10 Books on My Self-Isolation Reading List


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Because I’m spending so much more time all of my time at home these days, I’m finding myself reading a lot more.

I’m using the books that I’m reading during self-isolation to do two things: both give my mind a healthy break from thinking about current events, and to invest in my knowledge and skills.

In case you’re looking for a read as well, here’s what I’m digging into!

I’m not a fan of when authors include their own books in these roundups, so I don’t. If you’re looking for some reading beyond the books on this list, though, here’s a link to my books!

To Become Better

Don’t Overthink It, by Anne Bogel

  Anne Bogel is one of my favorite nonfiction authors—I love      the way she looks at the world. If you’re feeling a bit anxious    right now, this book might just be for you. I’m just around 50    pages in, and am finding the book incredibly helpful so far.

The Chemistry of Calm, by Henry Emmons

  Calm is something else we need a lot more of right now. This      book digs deep into the science behind how we can feel more    calm, and what strategies work best.

The Joy of Movement, by Kelly McGonigal

 Any book of Kelly McGonigal’s is, in my mind, an instant-buy.     In this book, she tackles the science of exercise—and how it       makes our lives better in pretty much every measurable way.     Kelly has previously written books about the science   of willpower and stress.

How Music Works, by David Byrne

 This book has been recommended by three friends of mine,       and is a fascinating look at music, as well as the music                 industry  in general. I’m loving it so far.

The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt

 One of the most-cited books on happiness, this book     touches on psychology, economics, evolution, and cognitive   science. I can’t wait to dig into this one.

To Escape

The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy, by Jennifer McCartney

 This book really is little, and it’s a nice little reminder to chill   out and relax—something we all need right now.

This Won’t End Well, by Camille Pagán

 This one’s a book about a woman who decides to cut herself   off from meeting new people—an oddly-prescient topic   right now. Like many of the others on this list, I haven’t   been able to put this book down so far. A fantastic escape.

The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben

 A fascinating look at how trees communicate, this is a book   that has been on my to-read list for a while now. Needless   to say, these days I’m spending most of my time indoors;     this book should serve as a nice reminder of the beauty of   the natural world.

Forest Bathing, by Qing Li

 Another book about trees, this book covers why time in   nature—and around trees—can help promote happiness and   wellbeing. Nature has a whole host of benefits: it boosts   immunity, improves sleep, and even improves cardiovascular   health. I’m not entirely sure whether this book will make me   long for more time in nature, or give me a mental escape to   think about it—but I’m excited to find out.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

 This book doesn’t need an introduction, so I won’t give it   one. Out of all of the books I’ve ever read, I’ve gotten the   most lost within this one—which easily makes it easily worth   a reread. 

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