During (to borrow a phrase) these unprecedented times, many of us are trying to find new distractions to keep our minds busy and to cope with the new normal. While we’re all clearly big fans of bingeing guilty-pleasure TV shows and zoning out with some mindfulness/meditation or podcasts, the YRH team *also* love our literary outlets just as much. Inspirational books are the ultimate form of escapism for those with active imaginations. Give your weary screen-focused eyes a break and check out YRH’s top book choices for you and your loved ones. Zoom Book Club, anyone?
Liane Moriarty may sound familiar, probably due to one of her most famous novels, Big Little Lies, gaining small-screen success in the form of a new television show. The book that inspired the show is, itself, quite hard to put down. Actually, Moriarty has a *plethora* of novels filled with psychological mystery, suspense, and wildly entertaining characters. Some of Moriarty’s work (must-reads, as far as we’re concerned) are The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot, and Truly Madly Guilty. Her books will have you totally enthralled in the world she paints; who doesn’t love a bit of juicy mystery?
Severance by Ling Ma
Severance, written by Chinese-American author Ling Ma, just may be *the book* that inadvertently captures what the entire world is going through right now. This satirical science-fiction novel follows protagonist Candace Chen, a Bible product coordinator. We see how her life changes during Shen Fever, a fictional infection that wipes out civilians across the globe. This book explores nostalgia, close relationships, and even office workplace culture. Although our virus is real and the one in Chen’s world is fictional, readers can connect to this story in our own lives; we can, perhaps, re-learn traits about ourselves, the people around us, and our modern-day world through the pages of Severance.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Written by American-Dominican poet Elizabeth Acevedo, With the Fire on High dives deep into themes of choice: what is best for the people around you, and what it means in terms of putting your dreams on hold. The story follows Emoni Santiago, a high school student who gets pregnant at 14. She tries to navigate her own life, while also caring for her daughter and Abuela. Her safe haven is the kitchen—a place where she can create magical dishes filled with goodness. She struggles between pursuing her dream and aiding the people she needs to care for. This book will have you lost in the trials and tribulations of a strong young woman; it should remind us to seek compassion within ourselves, as well as inspiration.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing is a newer novel written by Delia Owens. The story follows two separate timelines that, *spoiler alert,* eventually intertwine. The first timeline follows a young girl named Kya who lives in the marshes of North Carolina in the 50s and 60s. The second auspiciously follows a murder investigation of a local celebrity in the same state. This book has received a multitude of praise, including topping The New York Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and The New York Fiction Best Sellers of 2020 for thirty consecutive weeks.
It can be hard to find the time to read in adulthood, but we can all use a little escapism away from our screens. When you find a great book that completely immerses you in the world that the author has created for you, it is so hard to tear yourself away. With YRH’s list of our favorite inspirational books, you’re bound to pick up a good read. So, curl up on the couch or find a spot outside, and dive into a new realm where you can get lost for a few hours.