Quarantine is a great time to start a new book.
With everyone social distancing and staying at home, it can be difficult to come up with things to do day after day. If you’re sick of watching TV, doing puzzles or spending time with your family, fear not for we’ve got a great list of books for you to read during quarantine.
From literary classics to page-turner series to non-fiction books, this list will keep you occupied for months on end.
Classic books to read
Teachers across the world have their students read classic novels year over year because literary classics stand the test of time. While the author may have died long ago, the life lessons captured by their words are still applicable today. If you’re looking for a book that’s been beloved across decades, consider these three:
1. “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Harper Lee’s classic book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” tells the story of a good-hearted lawyer fighting for justice in the south during the Jim Crow era. It’s an uplifting story that keeps you captivated and tugs at the heartstrings the entire time.
2. “The Great Gatsby”
Want to escape into the golden era of extravagant parties, old money and love triangles? This classic story follows the life of Jay Gatsby as he tries to win back his long-lost love, Daisy Buchanan.
From the first page, it will transport you into a different time and keep you interested until the very end. After reading the book you can watch the 2013 movie adaption of it and escape quarantine with Leonardo DiCaprio.
3. “A Tale of Two Cities”
It may be the worst of times, but it’s the best of times to read this book. “A Tale of Two Cities” is a Dickens classic that captures the essence of the French Revolution. This book has all the makings of a great read — war, love, family, betrayal, sacrifice and loss. While the language may be difficult to understand at first, the lessons learned are easy to grasp.
Gripping series to read (or re-read)
Just like we love to binge watch TV, binge reading a book series can be a fun way to spend your time. Whether you’ve never read these award-winning series or you’ve read them multiple times and still love them, these are some great books to read during the quarantine.
4. “Harry Potter”
Escape into a world of witchcraft and wizardry with the “Harry Potter” series. The story chronicles the life of Harry, a young wizard, and his friends on their journey to fight an evil wizard and save the world as we know it. You won’t be able to put the books down, and lucky for you there are seven of them so you’ll be set for quite some time.
While the story itself is magical, it’s a great book to read right now if you’re looking for some hope during dark times. Once you’ve read the series, you can watch the movies, too!
Did you like “Harry Potter?” Well, this trilogy is equally as thrilling and will keep you engaged page after page. “Divergent” is an adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic world where one strong-willed, female character is fighting for good in an evil world.
Because there are so many unknowns in the world right now, this book offers a fun escape from reality and is a great book to read during quarantine.
6. “The Hunger Games”
Similar to the “Divergent” series, “The Hunger Games” series is set in a futuristic world in which 12 children, one from each district, must fight to the death to keep order and peace in their community.
While the concept is dark, there’s a balance of hope and goodness woven within each page.
Fictional books to flip through
When the current reality becomes too much, it’s great to find a novel to dive into and escape to an alternate universe. These fictional books are fun, easy-to-read and offer a much-needed reprieve from the world.
7. “The Night Circus”
What wouldn’t we give to attend an event like the circus right now? While we may not be able to attend large social gatherings, we can still jump into the magical pages of a book for an escape from reality. “The Night Circus” is a delightful book that tells the story of a traveling circus that mysteriously appears each night.
Filled with romance and circus magic, this book will send you flying like a trapeze artist into another world so you can forget that you’re actually stuck on your couch for yet another night.
8. “Little Fires Everywhere”
“Little Fires Everywhere” details the story of two families brought together by their children. If you were a fan of “Big Little Lies,” you’ll enjoy this read.
When you’re done with this book, you can watch the TV adaption currently streaming on Hulu.
9. “Me Before You”
Are you looking for a book that makes you feel every emotion imaginable? A story about difficult choices, sacrifice and love, “Me Before You” is the first of three books that’ll pull at your heartstrings in the best way.
Sometimes, we all need a good, heartfelt cry, and this book will deliver.
Children are carefree, innocent and sweet — and children’s books are no different. There are endless books to choose from, but these three suggestions include a series, a bedtime classic and a chapter book for kids.
10. “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”
If you or your child has ever owned and loved a stuffed animal, you’ll love this book. It’s the story of a lost bunny who goes on a series of adventures while trying to find his way home.
It’s heartfelt, sweet and will make you want to dig up your childhood stuffed animal and give it a big love. While this book is a sweet story for kids, it’s a great, easy-read for adults, too.
11. Anything by Dr. Seuss
It’s hard to choose just one Dr. Seuss book, so we’re suggesting anything Seuss-related here.
You might not be able to go to the park with your kids right now, so take them to the wacky land of Dr. Seuss. From “The Cat In The Hat” to “The Lorax,” you can go on an adventure right from the comfort of your own home.
12. “Stella Luna”
“Stella Luna” is a classic that still inspires today. A mama’s love is endless, and this sweet mom and baby bat story is perfect for bedtime.
Non-Fiction self-help or inspirational books
Most everyone could benefit from some therapy or a self-help book. These three suggestions to read during quarantine offer words of wisdom to the reader that’ll help them in their day-to-day lives.
13. “Girl Wash Your Face”
Rachel Hollis’ book will help you find your confidence, stop talking negatively about yourself and start creating the life you want. Read this book while stuck at home and start making the life you’ve always dreamed of having.
14. “You are a Badass”
Similar to Hollis’ book, “You are a Badass” will help you find it within yourself to create your dream life. This book gets straight to the point about how to stop waiting for things to happen to you and instead, make them happen yourself.
This book follows the life of a young girl from an extremely conservative family. While reading, you’ll have to keep reminding yourself that it isn’t a fictional story. Not only is it a crazy story of an unconventional family, but it’s also about finding your own voice and what it takes to do so. You won’t regret reading this one.
So many books to read during quarantine
Reading is a great hobby to pass the time, escape into a new and exciting world and learn some life lessons. There are countless books in print, but these are some new and old classics we suggest diving into right away.
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