Four Books to Beat the Cabin Fever

Growing up as an introvert, I found comfort in reading books at an early age. I love getting lost between the pages of a book, and reading fiction is a form of escapism for me as watching movies is for some people.

My reading list is here, while my old book reviews are here. Once in a while, I share what I’m reading in the story section of Instagram. Join me there if you please.

If reading is your thing and you want to turn more pages during these days of isolation, here are the four books that I got wonderfully lost in which I can recommend in beating that cabin fever lurking in your home, in your heart.

The Book: Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

Why read it?
With 6 million copies sold worldwide, the book tells a poignant story of hope, resilience, prejudices, love, survival, and determination so universal to all of us. In this modern age, it is refreshing to read a story about a girl who lives alone in the wilderness yet blossoms into an amazingly intelligent and independent woman who fights fiercely not just for survival but for the love she is longing for all her life. Read through the end and be blown away by how the story is sealed and wrapped up.
This line:
“Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.” 

The Book: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Why read it?
Just recently read this and the first few pages already made me laugh so loud I startled my two housemates! I badly need this kind of belly laugh in this time of quarantine. I find the story very original and heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time. It is a powerful narrative about loneliness, pain, and courage written so beautifully and humorously. Eleanor Oliphant is an absolute delight to read!
This Line:
“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

The Book: A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Why read it?
If you’ve read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and have watched the movie Up, you will probably love this book because it feels like a mesh of the two. The story centers on a grumpy, OCD, man-of-few-words old guy dealing with his devastating loss and his newly-found, unexpected circle of people. It is a charming, feel-good, heart-warming story packed with humor and lessons in every chapter. You will love Ove for his tender heart within, and his quirks and wits will make you laugh out loud. I certainly did.
This line:
“He was a man of black and white. And she was color. All the color he had.”

The Book: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Why read it?
The book falls on the mystery genre but is also a story of motherhood intertwined in the lives of three families and made complex by the secrets they all hold. It explores surrogacy, teenage tendencies, and art as a mirror of one’s deepest emotions. You will be holding your breath as the intricate details unfold and the characters develop along the way.
This Line:
“She smelled of home…as if home had never been a place, but had always been this little person whom she’d carried alongside her.”

Some helpful sites if you want to read more:
– Bill Gates has a good and ever-growing reading list here.
– I’m thinking of writing my own 2020 Booklist just like hers.
Reading with a pencil explains why we should, too.

Happy reading! I would love to know what you are reading during this time.

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