A Social Isolation Reading List: 33 Books That Will Inspire & Uplift You

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A Social Isolation Reading List: 33 Books That Will Inspire & Uplift You

We asked our community what they would read during these uncertain times to help them feel inspired, uplifted, or entertained. Read our social isolation reading list below to see what they picked.  If you have other suggestions, hit us up on social media here



Books to Escape Into or Get Lost In

The Light After the War by Anita Abriel 

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal 

A Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Check out our review on The Nightingale here



Books to Make You Laugh

Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson



Books to Learn From

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown (anything by Brené actually!)

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer

Lunch with Lucy by Sherry Stewart Deutschmann

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, and Why by Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks 



Books to Inspire You 

The Untethered Soul by Michael Alan Singer

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

Becoming by Michelle Obama. Check out our blog post about In Conversation with Michelle Obama

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Check out our review on Tuesdays with Morrie here.

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan 



Books to Ground You

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

When Breath Becomes Airby Paul Kalanithi

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed 



Classics to Soothe You

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien

How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm


P.S. – We have a massive list of amazing reads in our Brookstore going back to when we first launched. Check it out here!

What books are getting you through this time? Tell us on social media. Daily at 12pm EST, we will be hosting a short 7 min intention setting mediation live on Instagram. It’s free, it’s open to all. Tell a friend and join us!



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