The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a break in routine for people of all ages, and many are left with many hours to fill up. So now it is the perfect time to pick up reading, more than that, reading something that is nourishing for the mind, heart and soul. Here is a recommendation of six books that will help calm your anxiety during this unprecedented crisis.
Silence in the age of noise – Erling Kagge
Finding solace in silence helps you find peace in the anxiety you feel. The Norwegian explorer explains a powerful medication of the importance of silence and how to shut out the world. Take a deep breath and go on a quest of peace through this book.
Everything that remains – Joshua Fields Millburn
This lockdown is a great time to detox your life. Milburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want, until the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, he started questions everything aspect of his life. Then he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism. This will spark questions in you in the pursuit of looking something more substantial than compulsory consumption.
12 rules of life – Jordan Peterson
This has been praised the bible of 21st-century self-help psychology. The Canadian clinical psychologist has become an internet sensation for his ability to explain complex psychological concepts. Each of Peterson’s 12 rules is explained in an essay that combines matter-of-the-fact scolding and references to academic paper. You may find some much-needed guidance in this read.
Diary of a grumpy old git – Tim Collins
One laugh can wipe away so much hardship and suffering. This entertaining read is about a middle-aged, divorced man who finds himself in all sorts of miserable yet relatable life situations, but it is a light-hearted read that will make you laugh out loud.
Shantaram – George David Roberts
Shantaram is based on an extraordinary true story of Roberts spending eight years in the Bombay underworld. Lindsay Ford-a pseudonym Roberts used for himself-is an Australian criminal and drug addict who escaped from prison to India and ended up living in a slum at first. From there on, he went on to have an incredible journey that contains love, violence, drugs and so on. This reads like an autobiography and is so gripping that it would take you no time to finish the 950 pages.
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
It is time to tackle that classic you have always wanted to read. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is a classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society. This is a rich and complex masterpiece, in which Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the stories of many characters and presents an accurate description of the late 19th-century Russian society.
Reading can truly transport you to another world, which would serve as a great pastime. Through engrossing yourself in these books, you may just find a piece of calm within all the chaos around.