In the era of social distancing, many of us have found that our world shrunk down to the size of our home. As teens, there has never been a better time than now to kick back, relax, and pick up a book and slip into another reality. Often we become too immersed in everything that is going on in our lives, so think of this as a way to take a breather! I have found that this experience also provides a great opportunity to get more reading done. So, I have compiled a list of “5 Books for Teens to Read in Quarantine.” When putting together this, I took many things into consideration, meaning the list spans a variety of genres. From fantasies to nonfiction to contemporaries – choosing any of these five recommendations will make a great read! Ready to start reading yet? Here are my recommendations:
1. A fantasy book for you to read when you feel like escaping the present…
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Quote of the book: “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction
Summary: Throne of Glass is the first book in an eight-book series. The book follows a notorious eighteen-year-old assassin called Celaena Sardothien. One day, Celena gets caught and was sent to a death camp in the salt mines of Endovier. The King of Adarlan decides to hold a championship in order to choose his own personal assassin and this is when Celena gets offered an opportunity: her freedom in return for a huge sacrifice. Celena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament against other trained assassins in order to achieve the freedom she desires.
Why it’s a good quarantine read: This is my first book recommendation for you to read in quarantine. Throne of Glass is an excellent book to read in quarantine, because the story truly transports you to another world. You get so immersed in the characters and everything that is happening, that time flies by. The series is also eight books long, so you will have plenty of reading to get you through self-isolation!
Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com.au/Throne-Glass-Sarah-J-Maas/dp/1599906953
2. A book about travel for when you can’t…
I See London I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Quote of the book: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Travel
Summary: I See London I See France is about Sydney – a nineteen-year-old who planned out her perfect summer. Within the next four and a half weeks, she plans to travel through Europe with her best friend Leela. What she didn’t take into consideration, however, was her unexpected encounter with her ex-boyfriend. We follow her on a backpacking trip around Europe as she begins falling for her ex’s very hot friend.
Why it’s a good quarantine read: If you’re looking for a fun and very quick read, this is the perfect book for you. The book really lets you follow along on Sydney’s journey and go to the different places they explored. If you miss traveling, or just the outdoors right about now, this book will take you on an adventure inside the comfort of your own home!
Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/See-LondonFrance/dp/0062397079
3. A retelling of Wonderland to lead you down the rabbit hole…
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Quote of the book: “But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.”
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance
Summary: Heartless is an Alice in Wonderland retelling where you follow Cath before she actually becomes the Queen of Hearts. As a young woman, Cath is one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and is favored by the unmarried King. However, Cath’s desires lie elsewhere – opening a bakery with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen. One night at a royal ball, Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker, and for the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King, and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret relationship.
Why it’s a good quarantine read: This retelling of Wonderland stays very true to the original story written by Lewis Carroll. However, Marissa Meyer was also able to transform the story and turn it into her own. The world was very well painted and it feels as if are truly there. Lastly, the writing style is also beautiful with incorporations of nursery rhymes and even some Edgar Allen Poe.
Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com.au/HEARTLESS-MARISSA-MEYER/dp/1250044650
4. A book to help increase your productivity in quarantine…
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Quote of the book: When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.
Genres: Non-fiction, Self Help, Psychology, Productivity
Summary: Atomic Habits is a book that teaches you how to be consistent with your habits. It talks about how and why habits are formed and how you can use that information to create good habits and bad habits alike. The book also goes into things like the power of 1% change, the importance of adopting better systems rather than setting goals, the need to focus on identity rather than outcomes, and, ultimately, how to build better habits through the 4 laws of behavioral change.
Why it’s a good quarantine read: I recommend this book to read especially in quarantine because it really changes the way you look at habits. I myself actually listened to the audiobook during quarantine and I couldn’t have chosen a better time. The book teaches and talks about things that are never really talked especially at our age. Furthermore, understanding a lot of the concepts talked about will put you one step ahead of society which makes it a perfect book for teens to read.
Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com.au/Atomic-Habits-Proven-Build-Break/dp/0735211299
5. A book that helps to humanize anxiety in this uncertain time…
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Quote of the Book: I wanted to tell her that I was getting better, because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness: It was a hurdle you jumped over, or a battle you won. Illness is a story told in the past tense.
Trigger warnings: Anxiety, OCD
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Mental Health
Summary: Turtles All The Way Down explores mental health themes like anxiety, OCD, and the fear associated with mental illness. The book follows a story about sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes and her struggles with mental illness with the backdrop of a mystery. The book humanizes and puts into words the experience of living with a mental illness and spiral thoughts that consume day to day life.
Why it’s a good quarantine read: This book has so many good quotes that really put feelings well into words. It’s definitely my favorite YA book on mental illness that I’ve ever read. John Green recognizes that teenagers are able to comprehend complex concepts and don’t disregard us because of our developing brains. Because of this, the characters are so startlingly relatable to teens – especially Aza with her struggles with anxiety. Please remember that reading this right now may definitely help, but please remember that it is definitely not an easy book to get through. However, if read under the right mindset, this will definitely help you cope with anxious thoughts.
Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/Turtles-All-Down-John-Green/dp/0525555366
Quarantine may suck for a lot of us but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to make the best of it. Reading is something we can all do right now and what better way than to escape the world by getting immersed in a book. Stay safe and happy reading! These are my top 5 books to read in quarantine, what are yours?
For some more ideas on what to do during quarantine, check out: http://therosetum.com/10-things-for-teens-to-do-in-quarantine/
Love, Carol x