How to Pass The Time While Social Distancing: Books

As many of us are social distancing and homebound due to the coronavirus pandemic, we might find ourselves struggling for ways to spend our time, so weve started a series of free-time recommendations. The first in the series are books that we love and think youll enjoy too. Some are uplifting and inspiring, others will captivate and draw you into the lives of their characters, and some will enlighten and educate. 

 

 

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

 

An orthodox approach to travel literature, Italian writer Italo Calvino explores the excursions of Marco Polo through a series of prose poems, framed within a conversation between Mongol Emporer, Kubai Khan and Polo himself. 

 

 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

 

One of Kundera's most acclaimed novels, 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' tells the story of four lovers and a dog, whilst exploring Friedrich Nietzche's notion of eternal recurrence amongst other life philosophies.

 

 

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

 

A holistic guide to living in the present, Alan Watts looks to Eastern religion and philosophy to build a strong argument for living in the present as a means to live a fulfilling life.  

 

 

Normal People by Sally Rooney

 

Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and 2019 Women's Prize For Fiction, Sally Rooney's best-selling novel is a simple yet, compelling story that revolves around the relationship between Irish teens Connell and Marianne.

 

 

That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph

 

The founder of Netflix, Marc Randolph tells the story of one of the 21st century's most successful business ventures in digestible prose. Inspiring and motivational, the book teaches you how to face adversary and grow from it. 

 

 

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

 

Penned by Colombian Nobel prize-winning author Gabrial García Márquez, 'Love in the Time of Cholera' is a celebration of love in all it's manifestations. Beautifully written you'll be sure to be enraptured in the lives of its protagonists. 

 

 

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind by Siri Hustvedt

 

Composed by prize-winning writer, Siri Hustvedt, 'A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women' is a compelling collection of essays and musings on art, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy with a feminist undertone. 

 

 

Outline: A Novel by Rachel Cusk

 

A novel framed by ten earnest and candid conversations with its protagonist, 'Outline' is a beautiful escape with philosophical enrichment at every turn.