Books To Cure Your Boredom While Staying At Home




From timeless to current, from real-life to fiction to memoirs and biographies, these are some of the few books that I have read from the time that I stayed home. They have kept me moving forward every day and have made my few hours worthwhile. Cure your boredom one day at a time and get a hold of these books now.

The Plague by Albert Camus. A friend of mine recommended a virtual book site where I can read this book from, and when I did, I found a lot of solitude in this author’s work. It was quite challenging to look for it in the online library because it’s one of the many classic books that the millennials have probably never heard of. But I tell you, the fictional county where the supposed plague happens is a picture of the future if you imagine this pandemic progressing for the long-term. The book conveys the hopeful message of taking one day at a time and embracing what the unknown future holds. As per Camus, “I do not know what awaits me or what will happen when all of this ends, but for now, I know this – there are sick people that need curing.”

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. You can’t argue with me on this one. Harry Potter has been and always will be one of my favorite reads and movies forever! It’s classified as a children’s series, but I don’t know. I find it rather enjoyable. The magic steers my creative mind, and each time I read, I become more and more confident that I have the power to unlock a door using the Alohomora spell. I invite you to try reading the first book (if you haven’t still). It has been my 3rd reading, and yet I am again drawn to the magic. I am also encouraged to survive this crisis. Harry did, amidst the bullies and the ruthless enemies.

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Texas Gardening Almanac by Doug Welsh. Friends, so far, I find these times the darkest. We are often anxious and worried about our future, and we anticipate a coming recession. We won’t recover in just two or three months. I read this because I was thinking of learning to grow my garden and harvest a few fruits and vegetables that are safer and healthier. Plus, it’s going to help me save up big time. I wasn’t disappointed with the read, so why not read this on one of your dreary days? Perhaps after, you can share this with other community members so that in a way, you’re helping too.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This is a happy book, so it can never go wrong, especially during these times. The main character, Eleanor, does not know how to act socially. The story is all about her befriending a filthy man at work. They become close, and in one of their walks together, they encountered an older man who fell on the sidewalk whom they decided to help. Soon, these three personalities became good friends and depended on each other in almost everything. It is a reminder of how friendship can lighten up even the dullest days. I love this. I love my friends.

Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit. This is a new book which just came out last March. She is a brave and assertive feminist. She writes about social change, activism, and climate problems. Despite the negative issues that she writes about, she manages to end on a hopeful and inspiring note. You can feel from her essays the rage she has over the social and climate issues that we are experiencing right now.

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Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. This I found interesting, and maybe you will too. When you’re stuck at home, you get bored pretty quickly. Lately, I tried experimenting on things, like migrating my kitchen to the outdoors, sleeping in the patio once a week, and putting paper decor on my ceiling. Maria Machado’s books are told in a highly fun and experimental way. It will make you realize that there is no one standard rule for writing something, and so with staying at home.



How To Write Your First Book

When I organized the 2018 Book Author Conference with my fellow writers, I was extremely excited. For one, I met authors from different parts of the state—some of which I genuinely idolized. I also invited a few well-known publishers and rising novelists to become guest speakers, and they responded positively.


What I did not expect at all was the number of non-writers who came to the conference. I guess it was wrong to call them as such because they were aspiring to become one. They went to the event, hoping that they could come across a successful author who could mentor them.

Assuming you also want to become an author, but you don’t know how to write your first book, here is a simple guideline to remember.

Think Of Your Genre
Genre is the first thing that you should decide on before anything else. Ask yourself, “In what topic do I want to be known for?” There is no right or wrong answer here; you can choose romance, thriller, science, self-help, etc. You can even write a memoir if you want. It is not advisable to keep on putting it off because the genre shows you where to start.

Create An Outline
An outline consists of ideas that should be found in the chapters, arranged chronologically. Feel free to write down subtopics underneath each chapter so that you won’t forget anything. You can see it as a very rough draft of the book in your mind.


Polish Your Drafts
I am yet to meet an author who can go from writing their first draft to publishing. Most—if not all—writers need to go through several drafts before they can feel that the book is already done. My advice is to keep on polishing your drafts before showing it to other people. If it feels right to you, then it must be good.

Final Thoughts
I should probably remind you never to write for your agent, publisher, or anyone else. A book becomes a success when the author cares for it 100%. In case you do it more for the money than for your passion, there’s a high chance that your efforts may go down the drain.