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5 Great Books to Get You Through Coronavirus Self-Isolation

The coronavirus outbreak is now reaching its peak, with governments encouraging increased social distancing measures and, for those who can, to stay at home.  This is a difficult time for many of us, and self isolation can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, there has never been a better time to get through that slowly growing tower on your bedside table.

Getting lost in a good book is a great way to escape the outside world, so we’ve put together a list of a few of our favourites for you to help you do just that:

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

Not literally. Rather, Jenny Odell challenges the tendency to think of time and attention as commodities and explores how we can resist a profit-driven tech landscape. In doing so, she highlights the importance of reconnecting with our environment. This is a great read which helps to reveal all that we’ve been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world.

A particularly pertinent topic given the overwhelming use of social media and fast-paced nature of modern-day life. So stop scrolling, put down your phone and take some time to reconnect. Easier said than done, but we promise it’s one of the best things you can practice while self-isolating. 

Available as eBook or audio book from Penguin, Kobo & GooglePlay store.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

If you didn’t get the chance to read this when it hit the shelves in 2018… now is the time! The powerful and inspiring story of the former first lady of the United States is a best-seller and a must-read. Chronicling the experiences that have shaped her, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice. In addition, she also talks about her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.
A well-needed dose of hope and inspiration in this time of crisis!

Available as eBook or audio book from Penguin, Kobo & GooglePlay store

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

The current public health situation is overwhelming, but it is essential that we do not neglect the continuing pressing issues of our climate crisis. While this can be a difficult read, the brutal portrait of the destruction of our world is a stark call to action. It is reassuringly accompanied by the assertion that we already have all the tools we need to avoid the worst of what is to come. 

Remember: no one is too small to make a difference! 

Available as eBook or audio book from Penguin, Kobo or GooglePlay.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Mosfegh

A story of self-isolation set in New York City following an unnamed protagonist who, seeking to escape her problems, attempts to sleep for an entire year. Now we’re certainly not suggesting that you do the same. But Ottessa Moshfegh’s darkly hilarious tale shows us how reasonable, and perhaps even necessary, isolation can sometimes be.

Available as eBook or audio book from Penguin, Kobo or GooglePlay store.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

In such times of uncertainty science fiction can feel all too relevant. Told from the perspective of ‘if girls ruled the world’, this feminist tale of injustice and oppression sees the gendered power balance in society turned upside down, as young girls begin to develop the ability to control electricity. Alderman’s utterly subversive vision will get you thinking about the possibility of alternative realities…

Available as eBook or audio book from Kobo or GooglePlay store.

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