There’s no denying that the current COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed our lives and thrown us all, collectively, into a time of challenge.
Some of us (while not all of us) have extra time on our hands and could use some reading to get us through. Others of us (while still busy) need the break and sanity that comes from sitting down with a good read.
There’s no one right way to be feeling right now, and what you need in a book might be quite different than what the next person needs.
That being said, here are the book on our minds, recently:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
We’re thinking fondly back to the Find Your Voice team outing earlier this year to see the new Little Women movie (and regretting we didn’t take full advantage of all the movie theater snacks at our disposal). If you’re feeling like reading a classic, this is a great one to reread: the March sisters come together in the face of life’s challenges. They take ownership of their stories and write their own endings. Louisa May Alcott carefully captures the courage, creativity, and heroism found in a seemingly quiet, domestic life.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
This comforting and tender-hearted picture book brings just the encouragement we all need right now. It’s a children’s story—but, really, it’s for anyone who’s on a journey (and, let’s be honest, that’s all of us). The simple narrative and whimsical art will have you teary in no time—in a “good cry” kind of way.
While going to the grocery store is not exactly an easy task right now, we’re ready (now and forever in the future) to give our immune systems the treatment they deserve. Dr. Rupy Aujlla gives practical recipes and explains the science behind how your diet keeps you healthy. We’re picking out our favorite recipes and prepping for our next trip to the store.
The Core 4: Embrace Your Body, Own Your Power by Stephanie Gaudreau
This one is on the mind, honestly, because, at least here in LA, the gym is closed (and yoga studios, the local pilates place—not to mention hiking trails, public parks and the beach). If you’re looking for a systematic way to improve your health, this is it. Complete with recipes and workouts, this a step-by-step, do-it-at-home guide to transform your body.
Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education by Ainsley Arment
For kids everywhere, school is out, but that doesn’t mean learning stops. If you’re curious about homeschooling techniques or looking to feel inspired about at-home education, check out this book. It’s not tailored to a quarantine experience, but it might help you feel a little more empowered to embrace your new dual-role as teacher and parent.
This one simply because we love the Enneagram and becoming your best self is always a good idea. Also because a time of stress reveals a lot about us—it might be a great time to self-reflect.
A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver
Because our hearts need a pick me up. Because we’re taking it one day at a time. And because Oliver captures the beauty of daily living like no one else.
As per COVID-19 inconveniences, mail is slow right now. Buy these books as audio books or on your Kindle. Send one to a friend. Read one out loud with a loved one. Take it slow. Be good to yourself.