At some point or the other we have all remarked about the lack of time to read and how we wish we could make time to nurture back this incredible habit we lost with age. For those of you who wanted some time to read, this lockdown is the perfect opportunity to get down to it! With reduced workload, social commitments and non-existent commute time, you’ve got yourself in a position where you can easily read for an hour a day if you’re motivated enough!
We know that choosing your next (or first) book can be overwhelming with all the options out there. There’s too many books on your to-read list or that have been highly recommended by someone or the other. We’ve curated a list of books for you to avoid the stress. You can pick the book from the genre that most appeals to you and sit down with it!
The Diary of Anne Frank:
Even if you’ve read this one before, we recommend you read it again. The story of a young girl in hiding with her family is one that is sure to touch your heart. Plus, you’ll find yourself feeling more positive and hopefully as you read Anne’s diary to keep herself happy while in hiding. If you haven’t read this book, you’ll fall in love with it at once!
Financial literacy is essential for everyone, regardless of your career, profession or financial status. Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a book that talks about the difference in the mentality of those who become very rich and those who stay stuck in the rat-race. Even if you don’t feel like putting in the effort to reach a millionaire level of wealth, some takeaways from this book can still help you manage your money better!
A book that has gained a lot of popularity in India recently, Ikigai is a Japanese Concept that focuses on finding a reason for your existence. The book introduces the concept in more detail and then goes on to talk about the practice adopted by Japanese people which helps them stay young even as they age.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie:
One of the best books out there for developing your soft skills, this book is a must read for everyone. Although the title might have you wondering whether the book would help you or not, we can tell you from experience that you’ll walk away from the book having learned something new!
If you’re looking to pick up a new reading format, we definitely recommend poetry. Even though it may seem daunting at first, if you give any poem a fair one hour, you’ll find yourself getting more familiar with the poet and their words as you go on to their next poem. Some recommendations for starting would include: Rumi, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and William Wordsworth.
Another format of reading to pick up would be plays! Some of the best stories escape us merely because they aren’t novels or short stories but are structured as plays. Some recommendations to start would include the plays of Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare’s plays.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
A timeless story, this book explores the tragic end of Gatsby’s life when he finds himself in a position of unrequited love. The imagery in this book alone is enough to keep your interest piqued!
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams:
A book that’s been around for years but hasn’t made it into most of our hands, this lockdown is the perfect time to get to this book. Although much bulkier than most of the other books we have recommended, this book is one that’ll help you forget all the pandemic-related fears and lose yourself in its excitement!
If you’ve been wanting to get started on any specific industry or field but unable to make the time, use the spare hours from the lockdown to find blogs and books that could help you understand the same. With the surge in number of bloggers over the past few years, you’ll easily find someone who is writing a blog on Introduction to *field of your choice*. You could look up blogs ranging from Business to Technology to Beauty and everything else! The best part about learning from blogs is that if you make an effort to reach out to the blogger, they usually respond and are more than glad to discuss things with you!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath:
An incredibly well written book, The Bell Jar is used as a metaphor to reflect the effect that Depression has on the life of a young girl in a big city. The girl very often finds herself completely isolated from the world despite being amidst the hustle and bustle of the city in the same manner that the bell jar isolates its contents from the outside world. A whirlwind of emotions, this story is sure to touch your heart and make you appreciate life once again!