Bored of spending the long days in isolation binge-watching every season on Netflix? Why not dedicate your time with a good read.
We’ve put together a great reading list for isolation from self-help books, to comfort reads, reads that will put a smile on your face, guilty pleasures, to books that will change your perspective on life forever and of course a pandemic wouldn’t be the same without a good story about a pandemic! You’re bound to find a book that takes your fancy.
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Sallis
Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we've told ourselves so often we don't even hear them anymore. Rachel is real and talks about real issues. More than that, she reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be. Because you really can live with passion and hustle - and give yourself grace without giving up.
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
Stimulation is good.
But what if it's not? What if what happens when our mind "wanders" is an essential part of how our brains work and crucial to our concentration and ability to think creatively?
What if your relationship with distraction is stopping you from living your fullest life?
In Bored and Brilliant, she will show you why the key to changing everything may be making time to do nothing by taking you through a series of challenges that will help you rethink and recalibrate your relationship with technology in small but important ways.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited "not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humour.
Year of Yes by Shona Rhimes
An introvert like Shonda, who describes herself as 'hugging the walls' at social events and experiencing panic attacks before press interviews, there was a particular benefit to saying no: nothing new to fear.
Then came Thanksgiving 2013, when Shonda's sister Delorse muttered six little words at her: You never say yes to anything.
Profound, impassioned and laugh-out-loud funny, in Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes reveals how saying YES changed - and saved - her life. And inspires readers everywhere to change their own lives with one little word: Yes.
Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King
How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness?
In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to:
- practise self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing
- cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation
- change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life
- manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques
- overcome fear and flow with the Universe
- find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others
The Stand by Stephen king
Dark dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.
His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.
When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn't take long for the virus which killed him to spread across America and the world.
The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz
It's a year since Tina Evans lost her little boy Danny in a tragic accident.
Then a shattering message appears on the blackboard in Danny's old room: NOT DEAD.
Is it someone's idea of a grim joke? Or something far more sinister?
The search for an answer drives Tina through the neon clamour of Las Vegas nightlife.
The sun-scorched desert. The frozen mountains of the High Sierra.
People face a dreadful danger as a buried truth struggles to surface.
A truth so frightening that its secret must be kept at the price of any life - any man, any woman...any child.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
If Harry Potter didn't make the list then it's not a good list for the most comforting books. Why don't you immerse yourself in the world of Hogwarts? A happy place for everybody.
The BFG by Rohald Dahl
A childhood classic that will for sure bring you happy nostalgia. A story about a particularly friendly big giant and a little curious girl, can't get better than that.
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