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Best Books to Read During a Quarantine

With so many books available to read, how do you decide where to put your time next? It can be hard to narrow down your choices to just a few. And because so many of the lists only focus on new, upcoming reads or go back to the classics, this list will be a mix of books that don’t always make it on the super-big lists but are well worth your time.

Whether you’re looking for a good laugh, something impactful, or want to learn something new, we’ve hand-picked a few choices that should be on your reading list.


Books to Read During a Quarantine

· 3 Funny Books – if you’re looking for a laugh

· 3 Powerful Books – if you want to be inspired

· 3 Business Books – if you want to learn

· 3 Heartwarming Books – if you need a feel-good moment

· 3 Family-friendly books – a great way to spend quality time reading aloud

When things get stressful, relying on a fun book that makes you laugh is a great way to beat the quarantine blues. Take advantage of the time to read something new.

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3 Funny Books to Read During the Quarantine

1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson – a “mostly-true” memoir

2. Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs – as weird as it is laugh-out-loud funny

3. If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? Erma Bombeck – a throw-back and fun

BONUS: The Hating Game, Sally Thorne – If you like romantic comedies, do yourself a favor and add this book to your list. From page one, it will grab you. You’ll be glued to it while laughing through the story.

3 Powerful and Inspiring Books to Read During the Quarantine

1. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch – a professor dying of cancer offers a few words

2. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and it’s All Small Stuff, Richard Carlson – set your stress aside

3. The Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer – learn about abundant intention and what it can do

BONUS: The 5 People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom – This isn’t a book that preaches religion. It’s a book about introspection and the people that cross your path in life.

3 Business Books to Read During Quarantine

1. How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie – isn’t it time you find out why it makes so many lists?

2. Deep Work, Cal Newport – spreading yourself too thin? It’s time to rethink your process

3. The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg – learn about habits, discipline, and goals

BONUS: Blink, Malcolm Gladwell – about how we make decisions

3 Heartwarming Books to Read During Quarantine

1. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd – just take our word for it

2. The Help, Kathryn Stockett – a story that was glued to the charts

3. The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion – open your heart to a story about love, told a little differently than you’re used to

BONUS: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – okay, so maybe a classic found its way here, but for good reason

3 Family-Friendly Books to Read During Quarantine

1. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl – a perfect chapter book to read together as a family, good for all ages

2. Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White - a beautiful story of friendship

3. Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Cleary – a silly story that offers a series of giggle-worthy moments

BONUS: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume – funny, relatable book for those who have siblings


I hope you find something new to try. There are so many options, but sometimes a long list of 85 business books or 30 greatest inspirational reads leaves you bookmarking a bunch, but never getting back to read them. Here, you can check your mood… want something funny? We’ve got you covered. Looking to be inspired? Here are a few books to check out. What about something you can read with the kids?


Happy reading, and if you find something amazing to add, be sure to leave it in the comments!




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