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.

101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think

I've been dying to read this book for so long and now I finally can! This book is a compilation of Brianna Wiest's philosophical works. She talks about why we need to pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Each will leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.

21 Dirty Tricks at Work: How to Beat the Game of Office Politics

Who works with, or has been on the receiving end of a workplace bully? Take the time to learn and become aware of all their nasty tricks. 21 Dirty Tricks at Work is about the underhand, political scheming that goes on in business every day. It exposes the classic maneuvers and gives practical advice on how to deal with them for those of us who just want to do a good day's work.

Emotional Resilience: Simple Truths for Dealing with the Unfinished Business of Your Past

This was delightfully simple and enlightening to read. Reading Emotional Resilience is like having your own therapist at your elbow, helping you understand the nonsense you went through, why your aggressor did what he/she did, and why you have processed it in the way you did. The book's cardinal rule - resolve pain at the moment it arises - is remarkably simple, and it works! Read Emotional Resilience and resolve what's getting in the way of your sense of freedom and happiness now.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

This was an incredible read. At first glance, you might dismiss it as boring or something too scientific. It really isn't. It's engaging and the storytelling is on point. Yuhal Noah Harari explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us. Why there were six different species but now there is only one - Homo Sapiens. In this narrative, we come to understand what it means to be "human".

Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions

One of my personal reads. It's a lighthearted and enlightening book to read. Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions is a book of crowdsourced wisdom on the topics that influence how we live our everyday lives: pain, change, fate, happiness, possibilities, and more. The result is a guide that helps readers live mindfully, in the present and connected to others.

Man's Search for Meaning

This was a short but incredible read. I seriously recommend it. It's based on Victor Frankl's experiences in Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz, from 1942 to 1945, Frankl's timeless memoir and meditation on finding meaning in the midst of suffering argues that man cannot avoid suffering but can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too

I love listening to Gary V's podcast! So it was only natural for me to check out his books! Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands. Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection

This awesome book illustrates the relationship between the sensible Brain and its emotionally driven counterpart, the Heart. From paying taxes to getting up for work, trust me you will relate to the ongoing struggle displayed here between Heart and Brain.

Children Of Blood & Bone (Legacy of Orisha)

Tired of Harry Potter? Check out this new series! Children of Blood and Bone is the first book in a series filled with dark magic and danger.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, her mother was killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. There are dangers in Orïsha but the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers―and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Daring To Take Up Space

This is for anyone who needs a reminder that you deserve to take up space in the world and that you are enough. We all go through some form of anxiety, Daniell Koepke gives voice to that anxiety, as well as the perseverance and strength, that has been fundamental to her own personal growth journey and the path to deeper and more meaningful self-love and acceptance.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

I love this book. I read it when I was in college, but I will be revisiting it again. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's investigation of "optimal experience" reveals that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Down for a long, loooong read? Then this is the book for you. A Long Walk to Freedom is Nelson Mandela's story; a story of hardship, resilience, and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader. It re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape his destiny. Find a cozy corner in your home, bring a nice cup of tea, and get to it!

I Contain Multitudes

Experience a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world. Ed Yong prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are. Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. This book will change our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

Last Couple Standing

This sounds like it would make a great tv series. Check out the overview below:

The Core Four have been friends since college: four men, four women, four couples. They got married around the same time, had kids around the same time, and now, fifteen years later, they’ve started getting divorced around the same time, too. With three of the Core Four unions crumbling to dust around them, Jessica and Mitch Butler take a long, hard look at their own marriage. Can it be saved? Or is divorce, like some fortysomething zombie virus, simply inescapable?

To maximize their chance at immunity, Jessica and Mitch try something radical. Their friends’ divorces mostly had to do with sex—having it, not having it, wanting to have it with other people—so they decide to relax a few things. Terms are discussed, conditions are made, and together the Butlers embark on the great experiment of taking their otherwise happy, functional marriage and breaking some very serious rules.

Jessica and Mitch are convinced they’ve hit upon the next evolution of marriage. But as lines are crossed and hot bartenders pursued, they each start to wonder if they’ve made a huge mistake. What follows is sexy, fun, painful, messy, and completely surprising to them both. Because sometimes doing something bad is the only way to get to the heart of what’s really good.

How to Do Nothing

This is an interesting read. Check out the overview below:

Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our best form of resistance. Far from the simple anti-technology creed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read about so often, How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism.

What are your favorite coronavirus quarantine recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

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