Stuck at home with nothing to do? Same.
If you find you’re going from one screen to another eating up news and video snippets from around the world, we’re here to tempt you to tune out (for a while) with great reads worth getting lost in.
#1 Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Based in: Rural North Carolina
What: A heartbreaking coming-of-age tale that reminds how we are forever shaped by the children we once were with a possible murder mystery thrown in.
#2 The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca
Author: Tahir Shah
Based in: Casablanca, Morocco
What: Following the enthralling tale of one family and their gamble to make a home in a crumbling ruin of a mansion by the sea in Casablanca.
#3 Oona Out of Order
Author: Margarita Montimore
Based in: Brooklyn/London/there’s time travel involved too
What: A remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of order.
#4 Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road
Author: Kate Harris
Based in: … the Silk Road! Asia-Pacific
What: Chronicling Harris’s odyssey throughout Asia as she explores the importance of breaking personal boundaries even as she crosses borders and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity.
#5 The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
Author: Eric Weiner
Based in: Lots of places, such as Iceland, Denmark, India
What: A journey through Earth’s “unheralded happy places” to find out what makes people happy in different parts of the world.