People all over the world are locked inside of their homes. They’re either doing it voluntarily or because of government-imposed lockdowns. Either way, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has reduced the range of activities that one can engage in by a huge margin.
Reading a pretty common activity, but figuring out which book to read can be a huge task.
So, we have 3 books to get you through this coronavirus-imposed lockdown.
WHICH BOOKS SHOULD I READ DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN?
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
Rosewater is a science fiction novel by British born Yoruba psychiatrist Tade Thompson. Featuring a few scenes in the USA and London, the book is almost entirely based in Nigeria. The movie revolves around an alien presence that crashed in London but erupted in Nigeria in the form of a dome. This dome had some interesting side effects. It resurrected the dead, and gave some people the power of telepathy.
The book won the most prestigious UK award for Science Fiction in 2019, the Arthur C. Clarke award.
Thompson is a recipient of the Nommo Award and the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. He has also been nominated for multiple awards, including the John W. Campbell Award, Shirley Jackson Award, and the British Science Fiction Award. He was nominated for the Nommo Award twice and won once.
All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
The winner of the 2018 Shirley Jackson award for outstanding achievement in the literature of horror, the dark fantastic, and psychological suspense, this book is a collection of 16 short tales. These tales focus on love, sexuality, and many more topics.
According to Ellen Datlow –
“Priya Sharma has been writing and publishing short stories for over a decade, and I’m delighted that she’s finally receiving the recognition her work deserves.
She’s extremely skilful in creating characters with whom we can empathize-no matter their deeds-leading her readers down roads of beauty and horror. I especially love her award-winning novelette ‘Fabulous Beasts, ‘ a perfect piece of storytelling.”
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Written by a two-time Giller Prize winner, the book revolves around Wash, a young slave. It explores his journey around the world with Titch, who values his drawing skills and intelligence, and is a family member of Wash’s owner.
The book seeks to find out what freedom and friendship mean to someone who has been a slave.
Washington Black was shortlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize and is Esi’s 4th book. She has written The Second Life of Samuel Tyne (2004), Half-Blood Blues (2011), and Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home (2014).
Her debut novel, written at the age of 24, was shortlisted for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in 2005.