What To Read During Quarantine

I love Netflix, but sometimes my brain needs a pick me up after turning into mush.

You’re under coronavirus quarantine. What are you going to do with all this newfound time? Read, DUH!

But what to read??? No worries I pulled some recommendations for you to keep you busy!

Here’s my roundup of 17 books to read during these shutdown days — a combination of biographies, fiction, essays, and everything in between. Happy reading!

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Ryan Holiday's book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. Here we are shown how some of the most successful people in history have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations.

If you’re feeling all sorts of negative emotions, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. So choosing this book was kind of self-explanatory. We're all stuck in self-isolation and not feeling in control of much. This might be a good time to pick this book up and give it a shot!

Separation Anxiety: A Novel

This is a fun light-hearted read. Laura Zigman takes us through the struggles of life's relationships, and insecurities we hide. The book is about a woman named Judy who starts wearing her dog. She needs to feel connected to another living being and her dog was the closest solution. It seems life has gone awry. Her son treats her with indifference, her best friend is dying, her job is an ironic joke, and she doesn't have enough money to divorce her husband.

Separation Anxiety offers us a frank portrait of her middle-aged limbo. It is touching, funny, and uplifting.