When movies, television, and video games begin to become a bit lackluster, there is nothing that can draw you in more than a good book.
One of the benefits of an increased amount of free time is that you can finally make good on your New Year’s resolution to read more! Whether you like to read on your tablet, smartphone, or are adamant about sticking to hard copies, these books below are sure to provide an escape during such an uncertain time.
1. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Take your average murder mystery, then tell it backwards: you have All the Missing Girls. When Nicolette returns to Cooley Ridge, the small town she grew up in, to help her brother sell her ailing father’s home, she is confronted by her past in a dark and twisted way.
It has been 10 years since Nicollete’s best friend, Corinne disappeared without a trace. So when another young girl goes missing in the woods, the case of the past is ripped wide open and no one’s secrets are safe. You will be eager to keep turning the page as the story asks “Can you really go home again?”
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Chances are, you've heard of this book from your friends or family. There’s a reason why this book is so popular, whether that be its poetic nature or profound underlying message, it is undeniable that it has shifted numerous people's perspectives on life.
The story follows a shepherd named Santiago. Santiago keeps having a recurring dream that he believes will lead him to a treasure found at the Egyptian pyramids. This story is the true embodiment of “it's about the journey, not the destination” and is sure to draw you in. See what all the hype is about and have a great conversation started when you can reunite with your loved ones!
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
You’ve seen the movies, but have you read the books that started it all? Read the beginning of the classic story and dive into J.K. Rowling's imagination with the first book of the iconic series. We can almost promise you that when you finish this book you will be eagerly seeking out the second.
If you have already read the series as a kids or teenager, why not take some time to read it again and remember why you fell in love with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the first place? This book is sure to make you wish you had your very own wand from Ollivander's and a letter from Hogwarts.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Considered to be one of the best classic books of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird is sure to capture your heart and challenge your thinking on the idea of integrity. Told from the perspective of a young girl named Scout who lives in Alabama with her brother Jem and widowed father Atticus Finch, Scout and Jem are fascinated with their reclusive neighbor Boo Radley. He is never seen outside his house, for a reason they can not figure out, yet he will often leave the children gifts outside.
The story follows the joys of childhood imagination as well as the court case Atticus Finch is appointed to participate. He must defend his client, a black man, despite the disapproval from the members of his small town.
Take a chance and see why this book is so highly regarded – and if the last time you read it was in your high school English class, it might be time to pick it up again!
5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
To round out our list, we include another thriller (because let’s be honest, nothing can hook you in quite like a good murder mystery). From Gillian Flynn, the author that shocked the world with Gone Girl, alcoholic crime reporter Camille Preaker returns to her hometown of Windgap to report on the disappearance of two young girls. She returns to her childhood home and the critical eye of her mother Adora and step sister Amma.
As she falls deeper into the investigation of the two girls, secrets of her and her family's past start to spill out. We can almost guarantee you will be shocked at the conclusion of this thriller. Once you finish the book, you can also watch the HBO miniseries of the same show to see if the characters Flynn orchestrates inside your head matches the characters on the screen.
While we know getting to your local bookstore may not be an option right now, most retailers are still delivering online packages.
You can also download books on your tablet of choice! There’s really no reason not to take advantage of a free afternoon expanding your imagination and the way you see the world. What's on your bookshelf? Leave us a comment down below to share the knowledge!
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