As we’re all sitting at home, wondering what to do with our newfound free time, why not pick up a book and escape this strange reality we’re stuck in?
I’ve been getting back into reading since books serve as a great distraction, as well as the perfect stress reliever. Even if you’re not quite the bookworm type, reading can be fun, as long as you find a book that matches your interests! Whether you’re looking for a fantasy world to lose yourself in, characters to swoon and fall in love with, or a light read to refresh your outlook on life, I’m sure you’ll find a book worth reading from this list.
So find the coziest corner in your bedroom, grab a hot beverage or light a candle, and allow yourself a few hours to enjoy your solitude in reading!
If you’re looking for something to pull you out of the work-from-home slump, read How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer.
This self-help book, written by Erin Falconer (editor in chief of Pick the Brain), redefines the definition of productivity in regards to women. Unlike typical lifestyle self-help books, Falconer encourages readers to take a realistic approach, in order to accomplish tasks. Rather than simply sprinkling words of motivation on the pages, she breaks down the importance of breaking goals into micro-tasks, utilizing time management skills and understanding/creating a POP (personality, opportunity, productivity) plan. Filled with memorable and entertaining anecdotes, this witty, but helpful read will leave you feeling empowered and well-equipped to get your sh*t done.
If you’re looking for a light read with characters to melt over, fall in love with Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum.
I thought I was finally drifting away from YA books, but this book sucked me back in to the world of awkward crushes, friendship drama and of course, the ever-so-perfect meet-cutes. But who cares, because I absolutely adored this book! The protagonist, Jessie, is hilarious, emotionally complex and of course, awkward as hell, but without ever being annoying. Jessie develops an internet friendship with a mysterious, anonymous person from her high school, similar to the plot of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (another must-read!), who she of course begins to fall for. While it may seem cliche, the writer keeps you on your toes and by the end of the book, I was flipping through pages so fast because I couldn’t wait to figure out who Jessie was messaging! If you love short romance books with a touch of suspense and mystery, pick up this book.
If you’re looking for a change in scenery, get inspired by reading Spark Joy by Marie Kondo.
If you’re anything like me, you may be starting to get a little stir-crazy from staying inside all day. Written by the queen of tidying up messes, Marie Kondo, this book encourages readers to simplify their spaces, let go of what isn’t necessary and cherish the items that bring us the most joy and happiness! If you are a fan of her Netflix show, Tidying up with Marie Kondo, you’ll love this helpful guide.
If you’re looking for an alternate universe to get lost in, escape to the technologically-advanced world created by Adam Silvera in They Both Die at the End.
Imagine picking up your phone and receiving a call that today was your death day. This is the plot to They Both Die at the End. In this fantasy world, a company called Death-Cast informs you that this is your “End Day”(the day you’re meant to die) 24 hours before it happens. So what do you do with your last 24 hours of living? Hide? Spend it with loved ones? Face your wildest fears?
From just the first page, I was instantly hooked. I am still reading this book, but I had to share it! The plot is so unique and the author created such exciting technology in this strange world (like the Last Friend, an app meant to connect with other people who are also experiencing their End Day).