Happy world book day! During this challenging period of self-isolating and social distancing, reading has become an even more essential activity for keeping us connected with each other and maintain our mental health. Can’t figure out what to read at home? Check out this post to discover why reading is fun and get book recommendations from our family members!
“Educated” by Tara Westover
Recommended by: Bina N.
I think it’s very important for someone to take time from their busy life to read a book. Reading provides an escapade while at the same time introduces us to new knowledge, experience, and emotions. I don’t really have any favorite authors, but I’d like to encourage everyone to read Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover. Both critical and hopeful, the book would inspire you to fight against the odds to achieve your dream.
“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F * ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson
Recommended by: Kholid Anwar
Some of the books that impressed me in providing new knowledge are the works by Albert Camus, such as L’Étranger or La Chute, his abstract writings and ideas that went far beyond his time were shockingly great. I would also like to recommend everyone to read Mark Manson’s book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F * ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. I think it’s very contextual and relevant for everyone who has been facing a quarter of life crisis. Happy World Book Day!
“Muslimah yang Diperdebatkan” by Kalis Mardiasih
Recommended by: Asmaul Munawaroh
I personally think that everyone must spend time to read a book, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Reading a book helps you relieve your stress. Books also have the power to affect one’s way of thinking, improve their knowledge and insights, as well as increase one’s vocabulary – particularly if the book is written in a foreign language you’d interested in learning. One of the most memorable books I’ve read is Kalis Mardiasih’s Muslimah yang Diperdebatkan. I wish more people had read the book so that they’d have a better perspective on women, the issues they’re facing, and their rights, particularly in Indonesia’s society.
“Titik Nol” by Agustinus Wibowo
Recommended by: Agil Mubarok
Reading books makes me learn to be more focused, get more insight, sharpen my imagination, and most importantly it makes me more relaxed. Many books have left an imprint on me, such as the tetralogy of Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) from Andrea Hirata, or Christopher Paolini with his Inheritance Cycle. For this World Book Day, since I like to read Andrea Hirata’s books, I’d recommend you the tetralogy of Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) because they’re light and funny. For those of you who like traveling, I’d recommend books authored by Agustinus Wibowo or Paulo Coelho.
“Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari
Recommended by: Naufal Arie P.
In my opinion, books are the windows of the world, by reading books you’d get new insights that you can’t get from anywhere else. This is why it’s really important for us to spear time to read a book. There are several writers that I like very much, some of them are Yuval Noah Harari, Jonathan Black, Tan Malaka, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Agatha Christie. Each of their works is unique with their own views. For this World Book Day, I’d recommend Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, both authored by Yuval Noah Harari. Reading our history from the ancient to modern times will truly help you understand more about human race.