I recently posted on YouTube, 7 books I highly recommend if someone were to be interested in reading something pertaining to current events. The event of the year: Coronavirus. So these books are themed around being in isolation due to illness, pandemic disease, unexplained diseases (or rather weird powers suddenly summoned to change social dynamics), and humans (mostly men) being wiped out without explanation. Naturally, I thought of some additional reads to add to the list.
I thought of listing off the books I mentioned in the video, but no, you should go watch my video. I could use the viewership! And while you're there, please subscribe to my channel; I have a lofty goal of meeting the threshold of 1,000 subscribers by the end of the year so that I can monetize my channel. It's a pipe dream, no doubt, as I'm currently sitting just shy of 20 subscribers and I've been pumping out content for 2.5 months.
Please do indulge in these novels, both books listed in my video and the ones noted below. The books listed here are especially uplifting in some way, though they may be a bit more abstract conceptually.
|The Illuminae Files (book 1: Illuminae) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff|
- Serious isolation and quarantine action
- Illness spreading rampantly across a ship
- Search for effective termination of a viral (zombie-like) disease
|Recursion by Blake Crouch|
- Chaos among the masses
- Global issue which threatens public safety
|An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green|
- There's a sense of community despite people being separated
- (Most) people band together to solve what seems to be an impossible task
- Social media, social media, social media...
All three of these novels left me with a sense of hope, which is why I felt the need to highlight them in a blog post. The quarantine will eventually be lifted and our lives will go back to routines, whether they be new or re-established. My hope is that the take-away from this experience will be a renewed sense of community. Though we are separated by screens, masks, gloves, and 6 feet of air-space, we are still connected.