There’s never been a better time to start reading books
You’re stuck inside. You’ve already watched all the best shows on Netflix. You’ve already done your homework. Instead of wasting away the hours on social media, do something good for yourself and your mental state. Read a book.
Maybe you’ve never read a book for fun, but don’t let that discourage you. Reading is for everyone. You don’t have to be an intellectual to enjoy books.
Listed below are a few my favorite books—hopefully you can find something to check out.
If: you want to read a dystopian satire set in a world eerily similar to our current pandemic-stricken one,
Then read: Severance, by Ling Ma
If: you want a thrilling, can’t-put-it-down time travel science fiction novel paced like an action movie,
Then read: Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch
If: you want to read a smartly plotted story of the very real lives of modern, urban Native Americans in Oakland,
Then read: There There, by Tommy Orange
If: you want a masterwork of combining science fiction and fantasy and also race relations in the first of a trilogy,
Then read: The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
If: you want the best damn story of friendship chronicling two women in Italy from the 1950s onward,
Then read: My Brilliant Friend (and the next three books in the series), by Elena Ferrante
If: you just want some relaxing, in-touch poems about nature,
Then read: New and Selected Poems, Volume One, by Mary Oliver
If: you want to experience Nobel Prize-winning literature mixed with a little science fiction fun,
Then read: Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
If: you like history and want to reframe your perspective of society without feeling like you’re read a history book,
Then read: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
If: you want to discover what it’s like to grow up without ever going to school and somehow ending up at Cambridge,
Then read: Educated, by Tara Westover
If: you want to read a saga about a Korean family living through multiple generations, spanning topics of love, family and history,
Then read: Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
If: you want to get lost in the long, engrossing story of one kid’s slip into darker and darker rungs of society,
Then read: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
If: you want some truly strange and original dystopian fiction with a giant floating bear,
Then read: Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer
If: you just want to read the words of a fearless, always-interesting filmmaker,
If: you want to get existential and ponder how you experience life,
Then read: Why Time Flies, by Alan Burdick
Where should you buy a book if you want to pick one up?
I always recommend supporting your local, independent bookstores, especially right now. Each book above is linked to Powell’s bookstore—probably the most famous independent bookstore, located in Portland, Oregon.
If you’re in Arcata, you can order books online from Northtown Books and pick it up on the curb as of March 25. You can also order a book from Tin Can Mailman, which is shipping orders of $10 or more for free to anywhere in Humboldt, and orders of $40 or more for free outside Humboldt.
If you’re outside Humboldt, look up your local bookstore and see how to grab a book. More than ever, they could use your support.
If you’d rather not have anyone handle your books, your alternative is to try the e-book versions. Happy reading!