The pandemic has been affecting our lives for nearly a year now… I’ve been in my house for nine months already with lots of time to spare since my university doesn’t start until next year February. Thanks to quarantine, I was able to fall in love with reading once again (read more about this here). With the quarantine blues, these books helped me get through it all by serving as a place of escape and making me feel a little less lonely during the most vulnerable times.
1) Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Have you ever been too excited at a bookstore that you start grabbing literally every book you find interesting due to the fear of not having enough time to browse around? Well, those happen to me frequently and I would end up with piles of books waiting just for me…. sometimes, a book or two would slip into an alternate world and I would forget that I even had them until the universe decides to reveal it to me at the perfect timing. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro was one of them.
I won’t say anything about the storyline or the characters because I want you to get the same experience as I did. If you’re going to read this book, the less you know the better… so don’t go reading any spoilers! Never Let Me Go was the only rollercoaster ride available for me this quarantine, and I would do just anything to read it for the first time again.
2) The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
As a potterhead, I never thought that I would ever find a different series that will move me like the Harry Potter books did. The Fellowship of the Ring proved me wrong. I was so happy to finally come across a new fictional world that was waiting for me to explore all the unknowns. I felt like a little girl reading the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone again. Although I was supposed to start reading The Hobbit first, I started off with The Fellowship of the Ring and I do not regret it one bit.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptive writing was to die for! With every turn of page, I became so impressed and attached to the places and characters. To get the full experience, I would suggest readers to listen to the related The Lord of the Rings ambience and music on youtube. Anyway, this book has it all: quests, loyalty, wizards, villains, history, and the list goes on. I’m currently halfway through the second book and I must say that I’m reading the series a bit slower than usual to savour every single sentence.
3) Blankets, Craig Thompson
I must say, I’ve never really been a fan of graphic novels… partially because of the tedious reading assignment that I had back in middle school. However, I came across Blankets while searching for a fun and light read. Well… it didn’t end up being one, but I was too wrapped up in it to stop.
First love. Sibling rivalry. Childhood traumas. This graphic novel felt so real and touching. Letting go of hurt and regrets are really difficult, especially ones that have haunted you since way back. Blankets by Craig Thompson reminds us all that not every child got the childhood that he or she deserved.