With days mushing into one another and time becoming a foreign concept, I’ve found myself looking for more and more ways to occupy my time. Sure, I could get a very nice head start on some homework assignments – but where’s the fun in that? I can’t deny myself the thrill of waiting until the last minute and working under pressure. Without the gym, I have to get my heart rate up somehow.
Since the beginning of time, I’ve always been an avid reader. As school picks up, I read for pleasure less and less, but when this year started I tried to create a new habit of always reading a chapter of a book before bed. No matter how tired I am or how much other work I have, I always save at least 15 minutes or so to read for myself. It’s provided quite a few benefits beyond just the obvious of reading more. Eliminating screen time right before I close my eyes has led to me having less restless nights, and its provided a constant way to relieve stress no matter where I am or what happened that day. Plus, having a routine – albeit a simple one – provides some stability in my days too.
With more freedom during the day, reading has begun to take up more than just 15 minutes before bed again, and I’m loving it. Sometimes, its nice to escape the news and social media and enter a whole new world – solving a murder mystery, rooting for a couple to make it and even self-help tips that I can manifest for myself.
If you find yourself looking for something to do, I highly recommend these books to take up your time and provide an escape for a few hours. I have a wide range of interests and tastes, so if you’re more specific these may not all apply to you. However, I hope in the lists I’ve made, there’s something you can find that piques your interest.
Books I’ve Read This Year
The books I’ve read this year have all been incredible. Most have been of the self-help category, but I’d recommend any of these to help get your mind off the virus that is plastered everywhere. Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis were both feel-good books that actually did make me laugh out loud a little bit. Finding self-confidence has been a long journey over the past few years, so reading books that inspire you to stand up for yourself and hold your head a little higher are always good.
Mind Gym was very sports-centric but had a lot of good lessons in it nonetheless. If you take the time to think about the questions at the end of each chapter, its very worth it. Highly, highly recommend this book.
Top of the Morning was so insightful on the cutthroat world behind morning broadcast TV. I’ve always been a big fan of the Today Show but wow, I had no idea what really went on behind the scenes of this show and Good Morning America! Into the Water was a page-turning, nail-biting book that had me guessing until the very last page. This was by far the best book I read this year, if you’re looking for a book to captivate you and make you never want to put it down, this is the one.
My Favorite Books of All-Time
This was very hard to put together, because as I thought of one book, I thought of 17 others that were just like it that I also loved! However, I tried to get different styles of books to put here.
One More Thing is probably my absolute favorite book, I’ve read it three or four times over and over and it never gets old. Its a collection of short stories that all come together in some way or another. A character from one section shows up as a background character in another, and each little story has a crazy lesson at the end. The words are beautiful and I never wanted any of these stories to end.
Room is now a movie (honestly, haven’t seen the movie version, but we all know books are better than the movies anyway!) and another one of my favorites. A woman gets kidnapped and has a child with her abductor, and the two try to escape the small room they’re kept in. If you love page-turners, this is a great one.
When Life Gives You Lululemons is a light-hearted, fun read that doesn’t make you want to sleep with the light on, like other favorites of mine. Of course, I might be biased because the book is based in Greenwich, Conn. and it constantly references two of my favorite brands – Lululemon and SoulCycle. Nonetheless, a fabulous book.
In a Dark, Dark Wood is one of those books I mentioned that makes you want to sleep with the light on. I’m a big fan of mysteries and this was such a good one. It’s about a bachelorette party gone wrong. Not as good as classic mysteries like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, but still a great page turner that gives you that same desire to solve a murder.
What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read? What have you been doing to keep busy during this quarantine? Leave me book recommendations!! And keep washing your hands!