With the extension of the community quarantine, you’re probably wondering what you should do with the time in your hands. And what to do with all these extra time, you ask? Why, read of course!
My Pope recommends five books that you can read while you’re staying safe at home.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ask anyone about books about pandemic and Love in the Time of Cholera is the first book that comes to mind. However, this book is not just about the pandemic as it tells the love story of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza and how their love for each other transcends time– fifty years, nine months, and four days to be exact–and, yes, sickness. Get the book here.
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Before you snob this book (because it has no pictures), this children’s book comes with a twist that will make all your little ones snort with laughter: everything written on the pages is meant to be read out loud! Have fun saying BLORK and tell a story about eating ants for breakfast with the whole family because at this time, we all need a little silliness and laughter in our lives. Get the book here.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
With more than two million copies sold all over the world, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is a life-changer for many. Follow the story of Santiago, as he yearns to travel for the greatest treasure ever found. Be inspired to listen to your hearts, read the signs, and most of all follow your dreams– wherever it may lead you. Get the book here.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
This New York Times-bestseller tells the stories of people caught in between. Not only does it ask the thought-provoking question of “how do we heal?” it also answers our everyday struggle of trusting ourselves and getting in touch with our identity as humans. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous will make you question how to survive–and how to find joys as you do. Get the book here.
This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings by Julia Samuel
It is understandable that everyone is on edge and scared of what tomorrow might bring. With the pandemic and all the apocalyptic talk, it is quite helpful to look back on the world’s past challenges to help us remember that they didn’t last forever. Yes, the world is tough on everyone right now, but this book aims to give us hope that when things get bad, we always manage to come up on the other side now equipped with learnings and lessons to help us cope. Get a copy of This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings here.