6 Books To Read When You Just Want To Switch Off From Technology

Isha Mayer , 21 Mar 2020
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It’s been a week since I have sat at home and maintained social distancing. TBH, it’s been a struggle because I find it so hard to be stuck in the same place. A change of surroundings is needed. However, safety comes first, especially now that COVID-19 is a threat globally. We all have to learn how to occupy ourselves while self-isolating. And, scrolling through Instagram isn’t the best option when you want a break from all the Coronavirus news. There are several activities to do such as cleaning your closet, binge-watching a series, learning new recipes or even reading a book! Ever since digital media has taken over, I can’t remember the last time I read a book. In fact, I miss the touch and smell of books. Also, it’s a good break when you just want to switch off from technology, right? So, my plan for the weekend is to binge-read. I personally love reading crime fiction but here’s a list of recommended books to read, all of different genres.

1. If Tomorrow Comes By Sidney Sheldon

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📖Сидни Шелдон. «Если наступит завтра» ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Трейси Уитни – одна из моих самых любимых героинь. Очень интригующий образ. Она словно феникс, возрождающийся из пепла, после того, как судьба преподнесла ей довольно неприятные испытания (я всегда стараюсь поменьше спойлерить, поэтому не буду писать какие). Не знаю…я всегда считала, что женщина может всё! И то, что выделывает эта дама в её ситуации вызывает не порицание, а восхищение в моей душе. Забавно, что я очень долгое время считала, что Сидни Шелдон – это женщина. Ну во-первых имя – Сидни, а во-вторых, мне казалось, что только женщина может написать такой сюжет и с таким знанием дела описывать женское поведение. Безусловно, Шелдон любит свою героиню и восхищается ею, и это восхищение волей не волей передалось и мне. Чтиво лёгкое, захватывающее. Я читала на английском и только это растянуло чтение этой книги на несколько лет😅 Так что рекомендую в качестве тренировки английского, язык довольно понятный, смысл можно уловить, даже не заглядывая в словарь. ⭐️8/10 #natella_read . . #наташкино_чтиво #люблючитать #книголюб #букстаграм #сиднишелдон #еслинаступитзавтра #sidneysheldon #iftomorrowcomes #женщины #8марта #чтопочитать #приключения #книги

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Sidney Sheldon is one of my favourite novelists. If you love crime fiction, If Tomorrow Comes is a must-read. The protagonist who leads an ordinary life gets framed by a Mafia and sets on a path to seek vengeance, but plot twist, she turns into a con artist. That’s all I can reveal so far but all I can say is that I finished this book in two days, and later went on to read part two (Chasing Tomorrow) and three (Reckless). 

2. For One More Day By Mitch Albom

This was the first book I read by the author and highly recommend it. For One More Day is a beautiful story about the relationship between a mother and son, one that lasts a lifetime. It is about a man who becomes unconscious, but wakes up and lives a day with his mum who is no more. The novel brings in the importance of family and talks about the opportunities we miss. It makes you wonder what you would do if you could spend just one more day with someone you lost. 

3. A Fine Balance By Rohinton Mistry

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Saddest and deepest read I have endulged in so far. It has left me feeling some sort of way which is being grateful and embarrassed at life all at the same time. In life, noone’s story is uninteresting. If we listened more we would probably judge less and never take anything personal. This book entails a story of four characters living in India back in 1970s. Two tailors, a widow and a student are brought together by fate and stick with each other by circumstances. The author revealed the past of each character while incorporating the present as well. It is about castes, gender stereotypes, generations and politics. My soul feels heavy but I am glad I read it because it surely influenced my perspective. #afinebalance #booklover #bookstagram #bookworm #books #booknerd

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A Fine Balance is a story that highlights events that took place between post Independence of India in 1947 and the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi’s assassination. The lives of four protagonists- Dina Dalal, a Parsi widow, Ishwar and Omprakash Darji, and a student Maneck Kohlah meet each other unexpectedly. Mistry highlights the crucial events and struggles that occurred during this time period in each character’s lives, keeping you hooked onto their story and making you turn each page with eagerness. 

