Looking for a way to relax and get some peace of mind while staying safe inside your home? Open up a good book! Books are a great way to wind down and escape while still accomplishing something that’s beneficial for you.
To help get you started, I asked a few of my colleagues about books they’d recommend opening up and reading to your heart’s content.
Brad – The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Power was one of those books that friends recommended time and time again, but I never got into. Once I finally did (listen, because I generally use audiobooks), it was well worth it. It’s filled with characters that are easy to relate to and is written with a great, quick pace. One of the most enjoyable reads of the last five years for me.
Rick – Wild and Crazy Guys by Nick de Semlyen
Wild and Crazy Guys is an in-depth dive covering primarily 80s comedies and their stars, such as Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin and Rick Moranis. It really hit the right tone of being informative while also hilarious. For me, it was the sort of book that was a breeze to read. My favorite part is near the end of the book where it talks about the making of Groundhog Day.
Kim – The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
I had heard that The Da Vinci Code was a good book, and someone at work let me borrow their paperback. I later learned that the way to go when reading that book is the original hardcover version, because it includes pictures of the landmarks and works of art referenced in the book. Since I was not familiar with most of the references in the book, I spent some of my time searching the internet for images, so I could better understand the significance of the clues.
Kelly – A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
While A Place for Us is not a light read, it is an interesting introspection on the lives of an Indian-American family with strong cultural heritage. It was an eye-opening read for me, one that also delves into family relationship dynamics.
Ethan – Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
The book is about Brian Robeson, a 13-year-old traveling on a small plane to visit his father. Unfortunately, the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes. Brian has to survive in the wilderness with only a hatchet. I loved getting to learn about survival skills, even if it was for required reading time.
Hannah – The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
If you loved the mystery and suspense of Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, then The Perfect Mother is the next logical read. I could not put this book down, finishing it in about 3 days. It is a psychological thriller about a group of mothers who get together a few times a week. It sounds boring, but I promise it is filled with so many unexpected twists and turns!
Kelsey – The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
I love the illustrations in The Cat in the Hat. At any age, I can appreciate the illustrations and fun nature of the book. Plus, the cat is great because it’s the only type of cat I’m not allergic to.
Abbie – The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
This book was funny, unique and lighthearted, which is exactly what I needed right now. It’s set in an alternative version of London where magic exists and follows Linus, who is a caseworker for magical orphaned children. He’s sent on a secret assignment to an island where the most “dangerous” magical children live, and what follows is a heartwarming, hilarious journey about accepting others and the families we create for ourselves.