We’re all under coronavirus quarantine and wondering what to do with all this newfound time—and lack of outside entertainment. Why, read, of course!
Frankly, there’s never been a better time than now to pick up a book. But, here’s the big question. What should you read under quarantine?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The following are some of the best recommendations of great books to read while you’re under coronavirus quarantine.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – This is the story of an unlikely pair: George, a “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, with the mind of a young child. Yet, together, they are a “family,” because they’ve clung together in the face of loneliness and alienation. They work as laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they do work when they can find it and live a hand-to-mouth existence. But George and Lennie have a plan: they’re going to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. After landing jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, fulfilling their dreams seems more and more possible. But even George cannot protect Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor can he forecast the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things taught to him by George.
Animal Farm by George Orwell – “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”A farm gets taken over by overworked, mistreated animals living in it. Using flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they aim to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the best satirical fables ever penned—a razor-sharp fairy tale written for grown-ups that describe the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarian regime that’s just as terrible as the one that previously existed.
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn – A sharp witted young woman struggles to survive by committing various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, while she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms, Susan Burke enters the scene. Our unnamed narrator is a keen observer of human behavior and immediately recognises rich and beautiful Susan as an unhappy woman yearning to give her stale life an injection of drama. However, when the “psychic” goes to the eerie Victorian home, the source of Susans terror and grief, she realizes that the perhaps the pretend ghosts are actually real. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, makes things worse with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are then locked in a chilling battle to find out where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done for escaping it.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding – After a plane crashes on an uninhabited island, the only survivors are a group of schoolboys. They assemble on the beach and wait for someone to rescue them. By day they live on a land inhabited by bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but the real terror comes at night when their dreams are haunted by a terrifying beast.
The Vegetarian, Han Kang – Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband were living a normal, controlled life. But the nightmares–terrifying images of blood and brutality–torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and give up eating meat complete. It’s a tiny act of independence, but it strains her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to take back their control, Yeong-hye passionately defends the choice that’s become sacred to her. Soon they turn desperate in their attempts, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more perverse and intrusive violations, sending Yeong-hye falling into a dangerous and bizarre estrangement, not only from the people closest to her, but also from herself.