154. Books to Read in time of Corona

Hi there!

I know we’re going through a very uncertain period of life; a time where you can’t plan or predict what will happen next. The future is a blurry image and you cannot make out its face, and you know what? That is alright.

We’re not supposed to be so inquisitive about our future, we shouldn’t be stuck living in what could happen next and instead live in the now.

The present.

The moment in which you’re reading this.

The pandemic has rocked everyone’s world, and the earth seems to be doing a detox of sorts.

It is a blessing for some and the worst nightmare for others. But if you have a plate full of food, health that isn’t deteriorating and a home that will still be yours for the time being; don’t fret over the worst case scenario.

Count your blessings and when it feels like the end has come, count them again. There will always be something to be grateful for.

Now, I have been getting a ton of messages from a lot of you to post book recommendations. Books that will uplift your mood, let you escape reality, and let your imagination start firing.

Trust me when I say this, books are the best companion in any situation; whether good or bad.

So, I rummaged through my entire collection on hand, to find books that are light, funny, uplifting, and heart-warming for you all.

I don’t know if I nailed that brief, but I hope you find some comfort from them nonetheless. I know I did, and still do.

All these books are reviewed and I’ll link their posts as well. Also each title will be linked to Book depository from where you can get them delivered online. It is my go to place for books, and I’m there affiliate partner as well.

So without further ado, lets begin:

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A beautifully written fantasy novel that takes place in different cities and totally immerses you in the world created by the author. Reading this book is more of a magical ride. Check out the review here.

  1. Little Women by Louis Alcott

A Classic novel about four sisters finding their place in the world after the Civil War. You won’t be disappointed with how heart warming this book is, also the movie is out so that is a win-win. Review is linked here.

  1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I loved this book. Crazy Rich Asians is such a hilarious and obnoxious book about some of the richest families in Far East Asia that will have you on the floor with the absurdities and comic drama. This book was also adapted into a movie which was good, but the book is 10 times better.

  1. Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman

Can a book recommendation list be complete without mentioning Backman? Of course not!

Britt-Marie is a bit uptight, too loyal to a cheating husband, obsessed with Baking Soda and cleaning, and lost at the same time.

But that doesn’t mean she can’t open up to life again. Read her story of leaving her husband, fending for herself and coaching a children’s soccer team. You’ll love her by the end of it, all my thoughts on this are here.

  1. This Must be the Place by Maggie O’Farell

I love Maggie O’Farell, she writes some of the most unique stories I have ever read. What is more, this one spans across the world about a Hollywood Starlet gone rogue, living in the countryside of Ireland and her husband off to tie up the loose ends of his past.

It doesn’t get better than this. Review is here.

  1. Austenistan Edited by laaleen Sukera

Who doesn’t love Jane Austen? Now imagine her stories but in our Pakistani Elite society and you’ve got some of the craziest stories straight out of Austen’s novels.

All the short stories have been mentioned in my review here. I’m sure you wanna know who the desi Darcy is, trust me he doesn’t disappoint.

  1. My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies

fredrik backman new book my grandmother sends her regards and apologies

Another Backman because he mends all sad hearts.

This one is emotional I won’t lie. It made me wish I had a grandmother in my life growing up. I need a Granny as eccentric, loud and loving as Elsa’s. You’ll be in tears, don’t say I didn’t warn ya! Read the review to know more about the this kickass granny and the crazy adventures she and her granddaughter go on.

  1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic is a self help book on creativity and making lemonade from the lemons life throws at you. I’m not a huge fan of the self help genre and it gets a lot of criticism at times, but honestly this book helped me a lot when I felt lost in my transition to Oman. Click here to know more.

  1. The Humans by Matt Haig

Have you ever wondered what Aliens would think of us if they ever invaded our lives? Well Matt Haig explores this question in this funny but emotional story of an Alien exploring how to be human when he invades the body of a professor.

Just read it anyway, even if you’re done with Alien invasions. Review, review, review.

  1. Maybe in Another Lifetime by Taylor Jenkins-Reid

book placed against a tea cup with candy and marshmellows. Book is Maybe in Another Lifetime

Oh, the lovestory after my own heart. Do you ever wish your favourite characters had a different ending? This is a very uniquely written book that explores the main character’s journey on two tracks with the choices she has on a night out. Trust me you need to read it to know what I mean.

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I saved the best for last. This is historical fiction, based after WW2 about a book club that was formed during the war and letters exchanged with an author who wants to visit them. There is a movie on this which I just loved but found a bit too grim.

The novel is more funny and told in the form of letters. Beautiful story, review is here.

And that is all for now.

Remember to check in on friends, do nothing if you can’t find the strength to, let yourself rest and ease up. But most importantly, help anyone who asks for help.

If you find someone struggling and you can help them out of their dilemma, it is a sign from God that He thought you capable of it. Don’t take it for granted.

Take care,

This will all be over soon, God willing.


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