Books You Can Read During COVID-19 Lockdown

Who would not love to travel to ancient times by reading a book? To know how men before us dealt with loss, diseases, and pain? Weeks of strict lockdown and social distancing measures have caused our normal life to grind to a halt. Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the COVID19 pandemic, all of us are trying to adjust to this new normal.

Some of us are working from home while some are simply passing their time by doing something they love to do such as cooking special meals, watching series on Netflix, or trying the new internet craze, Dalgona.

If you are a book nerd like me, now is a good time to lose and find yourself in the books set in different historical periods.  This article will suggest 3 books that can give you insights into the difficult times that had rocked the world before us. So, brew a cup of your special honey tea and check this out. Mark my words. You are going to find the next book to read from this list!!


1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North And South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North And South by Elizabeth Gaskell [Pic: Amazon]

This book is set in England during the turbulent time of the industrial revolution. It deals with a lot of major social and economic aspects of that time. It also depicts the conflict between trade unions and mill owners which is still an issue in today’s world.

If you are a lover of classic literature that showcases the life struggles of working-class people, this book is for you. If you want to understand and feel the pain of less fortunate people around you who are having a difficult time right now with each passing day without any work to support them, you have found the right book.

Through her characters, Gaskell efficiently knitted a love story that equally focused on social issues such as, the financial struggles of both rich and poor to meet ends, the emotional upheaval of working-class people, and class conflicts of mid 19th century. Finally, the author tried to give an ultimate solution where individual effort and willingness to understand others brought about the positive change.


2. As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner [Pic: Amazon]

This historical fiction is set in Philadelphia during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919. This is a story of love, loss, and tears where a family of five members suddenly found themselves in a changing world due to a deadly pandemic.

The author portrayed the misery and grief of that time through the everyday life of the family as death hovers over them. The book also teaches us how to move forward amid tragedies and challenges, how to start over, how to find hope and joy when it seems impossible. It is a must-read book for now.


3. At the Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper

At The Sign Of The Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper

At The Sign Of The Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper [Pic: Amazon]

This book is a gripping account of plague-ridden London in 1665. The book depicts the lives of two sisters running a sweet shop in the city. However, the normalcy of their lives is uprooted when an endemic hits their city.

The author brilliantly reflected the struggles of the sisters trying to help others to stay away from the dreadful disease and the willful blindness of the city dwellers to the severity of the disease.

It is an engaging tale of two young girls who found it difficult to cope with the changing reality but managed to stand on their own amid fear and dread. I recommend this book to all the young readers out there!


The books mentioned above tell stories that are close to our current reality. American entrepreneur Walt Disney once said,

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”

Who knows maybe one of these books will give you an incredible idea to help the struggling people around you? So, hurry and find these books. They are surely going to tug at your heartstrings!!


Let us know about the books you would love to read during this lockdown in the comment section.