Like most of you out there, the lockdown has me facing my easily bored mind every day as well. I am quickly running out of ways to keep myself entertained. Reading, however, is something that is an easier distraction because it helps to keep a wandering mind anchored for a longer time. There’s nothing like a good read to help clear my mind of all that’s going on around the world and to focus my imagination on the characters and their adventurous lives! So, if curling up with a good book is your ideal way to decompress too, here’s a shortlist of wonderful books to keep you company while you stay indoors. Happy reading!
The Glass Hotel
The story is about a group of actors who wander around North America after a deadly virus has wiped out most of the world’s population. The main characters are a young actress named Vicent who disappears from a container ship and Jonathan Alkaitis, a con artist with a Ponzi scheme. Intriguing enough? This promises to be a great read for anyone who wishes to take their minds off the lockdown and go on an adventure.
The Palace of Illusions
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s book gives us a different view of the epic Mahabharata – a tale told from Panchali’s perspective. The book talks about her transition from Draupadi to Panchali and tells us her story as a woman with five husbands and how she remained by their side throughout all the wars they faced and their life in exile. The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half-history, half-myth, and entirely magical. A fresh take on an old mythos
Y: The last man
If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if males of every species ceased to exist (I know I have), this book is for you. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world. A mysterious plague kills all living mammals with the Y chromosome except Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand. What happens now that they’re the only surviving males on the entire planet?
Half of a Yellow Sun
This novel follows the course of the Nigerian-Biafran civil war. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche beautifully narrates the post-war life of a Nigerian family.
It also talks about moral responsibility, the end of colonialism, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all. The author manages to create a beautiful pen portrait of Africa that shows us how there is so much more to the country than most of us are aware of.
So that there is a list of top books to read at home. And while you’re still indoors, let us know what you are reading?