Now that you’re staying home and working on your fitness, there’s something more that you can do. Give a workout to your mind. We have brought a list of must-read books for you during quarantine.
Stanford University researchers have found that literary reading, in particular, gives your brain a workout in multiple complex cognitive functions. Pleasure reading, on the other hand, increases blood flow to different areas of the brain.
Quarantine has been hard as it has limited the activities, fun, and experiences. That said, it doesn’t mean the lockdown can limit the worlds we can explore in books.
Furthermore, quarantine time can be made fruitful. With the help of books, we can acquire physical and mental benefits that can last a lifetime. Reading strengthens your brain, increases your ability to empathize, reduces stress, and builds your vocabulary. It’s never too late to take advantage of the many benefits waiting for you in the pages of a good book.
Now the question arises which book should you read? From the sea of books waiting to be explored, we have found you the must-read list.
LOOKING FOR ALASKA
Author John Green well known for his young adult fiction novels especially ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ won Printz Award 2006 for his debut novel ‘Looking for Alaska.’
The path chosen for greater good and opportunities leads the protagonist, Miles to Alaska Young, a beautiful and emotionally troubled woman. Alaska has everything that fascinates Miles and with whom he eventually falls in love. From taking a deep plunge in the deep sea of happiness to standing headstrong amongst all the worldly troubles, we take the journey with Miles.
Wonderful characters, dialogues and fascinating prose makes this story a must-read.
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
From a heartwrenching female perspective of isolation, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing,’ is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world. A heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Paulo Coelho’s works have had a life-enchanting effect on millions of people. With an adventure story full of magic, wisdom, and self-discovery, it has been transforming individuals since decades. The journey will bring us in wisdom to listen to our hearts, seizing opportunity, noticing red flags, and most importantly, following our dreams.
Cecilia Ahern takes us on a journey with Celestine North. She has a pretty much perfect life, a model daughter and sister, dating the most eligible bachelor in town, she has it all. On her instinct, she faces a situation, which may brand her ‘Flawed.’ On realizing that she lives in a society where mistakes are punished and perfection is a necessity, she takes a stand that can cost her everything.
The most awaited sequel of ‘Flawed’ is a gripping story that underlies the fact that when we embrace all our flaws, we become ‘Perfect.’ With Celestine’s choice to save only herself or all the ‘flawed’ ones, we learn about her secret that can bring the entire system to the ground. Her journey from ‘Flawed,’ to ‘Perfect,’ teaches us that being human is a flawed affair. This truly transforming story takes you on a magnetic journey from the very first page.
EVERYTHING IS F*CKED
In ‘Everything Is F*cked,’ Mark Manson will grab you by the collar and ask you to be honest with yourself. By invoking concrete scientific facts, morality, and wits, he succeeds in telling the readers that reading puts our brains into a state similar to meditation and brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm, much needed in this crazy world. Entertaining, thought-provoking and blunt, it will make you question your beliefs, encounter your dark side, and hopefully, change your life!
Japanese believe that everybody has an ‘Ikigai,’ which means, the reason of living. The authors have researched and interviewed the residents of the Japanese village that boasts the highest percentage of 100-year-olds, one of the world’s “Blue Zones.” The book explores the secret to their happiness and their lengthened life span. It suggests how we can have each day devoted to ‘Ikigai’ and fill it with passion. The practical tools in their life will help you find your own. After all who doesn’t want to live a life full of happiness?
Staying indoors can put a halt to activities but it certainly cannot put a halt to exploring new worlds. We hope you have a good reading time during this quarantine.