Hello everyone, how is self-isolation going? We are all heroes in our own way, doing our own little bit towards saving the world. A daunting task, even if all we have to do is stay at home and wash our hands. So, I come bearing gifts in the form of recommendations books to quarantine with. For every book lover like me, I give you my top picks to get you through this period, even as we try to save the world.
Note; the books listed here are of personal choice and are listed in no particular order. If you have differing opinions or have books you want to add to the list, you can leave a comment. I would like to see what you all are reading during the Covid19 lockdown.
Let’s get down to it. Books to quarantine with:
1. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Lisa writes about the death of a young girl and her mother’s quest for closure, weaving an intricate web that keeps you on the edge till the very end. The story is an interesting read that has an ending that feels like water after artichoke.
2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda is a personal favourite and Americanah is a book I find myself returning to it again and again. CNA is almost flawless when it comes to writing characters and Americanah is a masterpiece. If you haven’t read it already, then you should.
3. God’s Debris by Adams Scott
Said to be a thought experiment wrapped in a story, this book messes with the mind and keeps you questioning everything you might have believed in. it espouses a philosophy based on the idea that the simplest idea tends to be the best. A must-read.
4. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
Listed by the BBC as one of its 100 most influential novels, this book takes you on a journey with it. It is told in a poetic style that leaves the reader feeling everything that the characters in the book must have felt.
5. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Oyinkan spills a tale of murder and family loyalty and connection and everything dark in between and yet still manages to make it sound light, almost comical. You will not drop this book until you are done with it.
6. I’m telling the truth but I’m lying by Bassey Ikpi
A beautifully written collection of autobiographical essays told with such vivid colour. She gives us a glimpse of what it means to live with a mental illness; with bipolar disease.
7.Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
It took me so long to start this book and when I finally did, I slapped my forehead; like the WhatsApp emoji. A masterpiece of a historical novel and a real page-turner. Give it a try and thank me later.
8. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
This book tells the story of two survivors of a mass shooting as they struggle to forget and to find peace. the masterful storytelling in this book is the reason Nora is still one of my favourite authors till date.
9. Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
I kept gasping till the end of this book. In a book filled with plot twists, Ayobami tells the story of a woman and her struggles towards becoming a mother.
10. Sacrament of Bodies by Romeo Oriogun
A poetry collection. Honestly? I have not read this, but I really want to. I have read some of Romeo Oriogun’s work and I cannot wait to read his debut collection
So, there you have it, a collection of books to quarantine with to keep you entartained and busy throughout the time you stay at home. Remember to leave your own suggestions in the comment section and please do not forget to wash your hands. Stay safe.