5 Books To Read When In Self Quarantine
If you are a reader, check this list and let us know whether you nodded your head in agreement and what your possible additions could be. If you think you are not so much of a reader, and suddenly have this newfound time at home while you stay safe from the on-going pandemic, we have just the books for you to start your reading journey with.
Three of the books have book lovers as protagonists. All the books are easily available on e-platforms and can be accessed across platforms. Need we say more?!
Now is the time to realise that romantic notion of curling up with a cuppa and a good read! The best part? You can finish all of them in the span of a week!
Hot Tea Across India By Rishad Saam Mehta
Well, don’t go by the title yet. This book is not so much about the magical cup of tea which transports you in your safe zone, but about a person who travelled across the country, often with his pet motorbike, and brought nuggets from each of those journeys between the pages of this book. The tea is what offers him the much-needed and much-wanted comfort through his travels. A mixture of essays on people and places, the book is like a breeze that takes you around the country, sometimes nodding in agreement and sometimes gaping at the pages in wonder.
To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee
Harper Lee’s masterpiece is a must-read classic for every person on this planet. No, watching the movie instead, will not do! Told simply through the eyes of the lovely and playful Scout, it is a story of growing up and using your gut instinct to know right from wrong. It is the story of a town set in the US in times when racism was at its peak and an incident that shocks the town tests the character of many of its citizens. The hero among them is Atticus Finch, Scout’s father, who makes the reader feel a sense of balance in a maddening world.
The Book Thief By Markus Zusak
The narrator is death! Zusak’s first book, which tells the story of a young girl, who will go to any lengths to get a book to read, is set in 1939 Nazi Germany. A powerful books, it looks at strong human connections in times of distress, and leaves a lasting impact on the mind of the reader. The young Liesel’s life is changed forever when she lays eyes (and thieves) her first book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook, at her brother’s grave. She reads it multiple times when she is taught to read by her foster father, and is soon stealing books from wherever she can to read. Aside from the love of books, the story examines her relationship with her close friend whom she loses, her foster parents and another friend she makes for life.
Would You Like Some Bread With That Book?: And Other Instances Of Literary Love By Veena Venugopal
Well, long-winding title aside, this book is a bibliophile’s delight. Business journalist-turned-author Veena Venugopal sure knows how to keep her reader hooked. From her experience of reading a masked book in a local train in Mumbai to her fantasy of meeting the master author and suave Suketu Mehta, this book is a treasure trove. Venugopal writes in an easy, engaging manner, where you only want to be inspired to read some more!
The Shadow Of The Wind By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The first of the series of what the author calls ‘The Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ this was followed by a prequel and then a sequel. It is originally written in Spanish, translated wonderfully by Lucia Graves. The book is a true page-turner, exploring a novel within a novel. The protagonist, Daniel Sempere, is the son of a bookshop owner. He finds the novel The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax, in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Enamoured by its plot, he tries to hunt for all of Carax’s books only to find that a mysterious person has been looking for them and burning them one by one. What is the mystery? Read!