Now that there is officially time for you to finally start reading - here are some books you should definitely look into and maybe finish by the end of this lockdown!
1. 1984, George Orwell
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.
2. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Talking about pandemics and quarantines - this is the perfect book to remind you about how love and relationships flourish in such an age and time. A classic, if you never had the chance to read it - now you do! This book is about more than just cholera. It’s about love and relationships that span decades, and it asks if maybe love isn’t the real disease.
3. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
It’s been two decades since a virulent strain of the flu changed the world, and for Kirsten and her travelling band of creatives, survival means keeping the arts alive in this dismal new world. As the New York Times Book Review puts it, “Station Eleven offers comfort and hope to those who believe or want to believe, that doomsday can be survived, that in spite of everything people will remain good at heart, and when they start building a new world they will want what was best about the old.” Yeah, it hits very close to home.
4. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
A story about a 15-year-old Kafka who runs away from his father's home and finds refuge in a private library. He spends most of his time reading books but soon, the police start enquiring about him in connection with a murder. The other plot, covered in the chapters, is about an old man named Nakata who ends with a job as a cat finder. One particular case takes him far away from home and puts him on the road for the first time in his life. He ends up befriending a truck driver who becomes attached to him quite quickly. Like any other Murakami read - this one is as strange and yet as philosophical as it gets.
5. Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
A fun and entertaining read about the end of the world. With their signature darkness, satire, and clever twists on mythology, Gaiman and Pratchett created a wild tale of an apocalypse. You might have seen the Amazon Prime miniseries adaptation. If you haven’t read the book, pick up a copy and go for it! Actually, go and watch the miniseries, too - you’ve got enough time on hand.
Hopefully, you read one of these books and it makes your lockdown a little less boring and tiresome!