No matter what is going on in the word, a good book can offer escape, comfort and perspective. With the current outbreak ongoing, now may be the perfect time to read that novel you never got around to, or to simply revisit an old favourite.

We have all heard of a book or took a stroll though our local bookstore and found those books that sparked our interest. We purchased them, in excitement, only to get home and lay them down. And while the good intention was always there, somehow our lack of spare time landed them neatly placed on a shelf. Now is the time to pull them back out, dust them off and give them the attention they deserve.

If you are not one to hoard books like I seem to do, this is the perfect time to offer some support to local struggling businesses. Most stores will have an accessible online store. Otherwise places such as Booktopia will stock almost anything you may have interest in. If convenience is your priority, then you may already own a Kindle, but however convenient it may be, it will never beat the experience of a physical book for me.

This is part of my unread collection and the picks with which I want to start off in my venture to finally tend to all the books I should have read and never got around to. There are many more to read, however following a lull in my ability for solely focus on a book, I decided to start with a slightly more modest goal. Here are my choices with a brief summary reflecting what sparked my interest.

1. SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari

A book every man and his dog and every woman and her cat has read or at least heard of, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind sees human history from the perspective of evolutionary biology, exploring the limits for human activity set by our biological making and the consequential impact of the culture developed within.

2. THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov

The story involves a visit by the devil to an atheistic Soviet Union. The novel combines supernatural elements with satirical comedy and Christian philosophy. It is considered to be one of the foremost novels of the 20th century and one of the best Soviet satires.

3. THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel Van Der Kolk

The book explores the impact trauma has on the mind and body. How it can rearrange the brain’s wiring—specifically those dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. It explores alternative treatments to medication and talk therapy.

I am currently about a third of the way into the book and it has provided me not only with understanding in what trauma can do to damage people, but also has been a surprising source of insight into further understanding my own behaviour. The Body Keeps The Score is a thoroughly interesting source of information and one that may challenge your preconceived ideas of how trauma manifests in relationships with ourselves and others.

4. THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE by Haruki Murakami

What I have chose as my next book to read is what will be my first Murakami.
While most of what I read is non-fiction, I thought a book from Japan’s most highly regarded novelist may be the perfect way to reintroduce myself to works of fiction.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles is described as a highly imaginative novel which intertwines a detective story, a broken marriage and a dig though the secrets of World War II. It came as a recommendation as an introductory piece into Murakamis collection of work and honestly i’m quite excited to dig in.

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