The power is out, and you're without any internet or cable, what do you do? Well, this is the perfect time to grab yourself a book and start reading. But what books should you read? Here are ten books that you must read when home alone.
Pantsdrunk (Kalsarikanni), by Miska Rantanen
It's not always easy to unwind and relax. Every day we're running around that our minds struggle to take a step back and settle down. Well, Kalsarikanni, or translated in English "pantsdrunk," is exactly what it sounds like: getting drunk at home alone without your pants on.
That doesn't sound like a bad night, but how does one get started? Good question, but this book has the answer. Kalsarikanni is a funloving guide to helping you achieve panksdrunk level of relaxation.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
When it comes to romance novels, you cannot skip past Pride and Prejudice. This has romance and drama oozing from the seams, and I can't get enough of it. Sure, it's set in another time, but the problems and drama are still relevant in today's world.
Elizabeth, the main protagonist, wants to be considered more than just a wife and struggles in a marriage market that's based on class and status. Not an easy ride for Elizabeth, but does she end up finding love?
I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays, by Bassey Ikpi
We have a specific way of looking at mental illness, but in order to change perception, we need to change the way we understand it. I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying is a collection of essays that give readers a different perspective of mental illness, explaining what it feels like when our brain isn't functioning optimally.
Can we trust our own brains? Can we trust our own stories? This book doesn't sugarcoat anything; rather, it's brutally honest and to the point.
Swearing Is Good For You, by Emma Byrne
Our mothers, when growing up, would tell us, "don't swear! It's not polite." Well, thankfully, Emma Byrne was able to tell us the beauty and power of swearing in her book, Swearing Is Good For You.
It's a light and funny read, with actual scientific proof that sometimes it's perfectly healthy to throw out a couple of swear words. So, the next time your mother tells you to watch your mouth, just give her this book to read.
1984, by George Orwell
Sometimes you want something light to read, and other times, you want something a little more intense. Well, then you need to start reading 1984 by George Orwell. This novel is a dystopian piece that is pretty spot-on, maybe you'll never see similarities to today's world.
What would the world look like under totalitarian control? More importantly, what happens when the protagonist, Wilson, tries to overtake the government? It's an intense read and one that will make it hard to put the book down.
The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
If you've read (or watched) The Handmaid's Tale, then you should get yourself ready for the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale: The Testaments. There were countless questions fans asked author Margaret Atwood about Gilead, and she replied.
She said, "Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." If you have yet to read The Handmaid's Tale, get started and then grab yourself this book.
The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
Taking a piece out of America's cruel history, The Nickel Boys is about a Florida reform boys school that (in real life) was known for torturing and killing poor black students, burying their bodies back in the 1960s. The main character, Elwood Curtis, is fictional, yet we follow the very real events that happened at the Nickle Academy.
After being in the middle of a wrong-place-wrong-time event, Curtis ends up in the school, understanding that even his best behavior won't save him. The ending is jawdropping and will have you at the edge of your seat.
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Maybe you've seen the movie; maybe you haven't. Either way, you need to read the novel. Though the book is about a pedophile's obsessive behavior and weird relationship with a girl, it's a masterpiece.
This book isn't about morality, and it definitely isn't a love story. Instead, it focuses on the twisted mind of the main character as his narration takes you through his thoughts and feelings. It's a must-read for anyone that appreciates the written word.
Normal People: A Novel, by Sally Rooney
What is normal, anyway? When it comes to well-thought-out dialogue, then look no further than Normal People by Sally Rooney. Whether you're in a relationship or not, we can all do with a good love story. This book follows the story of Connell and Marianne, who magnet towards each other, even though they're complete opposites.
Naturally, as they're opposites, it means they'll encounter their own internal struggles, answering the question of how far can one go for love?
Gingerbread: A Novel, by Helen Oyeyemi
No, this isn't a book about gingerbread cookies...or is it? Rather, it's the story of a mother and daughter, Harriet and Perdita Lee, living in London and making gingerbread. The recipe is passed down from the family, and as Perdita grows up, she becomes more curious about her mother's upbringing and the unclear family legacy.
It's a little creepy, a little funny, and a little sad. It's a little bit of everything. This book discusses relationships and family dynamics. Maybe it'll inspire you to research your family tree.