#LeMillRecommends: Books to Read This Lockdown

2 months ago

Working from Home and our compulsive need to kill boredom and restlessness by passively consuming video content, social media and films can lead to even more irritability and restlessness. To limit screen time and engage your mind in more active ways, why not pick up a book instead? The Le Mill team shares their pick of books to check out during quarantine.

 

The Edible Atlas: Around the World in Thirty Nine Cuisines by Mina Holland 

 

“When we eat, we travel.” writes Mina Holland, taking us around the globe, familiarizing us with food culture and ingredients both foreign and familiar. For foodies and experimental chef’s this book is a fantastic way to find fresh ways to use your basic ingredients.

 

Immortality by Milan Kundera

 

From the famed author of the “Unbearable Lightness of Being”, Immortality is another classic read. Originally published in 1990, the Czech writer redefined the format of the novel and will always be pertinent.

 

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak 

Turkish author, Elif takes us through a love story for the ages by tracing the relationship between the famous poet and scholar, Rumi and his trusted companion, the Shams of Tabriz. The book is based on Shams’ rules on love. A stunning book that’ll have us pondering love in our own lives.

 

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

 

A self help book that breaks down how we can train ourselves to think positive, the researched book can be a boon to those of us swimming in anxiety.

 

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakurni 

 

 

The Palace of Illusions is a poetic retelling of the Mahabharata from Draupadi’s perspective. It dismantles the patriarchal prism of traditional reiterations of Indian mythology, emboldening the women who made these stories possible. She weaves poetry and traditional storytelling in a digestible novel for the modern reader. A page turner.

 Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Francecs Miralles

 

Ikigai translates to “a reason to live”. What’s yours? This book breaks down the common thread between Japanese culture and success, ‘simplicity and attention to detail.’ Read the book for an introduction into Japanese philosophy.

 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 

The heartbreaking story of two Afghan boys, one who grows up in a mansion and another who grows up in the servant quarters nearby. Both have a love for kites and enter a competition. Read on to follow a narrative of heartbreak, love and class struggle.

 

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler

 

The hilarious memoir by comedian Chelsea Handler reminds us to not take ourselves too seriously as we keep on keeping on our wild journeys.

 

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

 

Need a book to curl up with, with your youngling? Are you a fantasy nerd like us? This is a trilogy based on Norse Mythology, this is an offshoot trilogy derived from the Percy Jackson Series.

 

Equal Music by Vikram Seth

 

 

An Equal Music is a love story between two musicians, who once fell in love, were separated and then reunite later in life. For music lovers, this book is a journey you’ll especially appreciate, for few pieces of literature can capture the enchantment of sound in words.

 

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

How enduring is love and how far will the lovesick go to seduce their beloved? A seductive, passionate story from the Colombian author, Marquez’s work is a masterpiece.

 

Sita: Warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi 

 

This novel is a genre-fantasy, a retelling of the Ramayana in a modern format. Good for a binge read.

Tell us what you’ve read and what you’re looking forward to checking out.