The Ultimate Quarantine Literary Wishlist

Since the coronavirus outbreak, people are turning to books to cope and find an escape from their anxiety, depression, or distress.

We are home more than usual, and it’s never been a better time to pick up a book. Why? Because most if not all of us are home drowning in local/national news. Though informative, watching the news for extended periods of time can be very depressing. Some of us have lost our jobs, loved ones, become infected ourselves, or even become our children’s full time school teachers. We are in need of an outlet.

Why not a good book?

There are so many books I wanted to read but never got around to it because, life. Now that I have some time, I figured I’d find a literary escape myself. Here is a list of books on my quarantine literary wish list, that I plan on purchasing some time next week. Who knows, maybe some of these books are on your wish list as well.

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Barnes & Noble

Can you believe I’ve never read this book? If memory serves me correctly, I believe this one of those classic “read before you die” type books. Am I right?

Overview, Britannica
Pride and Prejudice is set in rural England in the early 19th century, and it follows the Bennet family, which includes five very different sisters. Mrs. Bennet is anxious to see all her daughters married, especially as the modest family estate is to be inherited by William Collins when Mr. Bennet dies.

Things fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Abe Books

Yet another “read before you die” book I’ve never even touched. Shame.

Overview, Study.com
In Chinua Achebe’s colonial novel Things Fall Apart, the main character, Okonkwo, has a tragic life. … His aggressiveness is his ultimate downfall, but it is hastened by the white missionaries who arrive like locusts and start turning the villagers, including Okonkwo’s own son, away from their traditional beliefs.

Call me by Your Name, Andre Aciman

Barnes & Noble

I was fortunate enough to see the movie but I would like to appreciate it’s literary goodness as well.

Overview, Wikipedia
Call Me by Your Name is a 2007 novel by American writer André Aciman that centers on a blossoming romantic relationship between an intellectually precocious and curious 17-year-old American-Italian Jewish boy named Elio Perlman and a visiting 24-year-old American Jewish scholar named Oliver in 1980s Italy.

Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid

Barnes & Noble

Ooohhh, I can’t wait to read this. A black babysitter accused of kidnapping the white child in her care; let’s see how this all turns out. Can’t wait.

Overview, Goodreads
A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

With the Fire on High, Elizabeth Acevedo

Barnes & Noble

I loooove to cook. This story features a young latina woman who cares for her young child and abuela, who has a strong passion for cooking and dreams of becoming a chef one day. Of course Im interested in reading!

Overview, Google Books
From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

What a Time to be Alone, Chidera Eggerue

Barnes & Noble

I won’t lie, the cover art alone is making me want to purchase this book.

Overview, Google Books
In What A Time To Be Alone, The Slumflower will be your life guru, confidante and best friend. She’ll show you that being alone is not just okay: it’s just about the best freaking thing that’s ever happened to you. As she says, ‘You’re bad as hell and you were made with intention.’ It’s about time you realised.

#Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso

Barnes & Noble

As much as I am a self improvement book junkie, surprisingly I’ve never read this cult favorite. Thats gonna change! Plus, I love Nasty Gal.

Overview, Four Minute Books
In #GIRLBOSS, Amoruso tells how, after years of hitchhiking and dumpster diving, she found herself becoming an entrepreneur, selling the thrift vintage clothes she had always loved.

Becoming, Michelle Obama

Barnes & Noble

Who doesn’t want to be in the former first lady’s business? I know I do. I think it is very refreshing to get to know Michelle the person.

Overview, Wikipedia
Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

Normal People, Sally Rooney

Barnes & Noble

I haven’t caught the show just yet but I definitely want to read the book. Maybe I’ll just watch and read simultaneously to see which one I like better?

Overview, Good Reads
At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers – one they are determined to conceal.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, Lori Gottlieb

Barnes & Noble

I always wondered if my therapist had a therapist. If she does, I wonder if she mentions me or any of her other patients. Hmmm. I figured this would be a great read to see if my question will be answered: Do therapists speak to their therapist about their patients? Or is it a HIPAA violation? Cant wait to get my hands on this.

Overview, Good Reads
One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

Red White and Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston

Barnes & Noble

First of all, a woman president. Second of all, a steamy affair between the president’s son and a royal Prince? Count me in! I wanna read all about it! This book has gotten rave reviews and won so many awards so that’s my cue.

Overview, Google Reads
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

The Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led To My Greatest Successes in Work and Life, Jen Gotch

Barnes & Noble

The first few words of the title (Upside of Being Down) felt like a description of my mental health disorder. Once I found this was a book on mental health, I was definitely intrigued and interested in reading.

Overview, Google Books
After graduating from college, Jen Gotch was living with her parents, heartbroken and lost, when she became convinced that her skin had turned green. Hallucinating that she looked like Shrek was terrifying, but it led to her first diagnosis and the start of a journey towards self-awareness, acceptance, success, and ultimately, joy.

What books are on YOUR literary wish list? Chime in below.