and will totally make you reevaluate how you carry yourself. It will help you stand your ground and know who you are. Please. Read. This.  

 

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

 

Another book that’s pretty complex to get through, but ultimately worth it in the end. I had to read this book for a senior summer reading assignment in high school and it stuck with me. It’s all about one man, Siddhartha’s, journey of self-discovery during the time of Gautama Buddha. It’s pretty fascinating to read about enlightenment and a search for true meaning that will definitely make you question those aspects in your own life. 

 

The Help by Katheryn Stockett

 

This is one of my favorite books of all time. It follows three women (one college graduate and two slaves) in Mississippi all come together for a project that puts them all at risk but also challenges the lines that define their town and culture in the 1960s. It’s empowering, fierce, and all around just an amazing book (and movie!) that I think everyone should read.  

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

Or any other YA guilty pleasure trilogy. I’m pretty sure everyone knows what this book is about, but I recently re-read them and remembered how well written and thrilling they are. Another couple trilogies you could pick up are Divergent, The Selection, or Cinder.