When the world around us is going through such a major crisis I couldn’t just post my regularly scheduled crisis. The corona virus has hit everyone hard but we’re all fighting back and giving it the best we can. A large number of people, including me, are either government regulated or self-quarantined for their own safety and the safety of others.
Quarantines can be extremely hard to go through, something I’m sure a lot of us have already realised. For me, engaging in reading, writing and art is a way of keeping myself sane. That’s why today I want to recommend 5 books that I find comforting and reassuring in the hopes that they’ll be of some help for you all too 🙂
5 Books To Read During Quarantine
1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve read Carry On at least 6 times because it’s my go-to book for whenever I’m feeling down or anxious or simply stuck in a reading slump. Aside from the plot, my absolute favourite and the winning point of this book is Baz and Simon. They’re inexplicably adorable and their banter gives me life. If you’re into the enemy to lover trope you’re going to fall in love with them.
2. 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
Imagine everything sunny and positive and beautiful in life. That’s it. That’s this book. 100 Days of Sunlight fills me with warmth even as I look at its cover. It involves an adorable romance and lots of positivity. This book gives you so much hope and in times like these, hope means everything to me.
Related Post: Interview with Author Abbie Emmons
3. Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell
I feel like we all need a good laugh and Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops is filled with humor. It’s literally what the title says and let me just say, my respect for bookshop workers and librarians has now increased by ten-fold. There are some imaginable conversations in there but also loads of bizarre stuff that will make you chuckle. And there’s a sequel too! It’s a short and easy read which every book lover will enjoy 🙂
4. The Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman
The Heartstopper series is literally the word ‘adorable’ personified. This series of graphic novels is about a cute m/m couple of a gay and bisexual guy. The story explores both their sexualities and relationship through beautiful panels of art. AND THEY’RE BOTH SO CUTE?! Seriously, my heart goes into override every time I read about these two. I’m yet to read the third volume but I can already predict that it will be equally heartwarming as the previous books!
5. Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
As someone with anxiety, these are especially trying times. There are days when anxiety threatens to cloud my life and in those moments I decide to flip through Notes on a Nervous Planet. This is a wonderful book by a person who actually seems to get what anxiety and panic attacks are like. Matt Haig’s words help me calm down, and there’s tons of great advice in there for general as well as specific stress and anxiety as well as the ways in which we can try and cope with it. Honestly, I see it as a must-read during these times.
So how are you all dealing with the quarantine? Are you safe and stocked up?
What are you reading plans during quarantine?
And just to spread positivity, tell me about one good thing that happened to you today 🙂