As we continue to adjust and adapt to our new norm or way of life, we find ourselves trying to find ways to entertain ourselves or fill in the time. There are many ways to cope with our current situation, but I find reading a book to be a great distraction.
Traditionally, most Americans spend hours a week commuting to their jobs and for most of us, that commute is gone as we embrace social distancing. So ask yourself, what are you doing with those extra hours a wee? Are you binge-watching your favorite shows on Netflix? Have you joined the craze around the document on the Tiger King? Side note - if you haven't seen it you should. Do you find yourself spending all day on the couch thinking about your next meal? Trust me, I am sure we have one at least one of these in the last few weeks.
But now is a great time to begin investing in yourself by reading a great book. In fact, I find myself re-reading some of my favorite books and it has honestly been a quite refreshing distraction. Use this extra time to just stop and pause. Grab a book you have been wanting to read and just dive into it. I find myself reading books I have been putting off for months.
Here are 5 books I am reading (or rereading) now:
1. Originals By Adam Grant
I just started this book a few days again and I absolutely love it. If you have ever heard of Warby Parker then you might know the author Adam Grant. Grant was the profession who decided to NOT invest in Warby Parker in there early days. He deeply regrets this decision now as would anyone. In fact, he has made it his mission to find and identify other non-conformists in the world and identify their unique characteristics. Are you a non-conformist?
Check out Originals if you are looking for a motivational book around business development and entrepreneurship!
2. Evicted By Matthew Desmond
Evicted changed the way I viewed the current housing crisis in America. To be honest, I was not entirely educated on how upside down and backwards our housing system was in America until I came across this book. When my friend referred it to me, I put it off and just recently dived into it. The book follows 6 unique families and how they grapple with the ups and downs of finding a home. I took for granted having a roof over my head. I honestly couldn't put this book down. I was hooked immediately and even hoped for a sequel as I long to know what happened to the families in the book.
If you are looking for a page-turning about the housing crisis and you desire to be enlightened on how it disproportionately impacts low-income families then this is the book for you.
3. Why We Sleep By Matthew Walker
I found this book on Bill Gate's annual book list. I usually pick 1 or 2 books off his list as he always curates a list so unique to what I usually read. Why We Sleep is one of the best books I have read in a long time. This book balances science and storytelling perfectly which makes you rethink your relationships with sleep. It is not a quick read but it's very thoughtfully put together. After reading this book, I bought copies for my close friends and family - that is how much I loved it!
If I had to choose one book to read this month, I'd choose this one! Read it and heed his advice.
4. Educated By Tara
So I found this book last year on Barak Obama's list. And just like BIll's list, I grab 1-2 books off there list each year to read. Educated left me shaken and inspired at the same time. The story follows the life of Tara Westover and her unique religious upbringing. This book made me realize how limited I knew about other cultures within America and how everyone is living a life we know nothing of.
This book gave me #girlboss vibes all day. If you are looking for an inspiring raw novel based on true events then read Educated.
5. Becoming by Michelle Obama
I read Becoming last year in a book club and loved every page of it so decided to reread it again this month. What is fitting about this book now is we are all going through some sort of transition. This pandemic we are living through will be the start of who we become as well. Michelle's story brings 3 words to mind: strength, dedication, and perseverance. These are the same qualities we need to get through our current times.
I never knew how important representation was for people of color and women until I read this book. Her story more than inspired me but motivated me to be an example for other girls around me. Take a moment to read this book. I promise you, you won't regret it.
A silver lining during this pandemic is that we are given more quality time. A time to pause. Reading is a luxury that we now have the time for. It is an unusual predicament and dichotomy to the hustle and bustle of our normal life. We are given a rare chance to slow down. Don't take this time for granted and invest in yourself.