4. The Note By Zoë Folbigg

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The Note by Zoë Folbigg 📘 . This book, let me tell you, was on my agenda for a while and I’ve finally read it. And actually, something similar but not with such a great outcome happened to me on the bus a couple of years ago. It’s a romantic, funny and uplifting love story. Perfect for our days of social distancing and trying to get our minds off of what’s happening outside our flats. . Have you ever gotten to know someone on public transport and started dating? I’m curious- let me know in the comments! 🚎🚄 . #bookstagram #zoëfolbigg #trainman #thenote #headofzeusbooks #instareads #bookworm #bookcover #bookcovercesigns #bookaddict #bookish #bookinsta #booklovers #booksofinstagram #bookreview #book #booknerd #reading #novels #bobliophile #bookaholic #lovebooks #igbooks #readingtime#bookrecommendation #socialdistancing

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The Note is a love story inspired by Zoe’s life events of how she met her husband. The lead character, Maya falls for a stranger who boards the same train with her to London. However, this man who she believes is “The One” is always lost in his books and doesn’t notice her. She finally finds the courage to give him a note asking him out on a date. Now, you’ll obviously have to read the book to find out what happens. But the book basically reminds all of us that taking a chance can change everything. 

5. HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Conquering Life By Lilly Singh 

YouTube star, Lilly Singh urges her readers to be a bawse of their own life that is, exude confidence, hustle non-stop and attain their goals. She shares funny, but honest experiences from her own life but they all prove that success doesn’t come without hard work, persistence, and determination. If you need some motivation for something as small as following a good sleeping schedule to something as big as kickstarting a business, this book is a must-read. 

6. The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad By Twinkle Khanna 

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❤️"Women have been looking for a cape and have been handed an apron for centuries. But here was a man who wanted to help women swing their apron around, let it flutter down their backs and watch them soar through the clear blue skies." . . 📖The legend of Lakshmi Prasad basically tackles with the stigma of girl child. Our country knows the problem but they don't want to be that change. It consists of heart wrenching stories with female as lead protagonist. . . ✨The four stories open up as the title story where we follow a frail but spirited 17-year old Lakshmi Prasad and her dream is to secure independence in her village for every girl child. Second story is the tale of two sisters in their sixties, dealing between loneliness and unexpected friendship. . . ✨The third story is the tale of young Malayali woman who takes us into the world where she continues her search for meaning in life amidst multiple marriages. The final story, the longest of the four, is for a simple village person Bablu Kewat who takes up the cause of making affordable sanitary napkins for women much to his family's horror. . . 🍃I loved this book because it is very easy, inspiring, witty with relatable characters. . . 🖋️Rating- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🖋️Author- @twinklerkhanna 🖋️Published by- @juggernaut.in . . #bookstagram #thelegendoflakshmiprasad #bookstagrammer #bookreview #twinklekhanna #thatcollegegirlbook #bookswot #beautifulbookfeatures #libraryoffeatures #bookstagramindiafeature #juggernaut #igreadsindia #bookstagramfeature #mybookfeatures #bookworm #bookshelf #booklover #igreads #booksofinstagram #bookobsessed #booknerd #bookaddict #bookishlove #bookquotes #indianbookstagrammer

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The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad is a collection of four short stories. The central theme is feminism and the protagonist of each story is seen breaking stereotypes. Twinkle has created these stories simply but with a sense of wit, something that all her readers enjoy. The first story opens with Lakshmi Prasad, a 17-year-old girl whose aim is to ensure every girl in the village gets freedom and independence. It is followed by three more tales, with women fighting against stereotypical norms. This one’s a good read for sure and I would recommend it to be on your list. 

You’ll surely be engrossed in these gripping stories. Which book seems more interesting to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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