My Quarantine Reading List
Welcome back everyone! I’m back blogging while home bound during our COVID-19 quarantine. First, I wanted to say, I hope everyone is staying safe, happy, and healthy. I love digging into a good book to escape to a different world for a little while. Hope this list gives you some ideas on how to do the same. Now let’s get to it!
Here are a few books on my reading list:
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
By Jeanette Walls
I actually read this book in college for one of my English classes, but ended up quickly falling in love with Jeanette’s writing and her intriguing story. The first class we were assigned the first two chapters. The next night, I ended up reading it all in one sitting… whoops. A coming-of-age story about family, identity, and perseverance.
Educated: A Memoir
By Tara Westover
I am just finishing this book up at the moment and so far it’s been a really great read. Educated is a memoir that follows the author’s unique childhood with survivalist parents in Idaho. Then, how she eventually makes her way to Cambridge and Harvard. The internal struggle between her “home life” and “new life” is relateable as we grow in and out of life phases. I would give it a 10/10 must read.
Know My Name: A Memoir
By Chanel Miller
Can you spot a trend? Ok, so I like memoirs. This one was recommended by Julia (Trevor’s sister) and Taryn (my sorority big). Both had gushing reviews. Previously known as Emily Doe in a Stanford sexual assault case that released a victim impact statement that went viral on Buzzfeed, Chanel miller reclaims her name and identity, proving that she is more than a victim, in this powerful and (heartbreakingly) necessary memoir. Not only is the book powerful, but it is also beautifully written.
By James Clear
One of my co-workers actually recommended this book to me. I downloaded it via Audible and that was well, two months ago… There’s nothing I enjoy more than listening to an audiobook on my commute. While I won’t be commuting to and from work any time soon, I’ll work this one in while loading and unloading my dishwasher 1,000 times during quarantine. (Anyone else feel the same way?)
By Caroline Kepnes
I’ve watched both seasons of YOU on Netflix which scared me, but also captivated me. I binged watched season 1 and was shocked by the season 2 finale. You have to watch it, talk about a plot twist! Many people said the book was good too. I’m interested to see how this story reads.
Little Fires Everywhere
By Celeste Ng
Similarly, I saw this show pop up on my Hulu recommended list and thought why not! It stars Resse Witherspoon, who doesn’t love a good drama with her in it, and is set against a wealthy suburban neighborhood with an underlying feeling of chaos. I fell in love with the show, but I feel like there are themes that would be better understood by reading the book. I’m hoping reading Ng story will fill in some of the gaps and paint a fuller picture.
Where the Crawdads Sing
By Delia Owens
So many people have read this book and recommended it to me. I figured I should also include something other than a memoir haha. A hard-to-put-down fictional thriller about a woman known as the “marsh girl”, but is turns out to be so much more than that.
The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House
By Ben Rhodes
I actually stumbled along this book in a book store in Minnesota and read the description and was just very intrigued. I’ve always been interested in the Obama presidency and thought it would be interesting to relive it through the lens of someone who worked very closely with the President.
How Women Rise
By Sally Helgesen
I went to the PA Women’s conference in 2018 (which was amazing and if you live in PA I would highly recommend attending!) and got to listen to the author of this book speak on women in the workforce. It was incredibly inspiring and the book echoes her principals on how to land your next job, a promotion, or raise. I haven’t read it yet, but then again… what better time to brush up on some career development skills.
Note: I’ll probably do a revised post on what I thought of these books once I read them.
Leave your book recommendations in the comments 🙂
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