Book Recommendations

My Quarantine Book Recommendations (By Mood)

Hi everyone! I originally wrote this post a few months ago in my journal during quarantine. A lot of people were looking for book/TV show recommendations to fill up the time so I wrote this with some friends in mind and shared it with them! I decided to base them on some of the “moods” I knew we were experiencing. Some of these circumstances have changed since then, but I still highly recommend these books. Since a lot of these books touch on heavy topics, I have included content warnings (CW) or links to find out more about them. So without further ado, here are my Quarantine Book Recommendations (By Mood).

 

Missing seeing your friends so much that it hurts?

 

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I chose this book because it is very friendship-based as it focuses on the relationship between the main characters Frances and Aled. Frances is shocked when the creator of “Radio Silence,” her favourite podcast contacts her to collaborate after seeing her fan art. Unbeknownst to her, the creator is actually Aled (who attends the all-boys school near her) and they become friends while spending the summer working on the podcast. Radio Silence was the first Alice Oseman book I read and after she quickly became one of my favourite authors. Many of the YA contemporary books I have read are about a romantic relationship so reading Radio Silence was like a breath of fresh air. As Aled and Frances are in their high school graduating year, it also discusses lots of questions about university and planning for one’s future which I could really relate to while reading this book. 

“And I’m platonically in love with you.”

“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”

― Alice Oseman, Radio Silence

Just finished Part 4 of Money Heist and need more heists in your life? 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Don’t be upset but I still haven’t watched S4 of Money Heist… (no spoilers please) but I know friends who have and were raving about it along with my prof and classmates in my Spanish class haha. For this mood, I am recommending Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. If you’re in the book community, chances are you’ve probably heard of this one. It follows the criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker who assembles a crew for an impossible heist (to get his kruge of course – $$$).  There is a little world-building to get used to with this one as it is based on the same world from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, but it is definitely worth it. It is exciting, fast-paced, and delves deep into each of the character’s backstories. It is part of a duology and the second book, Crooked Kingdom, will destroy you. This duology is one of my top favourites and I had the best time rereading it during quarantine with two of my friends where we chatted about it on Facetime. CW: PTSD, sexual assault, violence

“Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.”

– Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Hoping that One Direction will do a 10 year reunion?

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Okay, yes it is another Alice Oseman book but this one is about a boy band!! Set in the perspectives of one of the boy band members and a fan, I Was Born For This focuses both on the fandom life and the dark side of fame. I love this book so much and Alice Oseman just announced she is working on the sequel so I really couldn’t be happier. Here is a list of content warnings for Alice Oseman’s works including I Was Born For This & Radio Silence, which I would recommend reading to be aware of potentially triggering material.

“I shrug. ‘Must be nice to just … be a person.’

Rowan stares at me. The flashing lights reflect in his glasses. ‘But we’re gods, Jimmy. What’s better than that?”

– Alice Oseman, I Was Born For This

Playing too much Animal Crossing and want to go live on a deserted island? 

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Since this was me 99% of the time during quarantine, I needed a recommendation for this mood. For this, I picked Summer of Salt which is a magical realism novel. The main character Georgia lives on the small island “By-the-Sea” and anxiously awaits for her magical gift, as powers have been passed down through the women in her family. Summer of Salt is both mysterious and lovely and captures the feeling of life on an island so well. CW: mention of rape

“Except there weren’t any princes on By-the-Sea. We didn’t need princes; we saved ourselves.”

― Katrina Leno, Summer of Salt

Yearning for summer and going on daily walks?

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

This also is a book I reread during quarantine and I can say it still deserves all the stars in the universe! This is a book you fly through and it leaves an Ari & Dante shaped hole in your heart after. It follows two Mexican-American boys, Aristotle and Dante, and is a story about growing up, family, and identity. I think it’s a story you can’t go into knowing much, so just trust me and read it. CW: assault, homophobia, transphobia, substance use

“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”

― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Have you read any of these books already? What were your thoughts? Did you also experience these quarantine “moods”?

*Post cover photo was taken by myself*

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