We are living in some strange times. And if you are finding yourself indoors more than you ever have been, you may be looking to read more often. The great news is that there are lots of new books arriving to keep you entertained. However, if you’d much rather go for the classics, you’ll be spoilt for choice by what’s out there.
The good news is that there are new highly anticipated reads for you to dig your nose into. When the threat of the pandemic is over, we’ll be able to bust out the doors and enjoy book clubs with friends and wine again. You’ll be able to head out to your favorite bookstore or library and browse causally through the wide array of books available.
But till then, the best that you can do is curl up with a glass of wine in hand as you escape through these books. Here are 5 awesome books that you should read while in quarantine:
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Before “The Hunger Games, there were classics by well-known writers such as Orwell and Asimov. We are indeed living in the golden age where sci-fi and fantasy reign supreme but the greatest of works are inspired by common things that we interact with daily. That’s what The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes promised.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ is the long-awaited prequel to the ever-popular Hunger Games trilogy, so that should give you lots to look forward to. In this 4th installation of the series, readers will be transported 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games, before Katniss Everdeen was even a blip on the radar.
Instead, the protagonist in this series will be Coriolanus Snow and the events of his life before he became the authoritarian president of the Capitol that you’ve come to know him to be. If you were saddened by the end of The Hunger Games, this book will ensure that the odds are ever in your favor.
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
150 years have passed and Chawton, Jane Austen’s final home, is under threat. But not if a group of Jane Austen fans can help it. These unlikely group of friends, that have been bonded together by the love of one of England’s finest novelists work together to preserve the last morsels of Austen’s legacy.
The group is made up of a work hand, a young widow, the local town doctor, a budding movie star, and her wealthy fiancé, among others, couldn’t be more different. However, they stand united for the works of Austen. The book is set in the years between the start of the beginning of World War I and the postwar era of World War II.
The book has a relaxed vibe. Each of the characters is introduced well but they were allowed to leave the plot and the reintroduced in connection to one another in a complex but beautiful way. If you have a fond connection to Chawton, you’ll also get to enjoy learning intimate details of Austen’s home, as well as her last years. Wholeheartedly recommended for anyone that appreciated a good story and to any fans of Austen’s work.
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
You’ll want more and more of this book once you start. The novel follows Nishat, a Bangladeshi girl living in Ireland with her sister Priti and her parents. Nishat is keeping a big secret about her sexuality- she’s a lesbian that dreams of being accepted by her parents.
While attending a Bangladeshi wedding, she realizes that she needs to come clean with her folks so that they don’t go ahead and arrange her wedding when she’s of age as is the norm and custom. Thankfully, her sister Priti is on her side, as well as a crush on Flavia, a recently returned classmate.
When the girls are given an assignment at school to start their own businesses, Nishat opts to start a henna business but her girl crash copies her. The story progresses, with the author exploring the complexities of teenage friendships, anxieties, and relationships. You will find the characters extremely relatable, which is partly why this is such a great read.
The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
This is one of H.G Wells’ most well-known classics and for good reason. Any fan of military science fiction will tell you undoubtedly that this is one of the best works in the genre, hands down. This book follows the story of Martians that have landed on earth and are hell-bent on causing destruction and bringing down the powerful British Army.
As one of the pioneering works in the genre of military fiction, this book sets the standards. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells will enthrall you and capture your attention from the word go.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
You may not know who Elizabeth Acevedo is, but you will know and remember her name once you complete Clap When You Land. This is a novel, in verse, about a story of 2 sisters that lose their father in a plane crash. The 2 girls don’t know that they have a connection until much later.
Camino Rios lives in the Dominican Republic with her aunt, and there is nothing she looks more forward to than her dad’s summer yearly visits. It’s their special time together and nothing can get in the way of that.
Meanwhile, Yahaira Rios lives in New York with her parents, and every summer when her dad makes his annual business trip, she always asks to go, even though she knows the answer will probably be no. Neither of the girls knows about the other — until their dad’s plane crashes and the secrets that link them together start to emerge.
Whether you are interested in a romantic tale of two star crossed lovers or a thrilling tale to keep you on the edge of your seat, these 5 picks will have you covered during your time in quarantine.