A few months ago, we all had a million balls to juggle: school, extracurricular activities, social obligations… The list is endless. Now, especially since summer is starting, our schedules are much more open. With all this time on your hands, you can choose to bake yet another batch of bread, rewatch The Office, or maybe… crack open a good book.
Here are three books that I’ve enjoyed during this quarantine, and hopefully, that you will enjoy, too!
- The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya and Elizabeth Well
With seamless storytelling and a compelling voice, Clementine Wamariya details her experiences fleeing the Rwandan massacre, living in countless refugee camps, and her life in America. Throughout these horrific experiences, Wamariya and her sister survived through sheer determination and a strong will to live. Wamariya’s story is truly inspiring and helped put my everyday struggles into perspective.
- Project You by Aubre Andrus
Filled with actionable tips on how to maximize wellness and achieve peace of mind, Project You is a useful book for those looking to transform their mindset. I love how simple and applicable the activities in this book are. We’ve all heard that a book can truly be healing, and Project You is a literal interpretation of that saying!
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
In this murder mystery, 10 strangers are each sent an invitation to Soldier Island by a mysterious benefactor. Of course, they accept. However, the first evening at Soldier Island, the guests are accused of committing murder in the past. Soon, the systematic killing of each member of the group begins. Each character had a unique, fascinating backstory that kept my attention rapt throughout the book. Filled with suspense and plot twists, this psychological thriller left a lasting memory in my mind.
Each of these books found a special place in my heart during quarantine by opening my mind to the struggles of others, helping me calm my racing thoughts, and best of all, transporting me to a new, vivid world!