My Quarantine Top Reads

People love to be surrounded by things that comfort them. It just so happens that mine are books.

Reading is as easy as breathing for bookworms like me. To finish a book in one sitting might sound astonishing, but for first-rate old biblophiles, this is rather normal.

Quarantine has put many people in house arrest. But at home, there’s only so much you could do. And boredom can be one’s dark old friend.

In my case, however, I’ve been able to devour as much books as I can — from reading new books to re-reading old ones.

Here’s my list of top reads this quarantine:

1. The Mark Manson Collection: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck & Everything is Fucked

Mark Manson’s advice on one’s approach to living a good life is both profane and aggressive. He’s vulgar, and doesn’t give a f*ck.

Most of us, if not all, are used to reading motivational and inspirational books that are tied to religion and positive psychology. And if you are into those kinds of books, Mark Manson’s collection might be too crude for you. However, as you go along the pages of his books, you’ll find that his incisiveness definitely makes some sense. Like a punch in the gut, Mark Manson gives it to you straight. No flowery words.

His books inspire you in a thought-provoking way, slapping you in the face with reality. Moreover, his experiences are deeply entangled within the pages; thus, he is delivering his opinions well with bases.

Don’t just sit there. Do something. The answers will follow.

Mark Manson

2. Just Friends by Billy Taylor

A story about best friends who after fame, magic, money and a miracle in an accident, realize that they couldn’t just settle as friends. And that no matter how many times fate parts them, they always seem to keep coming back to each other.

The plot’s simple, and for some it may even be one of those cliche stories. However, I found the beauty in cliches through this book. Setting aside grammatical errors, and how it wasn’t proofread, it’s a good book.

3. When by Victoria Laurie

If someone could actually tell you your exact death date, would you want to know?

“When” is a story about a high school junior, whose ability to see a series of unique digits hovering above foreheads of people, was forced by her mother to make money by using her ability. Apparently, those mysterious digits are death dates. Her life then complicates when she gets entangled in a homicide investigation of a boy who went missing on the exact date she predicted.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Absolutely cunning and gripping, this book is full of secrets following the Sinclair family, who spends their summers on a private island. A sophisticated and contemporary suspense revolving around family morals, consequences and self-acceptance.

The universe was good, because he was in it.

Cadence Sinclair

5. Soulmates by Holly Bourne

It was the book’s title that caught my attention. “Soulmates” is a word typically used in the world of romance, and at first I expected this story to be as cliche as its title. But I was wrong.

This is a love story between Poppy and Noah being each other’s soulmates, but they’re forbidden to be with each other for it can cause a catastrophe that could end the world.

The true test of life isn’t how you cope when everything is going in your favour; it’s how you deal with things that could destroy you, if you let them.

Holly Bourne

6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The story starts when ten strangers were invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon Coast by U.N. Owen, only to find out they were on a dangerous situation; one by one they get picked off like the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians”. Who dies first? Who is the killer? And finally, who doesn’t love a good thrilling murder mystery?

One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

Agatha Christie

7. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series

I lost count on how many times I’ve reread the whole series. For years, this has topped the list of my all-time-fave reads. Wizardry and magic are my favorite themes, and the way J.K. Rowling opened my imagination into a whole new world is something I can never forget. I’m in my early 20s, but I’m still hoping to get my very own Hogwarts letter.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Jules Verne once said, “We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”

Let’s not put our books to waste and read them while we still can.

To live a thousand lives, and to travel while staying in place — let the pages take you places.

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