Quarantine Reading List and why you should do it!
By now, most of us have found ourselves trapped at home, quarantined, confined to the four walls. We finished binge watching, video calling our friends, jumped from one social media to another and yet we sit there, sad and depressed. More often than not, this boredom, fear and sadness is because of incessant over thinking caused due to mass consciousness.
The more we feed our conscience with something, the faster it becomes our reality. In this virtual world, keeping ourselves aware within, is even more difficult, because every other website out there is filled with some negative news. Every other person you come across is speaking of the exact same thing.
At this time, Books can be your loyal friends. I understand that not everybody out there is a reader as of now. But as J.K Rowling puts it,
'If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book'
And Right now is the Right opportunity for you to find the 'Right book'!
I've compiled a list of 8 books from 8 different genres. All of these books are light and easy reads which are enjoyed throughout time. If you are not too much into books, all of these books are great to start with. If you are an ardent reader, chances are that you might have already read them, if not, go ahead!
1. "Wise and Otherwise" by Sudha Murthy
Genre: Short Stories, Non-fiction
Honestly, I can blindly recommend any book by Sudha Murthy, especially the short story compilations. The books are written in a simple language which makes them easy to read, yet gripping. Each story is about 3-5 pages long and you can read them in any order. Wise and Otherwise can best be described as a pure, heartfelt celebration of humanity. The subtitle of the book 'Salute to Life' says it all!
p.s: The books 'Something happened on the way to heaven, 'Three thousand stitches', 'The day I stopped drinking milk' among others have a similar feel and are guaranteed to stir your soul.
2. "Becoming Supernatural" by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Genre: Self-help, Non fiction
The title of this book might make some of us a bit apprehensive as to what the book is about. But be rest assured, this is not just another book which tells you to "Get over it" or to "be positive". Dr.Joe explains the science of meditation and the power of imagination in a very well researched manner. He reiterates the age old idea of manifestations and gives a technical explanations as to why they work. He stresses on why and how we can remain unaffected by what is happening in this physical reality and push our desired world outwards.
3. "The Time Machine" by H.G Wells
Genre: Science Fiction, Old Classic
This book was published in 1895 and there is a reason why it's a classic. Even after 125 years, this novella resonates with the current society. There have been multiple movie adaptations of this and you might have come across a reference to this in many places. It's a short book and one of the best science fiction stories of all times.
4. "Your Name" by Makoto Shinkai
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Originally written in Japanese by the name 'Kimi no na wa' this book is a novelization of the anime by the same name. As with a lot of things, the Japanese talent leaves no stone unturned to amaze you. Even if you claim to not be that into either fantasy or romance, you will fall in love with this book. Its a short and a light novel, which will take you away from this gloomy reality. The main characters in this book define what character growth is. At the end of this book, you'd have felt every emotion possible!
5. "Room" by Emma Donoghue
Genre: Psychological thriller
Written from the perspective of a five year old boy, this book will end up shaking you. This book narrates what it is like to be born in confinement, having never seen the outer world beyond a small room. Thankfully, this is not a real life story!
6. "Elon Musk" by Ashlee Vance
At times when any ordinary person would have given up, Elon Musk proved time and again that he is no ordinary. "If the rules are such that you can't make progress, then you have to fight the rules." Ashlee Vance delves deep into the life of Elon Musk, one of the most innovative entrepreneur of our time, from his tough upbringing to the challenges he has overcome. A great book to read, to stay motivated and keep going even in hardest of times
7. "Leave it to Psmith" by P.G. Wodehouse
P.G Wodehouse is undoubtedly one of the best comic writers of the 20th century. This book was written in 1923, about 97 years ago, and remains one of the most humorous reads of all time! P.G Wodehouse's classic hilarious description of simple acts will leave you in splits. Nevertheless, this book is a perfect getaway from all the negativity and have a hearty laugh.
8. "And then there were none" by Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery, crime, thriller
Revolving around ten people getting killed based on a poem, this is one of the masterpieces by Agatha Christie. As with most of her novels, there is no way possible that you come to know who the killer is, till the last revelation which is executed with sheer brilliance.
"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
As a bibliophile, these are the books I'd personally recommend reading anytime. There are many not so famous titles out there, but this list consists of books that are widely acclaimed and are hence easily available. At this time, most of us cannot go out and reading e-books is the only possible option. A lot of us find it difficult to read e-books and hence the books in this list are relatively short, easy to read and standalone ones, which won't strain you.
I'd like to extend a special thanks to my amazing friends and fellow bibliophiles who've helped me with this list:
Rishabh Choudhary: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rishabh-choudhary-b7b797a4/ and
Rutuja Walawalkar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rutuja-walavalkar-a22a33119/
We hope you enjoy! Happy Reading :)